North Country girls to receive leadership awardsBy BOB HOOKWAY
Special to the Union Leader April 04. 2013 10:09PM
BERLIN - Two North Country high school girls will be honored tonight for showing advanced leadership, making contributions to the community, and demonstrating their motivation to become a positive force in the world.
Those evaluations come from the Coos County Family Health Services panel that selected the two 2013 Sylvia Evans Young Leadership Awards recipients.
Alicia Eafrati of Berlin High School and Cassandra Poulin of Gorham Middle High School will be honored in a 7 p.m. ceremony at White Mountains Community College.
This is the fifth year that the awards will be presented to young women who have devoted their time and energy to social causes that impact families in the Androscoggin Valley.
Eafrati, according to organizers, has led many service activities at Berlin High, including this year's food drive.
She has knit sweaters, mittens and hats for Coats for Kids, and for two years has participated in the Rock-a-thon for Cystic Fibrosis. She also worked on a spaghetti supper to raise money for Share Our Strength, a national organization working to end childhood hunger.
Poulin, over the past four years, has led within her school as class president, school board representative, class representative and soccer team captain. She has also made contributions outside of school by participating in the North Country Prevention Youth Council, made up of high school leaders from across Northern New Hampshire whose mission is to improve school climate and educate students on drug and alcohol prevention.
"I have worked in the public school setting for over 25 years and I have not encountered many students that possess Cassandra's work ethic and strong leadership skills, the code of values she lives by, and most of all, the fact that she is such a well-rounded student, leader, and person," said Gorham Middle High School Director of Guidance Christine Lemoine.
Regarding Eafrati's qualifications, Elaine Connary, who teaches family and consumer sciences at Berlin High, said, "Alicia is that remarkable student who seems impervious to peer pressure. She has had to work with a broad range of academic levels and personalities and was able to do so with grace, tact and competence."
The award is named for the late Sylvia V. Forman Evans, a Berlin resident recognized for her decades of service and dedication that, among other things, improved health care for Coos County residents.
For more information on tonight's event, call Family Health Services at 603-752-3669 ext. 4014, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.