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Announcements of Graduations, Dean’s List, Scholarships & Awards

University of New Hampshire: Smart Power

The following students have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire for the fall semester of the 2012-2013 academic year.

Katrina Walczyk of Baltic earned High Honors

Mary-Katherine Achor of East Lyme earned Highest Honors

Sarah Kremer of Bozrah earned Honors

Emily Powden of Groton earned Highest Honors

Jessie Swink of Groton earned Honors

Catarina Broccoli of Mystic earned Honors

Evan Ehrlich of Mystic earned High Honors

Catherine Kolnaski of Mystic earned Highest Honors

Anne Thorndike of Mystic earned High Honors

Heather Muir of Niantic earned High Honors

Alexis Tremaine of Norwich earned High Honors

Leticia Denoya of Old Lyme earned High Honors

Caroline Mattson of Lyme earned Highest Honors

Sharon Lalonde of Quaker Hill earned High Honors

Katelyn Flanagan of Waterford earned Highest Honors

Mark Plante of Waterford earned Honors

Briana VanVerdeghem of Waterford earned High Honors

Caitlin Hanrahan of Colchester earned Highest Honors

Abbey Tedford of Colchester earned Honors

Students named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance. Highest Honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.

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 American International College

American International College in Springfield, MA, has named 417 students to the Fall 2012 Dean’s List.
Ashley Williams of Amston, a Sophomore majoring in Occupational Science, Megan Lanier-Gomez of Norwich, a Senior majoring in Communications, and Zachary DeTour of Old Lyme, a Junior majoring in Management, were among the AIC students recognized for academic achievement.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Jessica Franco of Ledyard was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Clarkson University

The following students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester at Clarkson University: Jayesh B. Bokhiria, a freshman majoring in chemical engineering, from Groton, and Timothy W. Entwistle, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering, from Mystic.

Drew University

Drew University student Katelyn Cusmano of Ledyard has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2012 semester.

Keene State College

Keene State College has released the Dean’s List for the fall semester 2012. The Dean’s List designation is bestowed to those undergraduates who have completed a minimum of six credit hours in the semester, receiving no failing or incomplete grades.

Kyle Edward Adams of N. Stonington, Adriana F. Alfiero of Waterford, Elizabeth Ann Behr of Groton, Baylee Paige Boulem of Essex, Ryan Nadine Bramlett of New London, Devon Laura Coletta of Colchester, Christopher Michael Dunn of Lebanon, Danielle Marie Edwards of New London, Jacob Anthony Farina of Old Lyme, David Joseph Fidrych of Ledyard, Kayla Marie Godin of Norwich, Christine L. Hadfield of Waterford, Olivia Anne Herter of Waterford, Amanda Katherine Joyce of Uncasville, Nicholas A. Kinder of Uncasville, Jacob Anthony Montano of Old Lyme, Alexandra L. Pacifico of Norwich, Randi Beth Parrilla of Pawcatuck, Lauren Elizabeth Schnitman of Colchester, Deena B. Snoke of Waterford, Rebecca T. Stewart of Niantic, Ana Rose Webster of Groton, Luke DeRoode Whitmore of Colchester Alexandra Leahy Wickman of Pawcatuck,  and Rebecca Pauline Wilcox of New London.

Roger Williams University

The following local residents are among those to be named to the Roger Williams University Dean’s List for the Fall 2012 semester.
Colchester resident Shelby Dumond, majoring in Accounting; Essex resident Jenna Paternostro, majoring in Global Communication; Essex resident Jessica Reed, majoring in Marketing; Groton resident Michael Densmore, majoring in Finance; Lebanon resident Tyler Pogmore, majoring in Management; Lebanon resident Philip Schelhorn, majoring in Psychology; Ledyard resident Amanda Nichols, majoring in Undecided/Liberal ArtsMoodus resident Elizabeth Weinick, majoring in Elementary Education; Mystic resident Matthew Paige, majoring in Finance; Mystic resident Alexa Sauchuk, majoring in Undecided/Liberal Arts; Norwich resident Kaila Madera, majoring in Criminal Justice; Norwich  resident Charlotte Herz, majoring in English Literature; Pawcatuck resident Mariah Marquis, majoring in Marketing; Preston resident Alexa Paparelli, majoring in Engineering; Salem resident Kelsey Lucas, majoring in Biology; Stonington resident Sarah Stamm, majoring in Psychology; and Waterford resident Garrett Russ, majoring in Secondary Education.

