September 23, 2018

Welcome, Katie Reid, our Summer Intern at LymeLine.com!

Katie Reid

We are delighted to welcome Katie Reid of Old Lyme as our summer intern at LymeLine.com. 

She is a rising senior at Lyme-Old Lyme High School and has loved writing since she was 10-years-old.  Katie told us, “I am very excited to have the opportunity to write for LymeLine.com.”

Aside from writing, Katie loves to perform, and participates in not only the high school musicals but also the newly-formed high school show choir, Amped Up!

Katie also plays volleyball and coaches a local T-ball team.

In the future, Katie hopes to pursue her passion for writing by becoming an author, editor, or a journalist.  We hope that her experience here at LymeLine.com helps her realize that dream.

If you see Katie out on assignment for us, stop by and say hello to her — she would love to meet you!

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Lyme-Old Lyme High School Graduates “A Difficult Class” to Become “A Force of Change for the Future”

The Class of 2018 toss their hats high into the air to celebrate their graduation from Lyme-Old Lyme High School last night.

Under clear blue skies and a shining sun, the 110 members of the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2018 were sent off into the world Tuesday evening with pomp, ceremony, hugs, applause, and plenty of good advice to see them through the rest of their lives.

High School Principal James Wygonik focused in his speech on confidence and motivation, giving what he described as, “the top ten keys to building your self-worth.”  Numbers two on his list was, “Don’t go it alone.  Find someone to share in your success.  Accept the help and insight from those around you.  This is especially true when it comes to your parents.” He then quipped, “Other than serving as the ultimate ATM machine, they also have life experience.”

Top of his list centered on being a, “Wildcat for life,” as Wygonik explained to the students, “You are now a member of a large great family.  The people on this stage, your teachers, your classmates, and this community are all Wildcats.”  He told them, “Regardless where your journey takes you, you can count on a one or all of us. We want to celebrate your successes with you.  We also want to pick you up and dust you off after a fall,” concluding, “Remember that you will always have a home at 69 Lyme Street.”

Commencement Speaker Louis Zubek commented that he had written his speech with his 18-month-old son Jackson very much on his mind because, when he plays with Jackson, he finds himself constantly wondering, “What is he going to be like when he grows up?”  Zubek declared that he always ended up hoping that, “17 years from now, he (Jackson) will display all of the characteristics of the Class of 2018,” which included kindheartedness, humor, perseverance, compassion and that, “he’s happy and has a smile on his face,” and is “eager to take on the world.”  Instructing the class of which he has been Class Adviser for four years to, “Laugh, be positive and have fun,” he then asked, “If you’re not having fun, then what’s the point?”

Honor Essayist Hannah Wisner, pictured above, noted, “We have acquired a reputation as a bit of a difficult class,” but added that brought with it a desire, “to challenge the status quo.” She said emphatically, “In today’s world, it’s important to be difficult. Being difficult means not settling for less, and not always just accepting what’s given to you. It means countering the situations you’re presented with. In a world where people struggle to be heard, it means raising your voice and fighting to be heard.”

Wisner concluded, “It is for these reasons that I am proud to be part of a difficult class … Class of 2018, we’ve shown Lyme-Old Lyme High School what a force for change we can be, and now, it’s time to show the rest of the world.”

The Lyme-Old Lyme Combined Choirs under the direction of Kristine Pekar sang an upbeat version of “Lean on me,” which drew hearty applause.

Salutatorian Reed Spitzer reminded his class, “Life is not a straightforward path,” asking rhetorically, “Isn’t it crazy how you start off thinking you will go in one direction and then you end up going in another?” He advised his peers, “When things do not go your way just remember the saying, ‘When one door closes, another one opens.’ Find that new door. I know it can be hard, but you must allow yourself to do it because that is how you fulfill your dreams.”

Spitzer also spoke of the need to seize opportunities, citing his grandfather and Auntie Mame, who used to say, “Life is a buffet, but most people are starving.”  Spitzer admonished his class “not to be like most people,” but rather to “stuff yourself silly at the buffet,” as his grandfather and Auntie Mame would recommend.

