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Himes Visits Wilton Historical Society

Anyone who walks into the Wilton Historical Society will find one of the most exciting exhibits in the whole museum right in the entryway, with “Wilton’s Story.” The exhibition highlights an interactive map along with artifacts and objects from Wilton’s history, and shows Wilton’s evolution from pre-Colonial times to a small New England agricultural village to today’s suburban town.

On Tuesday, Congressman Jim Himes visited the Historical Society to hear that story. Co-directors Allison Sanders and Kim Mellin along with Nick Foster the collections coordinator took him through some of the notable moments in Wilton’s timeline, from the piece of a King George statue destroyed by Patriots during the Revolutionary War, to one of Kristine Lilly‘s soccer jerseys.

Himes was accompanied by State Senator Will Haskell and Deb McFadden, a current selectwoman running for first selectwoman.

16 WHS Students Commended by 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program

Wilton High School recognized 16 students who have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. These Commended Students placed among the top 5% of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Pictured below, with Principal Robert O’Donnell, are 15 of the 16 National Merit Commended Students:  (front row L-R):  Jackson Lent, Wictoria Matuk, Emma Babashak, Isabel Gouveia, Claudia Nanez, Katherine Buse, and Dineth Karunamuni; (back row L-R):  Justin Lipper, Zachary Muraskin, Devan Flores, Avi Sardana, Navod Jayawardhane, Nishant Wangneo, Alexander Schestag and Noah Sackowitz.  Missing:  Larry Huang

Cider Mill Walkathon Raises $18,000+ and Sends Off SRO Diane MacLean

On Friday, Oct. 4, Cider Mill School had its 10th annual Walkathon and raised a little over $18,000 so far. More than 800 students and staff walked the Wilton High School track to music and bubbles to raise money for the Cider Mill PTA. The money raised supports programs such as Visiting Author, Enrichment for all three grades, Fun Nights, Classroom Start Up Grants, Bus Driver Breakfast, Internet Safety Presentation, ‘Fall Into Reading’ program and other grants. The last couple of years the PTA has been able to purchase extra outside tables for recess and classes, as well as fun a garden to grow flowers and vegetables during and after school, and the vegetables grown there were donated to the Wilton Food Pantry.

Students and faculty also took a few minutes to say goodbye to School Resource Officer Diane MacLean, who is retiring from the Wilton Police Department, and present her with a shirt signed by the students.