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 Newfound Regional High School recently celebrated its Seventh Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction. Kelli Kemery, Jacqueline Lyon, Peter Patten, and Nick Perzanoski joined the 34 individuals and four teams previously inducted. Director of Athletics Jake Tivey welcomed everyone to the ceremony while members of the Student Athletic Leadership Team spoke of each individual and presented them with their award.
Kelli Kemery, a 1981 New- found Memorial High School graduate, excelled in cross coun- try, girls’ basketball, and track & field. She left her mark on all of her teams as a positive role model and leader by example. In 1980, her cross-country team finished undefeated in her senior season. In addition, Kelli left her legacy on the track with school records in the 800 meter and Long Jump. Her 800-meter record lasted for 25 years, while her Long Jump record was broken this past
Spring, 2022, 43 years after she set it.
Kelli was the recipient of the prestigious D.S.R. Good Citi- zenship Award for her role as a student-athlete and her time ded- icated to being a Sunday school teacher. She was a member of the National Honor Society and finished as the Salutatorian in her class. This determination and dedication earned her a scholar- ship to Keene State College. She transferred to Plymouth State. She has been involved in several philanthropic and volunteer pur- suits since graduation. She is cur- rently at Plymouth State working in the Finance and Administra- tion Division.
Jacqueline Lyon, a Newfound Memorial High School 1989 graduate, was a member of the field hockey, basketball, and softball teams. In field hockey and softball, she was a player who played multiple positions and was dedicated to her teams through her dedication and work
ethic. Her true passion was on the basketball court. She con- stantly worked to improve her skills during the season and the off-season. The 1988 team lost in the State Championship. Her biggest individual highlight came during her senior season when she achieved the 1,000-point milestone midway thru her senior year. Her ability and academics earned her a full scholarship to
play basketball at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina.
Jacqueline held a number of impressive positions before being selected to attend the F.B.I. Acad- emy. As a Special Agent, she has served the F.B.I. for 18 years. Jac- queline has been honored with six Merit Awards for Outstanding Achievements, an Exceptional Performance Award, two cita- tions for Achievement Awards, and has been a nominee for the F.B.I.’s Director Award and the Attorney General’s Award.
Peter Patten graduated from Newfound Memorial High School in 1987. His contribu- tions to the Newfound track community and as an athlete and long-time volunteer coach deserve this recognition. Peter was considered a dynamic track athlete and has been referred to
as one of the greatest supporters of the program for the past two decades. He was selected as the “Most Valuable” track athlete from the 1987 team. At one point in his career, he held the record in all three throwing events (dis- cus, javelin, and shot put). His discus record held for almost ten years.
Peter has worked at Freuden- berg Nok since high school. He has been a volunteer with the TTCC for many years and has coached several teams. He has been a dedicated volunteer work- ing primarily with athletes in the throwing events. One of his most incredible moments of pride came while coaching his daugh- ter, Maegan, helping her break the shot put and discus records, with her discus record still stand- ing today. There has not been a track event this century that he has not been a volunteer, and his dedication is recognized with this award.
Nick Perzanoski graduated from Newfound Regional High School in 2004 and was a key track & field team member. Nick’s capabilities and willing- ness to compete in many events led to his successes in the de- cathlon meet, held at the end of each track season. He was 7th as a junior and placed second as a senior against all male athletes in the State of New Hampshire. He was on the State Champi-
Newfound Regional Celebrates Its Seventh Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
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