• Antoinette Iadarola, PhD, received an honorary doctorate in humane letters during Cabrini University’s 57th Commencement ceremony on May 21. A president merita, Iadarola served as Cabrini’s president for 16 years. Iadarola retired from Cabrini in 2008 and contemplated retirement before accepting an offer to lead Lauralton Hall high school as its president.
• Hamden Hall Country Day School seventh-grader Ben James, 13, of Milford had a standout golf season, winning two tournaments in May. He is the son of Gretchen James and Donald James Jr. Hamden Hall’s golf team competed May 10 in the Fishers Island Invitational Golf Tournament and came in fourth overall, but Ben won the whole tournament by two shots, shooting a 75. The tournament fielded 12 teams and 48 players. Ben is the first Hamden Hall golfer in five years to have won the tournament. Later in the month, Ben went on to win the Fairchester Athletic Association Tournament, which pitted him against 42 golfers at the Country Club of New Canaan. He shot a 78 and his win earned him selection to the All Fairchester League. It’s been at least a decade since a Hamden Hall player has won the Fairchester League tourney.
“Ben’s wins are outstanding in their own right, but made more so because of the fact that he is a middle schooler and is playing against varsity high school athletes,” said Varsity Golf Coach Keith Kaliszewski.
At the final outing of the season, Ben shot a 71 at the Kingswood Invitational Tournament, which is the New England Championship, in Feeding Hills, Mass., Ben placed fourth out of 115 golfers from 25 teams. He was the only middle schooler in the field.
• Curry College bestowed degrees May 21 included Marissa Bruno of Milford received a Bachelor of Arts; Nicholas LaPenna of Milford received a Bachelor of Arts; Kayla Prete of Orange received a Bachelor of Arts.
• Local members of the Sacred Heart Academy class of 2017 who have earned the distinction of 4.0 Gold Tassel Scholar because they hold a cumulative 4-year minimum average of 4.0 or higher, allowing them to wear gold tassels at commencement: Jeanne Marie Cassidy (Bethany) U of New Hampshire, Madeleine Lagarde (Milford) No. Carolina State University.
• Local residents who received Bachelor of Arts degrees from Hamilton College on May 21 are: Katherine T. Glusac, daughter of Marie Robert and Earl Glusac of Woodbridge. Glusac majored in French at Hamilton.
Shirley Luo, daughter of Lily Mao and Shi Luo of Orange. Luo majored in public policy at Hamilton.
• Paul Amarone, of Milford, received a Bachelor of Arts May 14 during Assumption College’s 100th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 14.
• Adam Streeter, of Milford, was named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. Streeter is majoring in game art and animation.
• The following local residents were named to Emerson College’s Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester: Casey McDonald, a writing, lit and publishing major, of Milford; Brendan Regan, a media arts production major, of Woodbridge; Stephen Furda, a media arts production major, of Milford.
• The Saint Michael’s College Book Award was presented to Audrey Seyfried of Milford, a student at Sacred Heart Academy. This award recognizes an outstanding junior in academics, a member of National Honor Society, and a leader who demonstrates a sustained commitment to school and community activities.
• Lydia Tilsley of Orange, a University of Scranton student, was inducted into the business honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma. Tilsley is a graduate majoring in master of business administration.
• The following local students participated in the University of New Hampshire commencement May 20: Angelique Foley of Milford, graduated with a BS in Sust Agriculture & Food Systems; Haley Buono of Milford, graduated with a BS in RMP: Program Administration; Hannah Medovnikov of Bethany, graduated with a BA in the Arts: Studio Art.
• Alexa Newall, of Milford, majoring in early childhood education, has made the President’s List at Coastal Carolina University for the spring semester.
• The following residents graduated from Marist College the weekend of May 19: Valentina Ballas of Milford, received a Bachelor of Science in business administration. Nicole Briel of Milford, received a Bachelor of Professional Studies in interior design. Alexa Kovlakas of Milford, received a Bachelor of Science in biomedical sciences. Inmaculada Broadie of Orange, received a Master’s in public administration.
