Rising Stars Awards Nominations Deadline is Friday, July 27

Public Voting Option and Event Host also unveiled

Nominations for the 2018 Rising Stars Awards are being accepted through Friday, July 27.

Casey McDermott, Data/Investigations Reporter, NH Public Radio. Photo credit: John W. Hession

An initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, the Rising Stars Awards celebrate and recognize New Hampshire’s remarkable young people and the businesses that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, October 11, at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester.

The seven award categories include Civic Leader of the YearCollege Student of the Year, Coolest Companies for Young Professionals, Life in the 603 video, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, and new for 2018, Intern of the Year award. To learn more and make a nomination recognizing New Hampshire’s best and brightest young talent, visit www.stayworkplay.org/risingstarsawards.

As a new component to this year’s Rising Stars Awards, members of the general public will have the opportunity to cast their votes for the Coolest Companies for Young Professionals’ “People’s Choice” award prior to the event. “We want to promote the incredible companies in New Hampshire that have made it part of their company culture to keep and attract young talent,” says Stay Work Play Executive Director, Will Stewart. “By recognizing this culture, we hope that it encourages young people to want to work for these employers and offers insight to other companies as to the types of work environments our state’s young people are looking for.”

In August, once all nominations have been received and the judges have selected the finalists, the companies and details on how to cast your vote for the “People’s Choice” award will be available on the organization’s website at www.stayworkplay.org. The public votes, tallied with the live audience poll taking place at the event on October 11, will determine the “People’s Choice” winner.

It was also announced today that the host for the ninth annual Rising Stars Awards will be Casey McDermott, Data and Investigations Reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio.

McDermott will guide the evening’s program and introduce the winners for the seven award categories. “As a reporter, one of my favorite parts of the job is getting to meet people who are working in so many different ways to make the Granite State a better place to live,” she said. “I’m thrilled to have a chance to help shine a spotlight on this kind of work at this year’s Rising Stars Awards.”

The 2018 Rising Stars Awards are generously sponsored by: Allegra Boverman PhotographyBellwether Community Credit UnionCelebrations CateringComcastCurrier Museum of ArtElm Grove CompaniesGrappone Automotive GroupMerchants Fleet ManagementNH Charitable FoundationNortheast Delta Dental, Sprague Energy and Stacey Brobst Photography.

About Stay Work Play: Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting Executive Director, Will Stewart, will@stayworkplay.org or (603) 391-1379.

About New Hampshire Public Radio: Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Our mission is “Expanding minds, sparking connections, building stronger communities.” NHPR is broadcast from 14 different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week, NHPR is the choice of more than 177,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage, with thousands more viewing NHPR.org and NHPR social media sites. Each day, New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by its award-winning news team. Locally-produced programs include The ExchangeWord of Mouth, The Folk ShowOutside/In, Civics 101, and numerous podcasts. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcasts national weekly programs such as The Moth Radio Hour, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and This American Life.

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