Sam Davis learned early on that failure — even consistent failure, say, seven times out of 10 — could help him succeed.
Mhret Wondmagegne's many trips to the Bill Library as a child inspired a lifelong love of reading and creative writing.
While working 20 hours a week at Rita's, Yalissa Rodriguez has done fencing, taken seven AP classes, taught piano and more.
Mubarkan Sajid, who immigrated to Waterford before her junior year, quickly went from speaking "horrible" English to graduating with the Seal of Biliteracy.
Savannah Meaike of Preston launched a Unified Dance Team at NFA and has a goal of opening a bridal and prom fashion boutique featuring apparel for those with special needs.
Three Rivers Middle senior Elise Sperry didn't have a traditional high school experience — and she wouldn't have it any other way. She immersed herself in college clubs, and now she is headed to UConn on a full ride.
Later this month, Gracie Anderson will be graduating from the brand new high school that her videography talents helped get off the ground.
Kelly and Kevin Duarte, 18-year-old Groton twins and seniors at Ella T. Grasso Technical High School, grew up side by side, going to school together and enjoying the same activities.
Having moved between towns and cities in Russia and China throughout his childhood, East Lyme High School senior Mikhail Romanenko said that when his family decided to move to Connecticut, he thought it would be a move just like the rest.
When fellow students describe Robert E. Fitch High School Senior Jazzlyn Henderson, they're quick to mention her bright smile and positive attitude.
This coming September, Jay Christopher will head to Darwin, Australia, for a 90-day, 7,800-mile training voyage aboard a two-masted schooner that will earn him not only college credits but the opportunity to sit for the licensing exam to captain 200-ton yachts.
Senior Linda Chen plans to be a doctor someday, combining her passion for helping others with her aptitude for science.
In high school, Hannah Morrison decided she would dedicate her life to exploring the varying and disparate parts of her personality — traversing through everything that makes Hannah uniquely Hannah, she said.
For the first few years of her life, Quella Gu spoke so infrequently her parents thought she might be deaf.
Summer Clark of Lebanon, an honors student in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning program, exudes competence in jeans, work boots and monogrammed blue work shirt with neatly rolled-up sleeves.