Windham Seniors Recognized as Elk Teenagers of the Month

March 28, 2014

Staff Photo by Jillian DiPersio These four Elk Teenagers of the Month are all actively involved WHS seniors: Haley Pereira, Brandon Smith, Joe Forti, and Samantha Broady.


by Jillian DiPersio, Windham High School Intern

Four seniors from Windham High School, Samantha Broady, Haley Pereira, Brandon Smith, and Joe Forti, have been chosen as Teenagers of the Month through a program run by the Derry-Salem Elk, Lodge 2226.  Each month area high schools nominate high-achieving members of their senior class to be recognized as Teenagers of the Month.  Students are chosen based on their accomplishments in academics, extracurricular activities, and community service.  At the end of the year, the Elk Lodge will choose the recipients of the Elk Teenager of the Year scholarship from those students named Teenagers of the Month.

Samantha Broady is a high honor roll student, having been awarded the Renaissance Award, the Wesleyan University Book Award, and named a New Hampshire Scholar and Student of the Term.  She also received the top score on the National Spanish Exam for Level 2 at WHS.  She has work experience in sales, merchandising, and commercial art.  She has designed the logo for Magnum T. Enterprises as well as the official t-shirt for the WHS AP Psychology classes 2012-2013.  Throughout her career at WHS she has been incredibly involved, playing on the varsity tennis team, participating in the Friends of Rachel Club, the Art Club, and the Jaguar Community Alliance.

Haley Pereira has also been highly involved all through high school.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and Math Honor Society, has received the WHS Renaissance Award and the Holy Cross Book Award.  Her freshman year she was the WHS Poetry Out Loud Finalist.  She has taken the Maxima Cum Laude National Latin Exam and received a Gold Medal for the Classical Etymology Exam.  She is also a founding member of the Smart Chix Club and is a varsity cheerleader.  She works at Sophisticakes in Windham and also dedicates her time to tutoring and volunteering.

Brandon Smith doubles as both an honor student and an athlete.  He has been awarded the Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award, the Honor Physics Highest Grade Point Average award, and has taken the National Latin Exam Magna Cum Laude for Latin I and II.  His freshman and sophomore year he became a black belt in karate and was part of a demo team that performed at numerous community events.  His sophomore year he also participated in Judo and won third place in two tournaments, both statewide and nationwide.  His junior year he was on the WHS wrestling team, and he spent both his junior and senior year playing on the varsity football team.  Smith will be attending the Georgia Institute of Technology this upcoming fall.

Joe Forti is in National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society.  He was on the Granite State Challenge Team and has been a member of the WHS varsity tennis team for four years.  He is captain of the WHS soccer team, which he has been involved with for four years, and he has done indoor track for three years.  Forti was also a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.

These four extraordinarily accomplished students are eligible for the Teenager of the Year Scholarship, which will be announced in May at the Derry-Salem Elk’s Youth Awards Banquet.  Last year two students were named Elk Teenagers of the Year, one student from Windham High School and the other from Salem High School.

Best of luck, Samantha, Haley, Brandon and Joe in your final months of senior year and beyond!