Litchfield News



Bantam ladies auxiliary presents scholarships
The Bantam Fire Company ladies auxiliary on Tuesday awarded $750 scholarships to Litchfield High School senior Claire Vailionis, above, with her parents, Tom and Lisa, and Wamogo Regional High School senior Sarah Lounsbury, below, with her parents, Darren and Pam. Claire will attend the University of Delaware and Sarah the State University of New York at Cobleskill. BZ photos
Goshen Garden Club awards scholarship
Goshen Garden Club member Anne Gustafson presented Wamogo Regional High School senior Philip Koenig with the club's $2,000 scholarship during the club's June 6 meeting at the Church of Christ Congregational. Koenig will attend the State University of New York at Morrisville and will study renewable energy technology. He has been enrolled in the agriculture science and technology program at Wamogo. Contributed photo
Special education records to be destroyed
The Litchfield Board of Education will destroy the confidential special education records of former students who have either graduated or were dismissed from special education services with birthdates of 1994 or earlier.  Written notification will be mailed to the students’ last known address.
This destruction is permitted by Connecticut State Law (34 CFR §300.573).  Confidential records include referral to special education, PPT/IEP records, psychoeducational evaluations, speech/language evaluations, psychological testing and reports, and correspondence with other agencies related to special education or special services.  These records may be needed in the future for Social Security benefits or other purposes.  Anyone wishing to obtain his/her confidential records must call the Litchfield Board of Education, Pupil Services Department at 860-567-7505, before June 15, 2019.
Records will be destroyed after June 30, 2019.
Center School to celebrate Flag Day
On Friday, June 14, the students of Center School will be celebrating Flag Day with a program on the Green in the center of Litchfield. The children will be marching up for the program, which will begin at 10 a.m. and last about 30 minutes.
Center School students spend a morning at Tapping Reeve
Second-graders from Center School in Litchfield spent the morning of June 7 planting flowers and vegetables and playing colonial games at the Tapping Reeve House and Litchfield Law School. Watering a seedling, above, are student Jessie Artache-James, volunteer Jay Fields and teacher Melanie O'Leary. Staff from the Litchfield Historical Society were on hand for the event in a continuation of their education partnership with the school. BZ photo
Field Day a year-end tradition at Center School
Students and staff at Center School in Litchfield made the trek down the hill to Community Field on May 31 for the school's annual Field Day, a morning of games and activities organized by physical education teacher Andy Parker. Several parents volunteered to help out. BZ photos
Food a centerpiece of Creation Celebration
Wamogo Regional High School students Emma Sonnati, left, and Kate MacDonald prepare strawberry shortcake during the school's recent Creation Celebration. Sonnati, MacDonald and other students in Wamogo's culinary program made appetizers and dessert for the event. BZ photo
High school Acts of Kindness Club empowers girls
Many of the members of Litchfield High School's Acts of Kindness Club were at Bunnell Farm on May 17 to host a series of empowerment activities for middle school girls from Litchfield and surrounding towns. Activities such as yoga and karate were designed to boost the self-esteem of participants. Dr. Lucia Benzoni, a pediatrician in Litchfield, was a speaker at the event. BZ photo
Soccer game raises cash for Relay for Life fundraiser
Kelly Garden, left, of the Litchfield Prevention Council presents Litchfield High School National Honor Society adviser Sandy Carlson with a check for $920 representing the proceeds of a soccer game between current Litchfield High School students and alumni and other adults at White Memorial Field on Sunday. The money is for the NHS's Relay for Life fundraiser held in late April. With the latest donation, more than $14,000 has been raised for the American Cancer Society. The game was scheduled to be played the same weekend as the Relay for Life but was rained out.