Sacred Heart School, Taftville, First Trimester Honor Roll

Grade 8: Honors: Peter Gravelin, Katherine Magoon, James Miskiewicz; Honorable Mention: Grace Delucia, Drew Preston.
Grade 7:   High Honors: Laura D’Elia; Honors:  Sydney Collins, Christopher Consiglio, Kiara Tanta-Quidgeon, Sarah Wolak.
Grade 6: High Honors:  Madeline Brady; Honors: Ashlee Cardin, Anna Kukulka, Christopher Maffuid; Honorable Mention:   Meredith Godere, Jesse McGrath, Emnet Miskiewicz, Marie Tischio, Gabriella Trudelle.
Grade 5:  High Honors:     Katarina Bromkamp, Emelie Gallow, Marissa Kaika, Brendan Phaneuf; Honors:   Michael Benavidez, Deanna Bernard, Lilia Burdo, Meghan Canova, Cierra Caron, Christian Gonzalez, Ashley Hatch, Hayleigh Huhtala, Ryan Jakubielski, Madison Ramsey, Anthony Sylvia, Luke Tischio, Jillianne Trott, Cade Wolak, Andrew York; Honorable Mention: Eric Heaton.

Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, has announced the Dean’s List for the fall semester 2012.
Rebecca Benjamin of Taftville; Thomas Bovino of Stonington; Katheleen Breault of Norwich; John Courville of Uncasville; Elias Gharios of Pawcatuck; Alana Gonzalez of Niantic; Elizabeth Hutchins of Pawcatuck; Mellissa Laparre of Preston; Patrick Murphy of Waterford; Samantha Novack of Groton; Megan Papp of Niantic; Darien Pittman of Waterford; Aidan Shine of Mystic; Deanna Stocker of Mystic; and Vanessa Vergara of Groton.

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

Emilee Penman of Uncasville, CT, was named to the Dean’s List at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine for the fall semester. To be eligible for Dean’s List, a student must attain an average of 3.5 or better.

Siena College

Olivia Phetteplace, a resident of Ledyard, was named to Siena College’s President’s List for the Fall 2012 semester. Phetteplace is a senior English major at Siena.
To be named to the President’s List, a student’s grade point average for the semester must be 3.9 or above. Phetteplace was one of 215 students to be named to the President’s List for the Fall 2012 semester.
Dana Tricarico, a resident of East Lyme, was named to Siena College’s Dean’s List for the Fall 2012 semester. Tricarico is a senior environmental studies major at Siena.

University of Scranton

The University of Scranton has announced its Dean’s List, which recognizes students for academic excellence during the 2012 fall semester.
Laura Still of Amston is a sophomore Community Health Education major, and Marissa DePaulo of Lyme is a sophomore Nursing major.


Western New England University

The following students have been named to Dean’s List at Western New England for the fall semester of 2012.
Jessica R. Charette of Voluntown, a Sophomore majoring in Accounting; Sean P. McAllister of Colchester, a Sophomore majoring in Accounting; Gina M. Marshall of Norwich, a Senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering; David F. Cedrone of Yantic, a Freshman majoring in Civil Engineering; Patrick J. O’Rourke of Baltic, a Junior majoring in Communication; Kayley E. Ackley of Groton, a Sophomore majoring in Criminal Justice; Troy A. Powell of Ledyard, a Junior majoring in Criminal Justice; Megan D. Fitzgerald of Uncasville, a Sophomore majoring in Elementary Education-Psychology; Kelsey P. Armstrong of Groton, a Freshman majoring in Exploratory; Alysia M. Amato of Amston, a Junior majoring in Finance; Devyn M. Frank of Mystic, a Senior majoring in Forensic Biology; Andre A. Joyner of North Franklin, a Freshman majoring in General Business; Colton T. Craig of Gales Ferry, a Junior majoring in Industrial Engineering; Tyler J. Underwood of Mystic, a Junior majoring in Management; Corrigan C. Harreys of Essex, a Senior majoring in Marketing; Jonathan C. Hamilton of North Franklin, a Senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering; Amanda S. Clarke of Mystic, a Freshman majoring in Psychology; and Nicole S. Ager of Waterford, a Sophomore majoring in Secondary Education-Chemistry.

