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Many from Ridgefield earn academic honors and awards — and diplomas

Two students from Ridgefield graduated from Wooster School in Danbury. Mackenzie Julo, daughter of Earl and Libby Harrison Julo of Ridgefield, will be attending Lasell College and was awarded an achievement award. Lucas Winson, son of Liz Winson and the late Brett Winson of Ridgefield, was awarded the following from Wooster School: Edward W. Robinson ’37 Award and Alvah Jessup ’49 Award for Outstanding Athlete. Mr. Winson will be attending Syracuse University.

Joseph Merola, has earned a master’s of science in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Class of 2015 communications major Kyle Kammer of Ridgefield was named to Eastern Connecticut State University spring 2014 dean’s list.

Kathleen Biglin of Standish Drive graduated from Manhattan College School of Engineering on May 18, with a bachelor of science of chemical engineering magna cum laude. In August, Ms. Biglin will begin her career with ExxonMobil Research & Engineering in the Fluid Catalytic Cracking division. Ms. Biglin graduated from Ridgefield High School in 2010. While at Manhattan College, she was a teaching assistant for Physics 101, a resident assistant, and completed two internships at IBM and Novartis Pharmaceuticals. She assisted other students as a tutor for English, math, and physics and was inducted into the honors societies Epsilon Sigma Pi, Omega Chi, and Tau Beta Pi.

Joseph E. McKibben, a graduate of Ridgefield High School, was named to the chancellor’s honor roll at the University of Mississippi. He earned a 4.0 GPA in the School of Accountancy.

Elizabeth Abercrombie, a junior double majoring in kinesiology and process management and consulting, has been named to the spring dean’s list at College of William and Mary, Wiliamsburg, Va.

Dana Joy Cerone, Andrew William Hamilton and Kaitlyn Cornelie McNamara graduated from the Gunnery preparatory school in Washington, Conn.

The following students from Ridgefield earned degrees from University of Vermont: Lydia Bates, bachelor of arts, political science, College of Arts & Sciences; Emily Gutman, bachelor of science in business administration, School of Business Administration; Kori Krichko, bachelor of science in civil engineering, College of Engineering & Math Sciences; Caitlin Winson, bachelor of science, social work, College of Education & Social Services.

Two Ridgefield High School graduates recently graduated from Colgate University. Ryan Martin earned a degree in economics. Nancy Rowe earned a degree in English.

The following Ridgefield students were named to the dean’s list at Western Connecticut State University: Sarah Biro, accounting; Rachel Carnazza, secondary education; Sean Congdon, psychology; Laura Cutolo, social work; Sophia Gaudian, communication; Kimberly Hamilton, pre-secondary education; Alexa Haynes, musical theatre; Nina Killie, health promotion studies; Asha Krista, elementary education; Darrall Lamphier, psychology; Robert Lavelle, accounting; Alicia Locicero, management; Sophia Lozado, business administration; Rebecca Pawson, nursing; Sarah Pawson, English; Thomas Payne, finance; Amanda Pysa, nursing; Adriana Sabella, nursing; Palmer Sperry, marketing; Samantha Taddonio, computer science; Olivia Waite, accounting; Connor Walsh, chemistry; Rachel Warner, psychology; Christopher Willis, political science; Elana Yaghsizian, psychology and David Zipparo, accounting.

Nathan Gliedman, a 2012 Ridgefield High School graduate, made dean’s list at Hobart College for the spring and fall semesters.

Abigail Bay of Ridgefield earned a bachelor of science in biochemistry at Merrimack College recently.

Brendan M. Reilly, a biochemistry major, was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, N.H. Mr. Reilly, a resident of Ridgefield, is a member of the class of 2015.

Skidmore College announced two graduates from Ridgefield this year: Casey Jade Ruybal, who received a bachelor of arts degree, and Zachary Uslianer, who received a bachelor of science degree.

Ridgefield resident Anna Walant received an industrial design degree from New York City’s Pratt Institute at its 125th commencement ceremony.

Michael Wasenius, who was awarded a bachelor’s degree during Providence College commencement ceremonies held on May 18, was recently honored for his academic achievements. Mr. Wasenius, a quantitative economics and philosophy major, received the highest academic record in quantitative economics and in philosophy, the Normand R. Noel Award for advanced study in economics, and the Joseph P. Cassidy, O.P. and Class of 1948 Award for excellent research in moral philosophy. He graduated magna cum laude. In the fall, he will attend Columbia Law School.

