For Immediate Release
March 29, 2013

Contact: Erin Hathaway
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14th Annual Free College Planning Event a Success for Local Students

Concord, NH - The NHHEAF Network Organizations' 14th annual Destination CollegeSM held Saturday, March 16 at Plymouth State University received high marks from the over 1,000 NH high school juniors and parents in attendance. The free event provides registrants the opportunity to learn about college planning topics; everything from the college application and standardized tests to financial aid and tips on managing finances. According to René Drouin, President & CEO of The NHHEAF Network Organizations, "We are thrilled to be able to continuously fulfill our mission by providing students and parents essential college planning support through initiatives such as this amazing event."

Attendees were welcomed in the morning session by Plymouth State University President, Sara Jayne Steen and The NHHEAF Network Organizations' President and CEO, René A. Drouin followed by the keynote address by this year's Destination CollegeSM Speech Contest winner, and $1,000 scholarship recipient, Plymouth Regional High School Senior, Erin D'Aleo. Erin's speech focused on the complex but important process of choosing a college that best suits future goals, "Throughout the college search I was looking to find a college or university that would notice me for what I could do well and for who I was as a person." Erin also highlighted the anticipation of waiting for acceptance letters while continuing to work hard in school. At the end of her speech, Erin was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship for winning the annual Keynote Speech Contest. This year's runner-up for the speech contest and $500 college scholarship winner was Sam Bernstein from High Mowing School.

The rest of the morning and afternoon were filled with informational seminars by expert college presenters on topics including financial aid, the college application, standardized testing and specialized sessions for student-athletes and first generation college students. The day ended with a college fair, featuring over 50 colleges and universities including the announcement of raffle prize winners and one $500 scholarship winner, Larissa Bryant from ConVal Regional High School.

This year's event sponsors included Sulloway & Hollis, Stonyfield Yogurt, Lincoln Financial Group, Coca-Cola, Hinckley Allen Snyder LLP, and Baker Newman Noyes. Support and raffle contributions were also provided by British Beer Company, Plymouth State University, Betterforms, the Boston Red Sox, Surv and T-Bones and Cactus Jack's. To view more information about this year's event, log onto