Keene High School is holding its Wall of Honor Class of 2019 Induction Dinner tonight at 6 at Keene Country Club. The award recognizes distinguished alumni. This year’s inductees are Dale Pregent (Class of 1957), Norm Arsenault (’59), Rick Zecha (’75) and Laura Knoy (’80).
A former Keene High basketball player, and student council and biology
club member, Pregent was a Keene City Councilor from 2001-2007, and mayor of Keene from 2007-’13. He is well known for his advocacy in efforts to repeal the state’s death penalty, as well as his work on the Community Steeple Campaign at the United Church of Christ of Keene. He was a business major at Northampton Commercial College and worked for Sears and
Roebuck and Co. Later in his career he started several successful companies, including Dale Pregent Antiques in Keene.
Arsenault, a member of the Blackbirds’ 1958 undefeated Division II football team, as well as the undefeated state champion boys’ track team, was a Sharby Award recipient. The Sharby is the football program’s most prestigious award. He was also awarded the Marston Trophy for Sportsmanship by the N.H. Football Officials Association. Following his graduation from the University of Maine in 1963, he went on to work as a forester for the U.S. Forest Service for many years. In 1982, he was given the Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Ski Association. He also worked in Washington, D.C., from 1991-’97 on the staff of Idaho Senator Larry Craig.
Zecha is a longtime and well-known sports official. He has worked much of his career at Smith’s Medical in Keene. He is a member of the N.H. Umpires Association since 1976 and has served as its president. He has served, too, as director of the Keene Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth youth baseball leagues, is a member of the Joe Yukica N.H. chapter of the National Football Federation. He has worked as a game official for the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. Zecha was inducted into the NHIAA Hall of Fame in 2013, and is a past recipient of the NHIAA John Clark Award for officials.
Knoy, a former Keene High cheerleader, was active in drama and choir at the school, was part of the New England Music Festival and was co-recipient of the “Most Spirited” member of her senior class. After graduating from George Washington University in 1984, she worked in public radio in Washington, D.C., as a researcher for USA Today’s Money Section, and as a researcher for the Institute of International Economics. In 1995, Knoy returned to her home state as the host of N.H. Public Radio’s popular daily talk show “The Exchange.” The show has won numerous state and national awards. In 2007, she was voted N.H. Broadcaster of the year, and in 2017, “The Exchange” was recognized as Top Radio Show in the State by N.H. Magazine.