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Forty-Six Honored at 25th Annual Scholar Leader Banquet

The 25th Annual SCC Scholar Leader Banquet will held on Monday, March 25 at Anthony's Ocean View in New Haven.  Forty-six scholar leaders, as chosen by their respective school principals, were recognized for their outstanding scholarship and leadership in their respective school and external communities.

2018-19 Scholar Leaders

Click here for the event program that contains the recipients' bios (pdf)

Amity Regional – Anthony Tom, Rosie Du

Branford – Kelly Tiernan, Praneeth Ganedi

Hill Regional Career – Alexandra Queen, Adam Ahmad-Rizal

Cheshire – Alexa Cofrancesco, Ryan Cyr

Daniel Hand – Callahan Henry, Chloe Veth

East Haven –  Talia Ferraro, Jose Rodriguez-Sanchez

Fairfield Prep –  Finn O’Connor, Thomas Rudden

Joseph A. Foran – Max Tavitian, Maggie Cummings

Guilford – Will Dinauer, Anne Hooker

Hamden – Maya Verghese, Andrew Naguib

James Hillhouse – Makayla Dawkins, Mohamed Naji

Jonathan Law – Kruttika Gopal, Michael Bagdasarian

Lauralton Hall – Caroline McMullen, Isabella Secchiaroli

Lyman Hall – Kailey Lipka, Brian Behrens

Mercy – Caroline Kilian, Grace Delaney

North Haven – Jackson Frank, Sarina Sandwell

Notre Dame – Christian Gee, Colton Varholak

Sacred Heart Academy – Vivian Wang, Claire Lagarde

Mark T. Sheehan – Sydney Carim, Shreya Patel

Shelton – Alyssa Bretan, Sean Rago

West Haven – Sumedha Chowdhury, Jonathan Saier

Wilbur Cross – Pablo Causa, Sungshil Johnson

Xavier –  Connor Dwyer, Kevin Galasso




Bill O'Brien Scholarship Winners

In addition, two students -- Makayla Dawkins (Hillhouse) and Thomas Rudden (Fairfield Prep) - were the recipients of the Bill O'Brien Community Service scholarships.  Each received $500.   

Thomas took a leap of faith by creating an organization called REIGNS. Its title stands for the Respect, Education, and  Inclusion of Gay and Non-Binary Students, and provides a safe space at school for LGBTQ students to feel validated and loved by peers, faculty, and the school.  REIGNS helps to improve  the school environment through dialogue, education, and inclusion. 

Makayla is a student representative on both the New Haven and State Boards of Education.  She is currently leading a project and will present to the state board at the end of my term that focuses on the arts, team building, and other coping strategies through trauma and healing workshops for her peers. One of the workshops would be “Creating and Calming” which would be in the form art therapy. This will give people the opportunity to express themselves beyond the traditional mode of talk therapy without the worry of financial barriers or the stigma around seeking assistance for mental health support. 



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