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Litchfield students graduate; make Deans' Lists
 
The following local residents were named to the Dean's List at Hamilton College for the 2019 spring semester:Andrej Bogdanovics of Litchfield. Bogdanovics, a May graduate, majored in world politics at Hamilton; Olivia Maddox of Litchfield. Maddox is a rising senior majoring in history.
To be named to the Dean's List, a student must have carried throughout the semester a course load of four or more graded credits with an average of 3.5 or above.
 
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Brandon Hookstadt of Litchfield has been named to the University of Delaware's Dean's List for the spring 2019 semester. To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean's List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.
 
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Madeleine Chapman of Litchfield graduated from Emmanuel College on May 11 during Emmanuel College's 97th Commencement Exercises on its campus in Boston. Chapman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and media studies during the ceremony.
 
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Eastern Connecticut State University's Department of Health Sciences held its fourth annual award ceremony on April 25. Sixteen students were inducted into the Phi Theta Delta Health Sciences Honor Society and 27 students were awarded for their academic achievements in the major.
Among the honorees was Christopher Ray '20 of Litchfield, who majors in health sciences. Ray was inducted into Phi Theta Delta. He also received the Outstanding Junior certificate of appreciation.
 
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Hadley Roy of Litchfield has been named to the Champlain College Dean's List for the spring 2019 semester. Students on the Dean's List have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the semester. Roy is majoring in marketing.
 
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Elliette Barrows, Lily Gillman and Jacob Honig, all of Litchfield, were named to the Dean’s List at Lasell College for the spring 2019 semester.
To be named to the Dean's List, Lasell students must complete at least 12 credits as a full-time student and achieve a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher.
 
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Charuprabha Gaur, an Ithaca College student from Litchfield, was named to the Dean's List for the spring 2019 semester. Gaur is majoring in culture and communication.
 
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Eastern Connecticut State University recently released its spring 2019 Dean's List for full-time and part-time students. On the list from Litchfield are Ryan Murphy '22, who majors in exploratory STEM and Christopher Ray '20, who majors in health sciences. To be eligible for the Dean's List, students must be in good academic standing and obtain a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher.
 
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Olivia Defiore of Litchfield achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA during the spring 2019 semester, earning a spot on the Provost's List at Hofstra University.
 
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Ryan Glander, class of 2020, from Litchfield, has been named to the Deans' List for the spring 2019 semester at Bryant University.
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On the Dean’s List at the University of Rhode Island for spring 2019 are Grace Fernandez and Jessica Newbury, both of Litchfield.
 
 
Forman School crew attends boat show
 
 
The Forman School Boat Works crew at the Wooden Boat Show in Mystic. Contributed photo
 
On the weekend of June 28-30th, the Forman School Boat Works crew participated in the 28th annual WoodenBoat Show in Mystic. The WoodenBoat Show is an annual event that includes demonstrations, exhibits, and vendors from all over the East Coast, all celebrating the design and creation of wooden boats.
 
Led by Forman School teachers Wendy Welshans, Sean Kelly, and Lauren Hazard, Forman Boat Works had its own booth demonstrating steam bending around their own original boat form design, named the Julie R. Forman 2. Running their booth during the day and camping nearby in the evenings, Forman Boat Works students worked tirelessly each day of the event, interacting with passersby and speaking about their craft.

Wendy, a teacher at Forman for 27 years and head of the Rainforest Project, Robotics Program, and Whitewater Kayaking team in addition to Forman Boat Works, spoke highly of their experience at the event.
 
“I couldn't imagine building with a more outstanding crew,” she said. “Everyone was not only dedicated to getting as much done as possible, but also to demonstrate the highest quality of work. The students could explain everything they were doing in detail to anyone that came by the booth. Whether they were speaking with an experienced boat builder or someone who had never built anything before, the Forman Boat Works students could speak the language and explain what the whole process; no question was left unanswered.”

Forman Boat Works has become a staple extracurricular program at Forman, wherein novice builders learn the fundamentals of boatbuilding and create a beautifully handcrafted and functional canoe. More experienced students
work off of the original Julie R. Forman 2 boat design, creating slightly modified versions each time. While this was only the second time Forman Boat Works has shown at the WoodenBoat Show, it certainly won’t be the last.
 
“We broke the mold; we were the only booth with younger students and women!” Welshans said. “It was such a great experience. We are definitely hoping to make this a yearly event.”
 
 
Forman School's rain forest study to be featured on BBC
 
Forman School has announced that its long history of study in the Costa Rican rainforest will be featured in a new show from the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Natural History unit. “Animal Impossible” will debut in 2020 with presenters Tim Warwood and Adam Gendle hosting a program that takes a light-hearted but serious look at various claims of animal abilities and feats. 