Shannon Carey of Ridgefield qualified for the spring 2014 dean’s list at Belmont University.

James Madison University has recognized Kathryn Rohrer for earning a spot on the president’s list during the spring 2014 semester.

The following Ridgefield residents were recently named to Northeastern University dean’s list for the spring semester, which ended in May: Benjamin J. Garbow, architecture; Nicholas D. Acquadro, computer science and cognitive psychology, and Kevin A. Ash, engineering.

Casey McKnight of Ridgefield graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in business management from Washington College on May 17.

Taylor Logan of Ridgefield, daughter of Robert Logan and Annabelle Logan, was named to the spring 2014 dean’s list at Furman University.

Recent Ridgefield graduates from Lehigh University include Alexandra Morrow, who received a bachelor of science degree in business and economics, honors and a bachelor of arts, honors; Gregory Scharr, bachelor degree of science in computer engineering, highest honors; Paul Miyashita, bachelor of science degree in integrated business and engineering, honors and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, honors; Katherine Howley, bachelor of arts degree; Lukasz Wiktorzak, bachelor of science in business and economics.

Springfield College has named Duncan Cozens to the dean’s list for the spring 2014 term. Mr. Cozens is studying sports biology.

Two Ridgefield residents graduated from Marist College the weekend of May 23. Kara Coleman received a bachelor of arts degree in communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor degree in psychology, and Jason O’Brien received a bachelor of science degree in business administration. Ms. Coleman is the daughter of Jim and Mary Coleman of Indian Cave Road.

Julia DeVito graduated from Muhlenberg College with a bachelor of science in biology. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward DeVito and is a graduate of Ridgefield High School. On Sunday, May 11, Dylan Manderlink graduated cum laude from Emerson College, earning a bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies.

Four Ridgefield students were named to the University of Vermont dean’s list: Lauren Gerber, Emily Gutman, Kori Krichko and Stephanie Preter.

Ridgefield resident Hannah K. Kloeckner, daughter of Sabine Heym-Kloeckner and Kristof Kloeckner, received a bachelor of arts degree from Hamilton College on Sunday, May 25, concluding the college’s 202nd year.

Kristen Liederbach and Casey Lorusso each earned a bachelor of science in nursing from The University of Scranton.

SUNY New Paltz announced Gabrielle Bouissou was named to the spring 2014 dean’s list. Her major is music.

Samantha Jancin, a marketing major from Ridgefield, is on Butler University’s dean’s list for the spring semester of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Four students from Ridgefield recently graduated from Southern Connecticut State University: Natalie Huey, Jessica Petruzzelli, Kaitlin Stanton and Peter Walter.

The following students from Ridgefield qualified for the dean’s list at James Madison University during the spring 2014 semester: Emma Barlow, Megan O’Brien and Rachel Sullivan.

The following Ridgefield students have achieved dean’s honors for the 2014 spring semester at Connecticut College: Dezhond Bishop, a member of the class of 2016, achieved dean’s honors; Robert Chapman, 2016, achieved dean’s honors; Kaitlin Cunningham, 2016, achieved dean’s high honors; Michael Petchonka, 2014, achieved dean’s honors and Jillian Yaun, 2017, achieved dean’s high honors.

Michael Petchonka was awarded a bachelor of arts degree with a major in economics from Connecticut College on May 18.

Two from Ridgefield earned bachelor of arts degrees during Bowdoin College’s 209th commencement ceremony, May 24. Soichi Hirokawa, graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a major in physics and Russian and a minor in philosophy. Peter Lee Rosencrans graduated cum laude with a major in psychology and a minor in English.

The following Ridgefilders were among the more than 900 students from Providence College who received undergraduate degrees during commencement on Sunday, May 18: Thomas Cavazuti, received a bachelor of science degree; Anthony Falotico, bachelor of arts degree; Reaghan O’Brien, bachelor of science degree; Conner O’Meara, bachelor of science degree, cum laude; Jonathan Tagliaferri, bachelor of science degree; Andrew Tuccio, bachelor of science degree; Michael Wasenius, bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude.

Margot Kenagy of Ridgefield was inducted into the Cum Laude Society at St. Luke’s on May 21 for having a cumulative weighted grade point average in the top 20% of the graduating senior class. Ms. Kenagy plans to attend Vanderbilt University.

