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Hooksett Town Councilor Donald Winterton presents Manchester West Senior Noah Cote with December’s Youth Achiever of the Month Award at Tuesday night’s Hooksett Town Council meeting. (Benjamin Kleinr/Union Leader Correspondent)

Manchester West senior quietly shines as Hooksett's Youth Achiever

HOOKSETT — Manchester West High School senior Noah Cote was named Hooksett Town Council Youth Achiever of the Month at Wednesday’s Council meeting.

The Youth Achiever of the Month Award was established in September to allow residents to nominate who they believe to be outstanding young Hooksett residents so they can be honored by the Council. Council member Donald Winterton said while presenting Cote with his certificate that the award has quickly become one of his favorite parts of being a town councilor.

“This is the most fun I have doing this job, pointing out to the rest of the residents the wonderful things that the youth in Hooksett are doing,” Winterton said.

In honoring Cote, Winterton pointed out that the studious musically inclined jock plays both the tuba and trombone in West’s concert band, marching band and jazz band, is a member of the National Honor Society and captain of the school’s hockey and lacrosse teams.

“There has to be more than 24 hours in this kid’s day,” Winterton said.

Cote, whose age belies his 6’2 height and full beard, said being given the award was an honor.

“It’s definitely nice to be recognized for everything I do. I have to do everything I do very carefully. It really comes down to knowing what you need to do and when it needs to be done by or you fall behind,” Cote said.

After receiving the award, Cote was careful to point out how important Manchester West was to his development.

“As most people know (West) is the smallest of the Manchester schools, but I don’t think it takes away from the quality of the education there. I probably wouldn’t be where I am if I went to another school,” Cote said.

Cote’s parents Tom and Lynn agreed.

“As parents we are more than happy with the Manchester high schools, the quality of education has been outstanding for all our children,” Tom said.

Speaking to the award, Lynn said she was very thankful it was created because it helps to celebrate children like her son who are great achievers but very modest.

“Noah does all these things but not with the anticipation of recognition, so it is nice when people do recognize him because he tends to be a quiet guy as he is someone who leads by example,” Lynn said.

With the end of his high school career rapidly approaching Cote said he hasn’t figured out where he wants to go to college, but he does know what he wants to study.

“I want to study music therapy. I have always loved music and people and I have been fascinated by how it impacts people’s minds and thoughts.”

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