Student achievements

• Rachel Borden, class of 2016 of Milford, who majors in early childhood eucation, was among the Eastern Connecticut State University student participants in an annual study of how young children play with toys. Toys were placed preschool classrooms in Eastern’s Child and Family Development Resource Center, and student researchers used hidden cameras to record children playing with the toys. The Center for Early Childhood Education announced that Plus-Plus, a toy made by the Danish company Plus-Plus, was named the 2016 TIMPANI (Toys that Inspire Mindful Play and Nurture Imagination) Toy.

• Stephanie Shea of Milford recently was awarded a Love of Learning award worth $500 from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Shea is one of 80 recipients nationwide to receive the award. Shea, master’s graduate research assistant at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, will use funds from the award to help pay tuition for her continuing education. Shea was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi in 2016 at Texas A&M University.

• Sixteen Quinnipiac University MBA students, including Robert Steele of Milford, spent Thanksgiving week in Dublin, Ireland, and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The students toured sites of historic, political, economic and cultural importance such as Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle. They also visited nine Irish businesses, including the Davy Group, TPI Group, Olytico and Bank of Ireland. They were accompanied by Matthew O’Connor, dean of the School of Business, and business professors Thomas Coe and Osman Kilic.

They had Thanksgiving dinner at Titanic Belfast, which was recently named the world’s leading tourist attraction at the World Travel Awards 2016 ceremony. In addition, they attended the Friendship Four ice hockey tournament, which included the Quinnipiac’s men’s team, at SSE Arena in Belfast.

• Student Allison Steele of Milford, was to play Company at the University of Rhode Island theater department’s December production of “Spring Awakening.”

• Ava Vercellone, 9, of Milford, is in the cast at Hartford Stage in “A Christmas Carol” as Belinda Cratchit.

• The following local students graduated from Roger Williams University in spring 2016:

Shawn Cariglio of Milford earned a B.A. in psychology.

Zachary Cohen of Bethany earned a B.S. in marketing.

Jesse Dipietro of Woodbridge earned a B.A. in history, secondary education.

Loren Ginty of Woodbridge earned a B.A. in psychology.

Antonio Malangone of Bethany earned a B.S. in architecture.

Jonah Schwartz of Orange earned a B.S. in economics.

• Goodwin College’s President’s List for the summer 2016 session included Nicole Dorso of Milford.

• Matthew B. Simmons of Milford, majoring in secondary education, history, was among 14 students at Western New England University to be given Alumni Association 2016 Skookum Awards. The award is given for demonstrated excellence in academics, co-curricular activities, athletics, volunteer work and community service.

• The Assumption College Office of Student Activities has announced that Paul Amarone, of Milford, is president of Young Conservative Club for the 2016-17 academic year.

• Milford resident Julia Provenzano, of the Rochester Institute of Technology women’s cross-country team, earned 2016 Liberty League Fall All-Academic Team honors.

• Stevenson University’s annual volunteer day, known as Mustangs Make A Difference Day, participants included Kyra Blacketter of Milford, Ariel Loewenthal of Orange.

• Eastern Connecticut State University recently held its annual Scholarship Reception in the Fine Arts Instructional Center. The event brought together major ECSU Foundation scholarship donors and their respective student-recipients. Students of all backgrounds and academic majors were awarded scholarships, totaling more than $600,000.

Connor Dunleavy, class of 2018 of Orange, was the recipient of a scholarship. Dunleavy’s major is environmental earth science.

Sarah Dunn, class of 2018 of Milford, was the recipient of a scholarship. Dunn’s major is business administration.

Gina Georgetti, class of 2017 of Milford, was the recipient of a scholarship. Georgetti’s major is mathematics.

Robert Zielinski, class of 2017 of Bethany, was the recipient of a scholarship. Zielinski’s major is mathematics.

• Julianna Petrucelli of Milford has been inducted into Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology during a ceremony on the Curry College campus Dec. 9.