The Rising Stars Awards, an initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, announced the winners for each of the five award categories Monday night at its sold-out event at the historic Pandora Mill in Manchester.
Awards were presented for 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 event was the best yet,” said Kate Luczko, executive director of Stay Work Play, in a news release. “We received so many compliments on the energy in the room, the number of young people, and the great opportunity to share in such an exciting celebration of companies and individuals doing so much in and for New Hampshire.”
2013 Rising Stars Award Winners:
• College Student of the Year honors an outstanding college student living and going to school in New Hampshire, between the ages of 18 and 24, who is an academic rising star and giving back to their community: Christopher “CJ” Destramp, Hudson, Southern New Hampshire University.
• Young Professional of the Year honors an outstanding professional working and living in New Hampshire, between the ages of 18 and 40 who is a rising star in their industry and giving back to their community: Ryan Barton, Laconia, Mainstay Technologies.
• Civic Leadership Award honors an individual who, through their volunteerism, philanthropy, and/or community involvement demonstrates a commitment to civic participation, strengthening their community, and developing personal leadership capacity to make New Hampshire a better place for future generations. Nominee must be between 21 and 40 years of age and must live and work in the state of New Hampshire: Mary and Eric Goldthwaite-Gagne, Peterborough, Conval Schools, The Toadstool Bookshop.
• Coolest Companies for Young Professionals honors companies in New Hampshire that create environments to attract and retain young professionals (specifically ages 40 and under): Mad*Pow, Portsmouth: SilverTech, Manchester; and The Birchtree Center, Newington.
• Leadership Development Program of the Year honors an innovative program initiated and conducted by a New Hampshire organization. The program must be aimed at a young professional audience in New Hampshire that helps them propel their personal and professional growth: Business Analyst (BA) Program, C&S Wholesale Grocers.