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Littleton High School congratulates top graduates

Nicole Piette (click for larger version)
May 30, 2019
LITTLETON — Littleton High School's Crusader Community is proud to announce the Class of 2019's Valedictorian, Nicole Marie Piette, and Salutatorian, Joseph DePalma IV. Both students have worked tirelessly through their high school experiences to achieve the highest level of education.

Joseph DePalma (click for larger version)
When asked about her future plans, Piette indicates "I will make life-changing differences in someone's life."

With the drive demonstrated throughout her time at Littleton High School, she will achieve this and make our Littleton community proud. During her senior year, Piette participated in our ski and tennis teams, National Honor Society as treasurer, and Student Council as secretary. She spent six years as a Girl Scout earning both the Bronze and Silver awards and participating in the the Girl Scout Global Leadership Conference. During the summer of 2018, she attended the University of Connecticut's Pre-College Summer Program Human Pathology: Injury and Trauma. With more than 200 hours of community service, Piette supported our community with our Bike Rodeo, Great School Clean-up, Literacy Day, Littleton Police Department's Annual Halloween Festival, Littleton Youth Soccer, Memorial Day Parade, Mobile Pac, Mt. Eustis Ski Slope, and Roland Peabody Race. Nicole will be attending University of New England majoring in Exercise Science with the plan to earn a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy.

As part of DePalma's personal statement, he indicates "I wish to continue my education beyond high school to not only benefit myself but to better the world I live in."

In an additional essay, he reflects that "we live in a nation that serves as a beacon of hope to the rest of the world, shedding the light of liberty into the darkest shadows of the globe…"

His goal is to attend Plymouth State University, majoring in Business Administration minoring in Public Management with the plan to return to the Littleton Community as a local businessman and "to aid the further growth of our town." During his senior year, DePalma participated in our golf and tennis teams, National Honor Society as president, Youth and Government as chairman, and the Class of 2019 as president. Joe was named the Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce Student of the Year and was honored to receive the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award. Additionally, Joe was appointed to the New Hampshire Legislative Youth Advisory Council by the New Hampshire Senate President. DePalma interned with our Town Manager Andrew Dorsett as an Economic Development Intern. As a young entrepreneur, Joe established his own business, DePalma Hops Farm. Contributing more than 160 community service hours, Joe supported our community with Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, Littleton Police Department's Annual Halloween Festival, Littleton Public Library's Polar Pals, Mobile Pac, and the Pierre Lafitte Memorial Basketball Tournament.

Congratulations on your achievement, Nicole and Joe, and best wishes to the entire graduating Class of 2019.

Martin Lord & Osman
Varney Smith
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