Community Soundings: Writers rewarded, Artists honored...
Five Darien residents — students at Sacred Heart Greenwich — will be honored for their writing skills at an upcoming ceremony.
Writopia Lab, in partnership with the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and Manhattanville College, announced the 2018 Scholastic Writing Awards Ceremony for the Hudson-to-Housatonic writing region. The ceremony, to celebrate the creative excellence of writers in grades 7 through 12, will take place March 4 at Manhattanville College in Harrison, N.Y.
Eighth-graders Ava Cobb, Abby Glassmeyer and Caroline Nemec earned silver for their submitted poems.
Additionally, seventh-graders Katherine Nemec and Josephine received honorable mention awards for their short stories.
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7 through 12. Manhattanville College’s Creative Writing MFA students and faculty adjudicated the awards this year.
Writopia Lab is a national nonprofit focused on fostering joy, literacy, and critical thinking through creative writing. This is Writopia Lab’s sixth year of administering the awards for the Hudson-to-Housatonic writing region.
The winners from the exhibition,“Beyond Brushwork,” have been announced at the Rowayton Arts Center with three Darien residents taking home awards.
Amy Schott, of Wilton, won Best in Show as well as the Gale Parsons Memorial Award for her piece, “Twisted in Color,” created from tiny pieces of paper from packaging materials.
Other award winners include Darien’s Ben Larrabee, who took second place in the digital art category for “The Green Line.” First place awards went to Darien residents Meg Tweedy for her mixed media “Dear Uncle Bill” and Dana Goodfellow for her print “Square Cubed.”
Laura G. Einstein, principal of LGE Fine Art Consulting, judged the show. The exhibition chairmen were Diane Weeks and Britt Bair.
The exhibition will be on view through Feb. 24.
Darien natives Aislinn Bevill, Elena Cage, Sean Edgar, John Foley, Jason Gaaserud, Robert Garrett, Ariel Gianukakis and Nicole Santella made the dean’s list for the fall semester at Wake Forest University.
The dean’s list is issued at the end of the fall and spring semesters for students who have a grade-point average of 3.4 or better for a full-time course load and who have earned no grade below C during the same semester.
Darien’s James Bishop, Christina Boccadoro, Alisson Gil and Morgan Sawitsky were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Quinnipiac University. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a GPA of at least 3.5 with no grade lower can C.
Endicott College is pleased to announce the dean’s list students for fall 2017. In order to qualify for the dean’s list, a student must obtain a minimum GPA of 3.5, receive no grade below a “C,” have no withdrawal grades, and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits for the semester.
Laura Miller, of Darien, is a junior majoring in liberal studies and education. She is the daughter of Richard Miller and Lois Miller.
Two Darien natives were recently named to Colby College’s dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester, earning a semester GPA of 3.77 or higher.
Catriona A. McIntyre, a member of the class of 2021, attended Darien High School and is the daughter of Alan and Maria McIntyre, of Darien. McIntyre’s major is undeclared.
Helen C. Watson, a member of the class of 2020, attended Darien High School and is the daughter of Gavin and Alice Watson, of Darien. Watson majored in global studies.
The Darien High School Math Modeling club fielded a team of four students, Dan Pfrommer, Julia Pfrommer, Matt Shabet, and Griffin Ott, to participate in the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling, an international modeling competition.
They had 36 hours to evaluate a problem, do appropriate research, develop and tweak their model, and write their results (in only 26 pages — yes, that is a limit). The problem involved evaluating a particular location as a host for the Winter Olympics, primarily focused on the ability to create challenging ski runs. The students had to generate and lay ski paths on mountainous terrain to meet certain objectives of the question and evaluate against Olympic criteria.
The students earned the recognition of “Meritorious,” placing their work in the top 20 percent of all competitors.
At Gettysburg College, students use the opportunity to study globally to pursue diverse paths in multiple areas of study. Two Darien natives took advantage to study abroad for the fall semester.
Audrey Dannenbaum, a psychology major, studied in Denmark.
Emily von Jena, a sociology major, studied in France.
Darien residents Camille Mason, Kerry O’Brien and Lindsey Green, students at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, studied abroad in various countries during the fall semester.
Operation Fuel recently received the donations from several Fairfield County foundations for its energy assistance programs, including from The Community Fund of Darien.
The Community Fund of Darien awarded a grant of $2,500 to be used for energy assistance for residents of Darien, Stamford, and Norwalk.
Operation Fuel is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides emergency energy assistance year-round to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis.
Individuals who need assistance should call 211. For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to operationfuel.org.
Seventy students from Darien High School were inducted as new members of the National Honor Society in a ceremony held Jan. 25. Members were selected by the chapter’s Faculty Council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
The newest members are Cameron Appleby, Anne Arrix, Elizabeth Branca, Ellison Brennan, Folke Bruno, Emilia Callery, Blake Cellar, Chase Cleary, Elizabeth Corney, Sophia Cortellesi, Liliana Cullen, Emma Dahlquist, Ria Dhull, Hayden Edwards, Caroline Egan, Spencer Erickson, Cristina Escajadillo, Lily Fairleigh, Alyssa Farrell, Sofia Fea Ruiz, Mia Feng, Robert Gaaserud, Marley Garfield, Elizabeth Garijo-Garde, Catherine Garrett, Emily Grandon, Cole Hanson, Devin Hart, Pierce Hoyda, Sarah Hoyt, Stefan Inzer, Danya Jafri, Charlotte Juan, Aidan Keleghan, Emily Knapp, Lily Kosnik, Isabel Larino, John Lochtefeld, John Lowder, Manvi Malhotra, Elizabeth Markham, Cassandra Maroney, Casey Martin, Kasey Mazzone, John McLean, James McPartland, Rylee Mirabile, Emily Neuner, Kimberly Olvany, Siddhant Parwal, Lauren Picard, Reade Plunkett, Hudson Pokorny, Mitchell Pryor, Parker Ravosa, Taylor Richards, Aram Russell, Emily Schwartzman, Matthew Shabet, Grace Silsby, Evelyn Sload, E'Sachi Smalls, Wren Stewart, Johan Trippitelli, Reilly Warble, Nathan Whittaker, Natalie Wittstock, Quin Wolters, Olivia Yoo and Sheena Zhou.
