Woodland Timber Team to Hold Bottle and Can Drive
Woodland High School Timber Team is having a bottle and can drive at St. Anthony Church parking lot on March 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. All proceeds will benefit the newest sport at Woodland, to purchase much needed equipment.
Lydia Segal Continues Fencing In College, Heads for Israel
Prospect native and 2016 WRHS alumna Lydia Segal (18) has been selected to represent Team USA in Women’s Foil at the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel this July.
The Maccabiah Games are held every four years, and are considered the third-largest sporting event in the world with 9,000 Jewish athletes competing on behalf of 78 countries. Team USA will include over 1,200 athletes from 30 sports, making up the largest contingent after Israel.
Lydia, presently a freshman and member of the varsity fencing team at Drew University, began her athletic career at the age of ten, training with coach Sandra Marchant, founder of the Prospect Fencing Club. Lydia is extremely grateful to Sandra and her teammates at the PFC, without whom, this once in a lifetime opportunity would never have been possible.
As a rookie at Drew specializing in foil, Lydia’s personal record of 82W/28L has contributed to the women’s fencing team’s impressive 39W/9L record this season in NCAA competition.
As further evidence of the caliber of the Drew fencing program, Lydia will be joined at the Maccabiah Games by two of her teammates, Pearl Sutter (Windsor, MA, specializing in sabre) and Andrew Pidhorodeckyj (Akron, OH, specializing in epee).
Lydia, Pearl, and Andrew were selected from a large pool of applicants across the country after a thorough review of their fencing resumes. They will join a 12-member team, which includes participants from the North American Cup national championships.
Lydia is very excited to have been chosen and honored to be representing the USA -- BUT, she does need our help! The life-changing experience of the Maccabiah Games is dependent upon the generosity of others. In the spirit of Yachad (Hebrew for togetherness), each athlete is obligated to meet a shared financial commitment to ensure that the U.S. will continue to be represented by a fine team of athletes at this world-class competition, and make it possible for athletes from other countries to attend who would otherwise not be able to participate.
Toward that end, Lydia kindly asks that you visit her personal page and consider making a donation in support of her fundraising efforts for the 20th World Maccabiah Games. Any contribution, no matter the size, will help and be much appreciated. You can make a difference!
To donate, please type the following (case specific) link into the address bar of your browser:
goo.gl/jfG8e0 For more information about the Maccabiah games, visit: maccabiusa.com
Prospect Phone Directory Offers $3000 in Scholarships
Prospect Phone Directory, LLC again this year is offering six $500 scholarships to Prospect senior high school students attending college next fall. The scholarship awards are based on academic achievement, community service, and moral character, and are offered to all Prospect seniors attending any local high school. Applications are available from the guidance offices at Woodland Regional High School, Sacred Heart High School, and Holy Cross High School.
Applications are also available by contacting Nanette Commendatore at or at 203-228-4418. The deadline is April 15.
Prospect Historical Society Accepting Scholarship Applications
The Prospect Historical Society is accepting applications for their Nellie and Ruth Cowdell Scholarship. This $1000 scholarship is given to a high school graduating senior, class of 2017, who will be attending an institute of higher learning and is a Prospect resident. Applications can be found online at prospecthistoricalsociety.org Applications must be received by May 5.
Prospect Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Offers Two Scholarships
The Prospect Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is pleased to offer two $1,000 scholarships to applicants of Prospect attending a post-secondary school. All majors will be considered.
The Prospect Scholarship Foundation, Inc. will determine its awards for both merit scholarships based on a combination of academic achievement, character, demonstrated leadership, community service and participation in school activities. Financial need is also a consideration for one of the scholarships.
Applications can be found on the Prospect Business Association website prospectbusiness.org
Mission Statement: The mission of the Prospect Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is to raise funds through community and grants and provide financial support to selected applicants of Prospect attending a post-secondary school.
The application deadline is April 1, 2017. Applications will only be accepted if received no later than 3 p.m.