Valedictorian Gabriel Stephens-Zumbaum, pictured above, who will be attending Yale University in the fall, described his class as “a group of changers and leaders, who will stop at nothing to ensure that every school system has a safe learning environment for everyone, even if our political views differ,” noting, “This unique sense of community ensures that our school understands the importance of safety and inclusion.”

Stephens-Zumbaum spoke of the need for his classmates to “find your passion,” which in his case, was music to which he had been guided by the school’s band director, Jacob Wilson.  Apart from developing Stephens-Zumbaum’s love of music, Wilson had taught him, “to enjoy life, to take every opportunity present to make your dreams turn into reality, and to someday find that dream job which you will enjoy the rest of your life.”  The valedictorian urged the Class of 2018 to, “Always be ready for new opportunities. Always be ready to take chances. Always be ready to take a risk in life.”

After the speeches, the graduates stood in line to receive their degrees.

Jordan Lewis smiles broadly as Principal Wygonik prepares to hand her High School Diploma.

And there they go … caps fly high as the graduates celebrate.

Veteran physical education teacher William (Bill) Rayder was named the Mildred Sanford Outstanding Educator Award.

Two smiling graduates.

The Fusari family stands together proudly after son Robbie’s graduation.

Friends forever …

From left to right, Old Lyme Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal, whose daughter Shannon is a member of the Class of 2018, stands with Region 18 Board of Education Members Jean Wilczynski and Diane Linderman.

 

 

 

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Graduation is Tonight! Celebrate a Senior … or the Whole Class of 2018 With a Lawn Sign

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2018 will celebrate their graduation in the same manner as the Class of 2017 in the photo above with the traditional hat toss at the end of their Commencement ceremony this evening.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s (LOLHS) Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for this evening, Tuesday, June 19, at 6 p.m.  It will be held on the field between the middle and high schools starting at 6 p.m.

Entry to the field is open and the public is welcome to attend the event.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

The LOLHS Class of 2019 is running a fundraiser to involve the community in saying goodbye to the Class of 2018. The Class is selling lawn signs for $15 that say “Congratulations LOLHS Class of 2018.”

Whether you know a senior or just want to support the students in their future endeavors, these lawn signs are an excellent way to congratulate the seniors on all the hard work they have done in their high school years and wish them luck in the future.

For more information on ordering and picking up signs, email Caroline Sagristano at sagristanoc@region18.org

The Class of 2019 has solicited the help of LymeLine.com to try and find a way to reach community members, who aren’t directly connected to our school … and of course, we’re glad to assist!

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Greenho, Danes are Class S State Tennis Doubles Champions

From left to right, Morgan Greenho celebrates his Class S state doubles tennis victory with coach John Pfeiffer and partner George Danes.

Last Thursday, Lyme-Old Lyme High School senior Morgan Greenho and freshman George Danes won the CIAC Class S boys’ tennis doubles championship at Yale. The pair, who were top seeds, defeated Patrick Markovics and Matthew Newfield of Morgan High School 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Moment of victory! Morgan Greenho raises his arms in celebration while his doubles partner George Danes gives a thumbs-up sign.

Old Lyme has not won the Class S doubles championship since Dane Pfeiffer and David Neaton’s success in 2003. Dane is the son of the current coach, John Pfeiffer.

Reaching for the sky … or rather the ball!

Sadly, Greenho and Danes lost on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the CIAC State Open at Amity, but despite that, the pair still enjoyed an extraordinarily successful season.

Many congratulations to Morgan and George!

 

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American Legion Post 41 Announces Memorial Day 2018 Essay Winners

Post 41 Lymes of the American Legion has announced its 2018 Memorial Day Essay Contest Winners. In its 33rd year, the Post invites 5th Graders from Lyme and Old Lyme schools to compose an essay concerning what “Memorial Day Means to Me.”  Winners are Honorary Parade Marshalls riding in the front of the parade and recite their essay’s during the Duck River Cemetery ceremonies.  This year’s winners are:

First Place:       Max Novak from Lyme Consolidated School
Second Place:   Justin Bonatti from Mile Creek School
Third Place:      Hannah Johnston from Lyme Consolidated School

The purpose of the Program is to foster awareness in two of the four pillars of American Legion service: “Mentoring the Youth of our Nation” and “Promoting Patriotism and Honor.” In doing so, the Post hopes to promote the importance of the Memorial Day holiday in our students including the history of the name, specific historical events and the knowledge of contribution, sacrifice and service to our Nation of our own Town’s Veterans.

