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Dean's List Students

The following residents were named to the dean's, presidents', and/or merit lists at their respective colleges and universities for fall semester 2012, unless otherwise noted. Their class years reflects that which was true at the time they received the honors.

• Berklee College of Music, Summer 2012: James Landino of Westbrook.

• Champlain College, Fall 2012: Daphne Tuccitto of Clinton, a professional writing major and the daughter of Anthony Tuccitto and Suzanne Wallach.

• Dean College, Fall 2012: Alex Ouellette of Clinton, a dance major.

• Goodwin College, Summer 2012: Lindsey-Ann Douglas and Kimberly Funk, both of Clinton.

• Messiah College, Fall 2012: Amber Cunningham of Clinton, a junior human development and family science major.

• Providence College, Fall 2012: Brian Thompson of Clinton, a senior.

• Quinnipiac University: Meghan Elisabeth Prevost of Westbrook, the daughter of Gregg and Rose Ann Prevost and a master's degree candidate in the physician's assistant program.

• Rochester Institute of Technology, Both Semesters 2011-'12: Christopher Lee of Old Saybrook, a freshman majoring in chemical engineering.

• Rochester Institute of Technology, Fall 2012: Stephen Kanizaj of Old Saybrook, a fifth-year student in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences.

• Southern Connecticut State University: Margaret Achee of Clinton, Jeffrey Banks of Clinton, Jessica Bielawski of Westbrook, Preston Briggs of Old Saybrook, Sarah Casula of Clinton, Fatima Cecunjanin of Westbrook, Seth Columbia of Clinton, Max DeMusis of Clinton, Bruce Eschner of Clinton, Jeannette Eschner of Clinton, Julia Evola of Old Saybrook, Elizabeth Gibbs of Clinton, Mitchell Honan of Westbrook, Natasha Irmscher of Clinton, Alexandra Kamnitzer of Clinton, Elaine Merola of Old Saybrook, Jonathan Morgan of Clinton, Rachel Narducci of Westbrook, Meredith Peterson of Clinton, Kara Santopietro of Westbrook, and Emma Summerville of Clinton.

• University of Massachusetts at Boston, Spring 2012: Kevin Benisvy of Wesbtrook.

• University of New Haven, Fall 2012: Justin Bengston of Clinton, Jeff Beno of Westbrook, Jack Berry of Clinton, Hannah Collins of Clinton, Elaine Colvin of Clinton, Paul Emmi of Clinton, Nicholas Gardner of Old Saybrook, Dominic Panico of Westbrook, Amy Peterson of Clinton, and Junnior Torres of Old Saybrook.

• University of Connecticut: Clinton residents Sean Thomas Congdon, Ryan Normand Corcoran, Emily Laine Errante, Jenna Taylor Naughton, Maria Alexa Paradis, Jennifer Caitlin Shanahan, Sarah Gloria Synott, Abigail Jane Valletta, Heather Marie White, and Zoe Rebecca Rose Wichman; Old Saybrook residents Briana Elizabeth Bardos, Samantha Margrit Cummins, Chelsie Kim Giegerich, Kyle Sweeney Gregoire, Andrew John Harney, Alexis Noelle Henry, Michael Izadi, Christine Patricia Marshall, Michael Clayton Pantages, Andrew Norman Pierson, Melissa Joan Rodriguez-Vodak, Dylan Shaw, Jenna Shaw, Jonathan Belmont Sykes, Alexander Nathaniel Tighe, and Deanna Michelle Willbanks; and Westbrook residents Sharif Ali Abdel Jalil, Jordan McKinley Bean, Alexandra Noel Delorenze, Shannon Elizabeth Godiksen, Samantha Ellen Lamark, Alexander Michael Lawton, Sarah Ann Luft, Katy Lin Persutti, Megan Elizabeth Pielli, Andrew John Radlbeck, Merilee Bernice Sader, Samantha Blyth Schofield, and Olivia Corrin Tempesta.

Academic and Extracurricular Achievements

First Lt. Jack Allen, First Expeditionary Force, USMC, of Clinton was redeployed to Afghanistan. His unit is part of the First Marine Expeditionary Force's Advisor Training Cell and will be working with the Afghan Police Forces in southeastern Helmand Province. Allen was previously deployed to Camp Dwyer, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in 2011 with the First Marine's Regimental Combat Team. He is the son of John and Sandy Allen of Clinton.

• American International College Matriculants: William Honer and Nikki Lyss, both of Old Saybrook, intend to major in nursing.

Derek A. Arbige of Old Saybrook was named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.

John Chalker of Clinton earned a bachelor's of science in architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

• Coastal Carolina University Matriculants: Alexandria Rivas of Clinton, who plans to major in psychology; Michael Rapuano of Clinton, who plans to major in recreation and sport management; and Emily Schofield of Old Saybrook, who plans to major in management.

Tyler Cusack of Clinton, a senior at Xavier High School, was named an AP Scholar with Honor.

