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Young Alumni Named to "40 Under Forty" List

January 29, 2014

Laurie Morrissey
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7240

John Stewart and Michael SkeltonTwo members of the Saint Anselm Class of 2004 were named to the New Hampshire Union Leader "40 Under Forty" list.  Every year the state's largest daily newspaper recognizes 40 young citizens for their service and talent to the state.

Criminal justice major John Stewart owns Bedford Martial Arts Academy, and has received many commendations for his service to the community. He founded a charity-based martial arts program, Karate to Institute Confidence in Kids and Individuals Needing Guidance (KICKING) that serves non-profit programs dedicated to helping children. His academy hosts charity events and fundraisers. Stewart also volunteers at Saint Anselm, offering a self-defense class every year at new student orientation.

Before making the martial arts academy his full-time job, Stewart was a New Hampshire police officer for six years with the Bureau of Marine Patrol, Department of Safety, and the Department of Diplomatic Security.

Michael Skelton, a politics major, is the spokesperson for Public Service of New Hampshire. He is involved in many volunteer activities, and focuses on urging young people to attend college in New Hampshire or return to the state after college to raise their families. He recently stepped down from the board of the Manchester Young Professionals Network after seven years, and is co-chair of the Stay, Work, Play organization, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the state as a desirable place for young workers and recent college graduates.

After graduating from Saint Anselm, Skelton was executive council liaison for Gov. Craig Benson. After Benson's term ended in 2005, he was hired by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce as vice president of economic development and advocacy. He joined PSNH in 2010.