Winners receive a monetary award, an Americanism Medal with certificate and an US Flag flown over our Nation’s Capital.

The Post hopes to engage each year’s winners in a process to educate their neighbors and citizens of our Towns through public speaking and sharing their essay during Memorial Day and school events.

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District 18 Budget Passes Easily in Both Towns

Voters approved the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools proposed $33.3 million budget by a substantial margin in both Lyme and Old Lyme.  In Lyme, there were 141 Yes votes and 21 No votes while in Old Lyme, 267 residents voted Yes and 90 voted NO.

The total number of votes across both towns supporting the budget was 408 while a total of 111 rejected it, which represents a 78.6 percent majority in favor of the budget and 21.4 percent voting against it.

Ian Neviaser, Superintendent of Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, stated via e-mail, “We appreciate the continued support of both towns and will continue to work to provide a top notch educational experience for all the students in our district.”

Turnout was exceptionally low in both towns.  In Old Lyme, where there are 5,639 registered voters according to the Democrat Deputy Registrar of Voters Sylvia Peterson, a total of 6.33 percent of registered voters turned out to vote.

The now approved budget for the 2018-19 school year is $34,298,528 representing a 1.97 percent increase over the current year.

Neviaser and LOL Schools Board of Education Chair Mimi Roche stated in the March Focus on Education newsletter to the community that this budget allows for a significant increase in the cost of employee health insurance, “… yet continues to maintain all of our award-winning academic and extracurricular offerings, which are commensurate, and oftentimes superior, to both public and private schools throughout Connecticut.”

Neviaser and Roche said, “This budget supports our commitment to:

  • Continued adherence to class size guidelines. •
  • Reduction of staff to account for an enrollment decline at the elementary and middle school levels. •
  • Continuance of existing academic and extracurricular activities. •
  • Adjustments for anticipated changes in the special education population. •
  • Adequate funding for maintenance and repair of buildings and grounds. •
  • Scheduled replacement of technology and equipment. •
  • Program improvements that are consistent with high academic and operational standards.

Three facilities projects are included in the budget:

  • gaining commission approvals for an artificial turf field
  • replacing the Center School gymnasium floor
  • replacing the Mile Creek fuel oil tank.

Similarly, two program improvements are included:

  • Next Generation Science Standards curricular support/training
  • technology infrastructure advancements.

For further information on the proposed budget, visit this link for a copy of the 2018-19 budget.

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Last Chance to See ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ at Lyme-Old Lyme High School

Reharsing a number from the show are, from left to right, Hannah Morrison, Lauren Mitchell, Katie Reid, Haley Stevens, Emma Bass, Heather McGrath, and Grace Edwards.

Hear ye, hear ye! The dates for the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) spring musical are rapidly approaching and the whole community is invited!

This year, the Old Lyme Players are tackling the classic comedy Once Upon a Mattress. The musical reveals the untold stories of The Princess and the Pea as the audience discovers that the “lost princess” was actually royalty in the swamp lands, not a girl wandering through a storm, who stumbled upon the castle.

Princess Winnifred, nicknamed “Fred,” falls in love with the dapper Prince Dauntless and must pass the Queen’s virtually impossible royalty test before she and Dauntless can get married, but Queen Aggravain plots to sabotage Fred so that she and Dauntless cannot be together. Meanwhile, Lady Larken and Sir Harry, an unmarried couple living in the kingdom, are expecting a child, and they wait anxiously for the royal wedding since no one in the kingdom is allowed to get married before Prince Dauntless.

