Two Darien residents won awards in the Rowayton Arts Center’s Focus Under Forty on June 4. The exhibit, for artists ages 18 to 39, was a showcase of new regional artists and young talent.

Molly Weinstock earned honorable mention for her oil painting, “Shadow Play,” and Kyle Michael King took home second place for his black-and-white photo.

Paul DeRuvo, an associate printer and manager at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, judged the contest, while the exhibit chairs are Eunice Roy and Yuko Ike and the co-chair is Karen Kent. The exhibit is up until June 25.

Other exhibits now at RAC include “Paint Rowayton” and the RAC Junior Members Show, both in the Portside Gallery. “Paint Rowayton” was a two-week competition for plein air artists, judged by John Harris, a well-known artist in Fairfield County.

Among the graduates

Three Darien natives were part of the 478 seniors who graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, May 21, receiving a bachelor of arts degree at the college’s 196th commencement.

Craig R. Ballard, who majored in biology, attended St Luke’s School and is the son of David and Susan Ballard of Darien.

Andrew H. Martzolf, who majored in geology, attended Darien High School and is the son of Philip and Joan Martzolf of Darien.

Kevin R. Seiler, who majored in government, attended Darien High School and is the son of Thomas and Mary Seiler of Darien.

Members of the class of 2017 received their diplomas May 21 at the 196th Colgate University Commencement, including nine Darien residents.

Philip Bowman, a political science major, is a graduate of Deerfield Academy.

Charlotte Boyle, an international relations major magna cum laude, is a graduate of Greenwich Academy.

Kathleen Burke, a chemistry major cum laude, Kyra Conciatori, an international relations major magna cum laude, Matthew Nelson, a computer science major magna cum laude, and Caroline Weihs, an educational studies major magna cum laude, are graduates of Darien High School.

Devon Hoffman, an English major magna cum laude, is a graduate of Convent of the Sacred Heart.

Darien natives who also graduated from the school in Hamilton, N.Y. included Lila Sullivan, a biology and religion major cum laude, and Emma Webb, a neuroscience major.

Bucknell University presented degrees to 895 graduates at commencement on May 21, including 11 Darien residents: James Bennett, Phoebe Cush, Leah Jennings, Grace Loh, Morgan Malvisi, Margaret Marren, Charles Newton, Caroline Orem, Nicholas Pettit, Jennifer Price and Phebe Wong.

On May 28, Christopher Hart, of Darien, graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. with a Bachelor of Arts in economics.

Allison Graham, of Darien, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in English literature during Salve Regina University’s 67th commencement on May 21 in Newport, R.I.

Miranda C. Princi, a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 2017, graduated with a major in government and legal studies and a minor in cinema studies. The Darien native was awarded a Bachelor of Arts May 27 at the school in Brunswick, Maine.

Crowdfunding contest helps nonprofits

The Impact Vine, an initiative of The Community Fund of Darien, announced the winners of ProjectPitch, a Shark Tank-type online contest for Lower Fairfield County nonprofits.

The grand prize went to New Canaan-based LiveGirl for their project, “A Million Likes (is never enough),” a docudrama to help middle school girls navigate social media pressure.

First prize went to River House Adult Day Center in greenwich for their project “Dancing For Dollars: Our Seniors Will Dance for One Minute For Every $5 Raised!”

Finally, second prize went to Kids Helping Kids in Stamford for their project, “Fun with Science: Help Us Create SLIME Using Science!”

The contest was held to celebrate The Impact Vine’s launch as a new online giving site that allows donors to support projects they care about and provides a platform for local nonprofits to use as a tool to raise funds for socially impactful projects in the community.

All donations go directly to the nonprofit when the project has funded.

The honor list

Four Darien natives were named to the University of Vermont dean’s list. Michael Festo, Patrick Daigle, Shannon Hall and Tomas Rodriguez-Barberet achieved a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school at the university in Burlington, Vt.

Courtney Ferreira, of Darien, was named to the dean’s list at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. for the spring semester for earning a scholastic average of 3.6 or better.

Darien resident Megan Doherty Baird has been named to the dean’s list at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. for the spring semester. Students who earn dean’s list honors must earn a GPA between 3.5 and 3.899. Baird is scheduled to graduate in 2018 and is majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies.

Bucknell University has released the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester. A student must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean’s list recognition.

From Darien, the recipients were Katherine Culliton, Phoebe Cush, Kate Fiore, Leah Jennings, Grace Loh, Morgan Malvisi, William Massie, Charles Newton, Caroline Orem, Nicholas Pettit, Jennifer Price, Megan Shanahan and Phebe Wong.

Two Darien residents were recently named to Northeastern University’s dean’s list for the spring semester: Spencer McKeough, who is majoring in business administration, and Matthew Morgan, who is majoring in computer science and business administration.

To achieve the dean’s list distinction, students must have a quality-point average of 3.5 or greater out of a possible 4.0 and carry no single grade lower than a C- during the course of their college career.

Darien natives Patrycja Matyszkowicz, who is majoring in professional writing, and Ian Crane, who is majoring in filmmaking, have been named to the Champlain College dean’s list for achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the spring semester.

At the Y

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is located at 49 Old Kings Highway North, Darien. For more information, call 203-655-2535 or visit

Toddler Time: Registration is open for the 2017-18 school year.

Toddler Time is a two-hour, drop-off program consisting of free play, organized play, story time, singing, art project and snack in a classroom setting.

The program begins in September and meets through May. Families can enroll their toddlers for one, two, or three days per week. To be eligible, children must turn two between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017.

The program is open to the public but space is limited.