Stay Work Play Announces 2020 Rising Stars Awards Winners and Cool Company Finalists

Stay Work Play New Hampshire, in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR), today announces the winners of the 2020 Rising Stars Awards that honor the state’s exceptional young leaders and organizations making a positive impact in their communities.

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 28 judges from across the state (on individual award-specific panels), represent individuals and businesses making a contribution to their industries and the Granite State in seven award categories.

“The judges were faced with some very tough choices when selecting the individual award recipients and Cool Company finalists,” said Stay Work Play Executive Director Will Stewart. “We look forward to witnessing the continued success of these exceptional young people and companies as they continue to invest their time and talent to their local communities and impact the future of the Granite State.”

The 2020 Rising Stars Awards winners are (find photos below):

The three finalists for Coolest Company for Young Professionals are:

Judges determined three finalists for the Coolest Company for Young Professionals award category. This year, one company will be selected as the “People’s Choice” recipient. Participating companies will each host a virtual “Happy Hour” event in which the public will learn more about why they should be selected as the sole category winner beginning on Tuesday, October 6, at 6pm. The category winner will be determined through online public voting prior to, and the evening of, the awards reception. The public is invited to vote for the award here:

Due to the pandemic, the awards reception, traditionally held as an in-person event, will be broadcast live from the Currier Museum of Art on Thursday, October 15, beginning at 6pm. Hannah McCarthy, NHPR’s host and producer of the Civics 101 podcast, will serve as master of ceremonies. Attendance to the virtual event is at no cost, though attendees can choose to donate to the organization. Event information can be found:

The Rising Stars Awards are presented in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio and are generously sponsored by: Anagnost Investments, Bellwether Community Credit Union, BerryDunn, Currier Museum of Art, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, Elm Grove Companies, Eversource, Exeter Health Resources, Fidelity Investments, GYK Antler, hirealliance, Hypertherm, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, McLane Middleton, Northeast Delta Dental, Productions Inc., Sprague, Stacey Brobst. Photographer, St. Mary’s Bank, Wash Street, WhyFly and Wipfli.

About Stay Work Play

Stay Work Play New Hampshire is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is “to attract and retain more young people in New Hampshire.” 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 157,000 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, 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.


Civic Leader of the Year – Martin Toe

College Student of the Year – Juliana Good

High School Student of the Year – Erin Strike

Intern of the Year – Madison Olsen

Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Shaquwan’Da Allen

Young Professional of the Year – Patrick Ho

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