The musical is directed by Jim Motes with musical direction by Kristine Pekar, choreographed by Bethany Haslam, and conducted by Jacob Wilson. The show also features sets by William Allik along with costumes created and organized by Denise Golden.

Once Upon a Mattress stars Natalie Golden as Princess Winnifred, Caroline LeCour as Queen Aggravain, Jacob Olsen as Prince Dauntless, and Lauren Mitchell as the Minstrel. Additionally, the show features Sean Spina as the king, Elyza Learned and Liam Clark as Lady Larken and Sir Harry, Haley Stevens as the Jester and Sophia Griswold as the Wizard

The cast auditioned for the show in December and has been rehearsing weekdays from 2:45 to 5:30 p.m. with additional Sunday choreography rehearsals from 4 to 6 p.m. The company has devoted a great deal of time and energy to the production and is eagerly anticipating sharing the production with the audience.

Old Lyme Players encourage audience members to arrive ready to sit back, relax and enjoy this lighthearted musical comedy set in a fairy-tale world, which the cast and crew magically create onstage.

Once Upon a Mattress opens at LOLHS on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m.  There are also 7 p.m. performances on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24.  In addition, there is a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on the Saturday.

Tickets, sold online at this link  and at the door, are $12 for students and senior citizens and $15 for adults. For more information, call the high school at 860-434-1651.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Students Walk Out in Sympathy with Parkland Victims, in Support of Tougher Gun Laws

All photos by Matthew Crisp.

Despite bone-chilling temperatures, almost every student that was able walked out of Lyme-Old Lyme High School on Wednesday, March 14 — precisely one month after a lone gunman shot and killed 17 students and faculty with an assault gun at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

The students gathered on the field outside the high school and stood in silence with signs in their hands, often with arms linked.

Junior Shannon Nosal thanked the assembled students “for participating in this historic event … the guest speakers, Liz Richards for directing the choir, and Emily Rivera and Maddie Zrenda for planning this event.”

Nosal said, “I hope that by coming to together today we can find some peace through this tragedy and leave feeling unified as a school, community, and generation.”

She explained that each student would be given an orange wrist band as they left the ceremony — the wristbands bore the words either ‘Choose compassion’ or ‘Never again.’

Nosal concluded by saying, “By wearing these wrist bands you are not only continuing to remember the Parkland victims, but reminding yourself and everyone to continue to make Lyme-Old Lyme High School a more inclusive, comforting, and protective place.”

LymeLine Opinion: Our thanks to Matthew Crisp for the evocative photos and kudos to all the students who organized and/or participated in this event.  One only has to look at the faces in these photos to know that this was a somber, meaningful ceremony.  Kudos also to the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ administration for permitting the students to express themselves in this way.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Alumnus Arrested After Making “Disturbing” Snapchat Post

A recent graduate of Lyme-Old Lyme High School was arrested early Wednesday evening after posting a comment of Snapchat saying, “no survivors.”

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser issued a statement to all parents later the same evening in which he described the comment as “disturbing.”  He went on to explain in the statement, “While there was no direct threat, we did feel it necessary to contact the police who immediately responded to our concern.  Through their investigation, the police have determined that there is no reason to believe that this statement presents a threat to our schools.  That being said, the individual who posted this comment was arrested as a result of their behavior and is no longer allowed on school grounds.

Neviaser continued in his statement, “This incident is a perfect example of how important it is for all of us to remain vigilant.  I commend the students who came forward and immediately reported this to adults who were able to alert the authorities.”

He concluded, “We hope that this information will dispel any rumors that may arise from this situation.  Our number one priority is keeping our students and staff safe and we will continue to work closely with the local and state police to ensure this.”

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And the Winner is … Trivia Bee Creates a Big Buzz in Town!

2018 Trivia Bee champions RTC Elephants, (from left to right, Atty. Mike Miller, LOLHS Class of 2013 alumnus Sam Stadnick, State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) and Cliff Johnson) proudly pose with their coveted Bee Trophy.

UPDATED 11:34am: It was a hotly-contested event with brainpower being tested to the extreme.

