Londonderry High School honors local heroes

Union Leader Correspondent
April 25. 2014 9:46PM
Londonderry High School assistant principal Art Psaledas, left, presented Bob Saur with the 2014 Lincoln Youth Service Award during Friday morning's high school pep rally. (APRIL GUILMET/Union Leader Correspondent)

LONDONDERRY — A longtime Scout leader and outdoor enthusiast was among the many local heroes honored at Londonderry High School Friday morning.

Bob Saur, who served several generations of Londonderry Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops, was presented with the Robert W. Lincoln Youth Service Award during the high school's spring pep rally.

The acting president of the Londonderry Trailways group, Saur is also an active member of the local Friends of Music organization and served as its president during the Marching Lancers' last trip to the Rose Bowl Parade.

But Saur said some of his fondest memories are those of the Scouts' many winter camping trips he led in the White Mountains.

"This is someone who's devoted tons of time to our town's young people," Assistant Principal Art Psaledas said. "He clearly exemplifies the spirit of giving."

Given annually in honor of Lincoln, who has volunteered for the town's athletic fields and youth programs for over four decades, the award recognizes dedicated Londonderry volunteers who help make the town a better place for its youngest residents.

Later, the crowds in the gym paused to honor Psaledas, who is set to retire this spring, with a choral rendition of the school song, a tune Psaledas himself wrote.

Principal Jason Parent recognized Assistant Principal Paul Dutton for his equally impressive contributions to the high school community. Dutton, who founded the school's Dollars for Scholars program in 1995, will leave the high school at the end of June after being appointed the new principal of Londonderry North Elementary School.

"He may be heading North, but he'll always be part of the Lancer nation," Parent said.

Taking the microphone, Dutton announced this year's Dollars for Scholars High School Teacher of the Year.

According to Dutton, over 155 school community members offered up nominations for the honors this year, with 17 of them praising the works of this year's winner, science teacher Daniel Grant.

Dutton described Grant as a "caring, enthusiastic and inspirational teacher," known for his sense of humor and his ability to push students beyond their comfort zone. Londonderry Middle School math teacher Trudy Morris was named this year's Dollars for Scholars Middle School Teacher of the year.

Morris, who previously taught in the Hampstead school district, has been teaching in Londonderry for 16 years. Over the course of her career she said she's taught some several thousand students.

"I just show up each day and do the job I love," she said, advising students past and present to simply "do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life."

English teacher Steve Juster, who emceed the pep rally, was later presented with the American Cancer Society's Volunteer Values Award in recognition of his work organizing the school's annual Pantene Beautiful Lengths haircutting event. Held each winter since 2006, the program has yielded a total of 1,373 hair donations, which resulted in hundreds of free wigs for children and adults coping with cancer treatments.

"We all do what we can, one day at a time, to help someone out," said William Sherry, board member of the state's American Cancer Society Chapter.

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