Dillon M. Fitzpatrick of Darien will participate in a St. Lawrence University off-campus study abroad program during the spring 2017 semester.

Fitzpatrick, a member of the class of 2018, is majoring in history and business in the liberal arts. A graduate of Darien High School, Fitzpatrick is participating in the Canton, N.Y. school’s off-campus program in Austria.

$10k for P2P

The board of directors of The Inner-City Foundation For Charity & Education has awarded a $10,000 grant for the Person-to-Person Campership Program. With this grant, P2P will be able to send more than 16 Stamford school children to local day camps this summer.

The Inner-City Foundation For Charity & Education received numerous grant applications to fund programs and services that will improve the lives of at-risk and needy children and adults in Fairfield County, but chose P2P.

For children in the P2P Campership Program, summer is much more than playtime and picnics. It is reading and day trips and seeing the world in a different way outside the classroom. The program not only benefits the children — by providing the type of enrichment that translates into better academic performance when they return to school in the fall — but it also offers peace of mind to parents who are assured that their children are cared for and safe while they are working during the summer months.

With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the P2P service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

A conversation in Chinese

New Canaan Country School eighth-grader Sam Eglin of Darien put his world language skills to the test by interviewing Zefeng He, a graduate student at University of Connecticut.

Country School’s world language teacher organized the conversation as a way for several students to practice their vocabulary and oral comprehension skills beyond the classroom

Eglin and his seven classmates prepared 15 questions in advance, related to vocabulary they had been learning in class. Working in pairs, the students asked the UConn students about foods, sports, pets, and siblings, all in Mandarin. They finished the interviews by taking selfies, as a way to remember each other.

Mandarin is one of four world languages offered in Upper School (grades 7-9) in addition to Latin, French and Spanish. All students study Spanish in kindergarten through sixth grade.

New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent, day school for students located in New Canaan.

Celebrating 100

The first graders at Tokeneke School celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing as they imagine they will look when they are 100 years old.

Complete with canes, pearls, shawls and lots of grey hair, the centenarians paraded through the school on Feb. 7, while the rest of the students cheered them on.

The students then returned to their classrooms to celebrate with activities that featured the number 100.

Student literary magazine honored

The National Council of Teachers of English awarded St. Luke’s School’s The Pendulum the “Recommended Highest Award” to recognize excellence in student literary magazines. This is the second year in a row The Pendulum has received a top honor from the NCTE.

In addition, The Pendulum also received the Silver Medalist award from The Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

The Pendulum 2016 staff included Darien resident Kate Stamoulis.

Middlesex earns Quiz Bowl honors

The Middlesex Middle School Quiz Bowl A, B, and C teams were selected as the National Academic Quiz Tournament’s Middle School Team of the Week for the week of Feb. 4.

The teams combined for a record of 22 wins and five losses and captured three of the top six spots at the recent Bergen Winter Classic Tournament in River Edge, N.J.

Quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of four students. Quiz

bowl teams use buzzers to answer questions about science, math, history, literature, mythology,

geography, social science, current events, sports, and popular culture.

The Middlesex C team — Alex DelVecchio, Kiran Ebrahimi, Evan O’Rourke and Vincent Xu — finished in first place, the B team — Will Cherico, Fin Kehrli, James Leone and Nick Liu — finished in second place, and the A team — Anna Burgess, Iman Onbargi, Max Samroengraja and Luke Smith — finished in sixth place.

All three teams qualified for the Middle School National Championship Tournament which will be held in Dallas in May.

The teams are coached by Ken Romeo and Barbara Ivey.

YWCA’s ‘Women of Distinction’

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Women of Distinction awards. Nominations are sought for women who epitomize leadership and have used their skills to make the community a better place to live.

After nominations are received, the Women of Distinction Nominations Committee will review the submissions and select the honorees. The honorees will represent leadership in varied service and business fields throughout the community. The committee will also identify a Young Woman of Distinction and award it to a woman who is under 21 years of age.

The women chosen will be honored at the Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon on May 4 at the Woodway Country Club.

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk encourages the public to nominate women who are leaders, role models, agents for change, mentors and/or an inspiration to others. Nomination forms are online at www.ywcadn.org and must be submitted by Feb. 27. For more information, email nominations@ywcadn.org.