Prospect Scholarship Foundation to Hold Scholarship Dinner March 10
The Prospect Scholarship Foundation is very excited to announce its first Annual Scholarship Dinner to be held at the Aria Banquet Facility, 45 Murphy Road, Prospect on Friday, March 10 at 6 p.m. Admission is $65 per person; tables of 10 may be reserved.
The Master of Ceremonies will be Chaz from WPLR’s Chaz and AJ Morning Show. Entertainment will be provided by Sammy Blanchette and the Steve Atwood Band.
The dinner for the evening will include hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m.; a multi-course family style dinner with wine will be served at 7 p.m. and followed by the Scholarship Awards Program. Also available will be a silent auction and photo booth.
To purchase tickets, please visit prospectbusiness.org, facebook.com/ProspectBusinessAssociation or call the Law Offices of Jeffrey Holley at 203-805-4403.
Event sponsorships are available and silent auction items or gift basket donations are welcome.
To discuss a Platinum, Gold or Silver sponsorship, please contact Jane Pinho, Ion Bank at or 203-758-3950.
To arrange a pickup or to discuss the silent auction, please call Bobbi Kulas, Grand Care Companions Care Coordinator at 203-707-0081 (cell) or 203-723-4133, ext. 150 (work). Donations may also be dropped off to Jane Pinho at Ion Bank, 24 Waterbury Road, Prospect.
About Prospect Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
The Prospect Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity which awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Prospect who will be pursuing a post-secondary education.
A special thank you to our event sponsors: Platinum Sponsors: Ion Bank & Insurance and Weathertite Systems LLC.; Gold Sponsors: Marge & Benjamin Edwards, The Lombard Group LLC; and Silver Sponsors: Dr. Thomas DeLuca, Dr. Marciano & Associates, PC, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Millennium Computer Services, and St. Mary’s Hospital.
UNICO Waterbury Chapter Offers Scholarships
The Waterbury Chapter of UNICO National is accepting applications for local one-time scholarships from students of Italian descent who live in and/or attend school in Waterbury.
In addition, applications will be accepted for the 4 four-year Undergraduate National Scholarship Awards from students of Italian descent in the Waterbury area. Applications must be completed in their entirety. All completed applications must be received by the Waterbury Chapter of UNICO no later than April 1.
Applications are available at all Waterbury public and private school Guidance Offices or online at waterburyunico.com For additional information, please contact Mr. Robert F. Gerace, Scholarship Chairman, at 203-592-8785.
UNICO National Scholarships are also available for graduate students. These include: Sgt. John Basilone Graduate Scholarship, Dr. Benjamin Cottone Medical Scholarship, Bernard and Carolyn Torraco Memorial Nursing Scholarships.
Also available for students enrolled in an accredited college or university are the: DiMattio Celli Family Study Abroad Scholarship, Ella T. Grasso Literary Scholarship, Guglielmo Marconi Engineering Scholarship, Robert J. Tarte Scholarship for Italian Studies, Louise Torraco Memorial Scholarship for Science, the Ralph J. Torraco Scholarship and Fine Arts Scholarship, Maria and Paolo Alessio Southern Italy Scholarship.
A nominee must reside in the home state of an active UNICO Chapter. Please contact Mr. Robert F. Gerace for applications at 203-592-8785 or online at unico.org
UNICO was founded in 1922 in Waterbury by a group of professional Italian-Americans who were denied membership into a local service organization. They created UNICO to raise, promote and preserve the Italian American culture while doing charitable works in their community. The motto of UNICO is “Service Above Self.”
Since then, UNICO has developed into the largest Italian-American Service Organization in the USA. Currently, there are 5,792 members in 124 chapters in 18 states. We are always looking for new members and encourage your interest in UNICO.
For membership information, please consult our website at waterburyunico.com or email
“Mayne and Meliso Soar to the Top of the Class”
Success at Woodland Regional High School is not only defined by academic achievement, but by a student’s desire to obtain knowledge, make connections, and the ability to be truthful, respectful, and encouraging. The Woodland Way outlines these expectations in order to motivate students to excel.
Each year, two students from the graduating class are recognized for their dedication in the pursuit of this knowledge. Those students, the valedictorian and salutatorian, serve as an example for their peers and the rest of the Woodland Community.