Two Ridgefielders recently graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University. James Mulvaney earned a bachelor of science degree in communication, and Nicholas Santoro earned a bachelor of general studies degree in communication.

Four Ridgefielders have been named to the Clemson University dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester: Joseph Harrison Malley, whose major is pre-business; Shannon Beatrice Reed, early childhood education; Carlye Marie Richter, accounting; Maya Salamon, accounting.

Bryan Mazzola, son of Steven and Lori Mazzola of Ridgefield, graduated from Randolph-Macon Military Academy in Front Royal, Va. This fall Mr. Mazzola will be engaged in international studies with the corps of cadets at Norwich University in Vermont under an Army ROTC scholarship.

Kelly Lynn Marchione of Ridgefield is among this semester’s dean’s list students at Keene State College.

Helene Dacey of Ridgefield has been named to the University of Dayton dean’s list for the 2014 spring semester.

Soichi Hirokawa of Ridgefield, who is majoring in physics and Russian and minoring in philosophy at Bowdoin College, received the Dorothy Haythorn Collins Award and the Russian Prize at that school’s annual Honors Day ceremony May 7.

Six students from Ridgefield earned degrees from Bucknell University on May 18. Jennifer Casolo, daughter of Lesley Cotton and J. Walter Williams and Michael Casolo, a 2010 graduate of Ridgefield High School, graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts in economics and sociology. Sean Cobelli, son of Michael and Jean Cobelli, a 2010 graduate of Ridgefield High School, graduated with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. Alison Dyott, daughter of Stephen and Madalyn Dyott, a 2010 graduate of Canterbury School, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in political science. Dyott is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha national political science honor society. Caroline Nesbit, daughter of Hugh and Patricia Nesbit, and a 2010 graduate of Ridgefield High School, graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in animal behavior. Emma Quinn, daughter of Kevin and Kathleen Quinn, a 2010 graduate of Ridgefield High School, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in English – literary studies and departmental honors in English. Quinn received the Bucknell Prize for Women for showing the greatest proficiency in English composition and literature. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Christopher Santoro, son of Edward and Linda Santoro, and a 2010 graduate of St. Luke’s School, graduated with a bachelor of arts in psychology.

Six Ridgefield residents were recently named to the dean’s list at Boston University for the spring semester: Kirsten M. Alderdice, John L. Davidson III, Colleen Keating, Caitlin M. Serpico, Xinghao Wang, Rosanne M. Zandvliet.

St. Bonaventure University welcomes Stephen Cartwright of Ridgefield as an incoming student for fall 2014.

The following Ridgefielders were named to the dean’s list at the University of New Haven for the spring 2014 semester: Joseph Bonitatebus, Parker Mathis, Christopher Pariso, Christopher Pariso, Catherine Pin.

The following students from Ridgefield earned degrees from the University of Connectict: Andrew Thomas Arcoleo, bachelor of arts, economics; Ellen C. Bojanek, bachelor of general studies, interdisciplinary; Andrew Michael Boytos, bachelor of arts, economics; Janet S. Bruehlman, bachelor of general studies, interdisciplinary; Sarah G. Caslowitz, MBA; Katharine Elizabeth Coulter, bachelor of science, finance; Samantha Lyn DeSantis, bachelor of science, elementary; Brian Dick, bachelor of science, accounting; Elizabeth Ann Duffy, bachelor of science engineering, electrical engineering; Melisa Wynn Fink, bachelor of arts, journalism; Alicia Verity Fischer, bachelor of arts, psychology; Andrew Jean Garofalo, bachelor of science engineering, biomedical engineering; Brianna Rita Giordano, bachelor of arts, communication; Erica Michelle Hollar, bachelor of arts, psychology; Gabriel Henrique Holzthum, bachelor of science, exercise science; Robert Alan Johnson, bachelor of science, business administration; Christian Roberts Kearns, bachelor of science, resource economics; Laura Slade Kent, bachelor of science, special education; Brittany Alexis Levesque, bachelor of arts, psychology; Elizabeth Louise Li, bachelor of science engineering, mechanical engineering; Peter Liptack, bachelor of science, accounting; Thomas Jacob Lohse, bachelor of arts, political science; Sarah Lorenzini, bachelor of general studies, interdisciplinary; Conrad Brian Marcewicz, bachelor of science, accounting; Matthew Hanniff Mastrogiorgio, bachelor of science, finance; Wesley Mittra, bachelor of arts, economics; Gregory Nathan Newman, bachelor of science, psychology; Brooke Elizabeth Pantaleo, bachelor of arts, human development and family studies; Spencer James Poodiack-Parsons, bachelor of arts, political science; Matthew Ravert, bachelor of arts, speech, language and hearing science; Megan E. Richiger, bachelor of arts, speech, language and hearing science; Stephen Gerard Roche, bachelor of general studies, interdisciplinary; Eric James Rose, bachelor of arts, mathematics; Jennifer Nicole Sala, bachelor of science, finance; Zachary Brian Salkin, bachelor of general studies, interdisciplinary; Brian Matthew Scala, bachelor of arts, political science; Matthew David Schneider, bachelor of arts, history; Abigail Searfoss, bachelor of science, special education; Elizabeth Christina Sfondrini, bachelor of arts, communication; Caitlin Martine Lee Shay, bachelor of science, biological sciences; Samantha Nicole Steiger, bachelor of science, pharmacy studies; Gregory Scott Szilagyi, Bachelor of science engineeering, computer science & engineering; Michael William Webb, bachelor of science, finance; Michael William Webb, bachelor of arts, political science.

