Mascenic custodian named statewide 'Champion for Children'

 The New Hampshire School Administrators Association honored those who support the state’s children at its annual Champions for Children ceremony. From left, NHSAA Executive Director Mark MacLean; Vic Maloney, Southeast Region awardee; Steve Lennon, statewide Champion; Arthur Boutin, North Country awardee; and Kent Hemingway, Lakes Region awardee. South Central awardee Jennifer Maslanek was not present.

The New Hampshire School Administrators Association honored those who support the state’s children at its annual Champions for Children ceremony. From left, NHSAA Executive Director Mark MacLean; Vic Maloney, Southeast Region awardee; Steve Lennon, statewide Champion; Arthur Boutin, North Country awardee; and Kent Hemingway, Lakes Region awardee. South Central awardee Jennifer Maslanek was not present. Photo Courtesy New Hampshire School Administrators Association

 Steve Lennon is the Southwest Region and statewide 2024 Champion. With him at left is Mascenic Superintendent Chris Martin. (Photo Courtesy New Hampshire School Administrators Association)

Steve Lennon is the Southwest Region and statewide 2024 Champion. With him at left is Mascenic Superintendent Chris Martin. (Photo Courtesy New Hampshire School Administrators Association) Courtesy photo—

Published: 05-18-2024 1:02 PM

Five Granite State youth advocates were honored at the annual Champions for Children event on May 10 hosted by the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, including statewide winner, Steve Lennon, head custodian at Mascenic Regional High School in New Ipswich.

The event is held each year to recognize and celebrate “Champions for Children’’ throughout the state of New Hampshire. This year’s ceremony was held at the Grappone Center in Concord.

“Public education is the fabric of our communities,” said Mark MacLean, NHSAA Executive Director. “Recognizing Champions that focus their efforts on children is a small way to say, ‘thank you’ and to encourage others to do the same.”

Champions from various roles including boards, community leaders, staff members and volunteers, are brought forward at each New Hampshire School Administrators Association Region (Lakes, North Country, South Central, Southeast and Southwest). A Regional Champion is selected, from which a statewide winner is selected.

The 2024 NHSAA Regional winners are Steve Lennon (Southwest), Arthur Boutin (North Country), Kent Hemingway (Lakes Region), Vic Maloney (Southeast) and Jennifer Maslanek (South Central).

“To witness the dedication, passion, pride, and humility that these Champions express is truly invigorating,” MacLean said. “It’s a great reminder that we’re here for the kids and our collective mission is to ensure we are indeed championing all students every day.”

Of the five regional winners, Lennon, a Jaffrey resident, was selected as the statewide winner.

In a letter supporting his nomination, Elizabeth Pogorzelski, Principal at Mascenic Regional High School, said Lennon’s contributions to the school go well beyond keeping the building safe and clean. Lennon studies the school’s yearbook to learn the name of every student. He attends soccer games, chorus concerts, and fundraising events.

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“He loves to cheer on our students when they are doing something they love and to see them in an environment that is not the traditional classroom,” Pogorzelski wrote.

As a result of Lennon’s impact on the school, the PTSO is putting on a “Be Like Steve” spirit day to honor him.

“His dedication to our school goes beyond the contractual hours and his impact is hard to measure,” the letter stated. “He is a staple at our community events; always willing to find an extra fold-up table, permanent marker, extension cord, or assist with setup/cleanup. Mr. Lennon is a member of our community that could not be replaced.”