Students receive Northway Bank scholarships

BERLIN — Northway Bank has awarded three Scholarships for Excellence to seniors graduating from the high schools in Berlin, Gorham and Conway. This is the 39th consecutive year that these scholarships have been awarded.
Myra Arsenault, the daughter of Roland and Lynda Arsenault of Berlin, was awarded the scholarship at Berlin High School. She will attend the University of New Hampshire in Durham, where she will study exercise science and Kinesiology. Her career objective is to work in a hospital or rehabilitation center. Myra is valedictorian of her senior class, is a member of the National Honor Society, was designated a New Hampshire Scholar, is the recipient of the 2015 English Book Prize, and the 2016 Harvard Book Prize. She was a member of the State Championship Field Hockey teams of 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Lauren Gralenski, the scholarship winner at Gorham High School, will study at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett; she will major in business. Gralenski’s interest in community service led her to participate in the Adopt-a-Highway program, Relay for Life and Bikes Not Bombs. She attended St. Paul’s Advanced Studies Program, where she studied applied mathematics. During her junior and senior years, she was president of the National Honor Society, president of Future Business Leaders of America, as well as varsity captain of her soccer, basketball, and softball teams. Throughout her high school years, she received highest honors, St. Michael’s Book Award, New Hampshire Scholar Athlete Award, and New Hampshire All State Athlete. Lauren is the daughter of Douglas and Pamela Gralenski of Gorham.
Olivia Couture aspires to become a fiction novelist, and will attend the University of Puget Sound at Tacoma, Wash., to prepare for that career. Couture won the scholarship at Kennett High School, where she ran cross country and was captain of the girls' varsity tennis team. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the German National Honor Society, and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She received the Research Writing Award and the Song Writing Award. She is the daughter of Jacques Couture of Center Conway, and Melissa Couture of Brownfield, Maine.
The Northway Bank Scholarship for Excellence is awarded to high school seniors for outstanding achievements in academic excellence, personal character, and qualities of leadership. During its 39-year history, the scholarship program has invested almost $700,000 in 138 graduating seniors.
William J. Woodward, chairman, president and CEO of Northway Bank, said, “Northway Bank has been proud over the past 39 years to provide some financial assistance to the outstanding youth of the North Country who are moving on to higher education. Our country needs well-educated young people to help guide it through the challenging times we face.”
2017 NWB Scholarship WinnersPictured from left, Myra Arsenault, Berlin High School winner; Barry Kelley, chairman of the Northway Bank Scholarship Committee; and Lauren Gralenski, Gorham High School winner. Missing from photo is Olivia Couture, Kennett High School winner. (COURTESY PHOTO)