The 2018 Trivia Bee organized by the Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation (LOLEF) was held Friday evening in the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School auditorium and saw more than a dozen teams doing battle over challenging questions posed by WFSB News Anchor Eric Parker.

The 3-PEAT team played hard to the bitter end taking the RTC Elephants to three rounds of play-off questions in the ‘Sting Off’ before finally succumbing to the runner-up position.

There were three ‘swarms,’ which involved all the competing teams in a 10-question play-off situation to identify the three finalists, who ultimately were the All-Pro, 3-Peat and RTC Elephant teams.

Concentration was intense among this team’s members whilst working on their answers.

With tension rising in the final round, All-Pro fell out of contention fairly rapidly but 3-Peat and the RTC Elephants kept going neck-and-neck question after question. When finally the last available question was posed, the RTC Elephants secured the win with the correct answer while 3-Peat had to settle for second place after a valiant effort.

Question master and Channel 3 news anchor Eric Parker (standing) and timekeeper Rob Roach kept things under control at all stages.

All funds raised at the event benefit programs and equipment selected by LOLEF for Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.

After the winners were declared, the judges, (second from left to right, Martha Shoemaker, and LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser) posed with LOL Education Foundation Board member Liz Rubitski (extreme left.)

The Old Lyme Historical Society’s (OLHS) team, some members of which are pictured below, came dressed in wonderful costumes (but surprisingly did not win the Best Costume award) and also put up a valiant fight in the quiz section to no avail.

And we just had to include a full-length photo of this dashing gentleman …

So to the OLHS team, better luck next year … and to all the competitors, sponsors and the LOLEF, thanks for making an otherwise cold and dull Friday evening into a fun-filled night at which everyone learned something and funds were raised for a worthy cause.

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It’s LOL Education Foundation’s Annual Trivia Bee Tonight

full_5738The Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation’s (LOLEF) 6th Annual Trivia Bee will be held Friday, March 16, starting at 7 p.m. prompt at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.

Local businesses, community organizations and neighborhoods are invited to enter teams of four into this adult trivia contest, arguably the most “bee-dazzling fun-draiser” in The Lymes!

Full details of the contest and rules are at this link.

Teams are encouraged (but not required) to choose a fun team name and dress in costume. The evening will be hosted by LOLEF and there will be entertainment with prizes galore for the audience between rounds.

Fighting off stiff competition, the Lyme firemen were the ultimate winners of the coveted Trivia Bee trophy in 2016.

The winning team from each round will participate in a championship round. Teams will compete for the Honey Cup, a perpetual trophy, as well as the honor of being crowned Lyme-Old Lyme’s Trivia Bee Champion. Prizes will also be awarded for the Best Team Costume and Best Team Name.

Spectators are encouraged to cheer on their favorite teams in person. Audience admission to the Bee is free.

Refreshments, local honey and tech-raffle tickets will be available for purchase.

The LOLEF supports innovative educational initiatives throughout our schools and community. Thanks to community support, the LOLEF has donated over $160,000 since its inception in 2006. The LOLEF works closely with, but is independent of, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.

The LOLEF counts on the success of fundraisers such as the Trivia Bee to keep the Foundations’ grants program vibrant.

Businesses and organizations are invited to enter a team of their own or, if they prefer, to sponsor a team made up of teachers and or students from our local schools. Admission is $200 for each team.

If you would like to participate in the Bee or become a corporate sponsor, visit this link for all the information relating to the event or call Roger Nosal at 860-434-0814 with questions.

Visit the Facebook page for the event at this link.

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Lyme-Old Lyme High School Hosts Open House Today for Prospective Students

Students hard at work in a Chinese class at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, where it is a popular elective subject.

Next Thursday, March 15, Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) welcomes prospective students who do not currently attend a Lyme-Old Lyme School and/or their parents to visit the high school during Spring Open House.

In order to offer a customized experience for each prospective student and/or their parents, interviews are being offered throughout the day to accommodate varying schedules. Each meeting with a school counselor will be preceded by a student-led tour of the high school. This format is intended to allow all attendees an opportunity to gain a general overview of the school and interact with current students, as well as to obtain answers to individual questions and information on curriculum, student opportunities and more.

