• Hernandez named Gatorade Player of the Year

    Posted by Julia Budd on 1/13/2020 4:00:00 PM

    2019 - 2020 Player of the Year

    For the second consecutive year, The Woodstock Academy has a Gatorade Player of the Year.

    It was announced on Monday that Centaurs senior Paula Hernandez has been named the Gatorade Connecticut Volleyball Player of the Year.

    Last year, Woodstock Academy Gold prep basketball player, Tre Mitchell, who is now starting at UMass, was the Gatorade Connecticut boys basketball Player of the Year.

    "It's just so well deserved," said Woodstock Academy volleyball coach Adam Bottone of Hernandez’s award. "We all know she is a tremendous athlete but she is also a really bright young lady who excels in the classroom as well. It's a great honor for her especially considering everything she has been through and had to overcome. All the adversity that she has faced. It's just awesome."


    Hernandez came to Woodstock Academy as a sophomore following Hurricane Maria's devastation of her native Puerto Rico.


    She led the Centaurs to Class L state championship matches in her first two years and to a state semifinal this past season when she finished with 500 kills and 622 digs.


    She added 230 service points including 66 aces.


    Over her 2 ½ year career at Woodstock Academy, she compiled over 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.


    “It’s been really fun here and really different from Puerto Rico. I would say that I played much more passionately because it’s a completely different environment and I loved it. Hopefully, I will be back in the future,” Hernandez said following the state semifinal.


    Hernandez was named Connecticut High School Coaches Association Player of the Year last season.


    "The Gatorade Player of the Year is another feather in the cap for her," Bottone said.


    Hernandez recently announced that she planned to attend Eastern Connecticut State University in the fall.

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  • The sky is the limit! Aerospace Flight Training course coming 2020-21

    Posted by Julia Budd on 12/13/2019 3:00:00 PM

    SPIROL STEAM Center

     

     

    Aerospace Flight Training is the latest course to be offered at The Woodstock Academy as a part of the school’s recent emphasis on STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math).

     

    The course will focus on the on-the-ground training required for pursuing a pilot license. After completing the course, students will be prepared to take the Private Pilot written exam as well as the Part 107 Drone Pilot exam on their own. Students will also gain exposure to in-flight training through a flight simulator located in The Academy’s SPIROL STEAM Center.

     

     “Offering this curriculum in conjunction with advanced technology at the high school level is a unique opportunity for our students at The Academy,” said Head of School Chris Sandford.

     

    Technology department chair, Adam Bottone, echoed Sandford’s comments by describing the class as “practical education that directly benefits the students.”

     

    This course complements the Aerospace and Aviation Engineering elective course as well as other classes currently offered at The Woodstock Academy that expose students to career path options. Aerospace Flight Training will be offered to students beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.

     

    “With a private pilot's license students can enjoying a lifelong hobby and take the first step towards a career in commercial, government or military aviation,” said technology teacher Peter Sumner in the proposal of the course.

     

    Associate head of school, Holly Singleton, reiterated Sumner’s excitement for the course, “We always tell kids, ‘the sky’s the limit’; in this case, it’s actually true! I’m excited that this course will present another opportunity for students to develop skills and licensure for their post-WA career path.”

     

    The Woodstock Academy has continued to develop STEAM-based opportunities for students through new courses, such as Fire Technology, STEAM Foundations, and Inventors Workshop. The practical skills taught in these courses are useful as students pursue STEAM careers, either directly after they graduate from The Academy or in combination with continued education and training.

     

    Along with these STEAM-based course offerings have come the necessary classroom renovations and technology including the Beatson Makerspace & Fabrication Lab, a 3D printer, high-quality projectors for art classrooms, a flight simulator, software, and more.

     

    This expansion of curriculum, technology, and learning spaces has been possible, in part, because of the investments made by members of the greater Woodstock Academy community, including SPIROL International Foundation, the Beatson family, the Li family, and Jennifer Randall Male ’64.

     

    Aerospace Flight Training and STEAM-based courses are just a part of The Academy’s mission to prepare students to be lifelong learners.

     

     

    The Woodstock Academy is an independent, day and boarding, co-educational, college preparatory high school for grades 9–12 and postgraduates located in Woodstock, CT. The mission of The Woodstock Academy is to prepare all students by providing diverse opportunities through a rigorous curriculum and a variety of programs in order to cultivate the necessary skills to become lifelong learners and global citizens.

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  • Eastern Connecticut Table Tennis Club

    Posted by Julia Budd on 10/18/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Table Tennis in gymnasium

     

    The Woodstock Academy has initiated the Eastern Connecticut Table Tennis Club. The club will be in alignment with USA Table Tennis, the national governing body of table tennis in the United States.

     

    The club will host open play time on Thursdays evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in The Woodstock Academy’s South Campus Gymnasium. This time is open for all ages and abilities. Additional hours or club events may be added in the future.

     

    “I am very excited to have the opportunity to share my love of the sport of Table Tennis with The Woodstock Academy students and community,” said Daniel Vogt, the club coordinator and a health and PE teacher at The Woodstock Academy.

     

    Club updates will be available at www.woodstockacademy.org/ecttc.

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  • Academic Convocation 2019: Undergraduate Awards

    Posted by Julia Budd on 9/26/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Academic Convocation September 25, 2019

     

    This Wednesday, The Woodstock Academy held the annual Academic Convocation, an awards ceremony recognizing student academic achievements from the 2018-2019 school year. This year 176 students received awards for accomplishments in piano, chemistry, entrepreneurship, world languages, and a plethora of other courses offered at The Academy, as well as special awards and distinctions. 32 students were recognized as AP Scholar for performance on AP tests in the spring of 2019. Chandler Creedon, from Woodstock, received the honor of Undergraduate Who Has Done The Most For The Academy.

     

    Recipients and their awards

     

    Michael Adams: High Achievement in Explorations in Wood Technology, Outstanding Achievement in Agility

     

    Daimler Aleksjuks: High Achievement in CP Biology

     

    Brian Antunes: High Achievement in Piano I

     

    Alyssa Arends: AP Scholar, High Achievement in Honors Chemistry, High Achievement in Law, Outstanding Achievement in English III

     

    Linsey Arends: High Achievement in Algebra I, Outstanding Achievement in Mandarin I HON

     

    Livia Armstrong: Outstanding Achievement in Glee Club, Outstanding Achievement in Mixed Chorus

     

    Emily Arters: High Achievement in Biotechnology, High Achievement in Modern US History

     

    Paige Audet: Outstanding Achievement in Spanish III CP

     

    Sabrina Bastien: Outstanding Achievement in International Business

     

    Russell Beausoleil: 20 x 30 Honoree, AP Scholar with Distinction, Outstanding Achievement in Electronic Design, Outstanding Achievement in German IV ACC

     

    Nathan Becher: AP Scholar, High Achievement in Honors Chemistry

     

    Corinna Benoit: High Achievement in Pastry & Baking

     

    Remi Benton: High Achievement in Family Foods & Nutrition

     

    Yvonne Bessette: Outstanding Achievement in Chorale

     

    Elise Boisvert: American History Award

     

    Maximilian Bosio: 20 x 30 Honoree, Outstanding Achievement in Digital Drawing

     

    Zoe Botta: Outstanding Achievement in English I, Outstanding Achievement in Latin I Honors

     

    Alexia Bourbeau: AP Scholar

     

    Ethan Bove: High Achievement in Precalculus, Outstanding Achievement in AP Biology 2

     

    Katelin Briere: High Achievement in CP Biology

     

    Logan Brock: High Achievement in ACC Biology, High Achievement in Geometry, Outstanding Achievement in Precalculus, Outstanding Achievement in Spanish IV ACC/ECE, Outstanding Achievement in Individual & Dual

     

    Jordyn Brousseau: 20 x 30 Honoree, High Achievement in Honors Chemistry, Outstanding Achievement in Art Remix, Outstanding Achievement in Studio Art, Outstanding Junior Artist

     

    Keith Brousseau: High Achievement in Game Design

     

    Reid Butler: Outstanding Achievement in Personal Finance

     

    Ethan Campbell: High Achievement in Game Design

     

    Leah Castle: High Achievement in Algebra I, Outstanding Freshman Artist

     

    Riley Chapuis: Outstanding Achievement in Mandarin III HON

     

    Danielle Chaput: AP Scholar, High Achievement in Psychology

     

    Corinne Child: AP Scholar with Honor

     

    Emily Condon: High Achievement in Concert Band

     

    Sydney Couture: High Achievement in Chorale

     

    Nathan Craig: AP Scholar with Distinction, Governor's Scholar Semi-Finalist, High Achievement in ACC-2 Chemistry, High Achievement in AP Computer Science, National AP Scholar, Outstanding Achievement in Calculus AB, RIT Computing Medal

     

    Chandler Creedon: Outstanding Achievement in Symphonic Band, Undergraduate Who Has Done The Most For The Academy

     

    Nathaniel Cutler: High Achievement in Guitar I

     

    Jenna Davidson: 20 x 30 Honoree

     

    Julia Dearborn: Outstanding Achievement in Ceramics, Outstanding Achievement in Italian III HON

     

    Nicole Davidson: Outstanding Achievement in PE

     

    Talia Dazy: Outstanding Achievement in Fire Technology

     

    Tarryn Desrosiers: High Achievement in Computer Science, High Achievement in Culinary Arts

     

    Stella DiPippo: High Achievement in AP Biology II

     

    Josephine Dlugosz: Outstanding Achievement in Italian I HON

     

    Henry Driscoll: High Achievement in Geometry

     

    Oliver Driscoll: Outstanding Achievement in Italian II HON

     

    Zhiyan Stella Du: AP Scholar, High Achievement in AP Biology II, High Achievement in Calculus AB, Outstanding Achievement in Honors Calculus

     

    Emma Durand: AP Scholar with Honor

     

    Mia Kozey Edwards: High Achievement in Architectural Design

     

    Elizabeth Elza: AP Scholar with Honor, Outstanding Achievement in German II HON

     

    Christine Faist: High Achievement in Honors Chemistry, Outstanding Achievement in History of Rock and Roll

     

    Allison Faist: Outstanding Achievement in Honors Chemistry, Outstanding Achievement in Latin IV ECE/ACC

     

    Anya Farutin: High Achievement in Honors Physics

     

    Cassidy Fortier: High Achievement in Architectural Design

     

    Caroline Frost: AP Scholar, Outstanding Achievement in ACC-I Chemistry

     

    Kileigh Gagnon: Outstanding Achievement in Weight Training

     

    Kayla Gaudreau: Outstanding Achievement in Sports Medicine

     

    William Gaug: High Achievement in CP Biology, Outstanding Achievement in Piano I

     

    Huck Gelhaus: Outstanding Achievement in Team Sports

     

    Megan Gohn: AP Scholar

     

    Diana Gonzalez: Outstanding Achievement in Honors Environmental Science, Outstanding Achievement in Music Technology I

     

    Chad Graley: High Achievement in International Business

     

    Marie Gravier: High Achievement in Pastry & Baking

     

    Madelyn Groves: High Achievement in Algebra I

     

    Samuel Hagan: High Achievement in Honors Foundations of Science

     

    Liam Hagan: High Achievement in Modern World History, Outstanding Achievement in Algebra II, Outstanding Achievement in Honors Foundations of Science, Outstanding Achievement in Spanish III Hon

     

    Caroline Hamill: High Achievement in Modern US History

     

    Ryan Hanlon: High Achievement in 3D Animation

     

    Chelsea Harda: Outstanding Achievement in Pastry & Baking

     

    Cierra Heersink: Most Improved in Latin

     

    Paula Hernandez Aulet: Outstanding Achievement in Biotechnology, Harvard Book Award

     

    Rachel Holden: 20 x 30 Honoree, High Achievement in 3D Animation

     

    Tessa Houlihan: AP Scholar with Honor

     

    Kathrine Ionkin: High Achievement in Engineering CAD

     

    Avery Jones: AP Scholar with Honor, High Achievement in ACC-I Chemistry

     

    Andrew Johnson: Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Fitness

     

    Paige Kasacek: High Achievement in Pastry & Baking

     

    Daniel Katkaveck: High Achievement in Game Design

     

    Taeoh Kim: High Achievement in Computer Science

     

    Dominick Kollbeck: High Achievement in Family Foods & Nutrition

     

    Hali Korsu: High Achievement in Symphonic Band

     

    Brynn Kusnarowis: High Achievement in American Government & Politics, High Achievement in Honors Biology

     

    Kaily LaChapelle: High Achievement in Honors Biology

     

    Vy Lam: Outstanding Achievement in Yoga

     

    Rachel Lambert: AP Scholar with Distinction

     

    Bryce Lambert: High Achievement in Personal Finance

     

    Keenan LaMontagne: High Achievement in Honors Foundations of Science

     

    Madelyn Lecuyer: High Achievement in Modern US History, Outstanding Achievement in Honors Physics

     

    Audrey Ledbetter: Outstanding Achievement in Introduction to Musical Theatre

     

    Cassandra Leighton: 20 x 30 Honoree

     

    Grace Leite: High Achievement in Early Childhood Education

     

    Aochen Li: High Achievement in Precalculus, Outstanding Achievement in Latin II Honors

     

    Ruiyang Liang: High Achievement in AP Physics Electricity & Magnetism, High Achievement in Engineering CAD

     

    Seamus Lippy: High Achievement in CP Foundations of Science, Outstanding Achievement in Spanish I  CP

     

    Ru Liu: Outstanding Achievement in Geometry Benjamin Lord: High Achievement in Piano I

     

    Elizabeth Lovrien: High Achievement in Concert Band

     

    Angela Lu: High Achievement in Honors Biology

     

    Wei Lu: Outstanding Achievement in Painting

     

    Sarah Lucas: Outstanding Achievement in Concert Band

     

    Dung Boi: Ly Outstanding Achievement in ACC-2 Chemistry

     

    Ciara MacKinnon: High Achievement in Innovative Technology, Outstanding Achievement in English II

     

    Justin Marcotte: AP Scholar

     

    Samuel Massey: High Achievement in Family Foods & Nutrition

     

    Sophia Mawson: High Achievement in Glee Club

     

    David May: AP Scholar with Distinction, Connecticut College Book Award, High Achievement in Engineering CAD, RIT Innovation and Creativity Award

     

    Jocelyn Mayotte: High Achievement in CP Chemistry, High Achievement in History of Rock and Roll, High Achievement in Personal Finance

     

    Justin McGroary: Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

     

    Gavin Miller: High Achievement in Honors Biology

     

    Mackenzie Millette: Math Achievement Award

     

    Luis Miranda: AP Scholar with Honor, Gettysburg Book Prize

     

    Tristan Monahan: AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Scholarship Program Recognition

     

    Sofia Murray: High Achievement in Honors Foundations of Science

     

    Brooke Nagle: AP Scholar

     

    Joshua Niemann: High Achievement in World Cultures

     

    Meaghan O'Brien: High Achievement in Family Foods & Nutrition

     

    Molly O'Connor: High Achievement in Family Foods & Nutrition

     

    Kelsey Oloff: High Achievement in CP Forensics

     

    Alexander Orbegozo: AP Scholar with Honor, High Achievement in Honors Calculus

     

    Jingyi Pan: High Achievement in Symphonic Band

     

    Aidan Pappas: High Achievement in Exploring Multimedia

     

    Alexis Parent: High Achievement in CP Chemistry

     

    Dhruvi Patel: High Achievement in Algebra I

     

    Lily Patenaude: Outstanding Achievement in Mandarin II HON

     

    John Peabody: High Achievement in Honors Biology

     

    Hunter Phillips: Outstanding Achievement in Guitar I

     

    Connor Quinn: High Achievement in Engineering CAD, Outstanding Achievement in Spanish IV HON

     

    Sophia Rakovan: Outstanding Achievement in Latin III ECE/ACC

     

    Hans Rhynhart: Outstanding Achievement in German I HON

     

    Nelson Rodrigues dos Santos: Outstanding Achievement in 3D Animation

     

    Zachary Roethlein: High Achievement in Algebra II

     

    Matthew Roethlein: High Achievement in Entrepreneurship

     

    Emily Ross: Outstanding Achievement in Spanish VI ACC

     

    Mia Ruggeri: High Achievement in Algebra II

     

    Courtney Ruszczyk: Outstanding Achievement in CP Human Biology

     

    Noah Salsich: Outstanding Achievement in Family Foods & Nutrition, Outstanding Achievement in German III HON, Outstanding Achievement in Human Biology

     

    Ida Sanders: Outstanding Achievement in ACC Biology

     

    Peyton Saracina: High Achievement in Family Foods & Nutrition

     

    Hallie Saracina: High Achievement in Modern US History

     

    Robert Saraidarian: High Achievement in Introduction to Musical Theatre

     

    Julia Schad: AP Scholar

     

    Alexa Schimmelpfennig: 20 x 30 Honoree, High Achievement in Algebra II, Outstanding Achievement in Drawing, Outstanding Sophomore Artist Heather Schofield: High Achievement in ACC Biology

     

    Ashley Scott: High Achievement in Anatomy & Physiology, High Achievement in Modern US History

     

    Alyssa Sharrow: High Achievement in American Government & Politics

     

    Adam Shinkiewicz: High Achievement in Honors Chemistry

     

    Kansas Sienna: AP Scholar with Distinction

     

    Meghan Slate: Outstanding Achievement in Aerobics

     

    Adeline Smith: High Achievement in Algebra I, High Achievement in Honors Foundations of Science, High Achievement in Modern World History, Outstanding Achievement in Exploring Multimedia, Outstanding Achievement in Spanish I HON, Outstanding Achievement in Health

     

    Ashley Smith: UConn Avery Point Book Award

     

    Caitlyn Sroczenski: AP Scholar with Distinction, DAR History Award

     

    Aidan Stewart: AP Scholar with Distinction

     

    Conor Stewart: First Year Math Award - Highest Ranking Freshman in Math, High Achievement in Honors Foundations of Science, High Achievement in Modern World History, Outstanding Achievement in Spanish II HON

     

    Daniel Suitum: High Achievement in Honors Chemistry, Outstanding Achievement in Ceramics II

     

    Isabella Symington-St. John: Outstanding Achievement in CP Chemistry

     

    Sarah Tavares: High Achievement in The Developing Child

     

    Lam Truong Phuc Thai: High Achievement in CP Biology

     

    Judy Thavone: 20 x 30 Honoree

     

    Jared Tidwell: Outstanding Achievement in Spanish II CP

     

    Jake Tingley: 20 x 30 Honoree

     

    Cuong Ngoc To: English Teacher's Award for Hard Work and Effort, High Achievement in Algebra II

     

    Vincent Tocci: High Achievement in Mixed Chorus, High Achievement in Modern World History

     

    Ainslie Tschamler: Outstanding Achievement in Art I

     

    Mallory Tyimok: 20 x 30 Honoree

     

    Alexandra Vaida: AP Scholar

     

    Nina Vasquez-Nichols: 20 x 30 Honoree

     

    Grayson Walley: AP Scholar, Trinity College Book Award

     

    Tyler Warren: High Achievement in AP Computer Science

     

    Taylor Watson: High Achievement in Honors Forensics

     

    Grayson Webber: High Achievement in History of Rock and Roll

     

    Aleya Wesler: AP Scholar, Outstanding Achievement in Mandarin IV HON

     

    Travis White: AP Scholar, High Achievement in Honors Chemistry

     

    Zachary White: Outstanding Achievement in Algebra I

     

    Caroline Wilcox: Outstanding Achievement in CP Biology

     

    Melissa Wishart: AP Scholar

     

    Evelyn Withers: Outstanding Achievement in Photography

     

    Evan Wood: AP Scholar, High Achievement in Music Technology I

     

    Seo Young Yun: High Achievement in Algebra II

     

    Nicholas Zagrodny: Outstanding Achievement in College Accounting

     

    Jialei Zhang: High Achievement in Algebra II

     

    Lanqi Zhang: High Achievement in American Government & Politics, High Achievement in Precalculus, Outstanding Achievement in AP Physics Electricity & Magnetism, Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship, Outstanding Achievement in Statistics.

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  • The First Weeks of School: from the Head of School

    Posted by the Head of School on 9/19/2019 3:00:00 PM

    As students return to The Academy for our 218th school year, we thought we would provide an update to the larger community. The Academy is a mission-driven school committed to putting our students first. Whether it is through our academics, our athletics, or our school safety, we are dedicated to self-improvement. Recent changes reflect this commitment and will better prepare our students for whatever path they choose after their time at The Academy. 

     

     

    In the area of academics, we have made several changes to respond to the ever-changing demands of colleges and the workplace. Last year, we updated our science graduation requirements, and through this, we now require all students to take chemistry. Previously taking chemistry was strongly encouraged, but not required. In response, this summer we created a new chemistry lab on North Campus, one of four science labs created or remodeled over the last four years to better prepare our students. These labs have been fully funded by donors to The Woodstock Academy Foundation.  

     

     

    Over the last few years, The Academy has been building the SPIROL STEAM Center on North Campus. This summer we added new technology to the Beatson Makerspace and art classroom. Through these investments from our supporters, we have been able to add courses in the areas of technology, robotics, physics, and engineering. In addition, this summer we were able to create a new student/class collaborative space in the Bracken Memorial Library. This new area will provide our students and teachers with increased opportunities to work collaboratively and creatively on an infinite array of projects. All of these projects were completed with the support of donors who are passionate about investing in our program and our students.

     

     

    As schools across the country are becoming more responsive to the needs of the whole child rather than just focusing on academics, The Academy is leading the way. Improving student health and wellness has been an initiative supported by the Board of Trustees over the last several years. In addition to providing the normal health services typical in most secondary schools, we have contracted with Dr. Kristen Xeller to provide medical services on campus twice a week, hired two athletic trainers, added a full-time strength and conditioning coach, and arranged for a mental health professional from Harrington Health to work with interested students and families on campus twice each week.

     

     

    Beyond adding staff, we have updated or added facilities to assist in the development of lasting, healthy habits. We significantly upgraded the fitness center and created a new yoga and meditation space. These new classrooms have allowed us to develop programs that support student wellness and encourage lifelong fitness.

     

    This summer, The Academy replaced several roofs on North Campus and replaced all the underground storage tanks on both campuses. We also remodeled a fourth room in the iconic Academy building with fresh paint, new furniture, and upgraded technology. In addition, we completely remodeled the main hallway in the Bowen building. 

     

     

    Over the last five years, we have raised over seven million dollars to improve our facilities and increase programming. The investment our many supporters have made in our program and our students has allowed us to continue to provide an outstanding opportunity for all students who choose to attend The Academy.

     

     

    We just welcomed more than 300 new students onto our campuses. This year we will have one of the most diverse student populations in our history. We have students from 12 states and 14 different countries walking our halls, interacting in the classrooms, living together in the dorms, and forming lasting friendships. 

     

     

    The Academy continually strives to improve and become better, just like we expect our students to do each day. The yearly survey conducted in the spring continues to indicate The Academy provides a safe and nurturing school environment. More than 96% of the student body reported they feel safe on campus and over 95% of the students reported that the staff and other students are friendly. While there is always more work to do, the overall survey illustrated how safe and supported students feel on campus.

     

     

    While The Academy has changed over the last few years to better serve our students and our educational partners, our foundation of building powerful relationships with our students remains a constant. Whether it is in the classroom, on the field, or in the dorms, we continue to place the needs of our students first. We are very proud of how our mission-driven program helps us to positively impact the lives of our students in our community and around the world. 

     

    Christopher Sandford
    Head of School
    The Woodstock Academy

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  • Class of 2019 Commencement

    Posted by Julia Budd on 6/15/2019 12:00:00 PM

    The Woodstock Academy Commencement Exercises on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on the Woodstock Common celebrated the graduation of over 300 students.

     

    Senior class president, Madelyn Grube, welcomed classmates and guests.

     

    Margaret Virginia Ritzau was honored as the valedictorian of the Class of 2019 and Katherine Rose Harrington as the salutatorian.

     

    The Woodstock Academy’s most prestigious awards, the Yale Honor Cup and the Donald and Hope Williams Scholarships, were presented during Saturday’s commencement exercises.

     

    The Yale Honor Cup is the highest honor bestowed on a graduating senior by The Woodstock Academy’s faculty. The Yale Cup was established in 1930 by nine Academy Alumni who graduated from Yale. These Alumni presented the school with two cups to be presented to the best all-around senior girl and boy. The first presentation was made at a Class Day ceremony in 1930. The 2019 Yale Cups were awarded to Margaret Ritzau and Zachary Paige.

     

    The Donald and Hope Williams Scholarships are awarded to students who have exhibited outstanding academic achievement, demonstrated a commitment to excellence and a willingness to accept challenges, and are active participants in The Academy community through service to others, and as leaders. The 2019 Donald and Hope Williams Scholarships were awarded to Margaret Ritzau, Zachary Paige, Madelyn Grube, and Katherine Harrington.

     

    Ame Faith Tsamaase addressed her fellow graduates with an adaptation of her first place essay, “Don’t Give Up,” from the Kathryn Robertson Essay Contest. The award is one of the highest academic honors a writer can achieve at The Woodstock Academy and was established in memory of Kathryn Robertson, English Department Chair at The Woodstock Academy from 1948 to 1963.

     

    In addition to meeting the requirements necessary to receive a Woodstock Academy diploma, graduates were recognized for grade point averages deserving of summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude, as well as membership in eleven distinct honor societies.

     

    The Woodstock Academy Class of 2019

     

    Ethan T. Adams 13, 15

    Samuel George Allegretti 3, 11, 12, 14

    Mingxin An 3

    Chase Richard Anderson

    Ashleigh Lyn Angle 3, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14

    Sophie Rose Archambault 3, 12, 15

    Victoria R. Arnold

    Irene Alycia Askitis 13, 14

    Peyton Justis Aubin 3, 10

    Renee Jean Auger

    Elaina Marie Babbitt

    Harmony Barna

    Patrick Barrows

    Vanessa Kyle Barylski

    Morgan Elizabeth Bassett 5, 10, 12, 13

    Joshlyn Blayke Bates

    Asa Joseph Bazinet

    Avery Brooke Beausoleil

    Hannah Elizabeth Becker

    Hannah Faith Bessette 9

    Michael David Bilica

    Emmalee Louise Binette

    Kenneth Birlin

    Orlane Kuzo Bisamaza

    Abigail M. Blais

    Eric Stephen Blanchard

    Damian P. Bonneau

    Eric Anthony Borkiewicz

    Owen Robert Borski 5, 13, 15

    Luigi Boselli

    Kathleen Rose Boshka 5, 7, 13

    Abigail Emma Botta 3, 12, 15

    Dominic J. Bove

    Adam Michael Bradley

    Brianna Leigh Bradley

    Ashlyn Marie Bright

    Anthony Brown

    Zachary R. Brown 6

    Kyle Buell

    Andrew Howard Burdick

    Hannah Nicole Burgess 3, 11, 12, 13, 15

    Olivia Rose Burrell

    Logan P. Burton

    Nguyen Thao Nguyen Cai 3

    Bailey Todd Canedy

    Thomas M. Catsam

    Grant M. Cerrone

    Shyonne Promise Challinor

    Cameron Grant Chandler

    Summer Rose Chaponis 3, 15

    Jasmine Rose Charland

    Yilin Chen 4, 11

    Devin Ryan Chenail

    Du Cheng

    Xu Cheng

    Jada Victoria Childs

    Amina Sohail Choudhry

    Hannah May Chubbuck 16

    Noelle Christine Ciccarelli 3, 14, 15, 16

    Isabel Vanahi Cintrón Aguiar 5

    Emma Mary Ciquera 13

    Leighelle Clarke

    Emily Ann Colangelo

    Spencer A. Collins

    Heather Diane Converse 3, 10, 11, 12, 13

    Abraham Steven Cooke

    Lucas Charles Couture 16

    Alexander Benjamin Cremé

    Allison Crescimanno 5, 10, 13

    Stasia M. Czernicki

    Daniel Roy Dade

    Shannon D’Alessandro 9

    Minh Tran Duc Dang

    Julia Alexis Davis

    Isidro X. De Icaza Quiñones

    Ronald Niamke DeGray

    Brianna Lynn Dennett 15

    Brooke Amber Deorsey

    Haoxuan Ding

    Seyla H. Dodge

    Waverly Isabella Dombkowski

    Rebecca Dorothy Douglas

    Zachary John Douglas

    Ely Bushnell Driscoll 4, 12, 14

    Adam Pritchard Drouin

    Rachel Lee Durand

    Pham Khanh Duy

    Mackenzie Morgan Eaton 3, 10, 12, 13

    Clayton R. Edberg

    Angalie Rose Elliott

    Samuel Tyler Ennis

    Caleb Richard Feen 13

    Jared Thomas Feragne

    Noah J. Fernandes

    Nicholas James Ferrara

    Zachary A. Fontaine

    Dyson Elias Frank

    Benjamin Michael Frechette

    Wei Fu

    McKenna Niland Gagnon 4, 12, 13, 15, 16

    Isabella Garbutt 9, 13

    Ivy Elisabeth Gelhaus

    Aria P. Gianfriddo

    Giorgia Giannini 3

    Mikal Gjerde

    Jenna Rose Gormley

    Joseph F. Graley

    Emma Renee Green 16

    Cole Myers Gremo

    Madeline W. Gronski 5, 13

    Madelyn Jane Grube 3, 11, 12, 13, 15

    Ethan Fisher Haass

    Cole James Hackett 3, 13, 15

    Katherine Rose Harrington 2, 3, 6, 13

    Ava Sakura Hassell

    Cecilia Marie Hawkins

    Chong He 5, 11, 14

    Erika Priscilla Helmetag 4, 12, 15

    Savannah R. Henault

    Shannon Elizabeth Hermann

    Ngan Kim Ho 5

    Ethan B. Holcomb 13, 14

    Danuse Horka

    Jack Thomas Hovestadt 3, 11, 12, 13, 15

    Lauren Pamela Hovestadt 13, 15

    Chen-Fu Hsu 5

    Ke Aaron Hu 3

    Yuhan Huang

    Natalie D. Humphrey

    Jacob E. Ireland

    Tiara Islas Escobar 5

    Hannah Rae Ives 15

    Nikolas Michael Jakubowski

    Hailey M. Jaques 4

    Ellie Anne-Rose Jellison 4, 13, 15

    Sofia Isabela Jendrewski 5, 15 Zhiqi Ji

    Nathan William John 3, 13, 15, 16

    Aaron Kenneth Johnson

    Arielle Elizabeth Johnson

    Parker L. Kalafus

    Spencer L. Kalafus

    Regan Brianne Kasacek 13

    Nicole V. Katinas

    Emma Grace Kelleher 15

    Seth Bradford Kelly

    Mohammed Khan

    Emily Jane King 16

    Blake Michael Kollbeck

    Charles Jude Kratochvil

    Emilia Lacedelli

    Kaylynn Grace LaFemina

    Zachary Lee Lambert

    Jonathan James Latham 8

    Ryan Thomas Latour

    Kyle A. LaVoie

    Elliot Cruser Paul Lawrence IV

    Alyssa A. Lawton

    Abbe Eleanor Lecuyer

    Jacob L. Ledbetter

    Xingze Li

    Rundong Liu

    Kira Anne Lizotte

    William Patrick Loftus

    Junyu Long

    Natalie Anne Low 13, 15

    Noah P. MacAlister 5

    Robert Joseph Maheu

    Olivia Grace Majek 4, 12, 14, 15

    Gabrielle Ayanna Maldonado

    Zoë Angelina Manfredi 9, 13, 16

    Matthew Manthorne

    Nicole Marie Marmat 8

    Jake Thomas Marsalisi

    Dylan John Martin

    Jarod Ryan Martin 9

    Kathryn Rose Mason

    Luke Morgan Mathewson 13

    Cole Aaron Matylewicz

    Braden Nicholas Mayo

    Jadon Stephen McArthur

    Aidan Davis McCarthy

    Liam Christopher McDermott 3, 12

    Leah Marie McFarlin

    Sophia M. McGee

    Delaney A. McIntire 14

    Eridon Mehmeti 3

    Emily Rose Menard 3

    Anthony Peter Menounos

    Alexa Lauren Michalski

    Vincent Trevon Mitchell 13

    Mariella Auguste Mizero

    Matthew Ethan Moffitt

    Reece Anthony Morelli

    Samantha Lorraine Mowry

    Zachary Alan Mowry

    Kasidit Muenprasitivej 3

    Selena Muniz

    Aleena Nadeem

    Sarah Naveed

    Lauren Emilie Neely 9

    Orion Alfred Newall-Vuillemot

    Anh Huy Nguyen 3

    Anh Huynh Minh Nguyen

    Lam Nguyen

    Benjamin W. Nichols

    Chloe Elizabeth Nolin 3, 8, 11, 12, 14

    Amanda Nowak 15

    Danylo Ntamwemezi

    Julianna Eve Nuttall 4, 12, 13, 15

    Matthew Douglas Odom

    Samantha Raye Orlowski 5, 13, 16

    Tavia Jane Orvos

    Zachary Richard Paige 3, 16

    Carson Joseph Pajak

    Pari V. Patel 5, 12, 15

    Alivia May Peabody

    Brooklyn Cassandra Penkauskas

    Noah Joseph Pepper

    Cameron Joseph Phillips

    Brando Piantoni

    Holden Michael Pimental 13

    Schuyler Zacc Platt

    Samuel August Plummer

    Audrey C. Poehler

    Sophia Louise Pontbriand

    Eric A. Preston

    Nathan James Price 4, 11, 12, 13

    Megan Lee Rainville

    Tristan Raszka 5

    Shane A. Rickell

    Margaret Virginia Ritzau 1, 3, 10, 11, 12

    Nicole Dorice Robichaud

    John Joseph Rogers

    Justin A. Roireau

    Andrew T.A. Roy

    Mariangela J. Ruggeri 3, 12, 13, 14, 15

    Adam H. Sanderson

    Preston Avery Santos

    Cooper Gerard Sarette

    Maria Evelyn Scandalito 13, 15

    Madison M. Schafmayer

    Star R. Schofield

    Mason J. Scott

    Sean M. Seabold

    David Petrucelli M. Seibel

    Lauren Elizabeth Semancik 5, 13

    Dylan Kyle Shea

    Zicheng Shen

    Zhipeng Shi

    Haley Elizabeth Short 9

    Grace Elizabeth Simon

    Emilia Sinatra

    Madison Lynn Skellett 10, 13

    Lydia Rose Smith

    Peter Anthony Spada

    Olivia Katherine Stanikmas 10, 13

    Victoria India Staples 13

    Connor James Richard Starr

    Codi A. Staveski

    Mason Douglas Stewart

    Emma Evelyn Strandson 13

    Regan O’Sullivan Stuyniski 10, 13

    Lydia Kaleen Taft 5, 12, 13

    Shi Yun Tang 5

    Madeline Grace Tassoni 6

    Cheyenne B. Terranova

    Derek Thompson 5, 10, 13

    Ethan Thorpe

    Matthew R. Tiffany 13

    Ricardo Tovar

    Aislin Tracey

    Nathan William Tracy

    Sophia Marie Trifone 4, 15 S

    amuel Normand Trudeau

    Ame Faith Tsamaase 5

    Kelsey May Tyler

    Abigail Frances Vaida 3, 11, 12, 13, 15

    Emma Bailey Vallone

    Geoffrey Benjamin Vallone

    Jessica Michelle Vennart

    Madisen Jean Ventura

    Yong Wang

    Destiny Monea Watkins

    Brandon Jay Webber

    Jia Wei

    Rebekah X. Wesler 3, 11, 12, 15

    Daniel Walker White

    Madalin Frances Wilcox 9

    Mikayla Delima Wilcox 4, 12, 13, 15

    Ashley Elizabeth Williams

    Justin K. Wise

    Joseph J. Woronecki III

    Hannah Wotton 5, 13

    Kejian Wu 3, 7, 11

    Yanning Wu

    Zhexuan Wu

    Xuan You

    Ivy Sweet Young

    Morgan Leo Zajac 10

    Luke T. Zavorskas

    Chuyi Zhang

    Michael Zheng 3, 6

     

    Honor Codes

    1. Valedictorian
    2. Salutatorian
    3. Summa cum laude
    4. Magna cum laude
    5. Cum laude
    6. Chinese National Honor Society
    7. French National Honor Society
    8. German National Honor Society
    9. Italian National Honor Society
    10. Latin National Honor Society
    11. Math National Honor Society
    12. National Honor Society
    13. Scholar-Athlete Honor Society
    14. Science National Honor Society
    15. Spanish National Honor Society
    16. Tri-M Music Honor Society

     

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  • Class Night: Over 200 awards and $163,000 in scholarships

    Posted by Julia Budd on 6/14/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Members of the class of 2019, families, faculty, and the greater Woodstock Academy community gathered in the Loos Center for the Arts on Friday, June 14, for the annual Class Night and Baccalaureate program.

     

    Throughout the evening, soon-to-be graduates were honored with over 200 awards and scholarships. Generous donors and community partners contributed to the more than $163,000 awarded to Woodstock Academy students during the event.

     

    By a vote of the senior class, social studies teacher Greg Smith was chosen as the inspirational speaker for the Baccalaureate portion of the evening.

     

    Senior class president, Madilyn Grube of Eastford, welcomed the families, guests, and classmates. Senior class treasurer, Emily Menard of Woodstock, presented the senior class gift.

     

    95 seniors received the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence awarded to students with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

     

    The Woodstock Academy’s most prestigious awards, the Yale Honor Cup and the Donald and Hope Williams Scholarships, were presented during Saturday’s commencement exercises.

     

    2019 Awards and Scholarships

     

    Samuel Allegretti: Air Force Math & Science Award, Natalie & Robert W. Randall Memorial Award, Outstanding Achievement in AP Statistics, Outstanding Achievement in Physics, & Susan Dorrance Gordon Scholarship for Outstanding Math Student

     

    Ashleigh Angle: Outstanding Achievement in German IV Honors & Richard W. Franklin Memorial Scholarship

     

    Peyton Aubin: Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

     

    Vanessa Barylski: Outstanding Achievement in The Developing Child

     

    Morgan Bassett: Outstanding Achievement in Latin IV ACC/ECE

     

    Kenneth Birlin: Senior Video Contest - Best Script & Technical Execution

     

    Owen Borski: Head of School Award - 2018/19 School Year, Most Deserving Senior Boy - Nelson Morse Award, National Honor Society Scholarship

     

    Kathleen Boshka: Michael Wlaszkiewicz Memorial Award

     

    Abigail Botta: Woodstock Academy Music Parents' Association Scholarship

     

    Brianna Bradley: Martha Paul Memorial Scholarship

     

    Kyle Buell: Outstanding Achievement in 3D Animation & Design

     

    Hannah Burgess: Outstanding Achievement in Spanish VI ACC, Putnam Rotary Scholarship, William and Gladys Murdock Scholarship, Windham-Tolland Retired Teacher Association Scholarship, & Woodstock Agricultural Society Scholarship

     

    Logan Burton: Outstanding Achievement in Organic Chemistry Nguyen Cai: High Achievement in AP Calculus AB & Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry

     

    Grant Cerrone: High Achievement in Computer Science

     

    Cameron Chandler: Elias Farquhar Memorial Scholarship

     

    Summer Chaponis: Putnam Rotary Scholarship

     

    Jasmine Charland: Senexet Grange John F. Duffy Memorial Scholarship

     

    Du Cheng: Outstanding Achievement in Career and College Readiness

     

    Amina Choudhry: High Achievement in Engineering CAD & Putnam Rotary Scholarship

     

    Noelle Ciccarelli: Christopher Bradley Memorial Scholarship, Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Science, Williams Scholarship Robertson Essay 3rd Place, Woodstock Academy Music Parents' Association Scholarship

     

    Emily Colangelo: Outstanding Achievement in Current Affairs

     

    Spencer Collins: High Achievement in Family Foods and Nutrition, & SPIROL International Scholarship

     

    Heather Converse: Outstanding Achievement in Psychology, Putnam #46 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Educational Marvin Barrett Award, SPIROL International Scholarship, Steve Bousquet Memorial Golf Scholarship, Susan Dorrance Gordon Latin Prize, The Town of Woodstock College Campus Dormitory Fire and Life Safety Scholarship, Woodstock Agricultural Society Fran Stevens Award, & Woodstock Education Foundation Director's Award

     

    Lucas Couture: David W. Marsland Memorial Scholarship, Outstanding Male Instrumentalist, Pomfret Lion's Club, Woodstock Academy Music Parents' Association Scholarship, & Woodstock Lions Club Scholarship

     

    Allison Crescimanno: Brooklyn Education Association Scholarship & Woodstock Agricultural Society Scholarship

     

    Shannon D'Alessandro: High Achievement in Family Foods and Nutrition

     

    Minh Tran Duc Dang: High Achievement in ECE Calculus

     

    Brianna Dennett: Outstanding Achievement in Spanish IV ACC/ECC

     

    Seyla Dodge: 20" x 30" Art Show & Outstanding Senior Artist

     

    Waverly Dombkowski: American Legion Americanism Award, Charles Cournoyer Memorial Scholarship, Congressional Certificate of Merit, National Honor Society Scholarship & Outstanding Achievement in Human Rights

     

    Rebecca Douglas: Woodstock Agricultural Society Scholarship

     

    Ely Driscoll: Arlene Bradley Memorial Scholarship/Science Award, Community Foundation of Eastern CT Dennis S. Barlow Scholarship, Community Foundation of Eastern CT Edith Wheaton Smith Scholarship, Kenneth Beatson Award & Outstanding Achievement in Drone Design

     

    Mackenzie Eaton: Bethany T. Dauray Memorial Scholarship & Outstanding Achievement in English 4

     

    McKenna Gagnon: 20" x 30" Art Show, Silas Bunnell Memorial Scholarship, Woodstock Academy Music Parents' Association Scholarship, Woodstock Agricultural Society Preston T. Roberts Mem. Scholarship & Young American Award

     

    Ivy Gelhaus: Outstanding Achievement in Latin I Honors

     

    Giorgia Giannini: High Achievement in Innovative Technology, Outstanding Achievement in French III Honors, Outstanding Achievement in Spanish V AP/ACC/ECE, & Williams Scholarship Robertson Essay 2nd Place

     

    Jenna Gormley: Outstanding Achievement in Architectural Design & Woodstock Agricultural Society Scholarship

     

    Emma Green: The Woodstock Academy Ambassador Award

     

    Cole Gremo: High Achievement in Game Design

     

    Madeline Gronski: Pomfret Lion's Club & Woodstock Lions Club Scholarship

     

    Madelyn Grube: Community Foundation of Eastern CT Esther & Lucie Harmon & Leta Sabin Trepal Scholarship, David H. Luppi Memorial Scholarship, Most Deserving Senior Girl Ingraham/Parkerton and WAEA Award, Putnam Rotary Scholarship, & Woodstock Agricultural Society Scholarship

     

    Cole Hackett: Outstanding Achievement in AP Macroeconomics Katherine Harrington: Connecticut Women's Golf Association Scholarship, Outstanding Achievement in Mandarin III Honors, & UCONN Presidential Scholars Award

     

    Savannah Henault: Moosup Fire Department Scholarship & Outstanding Achievement in Early Childhood Education

     

    Shannon Hermann: Outstanding Achievement in Pastry and Baking

     

    Ethan Holcomb: Head of School Award – June

     

    Jack Hovestadt: UCONN Academic Excellence Scholarship

     

    Lauren Hovestadt: Woodstock Agricultural Society Scholarship

     

    Ke Hu: Outstanding Achievement in AP Calculus BC

     

    Hannah Ives: Douglas Foisy Memorial Scholarship & High Achievement in Family Foods & Nutrition

     

    Hailey Jaques: High Achievement in Computer Science Zhiqi Ji 20" x 30" Art Show

     

    Nathan John: William L. Parkerton Memorial Award

     

    Emily King: Woodstock Academy Music Parents' Association Scholarship

     

    Charles Kratochvil: High Achievement in Psychology

     

    David La Salvia: High Achievement in Exploring Multimedia

     

    Jonathan Latham: 13-Year Perfect Attendance Award, Community Foundation of Eastern CT Edith Wheaton Smith Scholarship, & High Achievement in Advanced Engineering/Robotics

     

    Abbe Lecuyer: Outstanding Achievement in Family & Consumer Sciences

     

    Jacob Ledbetter: High Achievement in Advanced Engineering/Robotics & Outstanding Achievement in Exploring Multimedia

     

    Noah MacAlister: Accounting Award, Linemaster Switch Business Scholarship, Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship

     

    Zoe Manfredi: Karen's Cause Scholarship, Woodstock Academy Music Parents' Association Scholarship

     

    Kathryn Mason: Kristina Noe Memorial Scholarship & Outstanding Achievement in Forensics

     

    Liam McDermott: Luke Leaders 1248 Scholarship, Outstanding Achievement in International Relations, Putnam Rotary Scholarship, & SPIROL International Scholarship

     

    Delaney McIntire: High Achievement in Engineering CAD

     

    Emily Menard: Marvin N. and Susan Weed Sherman Memorial Scholarship

     

    Alexa Michalski: Nancy Brush Memorial Award Samantha Mowry: High Achievement in Family and Consumer Sciences

     

    Kasidit Muenprasitivej: High Achievement in AP Calculus AB

     

    Sarah Naveed: 20" x 30" Art Show & Wiltsie Most Improved in Science Award

     

    Lauren Neely: Outstanding Achievement in Italian IV Honors, Putnam Rotary Scholarship, & Senexet Grange Helena B. Duffy Memorial Scholarship

     

    Chloe Nolin: German National Honor Society Scholarship & High Achievement in Innovative Technology

     

    Samantha Orlowski: 20" x 30" Art Show, Gerry Suprenant Memorial Scholarship, & Woodstock Academy Music Parents' Association Scholarship

     

    Tavia Orvos: High Achievement in Family Foods and Nutrition

     

    Zachary Paige: Louise P. Jordan Memorial Award for Outstanding Male Vocalist & Woodstock Academy Music Parents' Association Scholarship

     

    Brooklyn Penkauskas: Outstanding Female Instrumentalist

     

    Noah Pepper: High Achievement in 3D Animation and Design

     

    Holden Pimental: Eleanor Peterson Lawton Memorial Scholarship

     

    Eric Preston: The Woodstock Academy Ambassador Award Nathan Price: UCONN Award

     

    Shane Rickell: High Achievement in 3D Animation and Design

     

    Margaret Ritzau: Abraham and Evelyn Rodensky Memorial  Award  for Excellence in Writing, Louise P. Jordan Memorial Award for Outstanding Female Vocalist, Outstanding Achievement in History, Tri-M Award, & Woodstock Academy Music Parents' Association Scholarship

     

    Nicole Robichaud: Outstanding Achievement in Personal Finance

    John Rogers: August Walter "Gus" Loos Memorial Scholarship

     

    Mariangela Ruggeri: Charles Couture Memorial Award, National Honor Society Scholarship, & Outstanding Achievement in Law

     

    Maria Scandalito: Putnam Rotary Scholarship, Rotaract Club Scholarship, & Woodstock Agricultural Society Ray Donnelly Mem. Scholarship

     

    Lauren Semancik: Charter Oak Federal Credit Union Community  Scholarship, Head of School Award - 2018/19 School Year, & QRS Compassion Scholarship

     

    Haley Short: Putnam Rotary Scholarship

     

    Madison Skellett: Outstanding 4-Year Achievement in History & Social Sciences

     

    Olivia Stanikmas: Elias Farquhar Memorial Scholarship

     

    Connor Starr: Outstanding Achievement in Mandarin II

     

    Emma Strandson: Douglas Foisy Memorial Scholarship

     

    Regan Stuyniski: Outstanding Achievement in Family Foods and Nutrition

     

    Lydia Taft: Outstanding Achievement in Latin II Honors

     

    Ame Tsamaase: Donald B. Williams & Hope K. Williams Scholarship Robertson Essay 1st Place, Douglas Foisy Memorial Scholarship, Putnam Rotary Scholarship, & Woodstock Agricultural Society Scholarship

     

    Abigail Vaida: Outstanding Achievement in Sociology Emma Vallone: Edward "Bud" Rondeau Memorial Scholarship

     

    Destiny Watkins: Outstanding Achievement in Pastry and Baking

     

    Mikayla Wilcox: Dr. David Bates/Dr. Rudolph Klare Memorial Scholarship, Hannah Green Memorial Scholarship, Karen's Cause Scholarship, Outstanding Achievement in International Business, & Putnam #46 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons Educational Award

     

    Joseph Woronecki: American Legion Americanism Award Helen Plassmann Memorial Scholarship & Outstanding Achievement in Explorations in Woodworking

     

    Zhexuan Wu: 20" x 30" Art Show & Outstanding Artist of the Year Kejian Wu: Outstanding Achievement in French IV Honors

     

    Morgan Zajac: John Conover Memorial Scholarship & Laskey Memorial Scholarship

     

    Chuyi Zhang: Outstanding Achievement in Accounting & Outstanding Achievement in Culinary Arts

     

    Michael Zheng: Charles and Millicent and Richard Noren Memorial Scholarship, High Achievement in ECE Calculus, Outstanding Achievement in Anatomy and Physiology, Outstanding Achievement in AP US History, Outstanding Achievement in Biology, Outstanding Achievement in ECE Statistics, & UCONN Academic Excellence Scholarship

     

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  • Class of 2019: Where are they headed?

    Posted by Julia Budd on 6/13/2019 2:15:00 PM

    Class of 2019

     

    As the class of 2019’s time at The Woodstock Academy comes to a close, graduates are looking ahead to their plans beyond high school. Academy graduates were accepted into a diverse list of schools and ultimately will pursue a variety of fields of study.

     

    During the final week of school, students posed for the annual future plans picture wearing clothing representing their future plans including enrolling in colleges and universities nearby and around the world, pursuing vocational opportunities, or enlisting in the military.

     

    “After spending time at The Woodstock Academy building their academic foundation, developing their passions, and exploring interests, it is exciting to see where our students are headed,” said Chris Sandford, head of school at The Woodstock Academy.

     

    Class of 2019 College Acceptances

    American University

    Arcadia University

    Arizona State University

    Assumption College

    Babson College

    Ball State University

    Baylor University

    Belmont University

    Bentley University

    Boston University

    Bradley University

    Bucknell University

    California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

    Case Western Reserve University

    Champlain College

    Clark University

    Clemson University

    Coastal Carolina University

    Colgate University

    College for Creative Studies

    College of the Holy Cross

    Connecticut College

    Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences

    DePaul University

    Drew University

    Drexel University

    East Carolina University

    Eastern Connecticut State University

    Elon University

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

    Emmanuel College

    Fairfield University

    Flagler College

    Fordham University

    Furman University

    George Mason University

    Gordon College

    Haverford College

    Hofstra University

    Husson University

    Iona College

    Iowa State University

    James Madison University

    Lehigh University

    Loyola University Maryland

    Manhattanville College

    Marist College

    Maryland Institute College of Art

    Massachusetts College of Art and Design

    MCPHS - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

    Nichols College

    Northeastern University

    Nova Southeastern University

    Ohio University

    Pennsylvania State University

    Providence College

    Purdue University

    Quinnipiac University

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Roger Williams University

    Rutgers University-New Brunswick

    Sacred Heart University

    Saint Anselm College

    Saint Michael's College

    School of Visual Arts

    Seton Hall University

    Siena College

    Simmons University

    Skidmore College

    Smith College

    Southern New Hampshire University

    Springfield College

    St. John's University

    Stonehill College

    Stony Brook University

    Syracuse University

    Temple University

    Texas A&M University

    The George Washington University

    The Ohio State University

    The University of Alabama

    The University of Arizona

    The University of Iowa

    The University of Tampa

    Towson University

    Unity College

    University of Alberta

    University of Calgary

    University of California, Davis

    University of California, Irvine

    University of California, San Diego

    University of California, Santa Barbara

    University of California, Santa Cruz

    University of Cincinnati

    University of Colorado at Boulder

    University of Connecticut

    University of Delaware

    University of Maine

    University of Maryland, College Park

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    University of Michigan

    University of Mississippi

    University of New England

    University of New Hampshire at Durham

    University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    University of North Carolina at Wilmington

    University of Pittsburgh

    University of Rhode Island

    University of Rochester

    University of San Diego

    University of San Francisco

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    University of Vermont

    University of Washington

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Vassar College

    Virginia Commonwealth University

    Virginia Tech

    Washington State University

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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  • Announcing the Loos Center for the Arts

    Posted by Julia Budd on 5/22/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Loos Center for the Arts

     

    The Woodstock Academy has received a landmark gift to support the fine arts. Joan Loos of Pomfret, CT and Naples, FL has made a commitment of historic level, and as a result, The Academy has renamed its newly acquired fine arts facility the Loos Center for the Arts. Loos had already established a scholarship in honor of her late husband, August “Gus” Loos who was the long-time owner of Loos & Company, headquartered in Pomfret. This gift is a way to further honor her husband and their company while supporting fine arts opportunities for thousands of students and community members for years to come. Loos did not attend The Academy herself, but her grandchildren did, and as a result of their experiences, she appreciates the tremendous educational value The Academy provides to its students and the community. Loos has supported the fine arts in many ways throughout her life and has been enthusiastic about The Academy’s vision for the Center since it opened.

     

     

    The gift will be used for two purposes. First, it will allow The Academy to update the outdated infrastructure within the facility by replacing the rigging, lighting, sound, staging, and more. Second, it will establish a restricted endowment that should yield more than $100,000 per year to contribute directly to programming and capital needs within the facility. The Loos Center for the Arts houses a 1,000-seat theater, The Gallery, a lecture hall, and several classrooms. Since taking ownership in the summer of 2017, The Academy has made significant improvements through other generous gifts, and has hosted student concerts and musicals, several outside concerts, five exhibits in The Gallery, numerous performances presented by both the Performing Arts of Northeast Connecticut and the Three C’s, non-profit meetings, the Woodstock Middle School’s fine arts performances, and multiple conferences.

     

     

    Chris Sandford, head of school at The Woodstock Academy explained, “This gift will immediately impact our fine arts students and our ability to host a wider variety of outside performances and exhibits. This is a true service to our entire community and we are extremely grateful to Mrs. Loos for her incredible generosity.”

     

     

    Jonathan Sturdevant, associate head of school for advancement at The Woodstock Academy, added, “Joan has been a friend to The Academy for years, and when we had the opportunity to work together on this project, it just made sense. Her commitment has the potential to boost the philanthropic landscape at The Academy and in this entire region, and the magnitude of her gift will be felt by students and residents of the Quiet Corner for years to come. We have completely enjoyed our relationship and this process, and she is a wonderful partner to us here at The Academy.”

     

     

    Work to upgrade the Loos Center for the Arts has already begun and will continue throughout the 2019-20 school year while still allowing for the different spaces to be utilized. The endowment will be completely funded over the next five years.

     

    Learn more about the Loos Center for the Arts at theloos.org.

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  • WA's Human Rights Conference with CT Attorney General Tong

    Posted by Julia Budd on 3/26/2019 11:00:00 AM

    On April 4, The Woodstock Academy will host its first Human Rights Conference, with Connecticut Attorney General Tong as the keynote speaker. The conference for eighth through twelfth graders from area schools is hosted by Woodstock Academy students and coordinated by senior Waverly Dombkowski, Social Studies Department Chair Sara Dziedzic, and Assistant Head of School for South Campus John Rigney.

     

    “The reason this conference is so important is because it is starting the conversation. Too often human rights violations and discriminations are overlooked because they do not affect our daily lives and are not taught in our education. That’s why we need this platform for students to grasp the reality of the issue right here at home and begin to make change moving forward,” shared Dombkowski.

     

    Dombkowski and students from her Human Rights and International Relations classes at The Academy have championed the need for the conference and helped to make it a reality. The conference represents an important transfer from the classroom to practical application. In fact, the theme of the conference is “From Education to Action: Raising Awareness of Human Rights Issues in Our Backyard.”

     

    “Through classes like Human Rights and conferences like this, students learn that there is a world beyond themselves and they are part of a larger community,” said Chris Sandford, The Woodstock Academy’s head of school. “Part of our mission as a school is that our students become ‘lifelong learners and global citizens,’ and that’s what we see in this conference. Students and faculty are working together to engage our community in education and action and help change the world.”

     

    The Woodstock Academy is pleased to partner with several organizations including TEEG, Central Connecticut State University Study of Food Insecurity, The Underground, Office of Healthcare Advocacy, Where Be The Dragons, Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance, True Colors, Disability Rights Connecticut, Clark University Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. In addition to the keynote address from Attorney General Tong, students can choose to attend several hands-on workshops on a range of topics, including food insecurity, human trafficking, health care rights, immigration, LGBTQ rights, disability rights, genocide, and homelessness.

     

    The conference is made possible through a generous grant from the University of Connecticut’s Early College Experience program.

     

    The conference will begin with Attorney General Tong’s address at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 1:15 p.m. after students attend selected workshops, lunch, and a panel discussion. Conference registration is available at www.woodstockacademy.org/humanrights.

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