Smart Power: Local Eastern Connecticut State University Student Presentations Reflect Scholarly Research and Creativity

Eastern_Connecticut_State_1Twenty-one Eastern Connecticut State Universty students and alumni were among more than 140 presenters at the Third Annual Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research Conference, which took place recently on Eastern’s campus. The conference was sponsored by the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC).

Raena Beetham ’13 of Oakdale, CT, was one of the participating students. With the support of Psychology Professor Alita Cousins, Beetham presented “Relations Among BMI, Impulsivity and Locus of Control”. Beetham’s research examined individual differences in personalities that could contribute to obesity. The study explored relationships among Body Mass Index (BMI), overall impulsivity and locus of control. Beetham’s research provides valuable insight to weight-loss program clinicians in that the results demonstrated correlations between Body Mass Index (BMI) and impulsivity. Beetham’s major is Psychology.

Nels Frantzen ’14 of Colchester, CT, was one of the participating students. With the support of Philosophy Professor Hope Fitz, Frantzen presented “A Dip into an Ethical Critique of Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince.’” Frantzen’s research examined Machiavelli‘s “The Prince” for its seeming endorsement of amorality. Frantzen concluded that while Machiavelli is considered amoral, he does not condemn morality, but questions if morality should dictate a prince’s policy. Frantzen’s major is Political Science.

David Stein ’12 of Lebanon, CT, was one of the participating students. With the support of Biology Professor Joshua Idjadi, Stein presented “Inducible Defenses in Corals: Nematocyst Development Depends on Competitive Circumstances.” Stein’s research examined the hypothesis that corals can adjust their feeding and defensive cyanide to different competitive neighborhoods. Corals showed specialized reactions that varied with the intensity and type of competition. Stein’s major is Biology.

Mackenzie Robert ’13 of North Stonington, CT, was one of the participating students. With the support of Biology Professor Patricia Szczys, Robert presented “Does Frequency of Extra-pair Copulation Correlate with Frequency of Extra-pair Offspring in the Monogamous Whiskered Tern?” Robert’s research involved examining the copulation activities of whiskered terns (Chlidonias hybrida), a socially monogamous species. While the apparent benefit of this behavior for the males is the potential to produce more offspring, Conn and Robert have observed in extra-pair copulations, in which both sexes run the risk of parasite transfer and a decrease of fitness. Robert’s major is Biology.

east-conn-6Eastern President Elsa Núñez greeted the conference participants, telling the young scholars, “I see a sea of explorers all on a quest,” adding that undergraduate research benefits both students and faculty, “whether it is because it allows faculty to have research support that they otherwise might not have; whether it is that students provide perspectives and an intellectual context that pushes faculty to strengthen their research; or whether it is that faculty are inspired and motivated by working with young, curious, intelligent minds. At the end of the day, everyone benefits from having faculty work closely with their students on their research and creative activity.”

“This conference presents a unique opportunity to share scholarly and creative work with peers and faculty members,” said COPLAC Director William Spellman. “Board support for high impact, real world experiences like undergraduate research is part of a larger effort to provide opportunities that are integral to long-term professional success.”

Founded in 1988, COPLAC has 25 members. Institutions participating in the conference included Keene State College, The State University of New York at Geneseo, University of Maine-Farmington, Massachusetts College of the Liberal Arts, Ramapo College of New Jersey and Eastern.

Smart Power: Local High School Students Accepted at Coastal Carolina University

The following local high school students have been accepted at Coastal Carolina University for the Fall 2013 semester.

Travis Russell, a student at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, plans to major in Marketing.

Kaitlyn Morin, a student at Stonington High School, plans to major in Resort Tourism Management.

