High School Student of the Year Winners

2020 Winner

Erin Strike of Londonderry High School in Londonderry

Since identifying her intended career as nursing with a focus on health care policy, Erin Strike has focused her volunteer work in the healthcare field, while actively volunteering in New Hampshire politics. Erin started getting involved in her community during her sophomore year with her first volunteer work for Home, Health & Hospice followed by fundraising for Boston Medical Center. When those opportunities ended, she began a long-term volunteer position as an Assistant Coach to the Londonderry Middle School field hockey team. When the season was over, her involvement with NH politics began by volunteering on the Pete Buttigieg campaign. She helped organize and participate in multiple youth-voter registration information sessions to educate young New Hampshire voters on how they can register to vote and use their vote. After the NH Primary, she was selected as one of two high school students for a volunteer position at the Democratic National Convention. In addition to her political volunteer work, she is a member of class representatives, Model UN, serves on the board of the Debate Club, and recently founded a Young Democrat Club to promote local political involvement with her peers all while excelling academically and ranking in the top 30 of her class. 

2019 Winner

Caroline Dillon of Spaulding High School in Rochester

Caroline Dillon is a recent graduate of Spaulding High School in Rochester. Since the fourth grade, Caroline knew that she wanted to grow up to be a certified nurse-midwife or women’s health nurse practitioner. This dream inspired her at age 17 to champion a bill that would ensure no young girls would miss school or risk infection because they couldn’t afford feminine hygiene products. In addition to her remarkable impact on the community, Caroline was actively involved in her high school, graduating as a New Hampshire Scholar in the top ten of her class. she served as the President of the French Honor Society; the secretary of the National Honor Society; and a member of the marching band and chorus. For her all-around good work, she’s received numerous scholarships. In the words of her nominator, quote – “Caroline Dillon’s combination of compassion and courage makes it unlikely that there is anything she can’t accomplish. Her brain has lead to her success in the classroom, but her heart will ensure she will be successful in changing the world.”