Local residents’ achievements
• The Woodbridge Rotary Club recently installed Cynthia Gibbons of Woodbridge as its newest member. Gibbons is national director of finance home health/hospice and post-acute for Tenet Healthcare of Dallas. She is chairwoman of the Woodbridge Zoning Board of Appeals.
• Arielle Smith-Watts, a sophomore at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, has earned a place on the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester. Smith-Watts, 17, of Milford, attended Oviedo High School, in Florida, before leaving to enter college after 10th grade.
• Dana Grindall, of Orange, in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology, earned Dean’s High Honors for the fall semester of the 2016-2017 academic year.
• Amanda Portoff of Milford is one of 19 student-athletes on the 2017 Kutztown University softball team.
• Ashley Hennequin, of Milford, was named to the Dean’s List at Delaware Valley University for the fall 2016 semester.
• Envision Kindness, a Connecticut nonprofit, announced that Jonathan Law High School, Milford, students Abby Williamson, Basima Karzoun, Tia DiBlase and Lexi Fisk won Overall Popular Choice in the second annual Envision Kindness Student Film Contest for their film “It Only Takes One Person.” Teacher: Christopher Kulenych.
A prize of $100 will be awarded to the school.
The contest challenged college, high school and middle school students across the state to make short films using kindness as the central theme.
Forty films were received. Winners were selected by a group of actors, filmmakers, producers, directors and journalists. Winning films can be seen on the Envision Kindness YouTube channel or at http://bit.ly/2kmwvax
“This contest was a rewarding experience for our kids. We were able to use the PSA to promote kindness in a fun, creative, meaningful way which had an impact on our entire school,” said Christopher Kulenych, Jonathan Law High School English and journalism teacher, adviser to The Advocate and Eagle Eye News, and head girls’ tennis.
• Maria LaViola of Morgan Stanley was sworn in by Trish Pearson Jan. 27 at the Rotary Club of Orange weekly luncheon. She joins Nick Feigl of Geico Insurance as the club’s newest members.
• Hamden Hall Country Day School will send 11 of its Upper School students to the All-State Music Festival after having qualified for the Honor Choir and Band, including Akash Jyothish of Milford. • Seventh-graders at Amity Middle School in Orange participated in “A Musical Tour through Latin America” with Orquesta Afinke. Students learned about rhythms, instrumentation, and musical genres. Band leader Herminio Planas, who is principal of Black Rock School in Bridgeport, and fellow musicians, emphasized the importance of teamwork and education.
• Seton Hall University students on the fall 2016 Dean’s List are: Connor Cadrin of Milford, Miranda Carpenter of Bethany, Karlie Winters of Milford.
• Students on the Dean’s List for the 2016 fall semester at the University of Alabama are: Jane C. Dinatale of Milford, Michelle Cassidy Hovey, Milford, Alicia Juliet Paight, Milford.
• Katherine D. Boynton of Orange will participate in a St. Lawrence University off-campus study abroad program during the spring 2017 semester. Boynton is a member of the class of 2017 and is majoring in biology. Boynton graduated from Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall. Boynton is participating in St. Lawrence University’s spring off-campus program in Denmark.
• Sydney Mursko of Milford and Courtney Beecher of Milford made the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester at DeSales University.
• Goodwin College local students who achieved Dean’s List status for the fall 2016 session are: Camryn Cox of Bethany, Diana McSherry of Bethany, Melinda Costello of Milford, Krystal Finney of Milford, Alicja Kuchta of Milford, Laura O’Brien of Milford, Marie Sonsini of Milford, Jaime Bouchard of Orange, Bridgit Ford of Orange, Patrick Welch of Orange, Michael Berkley of Woodbridge.
• Eastern Connecticut State University students enrolled for the spring 2017 semester are Autumn Lewandowski of Milford, Nicholas Scheets of Milford.
• Bethany residents who earned Honors at Sacred Heart Academy for the second marking period of the 2016-2017 academic year are: Hannah Ahearn, High Honors, Maureen Cassidy, High Honors, Jeanne Cassidy, High Honors, Christiana Ferencz, High Honors, Brigid Tesla, High Honors, Elizabeth Tine, High Honors, Marina Amendola, Honors.
• The following students from Milford were named to the Sacred Heart Academy Honor Roll for the second marking period of the 2016—2017 academic school year:
High Honors: Clare Bassano, Katerina Bilcheck, Mary Castello, Karlee Chapman, Chryssa Donovan, Oviereya Ekeh, Vienna Goskowski, Justine Junga, Barbara Kefalas, Madeleine Lagarde, Claire Lagarde, Rachael Radwill, Audrey Seyfried.
Honors: Erin Albright, Francesca Fidaleo, Annie-jorden Tomaszek.
• Orange residents who earned Honors at Sacred Heart Academy for the second marking period of the 2016-2017 academic year are: High Honors Emily Drezek, Haley Bothwell.
• Woodbridge residents named to the Sacred Heart Academy second marking period of the 2016—2017 academic school year are: High Honors: Carson Dziczkowski, Anna-Claire Luciani, Eleanor Luciani.
• West Haven residents named to the Sacred Heart Academy second marking period of the 2016—2017 academic school year are: High Honors: Veronica Adams, Ashley Angele, Catherine Beckwith, Anna Beebe, Molly Cannon, Fatima Cardozo, Courtney Carlson, Julia Danehy, Abigail Davis, Maame-Adjoa Edjah, Channel Fuentes, Mayschell Mora-Cryus, Bailey Moran, Allison Sawicki, Taylor Weiss.
Honors: Kaitlin Burns, Daphne Donniri, Delia Donniri, Livia Talamelli, Shelsey Vega.
• Goodwin College’s President’s List for the fall 2016 session includes Camryn Cox of Bethany, Diana McSherry of Bethany, Melinda Costello of Milford, Krystal Finney of Milford, Alicia Kuchta of Milford, Laura O’Brien of Milford, Marie Sonsini of Milford, Jaime Bouchard of Orange, Bridgit Ford of Orange, Patrick Welch of Orange, Michael Berkley of Woodbridge.
• Hofstra University students named to the fall 2016 Dean’s List include: Peter Charney of Bethany, Miranda Edson of Milford, Haritsa Halepas of Woodbridge, Nicholas Meyer of Milford, Victoria Staniewicz of Woodbridge, Alessandra Villano.