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Many Ridgefielder students earn honors and awards

Duncan Cozens of Ridgefield, has been named to Springfield (Mass.) College dean’s list. Mr. Cozens is studying sports biology.

Four Ridgefielders made dean’s honors, for a grade point average of at least 3.65, or dean’s high honors, at least 3.78, for the spring semester at Connecticut College in New London: Brittany Fitzgerald, class of 2013, dean’s high honors; Clinton Mullins, class of 2013, dean’s honors; Dezmond Bishop, class of 2016, dean’s high honors; Shannon Keating, class of 2013, dean’s high honors.

Bentley University Waltham, Mass., has named these Ridgefielders to the dean’s list: Jason Keller, Megan Kirchoff, Bradley Rosenfield, Michael Rossetter, Nicholas Shoff.

Olivia Koterska is the 2013 recipient of the $1,000 Ridgefield Music and Arts Center scholarship awarded to a senior involved in the RMAC organization. Olivia began her involvement with RMAC when she was in sixth grade, performing on Main Street with her older sister Maria before the Memorial Day parade. She continued her involvement performing and exhibiting throughout the last seven years. This year she was on the RMAC Student Executive Committee as event coordinator. She plans to study film and television at Boston University.

Carly Cappello is on the spring dean’s list at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Eight Ridgefielders have been named to the University of Delaware’s dean’s list for spring 2013: Alex Abrahams, Rachel Bangser, Kathryn Cholko, Shannon Connolly, Gabrielle Lanzetta, Megan Mariani, Tara McKeon, Michaela Schulman.

John O. Goode is on the second semester dean’s list at Virginia Military Institute Lexington, Va. He is a history major and son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Goode.

Eliza Marcus, a graduating senior at Ridgefield High School and captain of the varsity lacrosse team, has been awarded the 2013 Col. Richard E. Romine Leadership Award by the Ridgefield Detachment of the Marine Corps League. Ms. Marcus, a National Merit Scholar, will be studying at the University of California at Davis this fall and intends to join the university’s lacrosse team.

Dana Tufariello, a graduating high school senior, was recently awarded an honorable mention for the state of Connecticut in the United States Institute of Peace National Peace Essay Contest. The theme was “Gender, War, and Peacebuilding,” with a focus on how gender affects peacebuilding attempts. Ms. Tufariello analyzed the differences between the success of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners, who promoted women’s rights, and the failure of International Women’s Day in Egypt of 2011. She theorized about what caused the success of one group, and the failure of the other, and suggested methods for peace involving gender in the future.

Lucy Mathis, a senior at Ridgefield Alternative High School, was one of three recipients in the state to receive the Joseph G. Pearson Scholarship Award. To be eligible for selection she wrote an essay for the prompt “I expect to overcome challenges in the future by…” The award was sponsored by the National Student Parent Teacher Association and, after reviewing many essays, three were chosen for this prestigious award. Ms. Mathis and her parents attended a dinner for student recipients in Hamden on April 24. She plans to attend Sienna College in Albany in the fall to study physics and engineering.

Two Ridgefielders are the dean’s list of Macalester College St. Paul, Minn.: Malcolm Kane, son of Stephen and Nicole Kane, a senior, and Junius Brown, son of Hilory Brown and Junius Brown IV, a first-year student. Both are graduates of Ridgefield High School.

Kent (Conn.) School reports two Ridgefielders on the spring honor roll: Kerry Sheehan-Delany, fourth form (10th grade), and Jun Takeda, a sixth form (12th grade).

Catherine Pin and Marco Zandri were named to the dean’s list at the University of New Haven in West Haven.

Lafayette College Easton, Pa., reports three Ridgefielders on the dean’s list: Melissa Galione, a graduate of Ridgefield High School; Jaclyn Giordano, a graduate of Ridgefield High School; and Paige Hart, a graduate of St. Luke’s School.

Six Ridgefielders are on the spring dean’s list at Providence (R.I.) College: Melissa Brian, class of 2016; Sean Flanagan, class of 2013; Elizabeth O’Connell, class of 2015; Conner O’Meara, class of 2014; Michael Wasenius, class of 2014; Anne Wendel, class of 2013.

Three Ridgefielders are on the dean’s list at Roger Williams University, Bristol, R.I.:Randi Featherstone, majoring in theater; Danielle Saporito, legal studies; and Samantha Sorbaro, media communication.

Jeffrey David Rohrer has been named to the dean’s list at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.. Mr. Rohrer is a sophomore majoring in finance.

Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., has named Leana and Nicole DeSimone to its spring dean’s list. Both are English majors.

Elissa Solomon has earned highest honors for the spring semester of the 2012-2013 academic year at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest  collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, reports three Ridgefielders have joined: Bernice Iwinsk, initiated at University of Bridgeport; Rachel Bangser,  University of Delaware; Jennifer Hahn,  University of Southern California. Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible for membership.

Kathryn Lyon, daughter of Daniel and Beverly Lyon has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Hope College, Holland, Mich.

Curry College in Milton, Mass., reports Matthew Ferrara is on the dean’s list for the spring term.

Victoria Palazzo, a freshman, made the dean’s list at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, S.C. for the spring  semester.

Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., reports these Ridgefielders are on the dean’s list this spring: Shannon M. Beauregard, daughter of Thomas and Eileen Kelly Beauregard, a 2011 graduate of Ridgefield High School; Jennifer A. Doak, daughter of Kenneth Doak of Ridgefield, and Susan Koopman of Delray Beach, Fla., a 2012 graduate of Ridgefield High School; Rachel L. Greenberg, daughter of Kenneth Greenberg and Barbara Safran, a 2011 graduate of Ridgefield High School; Rebecca A. Howell, daughter of Timothy and Andrea Howell, a 2009 graduate of Ridgefield High School; Caroline T. Nesbit, daughter of Hugh and Patricia Nesbit, a 2010 graduate of Ridgefield High School; Evan S. Shemonsky, son of Robin Shemonsky of Bethel, and Brian Shemonsky of Ridgefield, a 2009 graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School.

Elizabeth Renehan of Ridgefield, a student at Lauralton Hall in Milford, won The Holy Cross Book Prize, awarded to a student who presents exceptional academic achievement and evidences sincere concern for others and a responsible attitude in her endeavors.

Allison Sansone, a student at the University of South Carolina, was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester. She is majoring in public relations and minoring in journalism, and is the daughter of Perry and Rose Ann Sansone of Ridgefield.

Cara La Motta has made dean’s list at the Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

Kristina Caravelli is on the spring dean’s list at Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Md. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Caravelli.

Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., recently named Christopher P. DiElsi, a member of the class of 2016, to its dean’s list for the spring semester.

Three Ridgefielders made the dean’s list at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., for the spring semester: Paul Brefka, Caitlin Chuma and Courtney Peckham.

Hannah K. Kloeckner, daughter of Sabine Heym-Kloeckner and Kristof Kloeckner of Ridgefield, has been named to the dean’s list at Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y. Ms. Kloeckner, a rising senior, majoring in Hispanic studies and psychology, and is a graduate of Ridgefield High School.

Kyle R. Pepin has been named to the spring president’s list at Western New England University in Springfield, Mass. Mr. Pepin is majoring in mechanical engineering.

Seven Ridgefielders were named to the spring dean’s list at Quinnipiac University in Hamden: Stephen Albano, Nicole Coviello, Lucy Freeman, Jacqueline Martire, Jillian Pracella, Jennifer Salzbrunn and Michael Syrotiak.

Two Ridgefielders received awards at the Wooster School Middle School awards ceremony June 11: Sabrina Blanton-Rich ’17, English Award, special recognition; Hunter Julo ’18, poet laureate, honorable mention.

Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., reports five Ridgefielders were named to the spring dean’s list for the semester: Kevin P. Langer, electrical engineering; Raymond R. DePalma, criminal justice; Michael A. Ravert, computer science; Jacob E. Farber, music; Benjamin J. Garbow, architecture.

Morgan C. Begos, daughter of Christine Hughes of Ridgefield, was named to the spring dean’s list at Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, Vt. A junior biochemistry major, she graduated from Ridgefield High School.

Timothy Beckert, a senior in marketing, was named to the spring dean’s list at Bryant University, Smithfield, R.I.

Ridgefielders on the spring dean’s list at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury are: Kevin Bamback, finance; Lawson Beatty, exploratory studies; Daniele Bell, political science; Robert Bergmann, management; Jamie Bertilson, elementary education; Sarah Biro, accounting; Rachel Carnazza, pre-secondary education; Sean Congdon, psychology; Emma Cowley, social work; Alyssa Denaro, communication; Stephen Devine, psychology; Corey Dunn, health promotion studies; Nicole Eberhardt, accounting; Matthew Fahey, finance; Kayla Falcinelli, communication; John Garvey, psychology; Sophia Gaudian, communication; Paige Glover, nursing; Emma Hinds, psychology; Jason Jaffee, biology; Ilena Kisciras, marketing; Alicia Locicero, exploratory studies; Jill Longo, communication; Sophia Lozado, business administration; Elizabeth Masters, exploratory studies; Drew Mazur, professional writing; Rebecca Pawson, biology; Vivian Ripley, management; Christopher Romano, music; Adriana Sabella, pre-nursing; Samantha Taddonio, justice and law administration; Kristen Varney, biology; Samuel Yolen, finance; David Zipparo, justice and law administration.

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, reports two Ridgefieldrs are on the spring dean’s list: Jayme Smith and Lauren Bonistalli.

Brendan M. Reilly, a biochemistry major, was named to the dean’s list at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, N.H. He is a member of the class of 2014.

Shannon Beatrice Reed has been named to the dean’s list at Clemson (S.C.) University   for a GPA between 3.50 and 3.99. She is majoring in early childhood education. On the president’s list (GPA of 4.0) are: Sarah Ann Fisher, majoring in biological sciences; Jillian Angela Richter,  biological sciences; Maya Salamon,  accounting.

Amy Killie of Ridgefield, a senior zoology major, has been named to the deans’ list at SUNY Oswego.

Kyle Kammer, majoring in communications and Travis Tiger, pre-elementary education and mathematics, are on the dean’s list at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic.

Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., reports two Ridgefielders are on the spring dean’s list: Keith Beizer,  class of 2015, a Spanish and political science major and son of Mr. and Atty. Robert D. Beizer;  and Julia DeVito, class of 2014, a biology major, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward DeVito. Both are graduates of Ridgefield High School.

Items in this column come from schools and from families of the students. They may be sent to news@TheRidgefieldPress.com.

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