De’vaghn Millington and Jessica Soyak of Ridgefield were named to the spring 2014 dean’s list at Southern Connecticut State Univiersity.

Sophomore Jamie Zins of Ridgefield, daughter of Richard and Shari Zins, recently received the Excellence in Science, Underclassmen Award for her achievement at the Hyde School class of 2014 baccalaureate ceremony on May 31.

Kely A. Grabowski, Rubina Hussain and Darrall Lamphier of Ridgefield graduated from Naugatuck Valley Community College on May 29.

Christopher Lieder of Ridgefield was named to the Brunswick School’s second semester, 10th grade honor roll.

Paul Martin Kuveke of Ridgefield received a bachelor of arts degree from Washington and Lee University on Thursday, May 22.

Wagner College recently announced Carolyn R. Savoia, of Ridgefield, was named to the “A” dean’s list, which requires a 4.0 grade point average, for the spring 2014 semester.

Bentley University announced Megan Kirchoff, a junior from Ridgefield, was named to the spring 2014 dean’s list.

Hannah K. Kloeckner, daughter of Sabine Heym-Kloeckner and Kristof Kloeckner of Ridgefield, has been named to the dean’s list at Hamilton College for the 2014 spring semester.

Eastern Connecticut State University announced that Kyle Kammer, a class of 2015 member from Ridgefield, was named to the dean’s list. His major is communication.

Elizabeth Martinez of Ridgefield, a student at Lauralton Hall, earned the Fairfield University Book Award, which is given to a student who is active in school or community activities and possesses leadership qualities coupled with a sense of concern and responsibility for others.

Alexander Gustafson of Ridgefield received a juris doctor degree at Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg.

Ridgefield resident Christopher DiElsi was named to Stonehill College’s spring semester dean’s list.

Dana J. Cerone of Ridgefield was named to the honor roll at Gunnery prep school in Washington, Conn.

Katerina Rioseco, daughter of George and Maria Rioseco of Ridgefield, graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a bachelor of arts degree in English and business administration.

James Madison University announced the following students from Ridgefield graduated May 10: Christopher Bucior, Braeden Lipson, Courtney Peckham and Kristen Zalewski.

Christopher Browne, son of David and Julie Browne, has been named to the spring 2014 dean’s list at the University of Connecticut. He is also one of 11 admitted to the Neag School of Education in the Secondary Education History/Social Studies program.

Junius Brown, who is the son of Hilary and Junius Brown of Ridgefield and a Ridgefield High School graduate, has been named to the spring 2014 dean’s list of Macalester College.

Keith Beizer, a member of the Muhlenberg College class of 2015, a Spanish and political science major from Ridgefield, was named to the  dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester.

The following Ridgefield residents have been named to Emerson College’s dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester: Mary Kate Nyland and Nicole Gibson.

Michela Griffin of Ridgefield received a bachelor of arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross on May 23.

The following students from Ridgefield have been named to the University of Delaware’s dean’s list for the 2014 spring semester: Alex Abrahams, Kathryn Cholko, Shannon Connolly, Hayley De Marchis, Isabel Golden, Gabrielle Lanzetta, Tara McKeon and Michaela Schulman.

