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Keene inducts new Honor Society members

National Honor Students Emma Gothner, Anna Kowanko and Brittany Guerin, stand with newly inducted NHS members Sam Balzac, Jackson Van Wie, Megan Hall and Victoria Patenaude.

National Honor Students Emma Gothner, Anna Kowanko and Brittany Guerin, stand with newly inducted NHS members Sam Balzac, Jackson Van Wie, Megan Hall and Victoria Patenaude. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Dumas, a former KCS coach and history teacher, was given special recognition by the NHS for the hard work and personal service he paid to develop a NHS Chapter at KCS.

Robin Jaques, NHS Coordinator for KCS, said Dumas was the first leader of the NHS at Keene Central. He established the chapter in 1982.

“He was the driving force behind the birth of this program,” Jaques said.

The program currently has 166 active, graduate, and honorary members.

During the ceremony, the NHS honored Dumas’ work with a book containing the names of all 166 NHS members at KCS.

Dumas was unable to attend the ceremony, and his wife, Pauline, accepted the award on his behalf.

“We wanted to give him this book as a memento, with every name that he has affected written in the pages to show how many by starting this program,” said speaker Karen Glass. “He has always loved to learn and to share his learnings. There have been many coaches at KCS but there has only been one coach.”

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