Below, LHS student Jack Sutton stops a shot and LHS grad Chris Parsons tries to move around Miles Chapman. BZ photos
Litchfield High super heroes lend a hand in Goshen
Goshen Center School Principal Tracy Keilty, above. greets members of the Litchfield High School Acts of Kindness Club upon their arrival at the Goshen school for a fundraiser for the new James Fitzgerald Foundation on Saturday, May 18. The Litchfield students wore their super heroes costumes in tribute to James, a Goshen Center School kindergarten student who died last spring after a brave battle against brain cancer. The AOK Club made a trip to Goshen to visit with James and his classmates last winter. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to establish a scholarship that will allow Goshen children from needy families to attend the summer program at Camp Cochipianee. Below, the Litchfield students, who arrived on a fire truck driven by Al Torizzo of Goshen, approach James' father, Mike. BZ photos
Prom night for Litchfield High School
It was prom night Saturday at Litchfield High School and the guys and gals were looking sharp. Some of them gathered at the home of Russ and Lynn Chapman for a photo before heading to the pre-prom reception at the Litchfield Community Center. Contributed photo
HONOR ROLL   QUARTER 2   2018–2019
Outstanding Honors: Grade 12: Riley Majeske, Marcello Orsini, Charles Shanks, Claire Vailionis   Grade 11: Samantha Barnes, Antonio Butler, Harley Harris, Francesca Luzzi   Grade 10: Zajans Crapo, Robert MacDonald, Aidan Parilla, Annabelle Shanks   Grade 9: Anna Devaux, Daniel Dieck, Cameron Sivilla
High Honors:   Grade 12: Alexander Allen, Coleby Bunnell, Sydney Donohue, Ryan Garden, Matthew Gostkowski, Sophia Graveline,Jordan Guilmart, Harrison Kraut, Katherine Kuegler, Rachel Leigh, Alyssa Malloy, Sarah McCarthy, Rudolph Melk, Caleb Parilla, John Ray, Amanda Small, Megan Smith, Duncan Sobek Grade 11:  Abigail Abbenante, William Allee, Michael D’Aversa, Allison Davenport, Faye Devaux, Kyla Farrell, Sarah Fox, Charlotte Gillman, Zeke Hatfield, Abigail Laure, Aileen Lennon, David O'Hara, Christina Orsini, Jilliene Seymour, Brook Small, Casey Small, Roxanne Snowden, Elizabeth Southard, Carson Styers, Alexa Yanavich Grade 10: Colin Acerbi, Olivia Bryant, Ori Busel, Isabella Campanelli, Madison Carr, Aidan Donohue, Timothy Donovan, Kyleigh Dyer, Michael Kelleher, Olivia Kennedy, Amanda King, Olivia Laprise, Adam Larrabee, Natalie McDermott, Caitlin Orsino, Noah Parilla, Sam Richardson, Audrey Ryan, Sage Sobek, Hayden Southard, Hailey White Grade 9: Ava Atwood, Harrison Barnes, Ethan Cowles, Kadija Crapo, Jake Ferrucci, Amber Festa, Allison Gollenberg, Thomas Gostkowski, John Honigmann, Molly Lennon, Ellen McCarthy, John Morgan, Katharine Orr, Jeremina Prenoveau, Sophie Rodriguez, Gabriel Stradtman, Audrey Terhune, Isabelle Terhune, Ashlyn Tranquillo, Margaret Vinisko
Honors:    Grade 12: Stefan Cheetham, Jonathan Dieck, Elizabeth Elmendorf, August Hurtado, Alex Lanthier   Grade 11: Talia Alicea, Evan Fischthal, Hayleigh Greenwood, Lucy Kraut, Natalie Lapointe, Daniel O’Leary, Kylie Pesce   Grade 10:  Ethan Dyer, Madelyn Kerins, Brody Stevenson, Sophia Williams   Grade 9: Sara Castonguay, Kameron Cheetham, Julia Dunn, Cheyenne Mazzochi, Carter Orr, Ethan Pang, Effie Saltourides, MacKenzie Schweter
Outstanding Honors
Grade 8:  Evan Bryant, John Gostkowski, Olivia Kracht, Elise Krone, Timothy Lapointe, Leo Laure, Max Laure, Emily Migliorisi, Benjamin Nordland, Nathan Reiter, Owen Ryan, Avery Southard   Grade 7: Catherine Acerbi, Matthew Aldrich, Abigail Curtiss, Alyssa DiLeone, Amber Dingwell, Aidan Erickson, Kaleigh Hotchkiss, Cooper Laure, Cameron Murphy, Claire Olmstead, Sophie Perkel, Alizah Sanford, Lynzie Sanford, James Sansing, Jenna Sobek, Riley Southard, Cecelia Stowe
High Honors:
Grade 8: Erik Cheetham, Avery Dyer, Diana Ferrari, Rachel Glander, Kyle Gordon, Jasmina Guaman, Troy Kaiser, Pierce Lougheed, Ethan Murphy, Michael Pellegrino, Leah Sepples, Bryce Stone, Emma Vinisko, Ava Wortman, Rachel Zhang   Grade 7: Ella Anderson, Kyana Blasi, Landon Cahill, Piper Carr, Madelyn Curtiss, Nicholas Dest, Sophia Gabriele, Ian Hahn, Korrin Jewett, Abigail Munday, Baylie Pesce, Gunnar Round, Jillian Saunders, Rowan Schulde, Aaron Tiong, Peyton Weik, Elsie White
Grade 8: Caleb Finn, Erin Kinahan, Haydn Marriott, Brendan Nguyen, Livia Perusse, Collin Sturges   Grade 7:  Nicholas Caselas, Ulisses Do Carmo, Ian Fischthal, Matthew Fox, Aiden Freimuth, Jonathan Hotchkiss, Brodie LaMere, Colleen Malo, Kaylee McCombs, Xavier McDermott, Alec Quesnel, Jacob Roman, Anna Saltourides, Brayden Tranquillo