In December 2017, Lyme-Old Lyme High School was named to the 8th Annual Advanced Placement (AP®) District Honor Roll by the College Board. Only 447 schools were named to this prestigious list in the United States and Canada. Superintendent Ian Neviaser noted, “This continues to support our strong reputation as a premier school district in Connecticut and the nation as a whole” adding, “The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.”

Lyme-Old Lyme High School hosts an Open House for prospective Students, March 15

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools were also named #18 in Niche.com’s ranking of 2018 Best School District in Connecticut, which gave them the top spot in New London County, and in Niche.com’s ranking of 2018 High Schools with Best Teachers in Connecticut, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools came in 10th.

In 2016, LOLHS took 6th place statewide in terms of SAT results, with average scores significantly above the state average in all disciplines, while in April 2015, Lyme-Old Lyme High School was awarded the 185th spot nationally and the 5th place statewide in Newsweek‘s annual list of Americas Top High Schools.

Facilities at the high school are exceptional with state-of-the-art technology implemented throughout the building thanks to a $49 million renovation project completed in 2014. The math, science, language, and technology and engineering areas, along with the art, music, drama and athletic facilities are now of a quality and sophistication that resembles a college environment, rather than a high school.

View from inside the Commons atrium at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Current enrollment at LOLHS is 475 students from Grades 9 through 12 and the average class size is between 15 and 20. The school offers a full spectrum of core subjects taught in-house, including 17 Advanced Placement subjects, and also an extensive range of classes taken online.  Students also have the option to pursue the acclaimed Techno-Ticks robotics program along with more than 35 other extra-curricular clubs including High School Bowl, Mock Trial, and Key Club.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School enjoys widely acclaimed music, drama and art programs, which have been recognized with numerous awards both at the state level and nationally. The school’s athletic program has similarly received innumerable honors over the years and is proud to have several past, present and future Olympians among its alumni.

The colleges attended by LOLHS graduates include a wide range of Ivy League and top-tier schools each year. Complementing the academic success of the students, the high school faculty is renowned for their commitment and dedication to the students with most having obtained a sixth year teaching qualification.

If you would like to attend this informative event, please call Glynis Houde at 860-434-2255 to schedule your appointment.

For further information, contact Tracy Lenz, Director of Guidance, at 860-434-2255 or lenzt@region18.org or James Wygonik, Principal, at 860-434-1651 or wygonikj@region18.org.

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Ruth Ann Heller Music Foundation Announces Scholarship Awards to 26 Lyme-Old Lyme Students

The Ruth Ann Heller Music Foundation (RAHMF) has recently awarded scholarships to 26 Lyme-Old Lyme students.

As one of many supporting organizations in our towns, the RAHMF awards scholarships to instrumental students participating in Lyme-Old Middle and High Schools band programs. The 501(c)3 non-profit foundation was formed in 1999 after the retirement of Ruth Ann (King) Heller, who had a long-lasting impact on the district’s band program that continues to thrive today under the dedicated and talented efforts of Jay Wilson at the high school and Carrie Wind at the middle school.

Scholarships are exclusively for private lessons and paid directly to student-selected teachers. One-on-one instruction time provides a valuable opportunity for the students to develop their musical skills and subsequently enhance the quality of the band performances.

The RAHMF is celebrating 15 years as a non-profit organization. Over $50,000 has been granted to 310 students since its inception. These awards are merit-based.

The Foundation welcomes reader’s interest and, if possible, donations in any amount.

For more information, visit www.rahmf.org or email info@rahmf.org.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce Names Looney December’s ‘Business Student of the Month’

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Assistant Principal Jeanne Manfredi presents Lyme-Old Lyme High School junior Patrick Looney with his award as the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce December 2017 Business Student of the Month. Leslie Traver, Lyme-Old Lyme High School Business Department Chair, joined the celebrations.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School junior Patrick Looney has been named the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce ‘Business Student of the Month’ for December 2017.

