September 07. 2014 9:51PM

2014 Rising Stars finalists announced

The Rising Stars Awards, an initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, has announced the 2014 finalists for six award categories: Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 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 keynote speaker for the Oct. 6 event will be New Hampshire native Victoria Arlen. Arlen is an accomplished paralympian who won multiple medals in the 2012 summer games in London after overcoming a severe illness that left her paralyzed years earlier.

“After hearing about Victoria Arlen’s impressive wins at the Paralympic games and her inspiring story of perseverance, we knew she would be a great addition to the Rising Stars Awards ceremony,” said Kate Luczko, executive director of Stay Work Play, in a news release.

The Rising Stars Awards, honoring New Hampshire’s remarkable young professionals, college students, and organizations for the fifth year, will take place 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Brady Sullivan Plaza, 1000 Elm St. in Manchester.

2014 Rising Stars Awards Finalists:

Young Entrepreneur of the Year is a new award for 2014. This award will be presented in partnership with the Alpha Loft and the New Hampshire High Tech Council.

Michael Carlton, Northwood, Calling All Cargo
Allison Grappone, Concord, Nearby Registry
Bobby Touran, Manchester, ApplyKit Inc.

College Student of the Year:
Mikaela Dwyer, Sanford, Maine, Southern New Hampshire University
Alicia Frazier, Candia, Southern New Hampshire University
Ian Gagnon, Enfield, University of New Hampshire
Ryan Hart, Swanzey, Keene State College

Young Professional of the Year:
Nicole Barreira, Manchester, Great New Hampshire Restaurants
Corey MacDonald, Portsmouth, Portsmouth Police Department and MacDonald & Black Law Firm
Joshua McAllister, Center Conway, HEB Engineers Inc.

Civic Leader of the Year:
Luke Bonner, Concord, GYK Antler
Bryan Bouchard, Manchester, Southern New Hampshire University
Laura Brusseau, Laconia, Interlakes High School
Serena Galleshaw, Somersworth, Seacoast Local

Coolest Companies for Young Professionals:
Calypso Communications, Portsmouth
Lauchlan Works, Exeter
Red River Computer, Claremont
Single Digits, Bedford
WS Badger Company, Gilsumy
Ziftr, Milford

Leadership Development Program of the Year:
BAE Systems Leadership Development Program, BAE Systems
Hoffmann-Haas Fellowship, New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits
Leadership College, Leadership New Hampshire