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Who’s Coming to Keene State?

Incoming first-year student Matt White
Incoming first-year student Matt White

Athletes, artists, musicians, and budding engineers are among the members of the Class of 2023 at Keene State College. We’ve been delighted to meet some of our incoming first-years and transfer students by way of stories in their local newspapers. Here’s a sampling:

Dylan Brown of Braintree, Massachusetts, interned with his high school’s Strives program, serving as a peer role model for students with autism spectrum disorder. He plans to study special education at Keene State. Read more here.

Emily Todorov of Sterling, Massachusetts, co-captained the Wachusett Regional High School varsity softball team. At Keene State, she plans to major in nursing. Read more here.

Matt White of Enfield, Connecticut, won the Connecticut Broadcasters Association Scholarship for the 2019-20 year. In high school, Matt performed in the concert and marching bands and the percussion ensemble, took part in the ski and bowling clubs, and volunteered at the local soup kitchen. He plans to study broadcasting at Keene State. (From the Connecticut Broadcasters Association)

As a senior of Chicopee Comprehensive High School in Chicopee, Massachusetts, Ben Allard designed and built a prosthetic hand for an 11-year-old boy, with the help of his CAD teacher and the school’s 3D printer. At Keene State, he’ll be studying SPDI – sustainable product design and innovation. Read more here and here.

Zeynab Osman of Manchester, New Hampshire, was part of a student group at Manchester Central High School that pushed for changes in the school’s tracking system to encourage more diversity in classes. She wants to become a criminal defense lawyer. Read more here.

James McCully is transferring from The University of New Hampshire to Keene State, where he’ll play on the soccer team. He told his hometown paper, the Cape Cod Times, that he is looking for a better balance between academics and athletics. “I felt like Keene would be a better fit,” said James, who will join two of his teammates from Nauset High School who are already studying at Keene State. Read more here.

Alexandria Holmes of Exeter, New Hampshire, decided on her career path after taking an education course at the Seacoast School of Technology. She also worked with 3- to 5-year-olds at the school’s in-house preschool and interned in a third-grade class at a local elementary school. At Keene State, she’ll study education and work toward a bachelor’s and then a master’s degree. Read more here.

Brendan Muhs was one of the senior varsity athletes at Sparta High School in Sparta, New Jersey, who was celebrated at a special dinner. Brendan was on the baseball and ski teams at Sparta High. Read more here.

Kiana Joler was valedictorian at Lawrence High School in Fairfield, Maine. She plans to study journalism and earth science at Keene State. Read more here.

Maeve Connolly plans to major in early childhood education at Keene State. A graduate of Dedham (Massachusetts) High School, she played basketball and volleyball and worked on the yearbook. Read more here.

Monique Deschenes of Seabrook, New Hampshire, is set to study physics and chemistry Keene State. She’d originally planned to become an elementary school teacher, but was turned on to science by her physics teacher. Read more here.

The valedictorian of Hinsdale, New Hampshire, High School, is heading to Keene State to study secondary education and history. Alexis Johnson was president of her high school senior class and National Honor Society and is a New Hampshire Scholar. Read more here.

Katie Martineau of Farmington, New Hampshire, a member of the National Honor Society, a New Hampshire Scholar, and a New Hampshire Scholar Athlete, will be playing basketball with the Keene State Owls. Read more here.

Exeter (New Hampshire) High grad Sydney Johnson of Brentwood, New Hampshire, is coming to Keene State to play varsity volleyball and study secondary education. She interned in a middle-school classroom, and likes that age group. She wants to become a math teacher. Read more here.

Alec Laflamme of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, plans to major in biology and exercise science at Keene State. One of the top 10 seniors at Monadnock High School, he was a member of the National Honor Society and a New Hampshire Scholar. Read more here.

Another top 10 senior at Monadnock High School, Meeghan Somerset of Swanzey, New Hampshire, will study English literature at Keene State. A dancer who performs with MoCo Arts, she was a member of the Key Club and Superintendent’s Club. Read more here.

Hunter Oberst of Alstead, New Hampshire, was one of the top 10 seniors at Fall Mountain High School, where he took every AP course offered, played four years of soccer, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Read more here.

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