The Chamber’s ‘Business Student of the Month’ program continues the Chamber tradition of recognizing members of the junior class for demonstrating outstanding initiative in and out of the classroom.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce established the N. Rutherford Sheffield Memorial Award for Entrepreneurial Promise & Achievement for Lyme-Old Lyme High School juniors in 1999 as a way to honor Mr. Sheffield, a member of the Chamber for over 50 years who was highly regarded in our Lyme-Old Lyme community.

Since its inception, nearly 35 juniors at Lyme-Old Lyme High School have been recognized through this program.

(photo, l-r: Jeanne Manfredi, Lyme-Old Lyme High School Assistant Principal;
Leslie Traver, Lyme-Old Lyme High School Business Department Chair;
Patrick Looney, Lyme-Old Lyme High School junior and Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce December 2017 Business Student of the Month)

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Repair Work on Lyme St. Burst Water Pipe Continues, Hoped to be Completed Over Weekend to Allow All Affected Buildings to Open Tuesday

Work continues to try and repair the burst pipe, which has caused Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall, Center School, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau,  the Lyme Street Firehouse, and the Old Lyme Historical Society to be closed for the past two days, since none of the buildings had a water supply due to the pipe failure.

It is hoped that the repair will be effected in time for all those institutions to open at the normal time on Tuesday, Jan. 16, after the holiday on Monday.

We will post any updates on the situation as they become available during the weekend.

 

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Named to College Board’s AP Honor Roll; One of Only 447 Districts in US, Canada to Earn Accolade

Access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses and AP exam results at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, pictured above, have earned Lyme-Old Lyme Schools a place on the College Board’s 8th Annual AP Honor Roll.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools are one of only 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada placed on the 8th Annual Advanced Placement (AP®) District Honor Roll by the College Board.

To be included on the Honor Roll, Lyme-Old Lyme High School was required to increase the number of students participating in AP courses between 2015 and 2017, while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals demonstrates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically-prepared students, who are ready for the AP regimen.

“We are incredibly proud of the hard work of our students, staff, and community in making this recognition a reality. This continues to support our strong reputation as a premier school district in Connecticut and the nation as a whole” said Superintendent Ian Neviaser. “The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.”

In 2017, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2015 to 2017, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.

Districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
  • Increase or maintain the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2017 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2015 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

The complete 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found at this link. 

The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools provide a private school experience in a public school setting and accept resident students from both Lyme and Old Lyme as well as non-resident students on a tuition basis.  For more information, call 860-434-7238 or visit www.region18.org

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Lyme-Old Lyme High School Announces Quarter 1 Honor Roll

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Honor Roll
Quarter 1   2017-18

High Honors

Grade 12: Samantha Barretta, Cassandra Burrows, Erin Cornelius, Jacob Coverdale, Matthew Crisp, Anna Donato, Adam Drummond, Kayla Elliott, Hope Femia, Samuel Fuchs, Jace Funaro, Keelin Hurtt, Liam Johnston, Lauren King, Maeve Kolb, Cora Koproski, Sarah Kwon, Jordan Lewis, Bilal Malik, Claudia Mergy, Lauren Mitchell, Shannon Nosal, Emma Pennie, Katherine Pettersen, Julia Ritchie, Emily Rivera, Caroline Sirna, Emma Sked, Julia Smith, Reed Spitzer, Gabriel Stephens-Zumbaum, Felicia Sutton, Bianca Tinnerello, Ryan Wallace, Caroline Wholean, Ellie Wiese, Hannah Wisner, Erik Zawodniak, Madeline Zrenda

Grade 11: Kathryn Atkinson, Catherine Battalino, Lauren Birk, Casey Blue, Mackenzie Blue, Gary Bocian, Claire Britton, Ann Cote, Emma Danes, Britney DeRoehn, Corey Drummond, Grace Edwards, Olin Frederiks, Zachary Gidius, Grace Gilbert, Emily Grenier, Kylie Hall, Colin Hallahan, Ada Harjunpaa, Sarah Hayward, Liam Holloway, Aoife Hufford, Ciara Klimaszewski, Sophie Kyle, Joshua Liefeld, John Manthous, Brynn McGlinchey, Hannah Morrison, Jacob Olsen, Katherine Reid, James Rollins, Olivia Rugg, Noah Rumm, Kellie Sablone, Caroline Sagristano, Anna Sather, Robert Sedlatschek, Peter Sherman, Carson Swope, Emily Tan, Colleen Walsh, Alexander Williams