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C. The University offers 56 areas of study toward the baccalaureate degree and seven master’s degree programs in education, writing, coastal marine and wetland studies, and the MBA. Ten new undergraduate degree programs were recently added, including biochemistry, economics, graphic design, information systems, intelligence and national security studies, musical theatre, theatre arts, as well as criminology, health and aging, and social justice tracks in sociology. More than 9,000 students from across the country and the world interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 160 student clubs and organizations. Visit for more information.

Smart Power: Bethany Juber Makes Cazenovia College Dean’s List

Cazenovia College recently released names of students honored for academic achievement during the fall semester of 2012. The College is home to about 1,000 degree-seeking students; those named to the Dean’s List have achieved a 3.5 or better grade point average for all courses attempted, and have earned 12 or more academic credits during the semester.

Bethany R. Juber of Ledyard, Conn., is on Cazenovia College’s 2012 fall semester Dean’s List. Juber is a junior majoring in Interior Design, and is a graduate of Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, Conn.

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Brian Valdini Participates in Siena College’s Theatre Production, “Anti Gone Today”

The Siena College Creative Arts Department and Stage III theatre club presented “Anti Gone Today,” a new spin on the Greek classic “Antigone”, in performances this November.

Brian Valdini served as a Scene Shop Student. Valdini, a resident of Colchester, is a Freshman Biology major at Siena.

Directed by Professor of Creative Arts Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, MFA, SED, the show infused today’s political landscape into the Sophocles tragedy. Tapes of speeches by President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney were integrated into the performance to add references that could be understood by today’s audience.


Area Residents Make the Dean’s List at RIT

The following local residents made the Dean’s List for Fall 2012 quarter at Rochester Institute of Technology:

Taylor Carpenter of Colchester, Conn., a third-year student in RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.
Andrew De Voe of Colchester, Conn., a third-year student in RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.
Jeremy Dominijanni of East Lyme, Conn., a third-year student in RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.
Cole Dubord of East Lyme, Conn., a third-year student in RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.
Kyle Jackson of Stonington, Conn., a fourth-year student in RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.
Andrew Kline of Gales Ferry, Conn., a first-year student in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.
Maxwell Levesque of Colchester, Conn., a first-year student in RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.
Megan Minucci of Niantic, Conn., a first-year student in RIT’s College of Health Sciences and Technology.
Erin Moore of Voluntown, Conn., a first-year student in RIT’s College of Science.


Sarah Watson Selected as Gettysburg College David Wills Scholar

Sarah Watson of Essex, a current first-year student at Gettysburg College was awarded a David Wills Scholarship by the College. Gettysburg College recognizes students’ academic achievement in high school by awarding merit scholarships. The David Wills Scholarship goes to top-ranking applicants based upon their grade-point average, class rank, and SAT or ACT scores.


Local Students Earn High Honor Roll distinction for Fall 2012 at Pomfret School

The following area students were was recently named to the High Honor Roll for the fall term at Pomfret School.

Alicia Brisson of Colchester, a member of the Pomfret class of 2014, earned the distinction of High Honors with a 3.5 average and no grade below a B-.
Amanda Kewer of Oakdale, a member of the Pomfret class of 2015, earned the distinction of High Honors with a 3.5 average and no grade below a B-.
Breana Lohbusch of Lebanon, a member of the Pomfret class of 2016, earned the distinction of High Honors with a 3.5 average and no grade below a B-.


Daniel Perrotta Jr.  Graduates from York College of Pennsylvania

Daniel Perrotta Jr. of Groton, CT, graduated from York College of Pennsylvania on Dec. 19. Perrotta Jr. earned a BS degree in Biology.


Area students earn fall season athletic awards at Pomfret School

Pomfret School recently announced the recipients of the school’s deeded sports awards and other distinctions earned by varsity athletes for the fall sports season.

