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Hometown Hero

Friends Program mentee James Donohue of Warner won the “Hero in Your Life” essay contest, a joint effort of the New Hampshire Lottery and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His essay was about his Friends Program mentor George Smith of Warner. Donohue and Smith were recognized at a school assembly at Kearsarge Regional Middle School, where Donohue attends sixth grade. Prizes included $500 to Donohue’s classroom and $2,500 for the school. On top of that, Donohue, Smith and their families won in-field passes to the NASCAR race on Sept. 22 and were brought there and home by limousine. Donohue and Smith were brought up to the podium during the pre-race and were honored by Gov. Hassan in front of 100,000 people. Part of Donohue’s essay reads, “My hero is George Smith. I met this extraordinary man through the Friends Program. I have known George for just over a year, but it feels as though I have known him my whole life. He has taught me many things. George and I do various things from eating the best steak tips ever and playing darts, to hacking away at the enormous wood pile in my front yard . . . George has filled a large place in my heart.”

Friends Program mentee James Donohue of Warner won the “Hero in Your Life” essay contest, a joint effort of the New Hampshire Lottery and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His essay was about his Friends Program mentor George Smith of Warner. Donohue and Smith were recognized at a school assembly at Kearsarge Regional Middle School, where Donohue attends sixth grade. Prizes included $500 to Donohue’s classroom and $2,500 for the school. On top of that, Donohue, Smith and their families won in-field passes to the NASCAR race on Sept. 22 and were brought there and home by limousine. Donohue and Smith were brought up to the podium during the pre-race and were honored by Gov. Hassan in front of 100,000 people. Part of Donohue’s essay reads, “My hero is George Smith. I met this extraordinary man through the Friends Program. I have known George for just over a year, but it feels as though I have known him my whole life. He has taught me many things. George and I do various things from eating the best steak tips ever and playing darts, to hacking away at the enormous wood pile in my front yard . . . George has filled a large place in my heart.”

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