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Dean's List for Fall 2013
The following residents were named to the dean's, presidents', and/or merit lists at their respective colleges and universities for the fall 2013 semester, unless otherwise noted. The student's class year is that which pertained at the time of the achievement.
• Bryant University: Alec Boucher of Branford, a freshman with an undeclared major; Keegan Burke of North Branford, a senior majoring in politics and law; Joseph Cambino of Branford, a freshman with an undeclared major; Erika Krischtschun of Branford, a senior majoring in accounting; Alexa Parisi of Branford, a freshman majoring in communication; Michael Richitelli of Branford, a senior majoring in financial services; Courtney Schissler of Branford, a senior majoring in communication; and Madeline Simonsen of North Branford, a senior majoring in computer information systems.
• Connecticut College: Christopher Giri of Branford (junior, dean's honors), and Summer Irving of Branford (sophomore, dean's high honors).
• Eastern Connecticut State University: Kyle Hottin of North Branford, a freshman.
• Keene State College: Zachary Bassett of Branford, Taylor Ciambra of Northford, Kelsey Durato of Branford, Chloe Higley of Branford, Grace Kosciuk of Branford, and Michael Matthews of North Branford.
• King's College: Nicolle Finn of Northford.
• Nichols College: Jordan D'Aurio of Northford, dean's high honors.
• Providence College: Alexander Acunzo of Branford, a junior; Julia Allain of North Branford, a senior; Kylie Broughal of Branford, a senior; Bridget Laske of Branford, a senior; and Caitlin Tucker of Branford, a senior. Acunzo is studying in Copenhagen in the spring; he is one of the founders of the Entrepreneurial Society, active in student Congress, and a member of the Friars Club.
• Southern New Hampshire University, Spring and Fall, 2013: Christopher Vailette, Jr., of Branford, the son of Christopher, Sr., and Sharon Vailette.
Academic and Extracurricular Achievements
• Samantha Bailey-Loomis, the daughter of Crystal Bailey-Loffredo and Michael Loffredo, was recognized as the Branford Rotary Club's Student of the Month for December.
• Brad S. Crerar of Branford earned a Master of Health Science Physician Assistant degree from Quinnipiac University and has accepted a position at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he practices as a physician assistant specializing in cardiothoracic surgery. A 2007 graduate of North Branford High School, he currently resides on the upper west side in New York City.
• Mae Hanson of Branford was part of a student-faculty team at Pomfret School that worked together on a project entitled "Place and Possibility: Making Beauty, Pursuing Truth, Doing Goodness."
• Dayna Hagewood was recognized as the North Branford Rotary Club's Youth of the Month.
• Jennifer Platt of Branford is one of six physician assistant students from Quinnipiac University who took part in a medical services trip to the Dominican Republic with Health Horizons International.
Honor Roll Students
• Pomfret School, Fall Term, 2013-'14: Mae Hanson of Branford (high honors).
• Xavier High School, 1st Term 2013-'14: Brandon Amatrudo of Northford (freshman, honors); Frederick Augur of Northford (sophomore, high honors); Benjamin Baumgaertner of Northford (senior, high honors); Stephen Bruno of North Branford (junior, honors); Alec Cottiero of Northford (freshman, honors); Robert DellaCamera of Northford (junior, honors); Jacob Dobos of Northford (junior, honors); Tyler Finn of Northford (sophomore, high honors); Raffaele Gesuero of Branford (freshman, honors); Connor Gilbert of Northford (junior, high honors); Nicholas Langello of Northford (sophomore, honors); Robert Miller of Branford (junior, honors); Matthew Murphy of Northford (junior, honors); Jake Narracci of Northford (junior, high honors); Connor Odell of Northford (freshman, high honors); Alexander Prete of North Branford (senior, high honors); Max Prete of Northford (senior, honors); Rory Sherban of Northford (freshman, high honors); Brian Tiernan of Branford (freshman, honors); and Tyler Williams of North Branford (sophomore, honors).
• Michael Demetriades, DPT, has been appointed clinical supervisor at the new Branford facility for Woodbridge-based Amity Physical Therapy.
• Preeti Kapoor of North Branford has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company.
• United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-01, Branford, Staff Officers for 2014: Thomas R. Violante, Flotilla Commander; Fernando "Fred" Moreno, Vice Flotilla Commander; Mark Haines, Human Resources, Materials and Public Education; Mark Buongirno, Communications Services; Raymond Sylvester, Vessel Examinations; Kevin Dwyer, Program Visitors; Kevin Morann, Navigation Systems and Communications; Kimberly Filion, Operations and Domain Awareness; Lillian Haines, Information Systems and Member Training; Diane Ramsey, Finance; Frank Schiavone, Marine Safety; and Norman Dahl, Diversity.
Acts of Community Service and Charitable Contributions
• Ellen Wagner of Branford has become a tutor for Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore CT.