Each year, the Darien High School chapter sponsors several service projects for the school and community, which in the last few years have included tutoring students, assisting during Open House and volunteering in the community.
The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. Chapters exist in more than 15,000 high schools and, since 1921, millions of students have been selected for membership.
Dance shoes in closets around Fairfield County are being brought out for polishing as leaders of the local business community begin the demanding process necessary to compete in ElderHouse Adult Day Center’s annual Dancing with the Stars.
The fifth annual gala benefit is being held March 24 from 6 to 11 p.m., at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.
The gala event showcases seven Fairfield County business representatives, each paired with an award-winning dance professional from Norwalk’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio, who donate their time to practice routines, hone them to perfection, and compete in this exciting and impressive dance competition.
The notable lineup of 2018 dancers representing Fairfield County includes:
Carolyn Donohue-Ulman, assistant to president and director of Trademark Anti-Counterfeit, Dooney & Bourke in Norwalk;
Hank Fatigate, general manager of the Little Pub in Wilton;
Eric Ferraris, chief operating officer at Toohner-Ferraris Insurance Group in Wilton;
Nathan Gottlieb, co-owner of All Seasons Marine Works, located in Rowayton and Westport;
Karen Kelly, senior vice-president at First County Bank in Stamford;
Andrea Kostanecki, a realtor at William Pitt Sotheby’s in Rowayton;
Kristin McClutchy, owner of Pure Barre Darien.
Dancing with the Stars Gala Benefit is ElderHouse’s largest annual fundraising event and helps the Norwalk nonprofit to sustain its award-winning program of adult care, socialization, and recreational activities to a senior population living with aging diseases. Funds will be raised through ticket sales, pledges, onsite voting, live auction, and a paddle raise.
For more information on how to donate, make a pledge to a favorite dancer, or for event tickets, contact ElderHouse at 203-847-1998 or visit elderhouse.org/events.
The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is accepting nominations for the 2018 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. Local residents and business owners are nominated by people who have recognized an impact from their unique contributions that have made a difference in the Darien and Norwalk communities.
The areas of excellence they are looking for are Racial Justice and Civil Rights, Empowerment & Economic Advancement in Women and Girls and Health & Safety of Women and Girls. Details about each practice area can be found atywcadn.org.
The YWCA Darien/Norwalk Women of Distinction Nominations Committee reviews the nominations and selects the honorees. The honorees will include five Women of Distinction and a Young Woman of Distinction 21 or younger. Candidates under 21 may nominate themselves, and the winner will receive a scholarship of $1,000.
The women chosen to receive the Women of Distinction awards will be honored at the YWCA’s annual Women of Distinction Awards and Luncheon on May 10 at the Woodway Country Club in Darien.
For information and nomination forms, go to ywcadn.org; submission deadline is March 2.
Ever wanted to own an exotic pet but don’t have the space or time to care for it?
The Darien Nature Center is offering sponsorship opportunities for eight of its resident animals: Einstein the bunny, Shelley the turtle, Sydney the bearded dragon, Paz the white dove, Ethel the prairie dog, Hectora the iguana, Flinch the hedgehog and Luna the owl.
The sponsor is invited to come in for one-on-one time with their animal.
There are four sponsorship levels available.
You can complete a sponsorship atdariennaturecenter.org/donate. For further information, contact Administrative Affairs Manager Leah Salomoni at 203-655-7459.
The history of the American flag is as varied and fascinating as the republic it represents and an exhibit at the Darien Historical Society, “Long May She Wave: The Evolution of Our Flag,” which opened Jan. 18, tells the story of the flag in all its red, white and blue glory.
Among the flags on display is a 35-star flag that was official from 1863 to 1865. This hand-stitched flag has stars that tilt randomly, an example of how people used to come up with creative patterns before it was formally set by Congress in 1912
In addition to several antique flags, the exhibit will include a timeline that traces the evolution of the nation’s banner through both local and national events. Spanning from pre-colonial days to the year 1960, when the 50th star was officially added, the exhibit will feature photographs, a soundtrack with music and voices from the past, and a lecture series on subjects relating to the flag’s history.
An interactive portion will challenge viewers to design a 51-star flag and also to write in a journal about a time when the flag stirred a strong emotion.
The “Long May She Wave” exhibit will run through March 13 and can be viewed during the Society’s open hours and during lectures. The exhibit is free for members, Darien’s first responders, teachers and students. The cost for non-members will be $5.
Exhibit sponsors include M3 Messenger and Christie’s Quilting Boutique of Norwalk.
The exhibit will feature several lectures including:
“The Lincoln Flag — Rediscovered” will be held March 4 at 3 p.m. After 76 years in a cluttered storage area, the flag that decorated Lincoln’s box at Ford’s Theater was rediscovered. Hear the fascinating story with Ilene Frank, chief curator at the Connecticut Historical Society.
To register, visit darienhistorical.org or call 203-655-9233. The cost for the lectures will be $5 for members, $20 for non-members and $30 for non-members and a guest. Students attend free.