The following Ridgefield residents were named to the honor roll at the Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y.: Avary Carlson, grade 10; Katie Ketner, grade 7 and Samuel Mackiewicz, grade 11.

Cornell University’s Alison Schonberg of Ridgefield has been placed on the spring 2014 dean’s list of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Sara Kay, a 2010 Ridgefield High School graduate, graduated from Ithaca College cum laude on May 18. She earned degrees in theater arts management and communications management and design with a minor in business, and with honors from the Ithaca College Department of Theatre Arts. She will move to New York City and begin a position as an account executive at SpotCo, a Broadway advertising agency.

Ryan Thomas Rossetter earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration, accounting from Bryant University.

Victoria Mayer, a 2010 Ridgefield High School graduate, earned a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology with a minor in sociology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania on May 10.

Colin Paulish, son of Molly McGeehin and Nick Paulish of Tanton Hill Road, graduated on May 11 from The College of William and Mary Mason School of Business in Williamsburg, Va., with a bachelor’s of business administration in finance, summa cum laude. The 2010 graduate of Ridgefield High School was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Beta Gamma Sigma, the international academic honor society of individuals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding performance in the study of business and management. While at William and Mary, he held several leadership positions in the Consulting Club and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and was a member of the Club Wrestling team. In August, Colin will begin his career as a strategy and operations analyst with Deloitte Consulting in Washington, D.C.

Emily Rayfield of Ridgefield has made the honor’s list for Franklin and Marshall College’s fall 2013 semester. Ms. Rayfield is the daughter of James T. Rayfield and Therese T. Rayfield and is a graduate of Ridgefield High School.

Paul Kuveke of Ridgefield, a member of the class of 2014 at Washington and Lee University, has earned dean’s list status for the recently ended winter term 2014.

Mary Ruehl of Ridgefield, a member of the class of 2017 at The University of Colorado at Boulder, has been placed on the dean’s list for fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters by achieving a grade point average of 3.75 or higher. Ms. Ruehl is an English major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Shane Christopher Lovallo of Ridgefield graduated from Clemson University on May 9 with a bachelor of science degree in management.

The following students from Ridgefield received degrees from Western Connecticut State University: Kevin Bamback, bachelor of business administration, finance; Zachary Baron, bachelor of arts, theater arts; Jamie Bertilson, bachelor of science, education; Sarah Biro, bachelor of business administration, accounting; Emily Bristol, bachelor of arts, mathematics; Kelsey Caviola, bachelor of arts, history; Bijhan Clarke, bachelor of arts, theater arts; Sean Congdon, bachelor of arts, psychology; Alexa Darling, bachelor of business administration, marketing; Nicole Eberhardt, bachelor of business administration, accounting; Heather Feenan, bachelor of science, health education; Florina Kajtazaj, bachelor of business administration, accounting; Taylor Kazlauskas, bachelor of arts, communication; Jill Longo, bachelor of arts, communication; Christian Morley, bachelor of arts, political science; Amanda Pysa, bachelor of science, nursing; Vivian Ripley, bachelor of business administration, management; Christopher Romano, bachelor of arts, music; Roberta Scavo, bachelor of arts, communication; Palmer Sperry, bachelor of business administration, marketing; Samantha Taddonio, bachelor of science, justice and law administration; Catherine Thomes, bachelor of business administration, management information systems; Kristen Varney, bachelor of arts, biology; Connor Walsh, bachelor of arts, chemistry.

Allison Ferreira, a 2006 graduate of RHS, was awarded the degree of doctor of medicine from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., on May 9. She is the daughter of John and Jennifer Ferreira and sister of Alex Ferreira. Ms. Ferreira was awarded The George and Barbara Burrus Medical Missions Award for leadership and service in providing medical care for the poor as executive director for Vanderbilt’s student-run free clinic in Northeast Nashville and for her involvement with global health projects in Nicaragua and Zambia. She also received the honor of early appointment to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and received the Glasgow-Rubin Commendation of Achievement for women medical graduates. In June, Ms. Ferreira will begin her residency in emergency medicine at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Brian Rettger graduated with honor from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Rettger is a 2007 graduate of Ridgefield High School. He earned an bachelor’s degree in 2011 from Ithaca College in Ihaca, N.Y. He completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Theresa Bearden-Rettger and Michael Rettger of Ridgefield.