This year, Valedictorian Allison Mayne and Salutatorian Abigail Meliso have set the bar high.
Meliso has made it a priority to keep her grades up since elementary school. She found achieving high levels of excellence more important for her personal satisfaction than recognition by teachers or her peers.
“I held myself to high standards and I knew how important it was to do the absolute best I was capable of,” said Meliso.
Those high standards also led Meliso to become involved in seven extracurricular activities, including Student Government and Drama Club. School work remained her top priority, and any free time was used to complete assignments. She also notes that taking full advantage of her study halls played a large role in her academic success.
Study halls weren’t the only thing keeping Meliso on track. She thanks the teachers at Woodland and her parents for being supportive over the past four years.
“The teachers at Woodland have made learning easier and sometimes more fun, which definitely contributed to my grades,” said Meliso.
After spending countless hours dedicated to her school work, Meliso is now looking positively towards her future.
“All my college applications are in, so I just have to wait for answers,” she said. “It kind of feels like a lot of pressure has been lifted off my shoulders.”
Meliso expects to hear back from her colleges of choice in March. Though she is not looking to declare a major right now, she is interested in pursuing art history.
Meliso has worked hard to live up to the Woodland Way as well. Though treating her peers with respect was a standard she was raised to uphold, she continued to push herself to be responsible and honest.
Meliso said, “I constantly want to better myself to better represent the school.”
As a senior and Class of 2017 Valedictorian, Allison Mayne has been committed to achieving nothing short of her best. Mayne set her sights on being first in her class freshman year. With unwavering dedication, she accomplished this goal four years later.
“I always tried to make homework and studying my first priority, and I am really happy to see my hard work pay off,” said Mayne.
Along with her devotion to academics, Mayne made time to play two varsity sports, volleyball and tennis. She is also a member of CSI Woodland, Math Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, and serves as treasurer of Woodland’s Chapter of The National Honor Society.
With much of her time committed to extracurriculars, Mayne found it important to stay organized and set herself ahead when completing assignments. She owes much of her success to the fact that she was dedicated to understanding the knowledge that was presented in each course. She also found it important to ask questions whenever she was confused.
“I did not want to simply memorize the facts or formulas, so I really tried to internalize what I was learning,” said Mayne.
She believes fully understanding the learning and helping other students achieve their goals is key to being engaged in the Woodland Way. Mayne is never shy to help her peers better understand certain concepts and skills.
“I feel that being supportive and encouraging is a big part of our Woodland community,” said Mayne.
Mayne is looking forward to enjoying her last few months of high school spending time with her friends, and is excited for the senior events such as prom and the class trip. Mayne is still waiting to hear back from the colleges she applied to before making a decision. However, she is looking to pursue a pre-law degree in hopes to attend law school in the future.
As stated in the Woodland Way, “Woodland Regional High School is a community of learners aspiring to develop citizens who are active and productive members of an ever changing world.”
And with true commitment and hard work, Mayne and Meliso unequivocally exemplify what it means to be a Woodland Hawk.
Woodland Regional High School Valedictorian Allison Mayne (left) and Salutatorian Abigail Meliso (right), proud to represent the best Woodland has to offer.