Lindsay Barber of Stonington, a member of the varsity field hockey team, made the NEPSAC All-tournament team. Lindsay is a member of the Pomfret class of 2013.
Amanda Kewer of Oakdale, a member of the varsity field hockey team, received the Coaches’ Award.. Amanda is a member of the Pomfret class of 2015.
Mark Kozlowski of Oakdale, a member of the varsity soccer team, made the NEPSAC soccer Junior Bowl.. Mark is a member of the Pomfret class of 2014.


 Sierra  Hollingsworth of Uncasville named to Harding University Dean’s List

Uncasville resident Sierra Hollingsworth, a sophomore at Harding University, is among more than 1,000 University students included on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the fall semester.

The dean’s list is published each semester by Dr. Larry Long, university provost, honoring those who have achieved high scholarship. To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average and no incompletes.


 Rebecca Holdridge, of Groton, Wins Campo Scholarship at Eastern Connecticut State University

Rebecca Holdridge ’13, a senior from Groton majoring in English at Eastern Connecticut State University, has been named the recipient of the University’s Constance Campo Scholarship. Holdridge was presented the award on Dec. 5 during the English Department’s “English Night.”

Holdridge maintains a GPA of 3.98 and is vice president of the Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society, and also serves as secretary of Eastern’s Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society.


Berry College: Local Students Named to Dean’s List

The following local students have been named to the fall 2012 Dean’s List at Berry College:

Kristan Dziurzynski of North Stonington, CT
Missy Smith of Uncasville, CT

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better.


Amanda M.  Woods Makes the President’s List at Coastal Carolina University

Amanda M. Woods, a Elementary Education major from Gales Ferry, CT, has made the President’s List at Coastal Carolina University for the Fall 2012 term.

To qualify for the President’s List, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average. All students must be enrolled full time.


Local Students Named to Dean’s List at University of Delaware

Several local students have been named to the University of Delaware’s Dean’s List for Fall 2012. Those students include:

Alexandra Buckingham, of East Lyme, Buckingham.
Emma Fontaine, of Norwich, Fontaine.
Taylor Gelinas, of Waterford, Gelinas.
Calvin Linderman, of Old Lyme, Linderman.
Elizabeth Luketich, of Mystic, Luketich.
Emily Mooradian, of East Lyme, Mooradian.
Rebecca Runkle, of Lebanon, Runkle.
Karie Simmons, of East Lyme, Simmons.
Stephen Uccello, of Amston, Uccello.
Courtney Vinchesi, of Old Lyme, Vinchesi.

To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above for the semester.


Local students honored for outstanding academic achievement at The Citadel

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, honored the following students with Gold Stars for academic excellence during the fall semester of the 2012-2013 academic year.

Gold Stars are awarded to students that achieve a 3.7 grade point average or higher. Gold Star recipients will be recognized during a military dress parade on Jan. 25.

Cameron Sean Pollard (a cadet), of Gales Ferry, CT. Major: Political Science . Home zip: 06335
Joshua James Tassone (a cadet), of Oakdale, CT. Major: Civil Engineering . Home zip: 06370

Gold Stars are worn on the collar of the cadet full dress and dress uniforms and the summer leave uniform.


SUNY Potsdam Student Ellen Lehet Earns Spot on College’s President’s List

Ellen Lehet of Waterford, CT, was recently named to the President’s List at The State University of New York at Potsdam. Lehet, whose major is Mathematics, was among nearly 900 SUNY Potsdam students who were honored for academic excellence.

President Dr. John F. Schwaller honored a total of 884 SUNY Potsdam students for earning the highest marks in the Fall 2012 semester.

To achieve the honor of being on the President’s List, each student must have satisfactorily completed 12 numerically-graded semester hours, with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.


Town of Eastford Partners with the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut To Enhance Scholarship Program

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

In the spring of 2012 the Town of Eastford and the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut joined forces to simplify the Town’s scholarship program. For decades, elected officials, staff and volunteers from the Town oversaw the scholarship program’s fund accounting, invested its financial assets, worked with residents to create new scholarship opportunities, processed donations, oversaw the student selection process, and completed a variety of other tasks to sustain and grow the Town’s scholarship funds.

When the Town began looking for alternative resources to support its scholarship program, a committee determined that the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut was the right fit. For nearly 30 years the Community Foundation has worked with students, families, donors, high schools, postsecondary education institutions, and civic groups. The Foundation currently manages nearly 100 scholarship funds.

