Stay Work Play Announces 2019 Rising Stars Awards Winners and Cool Company Finalists

A new cohort of the state’s emerging young leaders and organizations making a positive impact in their communities was named by Stay Work Play New Hampshire, which today announced the winners of the 2019 Rising Stars Awards.

An initiative of Stay Work Play, in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR), 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. The award recipients, selected by 31 judges from across the state (on individual award-specific panels), represent individuals and businesses making a contribution to their industries and the Granite State for seven award categories.

The 2019 Rising Stars Awards winners are:

  • Civic Leader of the Year: Nashua resident Cecilia Ulibarri, Constituent Services & Cultural Affairs Coordinator of the City of Nashua, and President and Co-Founder of Positive Street Art
  • College Student of the Year: Manchester resident Isabella Proia, senior at Southern NH University
  • High School Student of the Year: Rochester resident Caroline Dillon, 2019 graduate of Spaulding High School
  • Intern of the Year: Bedford resident Allie Withee, intern with CCA Global Partners
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Somersworth resident Emmett Soldati, owner of Teatotaller
  • Young Professional of the Year: Nashua resident Dan Weeks, Director of Market Development of ReVision Energy

A panel of judges comprised of young professionals from across the state determined six finalists for the Coolest Companies for Young Professionals award category. Three companies will be selected as winners with one being determined as the “People’s Choice” through online public voting prior to, and the evening of, the event. The other two winners have been pre-determined by the award category judges. The public is invited to vote for the “People’s Choice” award here:

The six finalists for Coolest Companies for Young Professionals are:

“The breadth of young talent in New Hampshire is remarkable. We are proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of this group of outstanding individuals and organizations in the Granite State,” said Stay Work Play Executive Director Will Stewart. “We look forward to witnessing the success of these people and companies as they continue to make contributions to their local communities and impact the future of New Hampshire.”

Prior to recognizing the award winners, hundreds of attendees will be able to browse the open galleries at the Currier Museum of Art, enjoy delicious food and a cash bar, and support the organization through a Plinko fundraiser and win raffle items from New Hampshire businesses and organizations, in addition to a 50/50 cash raffle. Annie Ropeik, NHPR’s Energy, Environment and Seacoast Reporter, will serve as master of ceremonies. Event tickets can be found:

The Rising Stars Awards are presented in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio and are generously sponsored by: Allegra Boverman Photography, Anagnost Companies, Bellwether Community Credit Union, BerryDunn, CoreMedical Group, Currier Museum of Art, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Davis Wealth Management, Elm Grove Companies, Fidelity Investments, GYK Antler, hirealliance, Hypertherm, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, McLane Middleton, Merchants Fleet, Northeast Delta Dental, Pitco, Productions Inc., Sprague, Stacey Brobst Photographer and Wipfli

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, or by contacting Executive Director, Will Stewart at

About New Hampshire Public Radio

Since 1981, New Hampshire Public Radio 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 161,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage, with thousands more viewing, following our social media sites or listening to our podcasts. Each day, New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by its award-winning news team. Locally produced programs and podcasts include The Exchange, The Folk Show, Outside/In, Bear Brook, and Civics 101, among others. 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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