Long River Middle School Honor Roll, Term 2 -- 2016-2017
GRADE 6 --
Arnold, Kenneth; Bernier, Mackayla; Bianchini, Isabella; Brasche, Madison; Brouillard, Serenity; Bshara, Nicholas; Burkowsky, Dylan; Cavallo, Jenna; Cheezic, Max; Cooley, Sarah; Davis, Laci; Demirs, Liana; Desrochers, Gavin; Fabrizi, Emma; Farr, Alexander; Foley, Katherine; Fontes, Eva; Geary, Brooke; Gillies, Alyssa; Giuliani, Kaylin; Grom, Megan; Huk, Matthew; Dokla, Darci; Kennedy, Molly; Krasnicki, Vanessa; Legassey, Kalle; Leonard, Kaitlyn; Letourneau, Paige; Lin, Evan; Mogyoros, Vivien; Molleur, Caitlyn; Montini, Rylie; O’Connell, Brian; O’Connor, Timothy; Reed, Caitlyn; Rodriguez, Olivia; Romeo, Abigail; Sansone, Mia; Santiago, Tyler; Scampolino, Sophia; Setaro, Ryan; Sharkey, Samantha; Shea, Erin; Trumbley, Nathan; and Wolfanger, Aidan
Barrows, Landon; Bell, April; Beltrami, Maura; Bernegger, Ella; Bernier, Hunter; Birkenberger, Kadyn; Bolduc, Haley; Borajkiewicz, Andrew; Burns, Branden; Campbell, Kailynn; Canas, Emma; Christiano, Nicholas; Clark, Ethan; Cook, Nathan; Costanzo, Gianna; Cratty, Ava; Cronk, Hailey; Curtin, Collin; Daponte, Nina; DeCampos, Justin; DeTulio, Ava; Dobos, Gabriella; Dupre, Peter; Farrell, Mikayla; Fencil, Audrey; Frackiewicz, Piotr; Garafano, Nathan; Gasparri, Darren; Harrigan, Grace; Harris, Shaye; Hartnett, Daniel; Hinds, Ethan; Ianniruberto, Aden; Ianniruberto, Maille; Kieffer, Bryan; Klimkosky, Alexandra; Kotsaftis, Delia; Lawrence, Joseph; Ligi, Riley; Lombardo, Lily; Lovelace, David; Marsala, Anthony; McKenzie, Kayla; Mollica, Ashley; More, Lauren; O’Donnell, Ryan; O’Neil, Cayden; Osowiecki, Jillian; Owusu, Ervin; Peppers, O’Bed; Previdi, Michael; Raffone, Madeline; Renaud, Zachary; Romano, Kylee; Rossi, Alexia; Sevas, Olivia; Sirowich, Kian; Soden, Abigail; Soto, Alijah; Squailia, Madelyn; Stewart, Alexah; Strachan, Michael; Strumski, Rjay; Tottenham, Grace; Troutman, James; Usman, Fatima; Vance, Emily; Whiskeyman, Laura; and Yoxall, Katelynn.
GRADE 7 --
Alessio, Sara; Andrews, Madison; Avery, Joshua; Barbarito, Mark; Cambra, Luca; Cicchetti, Carl; Cummings, Cayleigh; Cybulski, Isabella; D’Aniello, Jessica; DeFazio, Skylar; Doiron, Cassidy; Donskoy, Madison; Drmic, Kayla; Felix, Lucinda; Gibson, Joshua; Hopkinson, Andrew; Hughes, Ryan; Kane, Riley; Knapik, Derek; LaLiberte, Paul; Landrigan, Alexis; Laput, Emily; Lato, Tyler; Lisowski, Alexandra; McGuire, Erin; McMullen, Sydney; Mejias, Isabela; Melisky, Chase; Messina, Abigail; Michaud, Arlena; Middleton, Amanda; Mierek, Jenna; Moffat, Gavin; Montini, Ryan; Nichols, Anna; Nolan, Rory; Osborn, Caroline; Parks, Laura; Pepin, Nathan; Poulos, Chloe; Poulos, Kimberly; Romeo, Joseph; Rosato, Amber; Rubino, Juliana; Russell, Logan; Sasso, Nicholas; Shea, Isaiah; Slavin, Colin; Sturdevant, Elias; Vreeland, Stan; and Wilson, Sherry.
