Two with New London ties in list of Connecticut Magazine's 40 Under 40

Two people with New London ties appeared this month in Connecticut Magazine’s annual “40 under 40” list — people representing “the best and brightest of Generation Next — people under the age of 40 who are excelling in their fields, leading and influencing others, and making a difference.”

Alison T. Burdick, 38, the principal at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School, is a product of the New London school system and was honored by the magazine for bringing in more than $5 million through her grant-writing prowess.

“Burdick has a doctorate in education from the University of Connecticut, and has worked tirelessly to create partnerships between the school system and local community organizations like the New London NAACP and the Eugene O’Neill Theater,” the magazine wrote.

Also honored was 26-year-old Jordan Reed, a New Britain native who played football for New London High School and now plays tight end for the Washington Redskins in the National Football League.

“Despite missing several games due to injury over his first four seasons, the Washington Redskins’ Reed is arguably the best tight end in football, this side of the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski,” the magazine wrote.

Also named among the 40 was Kevin Phelps, 24, a skateboarder from Groton with a huge Instagram following and Reginald N. Preston, 36, of Pawcatuck, director of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force Museum.

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