• Samantha Austin of Bethany was among the University of Scranton students inducted into the women’s business honor society, Omega Beta Sigma. Austin is a senior majoring in health administration.
The character trait for the fourth quarter at Amity Middle School in Bethany was “Trustworthy.” The students who recently received the award are, standing, from left, Jeffrey Tafuto, Sean Doron, Andy Kim, Tasha Von Beeden and Rhian Alsgaard.
• Worcester Polytechnic Institute awarded the following students degrees May 13: Ryan Dennis of Milford, Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering with distinction. Thomas Meehan of Orange, Bachelor of Science in computer science with distinction. Drew DeRubeis of Milford, Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering with distinction.
• Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary scholarship winners for 2017 include Jonathan Feher, Carly Malesky, Marissa Pollack, Olivia Steiner, Allison Jezierny and Melanie Coleman, all of Milford.
• Chloe Taylor Smith, of Woodbridge, graduated May 17 with a cumulative 4.0 GPA from Columbia University with a masters degree in social work. She earned her bachelor degree in social work from New York University and is a 2012 graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall. Smith will be pursuing her doctoral degree.
• Katherine D. Boynton of Orange, a biology major, was awarded a Bachelor of Science from St. Lawrence University on May 21. Boynton attended the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy.
• At Iowa State University’s spring commencement ceremonies, local residents received degrees. Bethany: Chelsea Marko, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, veterinary medicine. Orange: Jamie Lembo, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, veterinary medicine.
• Local students to graduate May 16 from Eastern Connecticut State University are: India Bailey of Milford, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Margaret Berkovich of Milford, Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts. Jason Bindner of Milford, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Brianna Faustini of Orange, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Anthony Gentile of Orange, Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. Gina Georgetti of Milford, Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. Jaclyn Kordiak of Orange, Bachelor of General Studies in Humanities. Megan McCaskill of Milford, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. Kerry McNamara of Milford, cum laude, Bachelor of Science in Communication. Amanda Meade of Orange, Bachelor of Science in Communication. Rachel Mezzoni of Milford, Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. Shannon Murphy of Woodbridge, cum laude, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. Christopher Nunno of Milford, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. Lauren Polansky of Milford, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Earth Science. Robert Rosner of Orange, Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. Zachary Sandora of Bethany, Bachelor of General Studies in Business Administration. Sean Sayers of Orange, Bachelor of Science in Communication. Janessa Soucy of Milford, Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Science. Christopher Yee of Milford, cum laude, Bachelor of Science in Finance. Robert Zielinski of Bethany, summa cum laude, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
• State Sen. Gayle Slossberg, D-Milford, led the Senate in offering a welcome to the 14 Boys & Girls Club “Youths of the Year,” including Julie Myers of Milford. “I was such a pleasure to meet all the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year, and especially Julie Myers of Milford,” said Slossberg. “Julie is a student at Jonathan Law High School and a truly impressive young woman who has showed great poise and determination.”
• The following is a list of local students, and their major, who graduated May 21 from Connecticut College: Milford, Kathryn Rose Alderman. English; Rebecca Carol Tutino, behavioral neuroscience and psychology. Orange, Sarah Marie Haddad, American studies. Woodbridge, Storm Jacob Boris, mathematics and economics.
• The Garden Club of Orange recently helped children at Turkey Hill School 21st Century, plant a flower garden. The children learned about a plot plan with the largest flowers in the center and moving out to sides. Next, they soaked the seedlings in pots of water, dug holes large enough for a plant, and added some fertilizer. The children took turns planting and learning the names of each flower. Everything was given a good soaking because it was a beautiful hot day. The Garden Club members hope to help plant flower bulbs in the fall. For more information, call Joanne Friedrich at 203-795-4266.
• The character trait for the fourth quarter at Amity Middle School in Bethany was “Trustworthy.” The students who recently received the award are Jeffrey Tafuto, Sean Doron, Andy Kim, Tasha Von Beeden, Rhian Alsgaard, Arnav Paliwal, Nick Cui, Kaitlyn Pryor, Catherine Tereb, Savannah Kusnitz, Steven Miccio and Sofia Magliocco. Awardees will have a special breakfast at the end of the year.