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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Concord High’s Ray Ramsey is royalty, a vigil for James Foley

Ray Ramsey, left, hangs out with his friends at a Concord High School volleyball game on Friday afternoon, October 4. 2013. Ramsey, who plays the trumpet in the band, was the first transgender student to be nominated for Concord High School's homecoming court and won the title at the school's game last weekend. 

(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Ray Ramsey, left, hangs out with his friends at a Concord High School volleyball game on Friday afternoon, October 4. 2013. Ramsey, who plays the trumpet in the band, was the first transgender student to be nominated for Concord High School's homecoming court and won the title at the school's game last weekend. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Concord High became national news over the weekend.

And in my opinion, it was for a great reason. The students elected Ray Ramsey homecoming king – the first transgender student to claim that honor.

Ray (formerly Rachel), a 17-year-old senior, plays in the marching band, and is described as a “huge part of the school.” It’s hard to think otherwise after this weekend.

It’s a common phrase: “Kids are mean.” But in cases like this, I think there’s nothing farther from the truth. Kids are understanding. Kids are forward-thinking. Kids get it.

I think there’s much to be said about Concord High’s student body, and I want to be one of the many to wish Ray a hearty congratulations.

In other news

∎ James Foley’s family will be holding a vigil for the missing journalist on Oct. 18 – his 40th birthday.

∎ The federal government shutdown could affect Columbus Day Weekend plans.

∎ It’s been one year since UNH Elizabeth Marriott was allegedly strangled to death.

∎ Storms earlier this week left plenty of New Hampshire homes without power (including mine).

∎ Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is headed to the Granite State.

∎ The man accused of killing a private school trustee at a New Hampshire hotel will plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

∎ Construction contracts in New Hampshire have declined.

∎ The 70-year-old man accused of bludgeoning his roommate to death with a sledgehammer has a history of violent crime.

∎ Some regions in the Granite State are seeing a peak in foliage.

∎ Even though the salmon restoration project has closed, there’s still good fishing to be had.


(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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