Drew Donlan won the Hit-Run-Throw contest sponsored by the New Britain Rock Cats this past summer, including a $1,000 donation from the Rock Cats to the Haddam Little League. Donlan is the son of Sean Donlan of Old Saybrook and Kristin Donlan of East Haddam. He is the grandson of David and Marcia Kalayjian of Clinton.

Steven French of Clinton earned a master's degree, magna cum laude, in accounting from the University of Connecticut. He is employed by the accounting firm of Feely & Driscoll of Boston.

Jessica L. Goeters of Clinton earned a bachelor's of science in health science, magna cum laude, from Boston University.

Caitlyn Goodhue of Old Saybrook, a student in the honors program at the University of Delaware, was recognized in a special ceremony for academic excellence.

Catherine Gordon of Clinton, earned a bachelor's of arts in economics from Wesleyan University. She currently works as a global markets intelligence analyst for IPREO in New York City.

Amelia Graham of Old Saybrook, a freshman at Gettysburg College, received a Presidential Scholarship from the college.

• James Madison University Matriculants: Erica Martel and Hailey Swedo of Westbrook. Martel plans to major in health sciences, and Swedo plans to major in marketing.

Henry Mahier of Clinton earned a master's in national security and public safety from the University of New Haven.

Gwendolyn R. Maurice of Clinton matriculated at St. Lawrence University as a member of the class of 2016.

Lindsey Martel of Old Saybrook, a senior biology major at Eastern Connecticut State University, performed with the school's Percussion Ensemble.

Liam Mellaly of Clinton, a senior at Middletown Agricultural Science and Technology program at Middletown High School, was a member of the winning team in the 2012-'13 Connecticut FFA Forestry Career Development event. The team represented the state in the regional and national competition at the Big E and National FFA Convention.

Alex Ouellette of Clinton, a student at Dean College, performed in the school's major dance and theater production, Cabaret.

Jordan Shropshire of Westbrook, a senior at Xavier High School, served as a school guide to the Basic Education Delegation from China that visited Xavier this past fall.

Kelly Stalsburg of Old Saybrook, a junior at Eastern Connecticut State University, was part of a group of undergraduate art students who traveled to Cuba to study Cuban and Latin American art. Stalsburg is majoring in pre-elementary education.

• U.S. Air Force Academy Nominees: Nathan Hausman of Old Saybrook and Sean O'Briskie of Clinton received nominations from Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman.

• University of St. Joseph Graduates: Audrey Allen of Old Saybrook, master's of science in nursing; Katherine Laskowski of Old Saybrook, master's of arts in education; and Lauren Varga of Clinton, master's of arts in education.

Honor Roll Students

• The Loomis Chaffee School, Winter Term 2012-'13: Alexandra Attanasio of Clinton, a junior.

• Marine Science Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut, 1st Quarter 2012-'13: Christina Young of Clinton, the daughter of Clark and Dawne Young and the granddaughter of Judith Jacobson, a freshman.

• Mercy High School, 1st Marking Period 2012-'13: Tatiana Bardagova (Clinton, junior, high honors), Katherine Bartolotta (Clinton, sophomore, first honors), Margaret Bartolotta (Clinton, junior, high honors), Abigail Benchimol (Clinton, junior, high honors), Grace Brodeur (Old Saybrook, junior, first honors), Jessica Corcoran (Clinton, junior, first honors), Emily Hall (Clinton, junior, high honors), Nicole Kana (Clinton, senior, first honors), Marla Katz (Westbrook, junior, first honors), Katerina Lisitsin (Clinton, senior, first honors), Morgan Naarden (Clinton, senior, first honors), Emily Tyler (Clinton, freshman, high honors), Emily Schofield (Old Saybrook, senior, first honors), Anna Yang (Clinton, sophomore, second honors), and Yun Zou (Old Saybrook, sophomore, first honors).

• Middletown Regional Agriculture Science & Technology Program, 1st Marking Period 2012-'13: Albert Hawkes (high honors), Brian Higgins (honors), and Liam Mellaly (high honors), all of Clinton.

• Sacred Heart Academy, 1st Quarter 2012-'13: Amanda Collison (sophomore, high honors), Jillian Laggis (Clinton, high honors), and Jordan Veneri (Clinton, high honors).

• Vinal Technical High School, 1st Quarter 2012-'13: Alex Calle (Old Saybrook, senior, high honors), Tylar Carmody (Clinton, sophomore, high honors), Joseph Casagrande III (Clinton, freshman, honors), Andrew Clark (Westbrook, senior, high honors), Austin Kane (Clinton, senior, high honors), Brandon Kane (Clinton, senior, honors), Alexandra Lebert (Clinton, freshman, honors), Imani Langley (Clinton, senior, honors), Tyler McDonald (Clinton, freshman, honors), Alec Millette (Clinton, junior, honors), Michael Pappas (Clinton, junior, high honors), Jared Preston (Clinton, freshman, honors), Anastasia Ruitto (Old Saybrook, freshman, honors), Shyanne Rutty (Westbrook, sophomore, honors), Tanner Sarris (Clinton, freshman, honors), Cody Striby (Clinton, freshman, honors), Paul Tautkus (Clinton, senior, high honors), and Roxana Torres (Clinton, senior, honors).