Wendy Welshans, Forman’s Director of the Rainforest Project, has been taking Forman students to Costa Rica for 27 years to pursue various areas of study through hands-on research. Forman students are encouraged to use their imaginations as they learn about rainforest birds, field acoustics and telemetry, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Their work with spiders has resulted in the school holding two patents, one for a silk extraction method and one for farming spiders by identifying characteristics of places spiders successfully colonize.


Welshans will contribute to a segment on “Animal Impossible” about the strength of spider silk. What appealed to the show’s producers, who studied Forman’s rainforest website, blog, and YouTube videos, is that Welshans and her Forman students work with the golden orb weaver spider in its natural setting, have sustainability as a priority, and their humane method of harvesting the silk. “We don’t pin the spiders down and pull the silk from them,” says Welshans. “We’re not harming them. We use a wheel, a simple machine, to gently retrieve the silk.” The strength of the silk will be measured on the show by a “field tensile lab” developed over the years by Welshans and Forman students. 


“Ounce for ounce, this silk is stronger than steel,” says Welshans. “It will be fun to share what we’ve learned on the show. The silk of the golden orb weaver is remarkable and it has many potential uses. Among the things it can be used for are bulletproof vests, cable, and sutures for use on humans.”


Welshans, along with Warwood, Gendle, and a production crew of nine, will travel to the La Selva Biological Station and Reserve in Costa Rica on July 27 and work there for a week. Details are not finalized, but the show is tentatively scheduled to air in January of 2020. 
 
 
Litchfield High School fourth-quarter honor roll  
 
Outstanding Honors:   Grade 12: Rachel Leigh, Marcello Orsini, Charles Shanks, Claire Vailionis     Grade 11: Samantha Barnes, Antonio Butler, Kyla Farrell, Francesca Luzzi, Carson Styers     Grade 10: Olivia Bryant, Zajans Crapo, Natalie McDermott, Aidan Parilla, Audrey Ryan, Annabelle Shanks    Grade 9: Ava Atwood, Harrison Barnes, Kadija Crapo, Molly Lennon, Cameron Sivilla
 
High Honors:   Grade 12: Alexander Allen, Samantha Brodeur, Emma Gagnon, Ryan Garden, Matthew Gostkowski, Sophia Graveline, Jared Guilmart, August Hurtado, Katherine Kuegler, Riley Majeske, Alyssa Malloy, Sarah McCarthy, Rudolph Melk, David Nicholson, John Puskar, John Ray, Megan Smith, Christopher Tieman   Grade 11: Abigail Abbenante, William Allee, Allison Davenport, Faye Devaux, Charlotte Gillman, Harley Harris, Ruby Hatfield, Zeke Hatfield, Abigail Laure, David O'Hara, Christina Orsini, Daniel Pang, Kylie Pesce, Kenyon Prenoveau, Jilliene Seymour, Brook Small, Casey Small, Roxanne Snowden, Elizabeth Southard, Marilyn Tiul, Alexa Yanavich Grade 10: Colin Acerbi, Karis Bongiolatti, Isabella Campanelli, Ella Demers, Aidan Donohue, Timothy Donovan, Kyleigh Dyer, Michael Kelleher, Olivia Kennedy, Amanda King, Olivia Laprise, Adam Larrabee, Robert MacDonald, Caitlin Orsino, Noah Parilla, Samuel Richardson, Sage Sobek, Hayden Southard   Grade 9: Madeleine Andrulis, Gabriella Butler, Isabella Caselas, Kameron Cheetham, Ethan Cowles, Anna Devaux, Daniel Dieck, Jake Ferrucci, Allison Gollenberg, Thomas Gostkowski, John Honigmann, Ellen McCarthy, John D. Morgan, William Olmstead, Katharine Orr, Ethan Pang, Jeremina Prenoveau, Tressa Roveto, Aaron Skutt, Gabriel Stradtman, Audrey Terhune, Isabelle Terhune, Ashlyn Tranquillo, Margaret Vinisko
 
Honors:    Grade 12: Sydney Donohue, Annette Fournier, Sally Holjencin, Alex Lanthier, Molly Malo   Grade 11: Talia Alicea, Daniel O’Leary   Grade 10: Kyla Bennett, Ori Busel, Madison Gillette, Madelyn Kerins, Brody Stevenson, Erik Tieman, Hailey White, Sophia Williams    Grade 9: Sebastian Barnett, Sara Castonguay, Shannon Donnelly, Anna Eykelhoff, Carter Orr, Renee Quesnel, Sophie Rodriguez, MacKenzie Schweter