Anderson, Brady; Banerjee, Sahil; Beard, Kasey; Bedard, Tori; Behrle, Kyla; Bernard, Kayla; Bodnar, Nathan; Bradley, Jackson; Bridges, Erin; Brooks, Benjamin; Bulinski, Kylie; Chuck, Mason; Cochenet, Nadja; Concaugh, Victoria; Curtin, Brayden; Cyr, Tyler; D’Angelo, Jay; DeCampos, Marco; DiGioia, Shaelin; Dokla, Gabriel; Donegan, Aidan; Donnelly, Ryan; Donovan, Chelsea; ;Drewry, Zachary; Enquist, Robert; Falcone, Ava; Farrelly, Samantha; Fauteux, Julian; Fazzone, Aubrey; Feduzi, Sophia; Giambra, Tyler; Grant, Mary; Guertin, Polina; Heeman, Adrianna; Hernandez, Anthony; Herren, Faith; Hotchkiss, Christian; Johnson, Brooke; Kennedy, Aiden; Kraemer, Isabella; Krokosky, Rachel; Lamb, Tyler; Liscomb, Siena; Macdowall, Tyler; Machado, Shayla; Marchant, Morgan; Mascoli, Michael; Mastropietro, Croy; McKay, Ella; Meade, Eric; Mendes, Margot; Michaud, Ethan; Morales, Joshua; More, Katy; Mulligan, Donald; Napoleone, Jamie; Palmieri, Jason; Pereira, Kylie; Poudrier, Connor; Pruzinsky, Ryan; Pucci, Benjamin; Redd, Emma; Regalado, Mason; Reilly, Brooke; Resnick, Logan; Reynolds, Ty; Rodorigo, Noah; Royle, Dylan; Ruhl, Emily; Ruhl, Meghan; Sargeant, Connor; Sargent, Diego; Sciarretto, Gabriella; Scott, Abigail; Semrow, Jacob; Shea, Caleb; Simoes, Jake; Simpson, Hunter; Slusarz, Brianna; Sullivan, Olivia; Swanson, Sean; Swift, Rebecca; Syrowsky, Joseph; Szantyr, Kira; Terrell, Carter; Theroux, Kayleigh; Thomas, Olivia; Tottenham, Isabella; Tottenham, William; Tuohy, Natalie; Verrelli, Cole; and Walsh, John
GRADE 8 --
Belcher, Matthew; Beliveau, Elizabeth; Benoit, Rebecca; Beutel, Elayna; Beyer, Emily; Burkowsky, Spenser; Canas, Anna; Clark, Ainsley; Colt, Abby; Dahlman, Autym; Dawes, May; DeLucia, Ava; Dixon, Marina; Erickson, Samantha; Flaherty, Emma; Gilloren, Carsyn; Huk, Kayleigh; Iannone, Brooke; Iraci, Michele; Koliani, Allyson; Koliani, Matthew; Krushinski, Emma; Lafrancois, Chasity; Lawlor, Jack; Letourneau, Meghan; Lewicki, Magdalena; Lippa, Judy; Brachna, Chloe; Melchionne, Cara; Miller, Samantha; Muharem, Taylor; Murphy, Taylor; Norton, Margaret; Piscitelli, Madison; Plasky, Holly; Poehailos, Erica; Reed, Brianna; Ripley, Jason; Roberts, Austin; Santovasi, Nicholas; Sargent, Daniel; Scott, Noah; Sevas, Jase; Sheehan, Chrystal; Silva, Jacob; Smith, Nathaniel; Swabski, Edward; Valentino, Jacob; Vallejo, Olivia; Viele, Samantha; White, Lia; Wissink, Gerrit; Wood, Emma; Young, Jaden; and Zieba, Patrick.
Abraham, Jacob; Alves, Ashlee; Baluha, Alexi; Barrett, Brett; Behrle, Noah; Belanger, Kimberlee; Bell, Aries; Benanto, Samantha; Brant, Camron; Brody, Emma; Cable, Cora; Calcaterra, John; Carroll, Dillan; Ciavarella, Tyler; Clement, Samantha; Colon, GiAnna; Cull, Jack; Davis, Griffin; DeDomenico, Joseph; Deptula, Matthew; DeTulio, Julianna; Emin, Joanna; Emin, Johnny; Filippone, Conrad; Fogie, Dmitriy; Fortier, Krystal; Fox, Gary; Geary, Dale; Gega, Alina; Grom, Nathan; Haddad, Eryn; Harrigan, Colin; Harrison, Sydney; Heeman, Cameron; Jankovsky, Michael; Johnson, Samantha; Jones, Jordan; Jordan, Gabriella; Knox, Daniel; Kolami, Sindi; Kollcinaku, Angelo; Laudate, Hunter; Leonard, Kylie; Lock, Morgan; Loureiro, Julia; Lugo, Emma; Luxeder, Megan; Martinez, Jason; Martins, Melissa; McNulty, Breyana; Melendez, Maria; Miller, Katrina; Miller, Kayla; Morrone, Joshua; Murdock, Matthew; Muricchio, Riley; O’Donnell, Megan; Onofrio, Isabella; Parker, Ella; Pepin, Abigail; Peppers, Uwimana; Perugini, Alexis; Petta, Justin; Ranciato, Gabriele; Rinaldi, Roberto; Rindos, Emily; Rodrigues, Justin; Rousseau, Nicholas; Seay, Sarah; Shea, Andrew; Smith, Tyler; Soisson, Jason; Stangarone, Brynn; Swercewski, Martin; Swiski, Matthew; Tanguay, Amber; Tomasella, Jayden; Veillette, Jake; and Woodsworth, Aidan.
