Lidia Dale-Mesaros, well known in the Waterville Valley region as musher/owner of Valley Snow Dogz, was one of the judges for a State of New Hampshire tourism contest.
Debbie Sawyer’s fourth-grade class at Wheelock Elementary School was awarded the grand prize in the NH Division of Travel and Tourism’s “Class Act” video contest. The contest challenged New Hampshire students to create a one-minute video designed to attract visitors to the state.
Sawyer’s class substituted a “Magic Segway” for the “Magic School Bus” and put a New Hampshire twist on the “Magic School Bus” book series. The winning video invited viewers to tour each of the state’s 10 counties on a Segway, the self-balancing scooter that was invented in New Hampshire. The books, written by Joanna Cole, feature a teacher named Ms. Frizzle who uses a magic bus to take her students on journeys to explore science. The tourism video refers to “Ms. Hampshirzzle” taking students on a field trip around New Hampshire, from boating on Lake Winnipesaukee to tax-free shopping in Manchester.
The winners will receive a field trip to Mount Washington, including a ride on the Cog Railway.
Students at Shaker Road School in Concord came in second place, winning a live demonstration by Lidia’s Valley Snow Dogz, a dog sled tour company in Waterville Valley. Honorable mention went to Lafayette Regional School in Franconia, where students will enjoy a pizza party for their efforts.
Twenty classes from 18 schools participated in the contest.