Chloe Slawson, a resident of Ridgefield, has been named to the Champlain College spring 2014 dean’s list for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Ms. Slawson is majoring in psychology.

Two Ridgefielders, Marla Kay and Laura Maines, received master of science degrees in education from Western Connecticut State University at the university’s graduate commencement on May 9.

Four students from Ridgefield are candidates for graduation, earning the following degrees at Keene State College: Laura Richards, bachelor of arts and bachelor of science; Michael Greenfield, bachelor of arts; Kelly Marchione, bachelor of science; Gregory Masciotti, bachelor of science.

The following Wooster School students from Ridgefield earned recognition for scores on the National Latin Exam, sponsored by the American Classical League: Bennett Wattles, gold medalist, summa cum laude (in top 9%); Daniel Deluca, honorable mention; David Deluca, honorable mention; Hunter Julo, gold medalist, summa cum laude; Jack Zangre, honorable mention; John Wisdom, gold medalist, summa cum laude; Justin Hahn, silver medalist, maxima cum laude; and Oliver Brown, magna cum laude.

Two Ridgefield residents were recently inducted into the Providence College chapters of national honor societies. Michelle Spera, a member of the class of 2015 at Providence College, was inducted into Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the national honor society for reading. Ms. Spera is pursuing a degree in elementary/special education. Michael Wasenius, a member of the class of 2014, was inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the national honor society for economics. Mr. Wasenius is pursuing a degree in quantitative economics.

Helene Dacey of Ridgefield graduated from the University of Dayton with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology in a commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 4.

The honor society Phi Kappa Phi announced that Amy Weaton of Ridgefield was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, a collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Ms. Weaton was initiated at Villanova University.

The following Ridgefield residents were recently inducted into the Providence College chapters of national honor societies: Michelle Spera, a member of the Class of 2015 at Providence College, was inducted into Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the national honor society for reading. Ms. Spera is pursuing a degree in elementary/special education. Michael Wasenius, a member of the Class of 2014, was inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the national honor society for economics. Mr. Wasenius is pursuing a degree in quantitative economics.

Two Ridgefield High students were winners of the 2014 National Merit Scholarship awards, each receiving $2,500: Philip J. DiGiacomo, whose probable career field is physics, and Ryan J. Konopka, whose probable career field is engineering.

Joshua Pilch of Ridgefield, a student at SUNY Potsdam, interned with the school’s Department of History and Department of French and earned credits toward his degree requirements.

The following students from Ridgefield were candidates to graduate from UConn: Andrew Arcoleo, bachelor of arts in economics; William Armstrong, master of business administration; Dennis Ashley, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering; Andrew Boytos, bachelor of arts in economics; Janet Bruehlman, bachelor of general studies in interdisciplinary; Sarah Caslowitz, master of business administration; Andrew Coulter, bachelor of arts in psychology; Katharine Coulter, bachelor of science in finance; Samantha Desantis, bachelor of science in elementary; Brian Dick, bachelor of science in accounting; Elizabeth Duffy, bachelor of science in electrical engineering; Melisa Fink, bachelor of arts in journalism; Allyson Gagne, bachelor of arts in English; Andrew Garofalo, bachelor of science in biomedical engineering; Brianna Giordano, bachelor of arts in communication; Erica Hollar, bachelor of arts in psychology; Gabriel Holzthum, bachelor of science in exercise science; Robert Johnson, bachelor of science in business administration; Christian Kearns, bachelor of science in resource economics; Madeline Kelley, bachelor of arts in English; Laura Kent, bachelor of science in special education; Brittany Levesque, bachelor of arts in psychology; Elizabeth Li, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering; Peter Liptack, bachelor of science in accounting; Thomas Lohse, bachelor of arts in political science; Sarah Lorenzini, bachelor of general studies in interdisciplinary; Conrad Marcewicz, bachelor of science in accounting; Matthew Mastrogiorgio, bachelor of science in finance; Wesley Mittra, bachelor of arts in economics; Gregory Newman, bachelor of science in psychology; Brooke Pantaleo, bachelor of arts in human development and family studies; Spencer Poodiack-Parsons, bachelor of arts in political science; Matthew Ravert, bachelor of arts in speech, language and hearing science; Megan Richiger, bachelor of arts in speech, language and hearing science; Stephen Roche, bachelor of general studies in interdisciplinary; Eric Rose, bachelor of arts in mathematics; Jennifer Sala, bachelor of science in finance; Zachary Salkin, bachelor of general studies in interdisciplinary; Brian Scala, bachelor of arts in political science; Matthew Schneider, bachelor of arts in history; Abigail Searfoss, bachelor of science in special education; Elizabeth Sfondrini, bachelor of arts in communication; Julian Shafer, master of arts in curriculum and instruction; Caitlin Shay, bachelor of science in biological sciences; Thomas Simeone, bachelor of arts in communication; Alexander Somma, bachelor of science in molecular and cell biology; Samantha Steiger, bachelor of science in pharmacy studies; Gregory Szilagyi, bachelor of science in computer science and engineering; Michael Webb, bachelor of science in finance; Michael Webb, bachelor of arts in political science; Alexander Welch, bachelor of arts in economics.