Grade 10: Alexandra Alpha, Anabella Arias, Emily Balocca, William Bartlett, Emma Bass, Audrey Berry, Rory Cavicke, Daisy Colvin, Elizabeth Cravinho, Isabel Dean-Frazier, Arianna DelMastro, Maria Denya, Julia DiMella, Raymond Doll, Theodore Enoch, Araselys Farrell, Nicholas Fava, Leah Fouquette, Jada Fuentes, Katherine Funaro, Tanner Griffin, Sophia Griswold, Caroline King, Renate Kuhn, Rachael Larson, Brenna Lewis, Connor Maguire, Jacqueline Malizia, Melissa Mauro, Thomas McCarthy, Ryan McTigue, Dylan Mulligan, Chandler Munson, Kyle Myers, Samantha Olson, Sofia Pecher-Kohout, Jenna Porter, Jared Ritchie, Jane Scheiber, Taylor Sedlatschek, Brady Sheffield, Garrett Smith, Emily Speckhals, Olivia Stack, Haley Stevens, Julia Stout, Philip Sweeney, Lydia Tinnerello, Kiera Ulmer, Megan VanSteenbergen, Theodore Wayland, Trevor Wells, Clair Wholean, Anna Williams, Maggie Wisner, Conner Wyman, Katherine Zelmanow

Grade 9: Paige Alpha, Kaylee Armenia, Sophie Arnold, Juliette Atkinson, Rachel Barretta, Olivia Bartlett, Maxwell Bauchmann, Ava Berry, Emma Boardman, Sadie Bowman, Kyuss Buono, Kate Cheney, Emerson Colwell, John Cox, Megan Cravinho, George Danes, Bianca Dasilva, Emily DeRoehn, Francette Donato, Corah Engdall, Sadie Frankel, Fiona Frederiks, Schuyler Greenho, Emma Griffith, Michael Guillet, Catharine Harrison, Alayna Hettick-Harlow, Isabella Hine, Steven Jette, Regan Kaye, Paige Kolesnik, Grace Lathrop, Owen Macadam, Mackenzie Machnik, Madelyn Maskell, Brendan McTigue, Marina Melluzzo, Michael Milazzo, Riley Nelson, Sophia Ortoleva, Connie Pan, Olivia Papanier, Gavin Porter, Jacob Quaratella, Hayden Saunders, Tait Sawden, Jesper Silberberg, Tessa St.Germain, Lian Thompson, Angus Tresnan, Lauren Wallace, Kelly Walsh, Alison Ward, Ellery Zrenda

Honors

Grade 12: Maggy Biega, Cara Cahill, Charlotte Carmody, Anna Catlett, Samantha Caulkins, Rose Cheney, Brendan Cowee, Matthew Cushman, Samuel Frankel, Audrey Gavin, Michaela Giannotti, Natalie Golden, Morgan Greenho, Gillian Holloway, Mikela Jacobson, Heather McGrath, Christopher Munger, Amanda Murphy, Madeline Ouellette, Olivia Scott, Collin Stalls, Mason Swaney, Alexander Swanski, Marieke Warlitz, Abigail Zelmanow

Grade 11: Teresa Allan, Kendall Antoniac, Paige Britton, Liam Clark, Tyler Clark, Lily Cox, Thomas Creagan, Miles Cutler-Stamm, Andy Espinal, Kate Hickie, Mya Johnson, Andrea Kathe, Jillian Kus, Elyza Learned, Peter Macadam, Alexander Montville, Nicholas Myers, Emily O’Brien, Thomas Pennie, Julia Reynolds, Jenny Ritchie, Quinn Romeo, