• 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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  • WA's Mitchell named CT Gatorade Player of the Year

    Posted by Julia Budd on 3/15/2019 12:00:00 PM

    The Woodstock Academy Gold prep basketball senior Tre Mitchell was named the Gatorade Connecticut Boys Basketball Player of the Year on Friday.

     

    “It’s just an honor to be named as such. There are just so many names that are just so big time, like in the NBA and all over the world, who have been named Gatorade Player of the Year. It’s just nice to be recognized for all the hard work both on and off the court,” Mitchell said.

     

    Mitchell has played for The Woodstock Academy Gold prep basketball team in its inaugural two seasons and has been the cornerstone of a program that has posted 73 wins against just seven losses. It has finished in the top five of the prep basketball rankings nationally in each of those two years.

     

    Mitchell is originally from the Pittsburgh area but has been a resident of Woodstock for the past two years.

    The 6-foot-9-inch forward scored over 1,000 points and grabbed over 700 rebounds in a Woodstock Academy uniform over the past two years. Mitchell was named Power 5 Conference Player of the Year and tournament Most Valuable Player in each of the last two years. He is also a McDonald’s All-American nominee.

     

    “You’re talking about a kid who came in at 33 percent body fat and 265 pounds. He’s currently at 13 percent body fat, 230 pounds. He’s upped his vertical leap eight inches. He’s transformed his entire body,” said Woodstock Academy prep basketball coach Tony Bergeron. Mitchell is Bergeron’s second Gatorade POY in his 19 years of coaching and working with 170 scholarship players. Tyreke Evans, who now plays for the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, was the first.

     

    “I love it because it’s a tri-award,” Bergeron said. “You’re talking about an elite level athlete who has to do it academically and has to be of the utmost character. To get it is terrific.” Mitchell has grown not only as basketball player, but as a person.

     

    “As I said in the Letter of Recommendation (to Gatorade) about Tre, which I was honored to write, he says ‘Hi’ to you every day. He acknowledges you when he walks by you in the hallway. He’s a nice human being. It’s great that he has this wonderful athletic talent, but most important to me as Head of School (at The Woodstock Academy) is that we have produced a fine young man who, no matter what the future holds, will be successful because he has those skill sets,” Chris Sandford said.

     

    Mitchell said the decision to come to The Woodstock Academy proved to be the right one. “It’s been an excellent opportunity for me. Every single day, I get in the gym and I’m constantly pushed. There is never a day where you relax. You don’t have time off. You are always being pushed to be a better player,” Mitchell said.

    Mitchell had considered re-classifying to the Class of 2020 and re-enrolling at The Woodstock Academy for a post-grad year. He has since re-considered and will remain in the Class of 2019.

     

    He has whittled down his college choices to six; Providence College, UMass, Indiana University, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, and Georgia Tech. He has not made an official visit to any of those schools.

     

    “I’m not completely sure,” Mitchell said when asked when he planned to make a decision. “I’m not going to put a timeline on it because anything can happen. It’s just when I get that feeling that it’s the right school after I go on these visits. That will be it.”  

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  • Academy Faculty, Alumni, & Trustee in Yale panel discussion and gallery showing on Edwin Way Teale

    Posted by Julia Budd on 3/13/2019 10:00:00 AM

    Since 2012, visual artists and writers have had the opportunity to participate in one-week residencies at Trail Wood, the Hampton, Connecticut homestead of Edwin Way Teale, one of Connecticut’s premier 20th-century naturalists and a Pulitzer Prize winner. The Edwin Way Teale Artists-in-Residence Program is administered by the Connecticut Audubon Society and coordinated by Richard Telford, Woodstock Academy English department chair and teacher. Throughout the years, several Academy alumni have completed residencies at the Teale homestead.

    On Thursday, March 28, a special event jointly sponsored by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, titled “Preserving Land and Legacy - Writers and Artists Connecting to Nature at Edwin Way Teale’s Trail Wood” will feature a panel discussion followed by a gallery reception.

    The gallery will include the works of 2017 artist-in-residence Rachael Budd, a 2009 Woodstock Academy graduate, and 2018 artist-in-residence Jessica (St. Jean) Yagid, a 1998 Woodstock Academy graduate, as well as Philippa Paquette, a trustee of The Woodstock Academy.

    The panel will feature Telford, as coordinator of the Edwin Way Teale Artist-in-Residence Program; Sarah Heminway, director of the Northeast Corner of the Connecticut Audubon Society; Oswald Schmitz, the Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology; and Melissa Watterworth Batt, archivist at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut Libraries.