Caitlin M. Shay, daughter of Geri and Terry Shay and sister of Dylan Shay of Stony Hill Road, graduates from the University of Connecticut in Storrs on Sunday, May 11, with a bachelor of science in biological sciences and a minor in women’s gender and sexuality studies. As a junior in her spring semester, Ms. Shay attended the UConn in Florence Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy with emphasis in art history, architecture and cultural studies. While studying abroad she traveled throughout Europe. During her time at UConn, Ms. Shay was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, the Student Philanthropy Association, the Golden Key International Honour Society and the Leadership Learning Community. She volunteered her time tutoring children at the Natchaug Elementary School After School Program and worked with the Windham No Freeze Hospitality Center, a public shelter in Willimantic. She plans to attend graduate school to be a physician’s assistant. Ms. Shay is a 2010 graduate of Ridgefield High School.

Hannah Quesnell, daughter of Michael and Anne Quesnell of Ridgefield, will be graduating May 10, Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas’ Fulbright College (departmental honors) with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism advertising/public relations and a minor in sustainability. Ms. Quesnell followed in her mother’s footsteps by becoming an active member of the Gamma Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma. While attending the University of Arkansas, she was listed on the dean and chancellor’s list as a result of her academic performance. Recently, she accepted a six-month internship with iRobot, an American advanced technology company located in Bedford, Mass. Ms. Quesnell graduated from Ridgefield High School in 2010.

Nicholas Esemplare, a graduating senior at Ridgefield High School, has been named one of 141 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars from more than 4,000 candidates based on achievements, leadership, character and involvement in activities The teacher chosen for recognition by Mr. Esemplare was Katherine Gabbay of Ridgefield High School. The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C., from June 22-25.

The following Ridgefield residents earned dean’s list honors for the fall 2013 semester at St. Joseph’s University: Sarah Boyce, who is majoring in elementary education, pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, and Spencer Judge, who is majoring in marketing.

Steven Fugazy, an RHS 2012 graduate, son of Michele and Steve Fugazy of Peaceable Street, has been admitted to the communication design program at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He is one of 16 students to be selected for this School of Fine Arts program, Class of 2016.

Ridgefield’s Nicole Gibson, a junior majoring in studio TV production at Emerson College, was one of 83 students inducted into the Gold Key Honor Society on April 22. 

Dylan Manderlink, a senior at Emerson College in Boston and daughter of Janelle Bessette of Ridgefield, was awarded the Jennifer Stowers Quintal Visionary Award for Distinction in Community Service and Social Advocacy for her commitment to social justice. She was also inducted into the Purple Key Society for academic and civic leadership and service to the community at Emerson. Ms. Manderlink, who developed her own major, investigative theater for social change, has been president of Kappa Gamma Chi and Emerson Peace and Social Justice. Beginning in June, Ms. Manderlink will be joining Teach for America, and will be working at Cherry Valley High School in Cherry Valley, Ariz., as the communications and technology teacher.

Kaitlyn McNamara, Gunnery Class of 2014, was recognized for creative writing by the English faculty at a Poetry Month awards luncheon at the Washington school.  

The Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y., has announced its academic awards for the first marking period of the spring term. The following Ridgefield residents were named to the honor roll: Gabrielle Cacciola, 12th grade; Avary Carlson, 10th grade; Katie Ketner, seventh grade; Samuel Mackiewicz, 11th grade; and Gemma Tebbutt, 10th grade.

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