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at 18’ 7”, and the best 100m runner at 11.74 seconds. This demonstrates what a uniquely talented athlete Tyler is. He won the award for Best Jumper on the team, but he was in the conver- sation for Best Thrower and Best Runner awards as well. “He really is one of, if not the best all-around athlete we have ever seen,” says LaPlume. “We will miss him tre- mendously!” Tyler will be attend- ing UNH next fall, and he plans to try and compete with the UNH track team next spring.
 Although this is Tyler’s first year of high school track and field, it is not his first experience with sports. When Tyler was in middle school, he participated in Granite State Track and Field. Granite State is a youth track pro- gram that is run through the local community center (The TTCC). “Tyler was an excellent sprinter, jumper, and thrower back then,” his high school coach, Michael LaPlume, remembers. LaPlume was the coach of the Granite State team back then. When Tyler de- cided to make “the jump” back to track this spring, Coach LaPlume was very excited, to say the least. “I remember Tyler to be a very quick study back in his youth track days, and he’s only improved on his ability to learn multiple events quickly,” says LaPlume.
Growing up in the Newfound area, Tyler played just about every youth sport through the TTCC, and was a leader on every team he joined. Not only did Tyler play youth sports grow- ing up, but he also helped coach many of them. According to Less Dion, the TTCC Director, “Tyler is probably the youngest youth coach we have ever had.”
While in middle school, Tyler once again took advantage of every opportunity available to him, playing soccer, basketball, and baseball all three years. He continued giving back to his
July’s Shining Star: Tyler Maclean
letes for decades both in our community and in surrounding communities. The Macleans are stalwarts of community outreach in the Newfound area.
Along with being a great ath- lete and an active community member, Tyler is also an out- standing student. A few of Tyler’s academic achievements include a 3.91 GPA; SAT scores of 520 in Reading and Writing and 680 in Mathematics for a total score of 1200; Expected NH Scholar: Stem Course of Study; National Honors Society; 4 Years of Honor Roll, Graduating Summa Cum Laude, Underclassmen award in Excellence in Technology Edu- cation 2019; two-time Student of the Month Technology Educa- tion as well as Mathematics; Bears Booster Club Student-Athlete 2020; tied for highest scorer on the math team, and completed 10 Honors classes and 4 AP classes. Tyler obviously takes his studies as seriously as he does sports and giving back to others.
“From the moment Tyler de- cided to join the track team, he made us a better squad,” says LaPlume. Unfortunately, living in the times we live in, Tyler had to start the season on quarantine. However, that did not slow him down. “He was reaching out to me almost daily,” LaPlume says, “asking me what he could do to get himself ready for the up-
coming season.” Before long, his quarantine was over, and at his first practice, “we knew we had something extraordinary,” says LaPlume. “As a coaching staff, we instantly saw his unique mix of power and speed. It was obvi- ous from the very beginning that he was going to be competitive in almost any event he chose to com- pete in.” By the end of the season, Tyler was the team’s best javelin thrower at 147’ 7”, which earned him 6th place at the NHIAA Di- vision 3 Championships. He was also the team’s best long jumper
 community by coaching youth sports and helping with various community events throughout his middle school career. And by the end of high school, Tyler will be a twelve-season athlete with play- ing soccer and basketball all four years, baseball for three years, and track for two years.
If there is an event happen- ing in Bristol, it’s a safe bet that Tyler and his family are there helping out. Giving back to our community is in Tyler’s blood, as he comes from a long line of community volunteers. As the Assistant Director at the TTCC, Tyler’s father, Dan Maclean, has been giving back to our commu- nity for decades. Prior to Dan working at the TTCC, Tyler’s grandparents, aunts, and uncles have been helping student-ath-
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