A collection of GOOD news items that GOOD Morning Wilton has received in the last couple of weeks:
Three Wilton High School senior young women received the Elizabeth Sternad Scholarships from the Wilton Woman’s Club. The recipients are Claire Burke, Meghan Downey and Jessica Wiener, who won the scholarship for their leadership, initiative and commitment to community service.
The scholarship is named for Elizabeth Sternad, who founded the Wilton Woman’s Club in 1966 in order to better the Wilton community and surrounding communities through philanthropy and education, while strengthening bonds between women. The scholarship honors young women in the community who show selfless attributes and put service to others first.
Shelley Dempsey, Sternad’s daughter, explains that the students recognized for their work through the Elizabeth Sternad Scholarships are truly serving and bettering their communities.
“Mom started this scholarship so that deserving young women who represent her ideal of a young woman who serves the community with selflessness, and who puts service above self, will be recognized for many years to come. This is her gift to the Wilton Woman’s Club and the town. I am the daughter of a great mom and role model!” she says.
Stacey Savas, the chair of the Wilton Woman’s Club scholarship committee, raves about how dedicated and willing the three recipients are to community service.
“These young women impressed us with the depth of their commitment to helping others and I am confident that they will continue to impact their communities in college and beyond,” Savas says.
Burke serves as president of Best Buddies, a club with the goal of fostering friendships between students with intellectual disabilities and their peers. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Peervention, Habitat for Humanity, and is a volunteer basketball coach. In her essay, Burke wrote about discovering joy in everyday life by helping those in need, and appreciating opportunities to make a positive difference and to share her leadership in her school and the community. Burke will be attending the University of Richmond.
Downey serves as an officer in Key Club, an officer in the National Honor Society, a Safe Rides driver, and is a part of the YMCA’s Basketball Outreach Program. For Downey, service has been a way of life in her family. She believes that even the simplest of actions can be a service to others and feels that it would be a disservice if she did not use her talents to assist those who are in need. Downey will be attending Dickinson College.
Wiener is a National Honor Society tutor, a Girl Scout troop assistant, a sponsor to an indigent child in Honduras, a Special Olympics volunteer, and served as a Weill Cornell Breast Cancer clinical research intern volunteer. She is also a member of the Evergreen Performers, a group of 11 high school musicians who play at nursing homes in Wilton. She believes that one person’s efforts can make a world of difference in the lives of others, and that by encouraging social connections, we return the favor to those who have nurtured us. Weiner will be attending Cornell University.
Wilton Senior Named Wildman Scholarship Winner
Wilton High School senior Emma Snyder was one of four local high school graduates who were named recipients of the Jonathan Peter Wildman Memorial Scholarship fund by Pastor John Livingston of the United Church of Rowayton at Sunday’s service, June 11, 2017.
Snyder will use this scholarship to study at Loyola University in Maryland, where she plans to major in political science and minor in international relations.
Students considered for this scholarship submit an essay accounting for their qualifications and what their future educational plans and interests will be. They must also be a member of the United Church of Rowayton, participate in service to the church and or community, plus have plans to continue a formal education.
This particular scholarship began with Kathy and Peter Wildman, who created it in memory of their infant son Jonathan, who passed away in 1997. “The scholarship program has become a welcome tradition in our church,” Pastor Livingston says.
Scholastic Art&Writing Award
Eighth grade Middlebrook student, Sofia Ramirez, was awarded a Scholastic Art & Writing Award, winning a National Gold Medal for her original short story, And Then the Flood Came.
The awards ceremony took place at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Friday, June 9, when more than 680 creative teens from all over the country were awarded the country’s most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for students in grades 7-12, administered by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
Multiple celebrity guests attended the event to present the awards including Amy Schumer, Allison Williams, Ellie Kemper, Hunter March and Michelle Obama. The Empire State Building was also aglow in gold in honor of the recipients.
This year, a record breaking 330,000-plus works of art and writing were submitted for consideration. Of those, 2,700 teens from all 50 states including the District of Columbia, and American Schools abroad received some level of recognition.
Finally, the students will have their art and literature on display at the Art.Write.Now.2017 National Exhibition. The exhibit includes the national medalists’ works and is on display from June 2-12 at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design at The New School and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery. Over 1,000 original and award winning student pieces will be on display.
The Wilton Little League Athletic A’s Majors baseball team, sponsored by Bankwell, took home the championship against the Braves, by a score of 10-8, under the lights on Friday, June 9 at the Wilton Family YMCA.
The players are (L-R): Chris McCann, George Hahn, Jonathan Yerrall, William McCormack, Jake Enman, Andrew Ryan, Ryan Preisano, James Ring, Ian Seelert, Zachary Kravitz, Max Scolnik and James Doyle. The coaches (back row, L-R) are: Bob Ryan, Keith McCormack and head coach Anthony Preisano
Wilton resident Walter Kress III was named to the Suffield Academy honor roll for the spring term. Kress is a member of the Class of 2018.
The CT Rush 2004 U13 boys won two championships on Sunday, June 4. Early in the day, they won the New England Premiere Championships by a score of 2-1 against CFC United at Wesleyan University. Then they traveled to Farmington Sports Complex to compete in the CT State Cup against Southeast Soccer Club, winning 3-1.
The team, now preparing for the Regional Divisional Tournament in July in Virginia, has six players from Wilton: Andrew Zizzadoro, Jack Lynch, Tyler Casey, Ross Edkins, Reid Petrie and Owen English. They are coached by Renato Topalli.