Department of Health: Number of high schoolers who vape doubles in two years

Just how common is vaping among high school students? According to a survey conducted by the state Department of Health (DPH) between March and June of 2017, as many as one in seven high schoolers said that they currently use a vape — double the number reported in 2015. The survey also revealed that high school seniors were twice as … read more

Schools question pay-to-participate fees

Junior quarterback Owen Matthews runs with the ball during a scrimmage in Newtown last week. — Andy Hutchison photo

Are the high school’s pay-to-participate fees a vital source of revenue or a burden on the district’s financially-strapped families? That was a question raised by Board of Education Vice Chairman Doug Silver during a discussion on the athletics budget at the board’s Sept. 11 meeting. “Is the pay for play system creating a hardship for families?” Silver asked Dane Street, … read more

RHS senior Fiona Sleigh named National Merit semifinalist

Ridgefield High School senior Fiona Sleigh has been named a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship. Sleigh, who’s name was announced with approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship program last week, was the only RHS student to earn the academic recognition.   As a semifinalist, Sleigh will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for … read more

College fair set for Oct. 10 in Wilton

As part of the College Fair Partnership, Ridgefield High School will co-host one of the largest College Fairs in Connecticut in concert with Wilton High School on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The doors of Wilton High School Field House at 395 Danbury Road will open from 7 to 9 p.m. to admit area high school students and families. College representatives from … read more

RHS senior named Rensselaer Medal winner

For more than 100 years, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in conjunction with high schools around the world, has awarded the Rensselaer Medal and scholarship to promising high school juniors who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science.  Rensselaer is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of the Rensselaer Medal.   Andrea Chakraborty, who hails from Ridgefield, CT, is this year’s honoree. … read more

Ms President US winner hosts ‘Hours Without Technology’

Hersha Chauhan, an eighth grader at East Ridge Middle School, was voted the first Ms President US of Ridgefield. And she immediately followed through on her campaign promise. Following her election in May, Hersha held an event at the Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield to ensure that everyone had a chance to hear her message — not just those … read more

Ridgefield native lobbies for the impoverished, tuberculosis funding

Many recent college grads spend the summer after they graduate traveling out of a backpack, or embarking on the great American road trip. Margaux Amara, 22, set her sights a little higher, traveling to Washington, D.C., in July to take part in the RESULTS conference, an advocacy boot camp that teaches young people how to lobby for increased funding to … read more