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WHS Ski Team Anticipates Strong Season

Wilton High School’s ski team is geared up for another great season at its first race today, Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Mount Southington. The Warriors will be racing against Barlow, Guilford, New Fairfield, Southington and Weston in the Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League (CISL).

“After an undefeated season and winning the class S championship title last year, the Wilton boys are ready for another strong showing,” says Michael Kaulins, the Wilton boys’ coach. “The whole team has been posting personal bests and improving with each and every run down the course.”

The boys are led by captains August Theoharides (senior), Dominick Polito and Scott Verrilli (juniors). Strong performances are also expected from returning skiers Phil Klinga (senior), Ryan van Heyst and Christian Theoharides (sophomores). Kaulins reports newcomers Ryan Leung and Arrow Fox, both freshmen, are also showing great promise.

William Howard, the Wilton girls coach, says it’s also an exciting time for the Wilton girls’ ski team. “After finishing 4th in class S last season we’ll be looking for improvement. We’ve had lots of positive energy at our dry land and mountain practices and are looking to channel that energy into our races.”

The Wilton girls are led by senior tri-captains Emily O’Brien, Hope Ullman and Emily Welch. Also expected to score are returning junior Megan Kaeyer and sophomores Alexandra Magnusson and all-state Kira Howard. Freshman Sophia Polito is expected to contribute to the team score right from the first race as well. Returning skiers Lexi Hine (sophomore) and Lara Burke (junior) and newcomer Annika Wisdom (freshman) are also poised to make varsity starts for the team.

(L-R) Wilton Ski Team Captains Hope Ullmann, Emily Welch, Emily O’Brien, Dominick Polito, Scott Verrilli and August Theoharides

Wilton Woman’s Wow Wardrobe Makeover on “Rachael Ray Show” Airs Wednesday

Imagine getting a celeb stylist to give your closet a wardrobe readjustment, without spending a penny? One Wilton woman, Jennifer Wulff, got to have that experience with June Ambrose, stylist to stars like Jay-Z, courtesy of the Rachael Ray Show.” The episode showing Wulff’s experience getting a “no-spend style upgrade” airs today, Wednesday, Jan. 9. The show describes it as learning “how to glam up our looks with clothes we already have.

Wulff says, “If you watch you’ll see celebrity stylist June Ambrose tear apart my closet then glam me up for one of those ‘but look at her now!’ entrances on stage. Such a fun experience. And I really did get some great tips!”

“Rachel Ray” airs on WABC and WTNH at 10 a.m..

Jennifer Wulff (center) with stylist June Ambrose (L) and Rachael Ray.

Middlebrook Students’ Artwork On Exhibit in CT Regional Scholastic Art Awards Show 

Middlebrook School principal Lauren Feltz announced in her weekly newsletter to parents that three students have created artwork that will be included in the 2019 Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition at the Hartford Art School. The exhibit runs Jan. 13-Feb. 1 at the Silpe Gallery in the Hartford Art School on the University of Hartford campus.

The awards ceremony will be held Sunday, Jan. 27 at Lincoln Theater. Congratulations to the three students:  Jamie Parrotta for two photography entries, Amanda Prather for her photography entry, and Riya Shah for her printmaking entry.