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This month’s Shining Star is the valedictorian of the New- found Regional High School Class of 2023, Taylor Mooney. In four years at Newfound, Tay- lor has excelled as a student in the classroom, as an athlete on the athletic fields, and as a volunteer in her community. She has also emerged as a student leader and role model among her peers in her school as well as for younger students in the greater Newfound community.
In addition to earning the title of valedictorian of her class with a 4.27 GPA, Taylor has earned many other academic accolades during her time at Newfound. Taylor is also a member of the National Honors Society as well as the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society. Additionally, she has received Awards of Excel- lence in Math and Physical Ed- ucation and has been selected as Student of the Month in math, French, computers, and wellness. However, Taylor has not limited her academic studies to New- found Regional High School.
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 June Shining Star: Taylor Mooney
She also graduated from the prestigious St. Paul’s School Advanced Studies Program for Data and Sta- tistics.
Taylor Mooney will also leave a decorated athletic legacy at Newfound. As
a freshman, Taylor was
an NHIAA regional qual-
ifier and an Academic All-American gymnast during both her freshman
and sophomore years. As
a soccer player, she earned
the varsity girls’ soccer Standout Season award.
In the spring of her junior
year, she joined the girls’ track and field team as a
pole vaulter. At the end of that season, she won the NHIAA Di- vision III championship in the pole vault and helped lead the Bears to their first NHIAA Di- vision III championship. During her senior season, Taylor has broken Newfound’s pole vault record with a vault of 9’ 1” and is looking to repeat her NHIAA Division III pole vault champi-
It would be easy for Taylor
Mooney to be satisfied with in- dividual academic and athletic achievements, but Taylor is not satisfied with individual accom- plishments. It is important to her to be a leader in her school and community and help others achieve success as well. Taylor has helped fundraise for the Spe-
cial Olympics and the American Cancer Society, served on the school’s yearbook committee, and served as a math tutor. She has also served as a role model for younger students by volun- teering on 8th grade Step-Up Day and helping organize soccer tryouts for the Thompson Tap- ply Community Center. Taylor has also been a presenter at the
Communities for Alco- hol and Drug-Free Youth (CADY) Regional Preven- tion Summit.
As she leaves Newfound Regional High School, Taylor Mooney sets a new standard for academic achievement, athletic suc- cess, and community lead- ership. After graduation, Taylor will continue her education at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, and major in business. Those who have come to know Taylor Mooney at Newfound Regional High School have no doubt that
she will bring the academic and athletic qualities and leadership skills to her next school as she has in her four years at Newfound.
Taylor once again broke our school record this past Saturday with a jump of 10'0" at the Wil- derness League Championship. She also broke the Wilderness League Championship record!
   Bear of the Week
Newfound Memorial Middle School’s Bears of the Week Student & Staff Winners for the week of May 12, 2023, are 6th-grade student Vander Littlefield and Paraprofessional Ms. Thibodeau. They have been recognized for their rep- resentation of the NMMS Core Values.
These members of our NMMS community continually show us what RE- SPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, PRIDE & INTEGRITY are all about!
Thank you to Franklin Savings Bank in Bristol and the Newfound Lake Inn in Bridgewater for sponsoring this week’s winners!

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