In the coming years the partnership will ease the workload for the Town’s staff and volunteers while keeping the core functions – selecting the award recipients and fundraising activities – in the hands of Eastford residents.

For more information on the Town of Eastford’s scholarship program please contact Kip Parker, Division Director at the Community Foundation: 860-442-3572 or

Students Raise Trout and Tilapia

Sean Coleman, General Manager of Grossman’s Seafood Inc., is happy to be selling fresh, locally raised rainbow trout like the one MacKenzie Coty, a junior at the Marine Science Magnet High School in Groton, participated in growing as part of her aquaculture program.

story & photo
by Anna Trusky

Area diners can now enjoy fresh, locally raised trout and tilapia, thanks to recently passed legislation that allows students from the Marine Science Magnet High School (MSMHS) in Groton to sell the fish they raise as part of their aquaculture curriculum to Grossman’s Seafood Inc.

Bill 5447 permits the Commissioner of Agriculture to license aquaculture facilities in the state to sell farm-raised aquatic animals—tilapia, rainbow trout, soft-shell crabs, oysters, and shrimp—to seafood distributors and restaurants in Connecticut. Stakeholders from MSMHS worked with State Senator Andrew Maynard to develop and pass the bill; before the students, teachers, and MSMHS Principal Dr. Nicholas Spera testified earlier this year, there was no law that allowed state aquaculture facilities to sell aquatic animals for food.

“Our MSMHS family is excited to acknowledge all the stakeholders who helped make this dream a reality,” Dr. Spera said. “We are proud of the hard work and efforts that were accomplished by our students, parents, staff, and community leaders, which allowed for the passing of this bill and for the sale of our fish.”

Thanks to his leadership in helping the MSMHS to develop Bill 5447, as well as to achieve the highest CAPT scores in Connecticut, Dr. Spera was honored with the William Cieslukowski Outstanding First-Year Principal of the Year Award from the Connecticut Association of Schools at their annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. The award is named after a late Killingworth elementary principal who was known for his leadership.

MSMHS acknowledged all those who were instrumental in creating and passing the bill, including Senator Maynard and Senator Andrea Stillman; David Carey, director of the CT Bureau of Aquaculture; Dr. Virginia Seccombe, executive director of LEARN; and Sean Coleman, general manager of Grossman’s Seafood.

“This is just the beginning,” said Senator Stillman. “I wish you great success, and I thank Grossman’s for selling locally grown fish.”

After the ceremony, a few dozen students trooped off to the aquaculture lab, followed by state legislators, representatives from Grossman’s, teachers and administrators, and a phalanx of reporters and photographers. When they got to the lab, the students donned special bright-orange gloves—not a pre-Halloween touch, but to make it easier to capture the wriggling fish. Then the intrepid students caught, weighed, and measured several hundred slippery tilapia and trout!

Junior Hayly Fogg of Ledyard recorded the statistics as they were called out by classmates who were measuring and weighing the wriggling critters. The fish ranged between 24 and 26 centimeters and 125 to 200 grams. “They can get bigger, but this is a good restaurant size,” she said as she jotted down numbers.

Once they’d been checked for size, the fish were plopped into buckets so they could be put on ice for shipping to Grossman’s. Hayly’s classmate MacKenzie Coty, who was putting the fish into the buckets, managed to hold onto a slippery trout long enough to have her photo taken. “I’ve really learned a lot,” she said.

Always willing to pitch in, Senator Maynard removed his blazer, rolled up his sleeves, and helped catch a few fish. “I can handle this—I grew up in Noank,” he said with a chuckle. “I remember fishing off the docks for fluke when I was a kid. I kind of miss it!”

Sean Coleman said, “I’m very excited to have this opportunity to sell locally raised fish. Our industry is changing through depleting stocks in the wild and increasing government regulations. To see this happening locally is incredible!” The fish are available in Grossman’s stores as well as in the restaurants Grossman’s supplies. Bill Hendriks, Executive Chef of Grossman’s catering business, is coming up with delicious recipes for customers to enjoy during the holiday season and all year-round.

