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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Uniforms and uniformity at graduation, veggie season sprouts

(AP file photo)

(AP file photo)

I personally didn’t know schools were so strict about graduation attire.

But that seems to be the case regarding at least one high school in Granite State. Conval High (Peterborough) senior Brandon Garabrant wants to wear his U.S. Marine Corps uniform to graduation, but school officials have told him that he must wear the tradional cap and gown.

Garabrant, of Greenfield, originally asked permission two months ago to wear the formal dress blues. The administration said no, but that he was welcome to add special pins or cords as awards on top of his cap and gown.

He completed his high school academic requirements in December, and reported to the Marines in March.

He is graduating from bootcamp today, and his family is already in South Carolina for the event.

Garabrant's mother said in a "worst case scenario" her son would wear the cap and gown over the uniform, but that she thinks it's "disgraceful" to the dress blues.

In Somersworth there’s a similar situation, but the student, Tony Proulx is expecting to walk in his uniform.

So with Conval’s graduation set for tomorrow, the administration has a tough decision to make.

In other news

∎ Despite being a little late, veggie season in the Granite State it starting to sprout.

∎ A closer look at the “Live Free or Die” motto from a theological point of view.

∎ The police say alcohol was not a factor in the drowing of a 20-year-old man in the Connecticut River.

∎ A 33rd hepatitis C case has been confirmed in the N.H. outbreak.

∎ N.H.’s congresswomen are calling to rename the Nashua Air Traffic Control Center.

 Two teachers at Exeter High have resigned amid a sex assault accusation and the discovery of a raunchy screenplay. A third is on paid administrative leave.

∎ A missing girl from Virginia was found by U.S. Marshals in New Hampshire during a meth lab bust.

∎ N.H. is looking at extending a rail from Haverhill to Plaistow.

 Concord High’s Katelyn Kennard was named 2012-13 Gatorade New Hampshire Softball Player of the Year.

(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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