2013 Rising Stars Awards Winners Announced

 

(L to R) Betsy Gardella, President & CEO, NH Public Radio, Christopher "CJ" Destramp, 2013 College Student of the Year, and Kate Luczko, Executive Director of Stay Work Play NH, at last night's Rising Stars Awards at the Pandora Mill. (Photo credit: Matthew Lomanno Photography)

(L to R) Betsy Gardella, President & CEO, NH Public Radio, Christopher “CJ” Destramp, 2013 College Student of the Year, and Kate Luczko, Executive Director of Stay Work Play NH, at last night’s Rising Stars Awards at the Pandora Mill. (Photo credit: Matthew Lomanno Photography)

The Rising Stars Awards, an initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, announced the winners for each of the five award categories last night at their 350 person sold-out event at the historic Pandora Mill in Manchester; College Student of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Civic Leader of the Year, Coolest Companies for Young Professionals, and Leadership Development Program of the Year.

“This year’s event was the best yet,” said Kate Luczko, Executive Director of Stay Work Play. “We received so many compliments on the energy in the room, the number of young people, and the great opportunity to share in such an exciting celebration of companies and individuals doing so much in and for NH.”

2013 Rising Stars Award Winners:

College Student of the Year honors an outstanding college student living and going to school in NH, between the ages of 18 and 24, who is an academic rising star and giving back to their community. (name, hometown, school)

– Christopher “CJ” Destramp, Hudson, Southern NH University

Young Professional of the Year honors an outstanding professional working and living in NH, between the ages of 18 and 40 who is a rising star in their industry and giving back to their community. (name, hometown, employer)

– Ryan Barton, Laconia, Mainstay Technologies

Civic Leadership Award honors an individual who, through their volunteerism, philanthropy, and/or community involvement demonstrates a commitment to civic participation, strengthening their community, and developing personal leadership capacity to make New Hampshire a better place for future generations. Nominee must be between 21 and 40 years of age and must live and work in the state of New Hampshire. (name, hometown, employer)

– Mary and Eric Goldthwaite-Gagne, Peterborough, Conval Schools, The Toadstool Bookshop

Coolest Companies for Young Professionalshonors companies in New Hampshire that create environments to attract and retain young professionals (specifically ages 40 and under).

– Mad*Pow, Portsmouth

– SilverTech, Manchester

– The Birchtree Center, Newington

Leadership Development Program of the Yearhonors an innovative program initiated and conducted by a NH organization. The program must be aimed at a young professional audience in NH that helps them propel their personal and professional growth.

– Business Analyst (BA) Program, C&S Wholesale Grocers

The Rising Stars Awards are a call to celebrate and recognize New Hampshire’s remarkable young professionals and college students, initiatives to keep them here, and businesses and organizations that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them.

For more information on the Rising Stars Awards, please visit: www.stayworkplay.org/risingstarsawards or on Facebook at Rising Stars Awards.

The 2013 Rising Stars Awards were generously sponsored by: the NH Charitable Foundation, GY&K Marketing, Southern NH University, Grappone Automotive Group, Tidewater Catering Group, Checkmate Workforce Management Solutions, Fidelity Investments, and the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development.

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2 Responses to “2013 Rising Stars Awards Winners Announced”

  1. anonymousOctober 10, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    I would love to hear more about why these folks won. I can see which award they won and the criteria for each award but what makes each person so special to win? Will there be a follow up post on why these individuals and organizations were chosen? Thanks!

    • Kate LuczkoOctober 15, 2013 at 9:49 am #

      Thanks for your comment! We’ll be featuring each of the winners on our blog to allow folks to get to know them better (and the finalists as well), but really it was a decision by each panel of judges on who the winner was for each award. It’s based upon the information presented in the nomination of the person and how well it aligns with the criteria set forth in advance. It’s both a quantitative as well as a qualitative process. I hope this answers your question. Please feel free to email me if you want to discuss it further: kate@stayworkplay.org

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