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Bensko Earns Dean’s List at Berklee College of Music
Bradley Bensko of Gales Ferry is on the Dean’s List at Berklee College of Music, having done superior work for the summer semester of the 2012 academic year. The Berklee curriculum, focusing on practical career preparation for the music industry, was founded on the principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music.

Lydia Rose Krause  of  Colchester Enrolls at Clemson University
Lydia Rose Krause of Colchester recently enrolled at Clemson University. Krause is majoring in Biological Sciences. Krause is among nearly 3,400 freshmen at Clemson for the fall semester.

Ledyard Resident  Amanda  Hutchinson Inducted into Honor Society at Ithaca College
Amanda Hutchinson, of Ledyard, was inducted into Ithaca College’s Oracle Honor Society in November. First-year students who maintain a GPA that puts them in the top 10% of all students in their school throughout their first full academic year are invited into the society. Hutchinson is majoring in Journalism in the college’s Park School of Communications.

ECSU Students Design Posters for Windham Hospital Auxiliary Gala
Ten Eastern Connecticut State University students recently participated in a poster project as part of Visual Arts Professor June Bisantz’s Eastern Design Group course. The students designed posters for the Windham Hospital Auxiliary’s 17th Annual Autumn Gala, which was held recently at the Marriott Hotel in Hartford.

Sean Duggan ‘13 of Norwich (Visual Arts), Robert Gaines ‘13 of Uncasville (Visual Arts), and Kaitlin Morris ‘13 of Waterford (Visual Arts) were three of the students who designed posters for the event.

The posters reflected a Veterans Day and World War II-era theme for the event, “Sentimental Journey,” which raised funds for a local women’s health center. Each student created two posters. The students’ posters can be viewed here.

Local Residents Selected to Serve as RAs at Saint Michael’s College
Cameron Gonzalez, son of Ms. Beverly A. Gonzalez of Groton, a sophomore psychology major who graduated from Robert E. Fitch Senior High School before coming to Saint Michael’s, was selected for the 2012-2013 academic year as a Resident Assistant for the Office of Student Life at Saint Michael’s College, a liberal arts residential Catholic college located in Burlington, Vermont, one of the top 10 college towns in the country.

Resident assistants are selected from the entire Saint Michael’s undergraduate student population on the basis of faculty and staff recommendations. They display excellent leadership abilities, maturity and likelihood of being good role models for their peers. As a resident assistant, he or she lives in a campus residence hall and is readily available to help students.

Local Eastern Connecticut State University Students Chosen as Resident Assistants

Eastern Connecticut State University recently released its list of resident assistants for the fall 2012 semester.

April Beckman ’13 of Groton, CT, has been chosen as an RA for the fall 2012 semester. Beckman’s major is Elementary Education.

Shayla Miller ’15 of New London, CT, has been chosen as an RA for the fall 2012 semester. Miller’s major is Pre-Elementary Education.

Jeffrey Sciullo ’13 of Waterford, CT, has been chosen as an RA for the fall 2012 semester. Sciullo’s major is Pre-Secondary Educ Certification.

RAs at Eastern are carefully selected and trained to help dormitory residents create an environment that is conducive to individual and social growth. Each RA creates recreational, educational and community service programming to involve students in the residence hall community and the community at large. RAs assist individual students in their social and personal development.

Approximately 60 percent of all Eastern undergraduate students live on campus. The peer support of resident assistants in bridging a student’s academic, residential and social life on campus is a critical element of Eastern’s liberal arts environment. Small classes, more than 70 student clubs and a vibrant cultural calendar contribute to the overall campus experience found at Eastern.

Emily Newton of East Lyme Earns First Academic Honors

Emily L. Newton, a resident of East Lyme, has been named to “first honors” on the Clark University Dean’s List. This selection marks outstanding academic achievement during the Spring 2012 semester. To be eligible for first honors, students must have a grade point average of 3.8 or higher, of a maximum of 4.3 (all A+s). Since its founding in 1887, Clark University in Worcester, Mass., is an innovative liberal arts college and research university.