• Xavier High School, 1st Term 2012-'13: Ross Bohan (Clinton, junior, high honors), Jacob Corrone (Clinton, sophomore, honors), Ian Coyne (Clinton, freshman, honors), Tyler Cusack (Clinton, senior, high honors), Anthony DeNello (Clinton, sophomore, honors), Joseph DiBella (Old Saybrook, senior, honors), Peter Finnegan (Old Saybrook, junior, high honors), Nathan Giordano (Clinton, junior, honors), Daniel Kelly (Clinton, freshman, high honors), John Kelly (Clinton, junior, honors), John McCall (Clinton, senior, honors), Alex Matunas (Westbrook, senior, high honors), Bradley Maurice (Clinton, sophomore, honors), Matthew Naarden (Clinton, sophomore, honors), Trent Nobile (Old Saybrook, sophomore, high honors), Colin O'Donnell (Old Saybrook, freshman, honors), Dillon Patel (Old Saybrook, junior, honors), Nicholas Porter (Westbrook, junior, high honors), Parker Reid (Clinton, junior, honors), Wesley Reid (Clinton, sophomore, honors), Scott Santiago (Clinton, sophomore, honors), Matthew Schofield (Old Saybrook, sophomore, honors), James Schumann (Old Saybrook, senior, honors), Jordan Shropshire (Westbrook, senior, honors), Devon Sinni (Clinton, junior, honors), and Nicholas Zoner (Clinton, freshman, honors).

Career Achievements

David Brown of Old Saybrook was featured on the PBS program My Generation. An American contemporary artist known for his landscapes and portraiture of Old Saybrook, Brown lives and works in what has become known as the "Hay House," a one-room house made of cement and insulated with hay. Brown was featured in an episode by correspondent Jon Crane, titled "Bucking the Trend."

Lindsey Burke of Old Saybrook was named 2012 Member of the Year by the Society of Marketing Professional Services Connecticut Chapter. Burke has been a marketing assistant for Woodard & Curran since 2008.

Danielle Chiaraluce of Clinton was appointed executive director of the Occupational Industrialization Center of New London County, Inc., by the organization's board of directors.

Robert Fusari, Sr., of Old Saybrook received the Hall of Fame Award at the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Hartford's annual awards event. Fusari serves on the board of directors of HOPE Partnership and is past-presidnet of Martin House and the Thames River Family Program. He is also the co-chair of the Middlesex United Way Leadership Council; director and past chair of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC); founder of MCCC's Environment, Energy, and Land Use Committee; and chair of the Affordable Housing Committee.

Dr. Julia M. McNamara of Old Saybrook, president of Albertus Magnus College, was recognized for her 30 years of leadership this past fall during the school's Founders' Day celebration. McNamara became president of Albertus Magnus College in 1982, with a concurrent appointment as professor of French. From 1992 to 1998, she was chair of the Yale-New Haven Hospital Board of Trustees and currently serves as its vice chair. She also is chair of the Yale-New Haven Health Services Corporation. She was a member of the Board of NewAlliance Bancshares, Inc. (formerly New Haven Savings Bank), and served as lead director from 2004 to 2011. She has also received numerous community service and leadership awards.

Pat Provost, manager of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's Essex, Old Lyme, and Old Saybrook sales offices, received the company's President's Council Award.

Tabitha Talmadge of Clinton was named an Excellent Beginnings Program Achiever by lia sophia.

Service Awards and Recognitions

Elizabeth David of Old Saybrook joined the Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Board of Trustees.

Andrea Reu of Partners in the Community in Clinton received the 2012 Father Michael O'Hara Volunteer Award from the Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council. The award recognizes an outstanding individual whose volunteer work at the local level has contributed to reducing substance abuse through prevention initiatives in his or her community.

Acts of Community Service and Charitable Contributions

Kristina Campano of Clinton, a freshman at Providence College, participated in the school's 22nd annual Urban Action program, volunteering in Providence, Kent, and Newport counties in Rhode Island during the first days of the academic year.

• Friends Isabella Donahue, Olivia Gaidry, and Ana Hester, all of Old Saybrook, held a combined 11th birthday party. In lieu of birthday gifts, they collected donations for The Girl Effect and school supplies for St. Morris De Porres Academy.

• Seventeen-year-old acute lymphocytic leukemia survivor Danielle Joyce of Clinton helped build awareness of the approximately 1,012,533 people in the United States living with a blood cancer, as the 2012 Honored Hero in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Light The Night Walk this past fall at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven.

• Literacy Volunteers-Valley Shore CT Tutors: Denice Bryan of Clinton; Linda DeRusha, Michael Newborg, and Michelle Woolery of Old Saybrook, and Joan Murphy of Westbrook.


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