Student and Staff Achievements for February 2017

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At each monthly Board of Education Meeting, we are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of select students and staff members. Following are those who will be recognized at the February Monthly Board Meeting.

National Center for Women & Information Technology

Westhill High School (WHS) students Reshmi Ranjith and Rachel Lese have been recognized by the National Center for Women & Information Technology as a 2017 Connecticut Affiliate winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. NCWIT Aspirations in Computing provides a long-term community for female technologists, from K-12 through higher education and beyond. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing; leadership ability; academic history; and plans for post-secondary education.

Columbia Press Awards
The Round Table, Stamford High School’s (SHS) digital student newspaper, recently received a Gold Medal from The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), a department of Columbia University in New York City, for the third year in a row. The publication also earned the further recognition of "All-Columbian" honors in all three of the categories judged. The Round Table earned 972 out of a possible 1,000 points from Columbia, an increase of 21 points over last year’s score.

2016-17 Staff of The Round Table:
Faculty Advisors:   Jon Ringel and Ryan Hough
Editors-in-chief:      Abby Bushell and Griffin Olshan

2017 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards
Five Stamford High School (SHS) students and one Rippowam Middle School student were recently recognized for their outstanding artistic contributions as part of the 2017 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards exhibition, the largest juried student art exhibition in the state. The awards presentation was held in late January at Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford. The student artwork was exhibited in the Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford from January 29 through February 3, 2017.

Stamford High School:
Sophie Lyons, Gold Key Award, Art Portfolio –Photography, “Quintessentially You” (Teacher: Paul Cusano)

Patricia Pierre, Silver Key Award, Drawing and Illustration, “Self Portrait” (Teacher: Paul Cusano)

Ivy Zingone, Silver Key Award, Drawing and Illustration, “Ethereal Still Life” (Teacher: Kim Wheeler)

Felipe Aguilar, Honorable Mention Award, Jewelry, “Scorpion Bracelet” (Teacher: Carolyn Daher)

Diana Corleto, Honorable Mention Award, Digital Art, “Sugar Skull” (Erika Arconti-Galassi)
Rippowam Middle School:

Grace Huber, Gold Key Award, Sculpture, “Be You” (Teacher: Jeannette Alicea)

VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest
Walker Luncy, a 7th grader at Cloonan Middle School, won first place in the Veterans of Foreign
Wars First District’s competition, part of the veterans’ group’s annual “Patriot’s Pen” youth
essay contest. The national contest draws over 130,000 submissions from students in grades 6-
8. Walker is now representing Fairfield County as one of five finalists for the state prize, the
winner of which will be entered into the national competition. The national first-place winner
will receive $5,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., while each state winner
receives a minimum of $500. The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s
history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to
400-word essay on a Patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.

Hudson-to-Housatonic Scholastic Writing Awards
Sam Harris, an 8th grader at Cloonan Middle School, was awarded The Village Bookstore of
Pleasantville, N.Y. Fiction Prize for his story The Absurd Plight of Stick-Man Steve in the Flash
Fiction category. Also recognized were Westhill High seniors Briana Casino, who was awarded a
Gold Key in the Personal Essay/Memoir category for Reminders, Luis Hernandez who was
awarded a Silver Key in Poetry for i don’t remember you and Frantz Gabriel, whose Pencils was
an Honorable Mention in Personal Essay/Memoir. Over 1,900 works were submitted for review,
of which 363 were Honorable Mentions, 262 were awarded Silver Keys and 180 were awarded
Gold Keys.

Connecticut Association for Adult & Continuing Education Awards
The Connecticut Association for Adult & Continuing Education (CAACE) has selected Juan Lopez
as a Learner of the Year and Susan Benthall as an Educator of the Year. Juan, a student in the
Adult & Continuing Education High School Credit Diploma Program, is one of five outstanding
students being recognized and will receive a $500 scholarship at the CAACE Student Awards
Luncheon in March. Susan, a teacher with the English Language Learner program, will be
celebrated at the annual CAACE Educator and Leadership Awards Luncheon, also in March.