Prospect Students Named to Quinnipiac University Dean’s List
The following area students were named to the dean’s list at Quinnipiac University for the Fall 2016 semester:
Jenica Bartlett, Julie Bergeron, Patrick Conway, Nicole Fowler, Ayah Galal, Clint Halim, Franc Kolami, Andrea Letourneau (Bachelor of Science, Dental Hygiene, College of Arts and Sciences), Joseph Massetti (Master of Science, Criminal Justice with a concentration in Criminal Justice - General, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences), Rachel Murphy, and Sarah Parker (Computer Science Economics Sonia Sousa).
To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 with no grade lower than C. Full-time students must complete at least 14 credits in a semester, with at least 12 credits that have been graded on a letter grade basis to be eligible. Part-time students must complete at least six credits during a semester.
Prospect Resident Named to Sacred Heart Academy Honor Roll
Sacred Heart Academy Principal Sr. Kathleen Mary Coonan, ASCJ, recently announced the Honor Roll for the second marking period of the 2016- 2017 academic year.
Alexandria Ciampi of Prospect was named to the High Honor roll at the school.
Academic honors are awarded at the end of each quarter to students attaining an average of 3.5 or better. Those students who achieve a grade point average of 3.8 or greater are awarded high honors.
Woodland Pilots Student Government and Leadership Course by Katie Minutillo
Clubs like Student Government, Journalism, Hawkwings, DECA, and more at Woodland look to promote the development of leadership skills among students.
Next year, however, students will have the opportunity to learn the theory behind leadership, all while earning an academic credit.
This Student Government and Leadership course will be piloted at Woodland for the 2017-18 school year. Humanities teacher and Student Government Advisor Christopher Tomlin will be teaching this course.
This class has been designed based on what the National Association of Student Council sees as valuable leadership skills. These skills include communication, time management, and goal setting strategies. Students will begin to evaluate their own successes and failures and learn how to take on true leadership responsibilities in a group setting.
“My hope with this course is that it becomes a key component of every student leader’s life here at Woodland,” said Tomlin.
With a plethora of students at Woodland involved in leadership organizations, this course hopes to encourage these students to be confident in taking on leadership roles.
Tomlin said, “The course is designed as a student government course but I firmly believe that these are essential skills that will help every student be successful.”
LRMS Swim TeamCompetes at State Middle School Competition
The Long River Middle School swim team placed 6th overall in the state middle school swimming competition last month. Patrick Z, Colin H, Noah S & Jake A 200 Medley and 200 Free relays set new school records ! The 2017 Connecticut Middle School Swimming and Diving Championship took place on January 29, 2017 at Southern Connecticut State University.
Photos by William Letourneau
STREAM Night at St. Mary School
Last month, the students and faculty at Saint Mary School hosted family and friends at the second STREAM Night for the 2016-2017 academic year. During the evening, students from pre-k through 8th grade presented the projects created during the theme of Life: God’s Gift to Us. Our amazing students and teachers have embraced the STREAM model of learning and make us proud to be the pilot school for the Archdiocese of Hartford. STREAM incorporates Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math. Saint Mary School is a Pre-K3 through eighth grade elementary school located in Waterbury since 1888. For more information on this unique learning program call 203-753-2574 or visit stmarywaterbury.org