    The panel discussion will begin at 5 p.m. and will be followed by a gallery reception from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    The event will be held in Burke Auditorium, located in Kroon Hall on 195 Prospect Street in New Haven, CT. Metered street parking is available.

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  • Town and Academy partner to renovate Woodstock tennis courts

    Posted by Julia Budd on 2/22/2019 2:45:00 PM

    The town of Woodstock and The Woodstock Academy recently reached an agreement on the shared use and renovation of the town tennis courts located adjacent to Woodstock Middle School and The Woodstock Academy South Campus.

    The agreement allows for use by The Woodstock Academy tennis teams for practices and matches as well as continued use by residents of the town.

    Beginning in 2019 the town and The Woodstock Academy will partner to revitalize the two tennis courts and improve playing conditions.

    “This is another example of The Academy working with sending towns to share resources that benefit both students and the community at large,” said Chris Sandford, head of school at The Woodstock Academy.

    The Academy’s athletic program has outgrown the tennis courts at Bentley Athletic Complex, so partnering with the town to utilize the nearby tennis courts was a logical choice. Over 55 student-athletes participated in The Woodstock Academy’s tennis program last year.

    “Our agreement is great for The Woodstock Academy, which won’t have to construct new courts, and for the town, which will have access to the courts for recreational purposes. Working together with The Woodstock Academy, I’m confident that we’ll be able to find other partnership opportunities,” said Woodstock first selectman, Mike Alberts.

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    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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  • Centaur Girls Hockey Home Opener dedicated to Paul Lee

    Posted by Julia Budd on 12/14/2018 4:30:00 PM

    This season the Woodstock Academy  Girls Hockey team will be sporting a special patch on its jerseys in memory of Paul Lee, an ardent supporter of girls hockey at The Academy who passed away earlier this year in mid-September. Lee was instrumental in getting a girls hockey program going at the independent school three years ago.

     

    Lee was given the honor of dropping the puck at the team’s first game. He kept stats, attended every home game that first season, and quickly became a part of The Academy’s extended family.

     

    “There are people that walk into your life and impact it forever; Paul was one of them. He impacted me and the students of The Academy forever. He will be missed,” reflected Chris Sandford, head of school at The Woodstock Academy, at the time of Lee’s passing.

     

    “What a neat guy. He was truly a renaissance guy with a lot of interests and one of his biggest interests was girls hockey. He was a big supporter and promoter of our sport here at The Academy,” said Jeff Boshka, the team’s head coach.

     

    Out of gratitude for Lee’s support, the team has dedicated its home opener at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 15 to Lee’s memory and will present a plaque to the Lee family. The game will be played at Jahn Hockey Rink against the East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor cooperative program.

     

     

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  • Fire Technology Course Enriched by Local Involvement

    Posted by Julia Budd on 10/11/2018 3:00:00 PM

    Students standing outside of Center for the Arts near Woodstock Ladder Fire Truck #176

     

    In its first semester, 15 students enrolled in the new Fire Technology course at The Woodstock Academy.

     

    The class is filled with hands-on opportunities thanks to several local fire departments. Early in the semester, Bungay Fire Brigade brought an engine tanker to campus so that students could become familiar with how the truck is used and the equipment on it. More recently, Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association brought their ladder truck to campus. Pomfret and Eastford Fire Departments have also donated gear and tools for the course.

     

    Fire Technology teacher, Adam Bottone, who is himself is a volunteer firefighter and The Woodstock Academy’s P.E. and Health Department Chair described the value of students seeing the actual trucks and equipment used by local departments. Through learning the needs of each department and how they use equipment differently to meet those needs, students are also learning more about the communities they live in.

     

    A few students in the course are already volunteering with their local fire departments in some capacity, and, as a result of the class, several more students have expressed interest in joining their local departments. Some students taking the class are interested in pursuing Fire Technology as a career path, while others are just looking for a way to serve their community.

     

    The elective course follows the curriculum for becoming a state-certified firefighter. The class spent a week training with Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBAs) donated by the Attawauguan and Norwich Fire Departments.

     

    “After several days of inspection training on the air packs, the students were blindfolded and needed to put their packs together and go on air – not an easy task by any means. It has been an eye-opening experience for the students and they are learning a lot!” said Bottone.

     

    “We believe it is important for our students to explore a wide range of interests while in high school. Not only does this help them become well-rounded individuals, but it will also help inform the decisions they make about their future,” said Chris Sandford, Head of School at The Woodstock Academy.

     

     

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    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 for a lifetime of learning by providing academic rigor, a safe environment, and a diversity of educational experiences which will foster a sense of respect for self and others, and will encourage active investment in family, school, community, and the world.

     

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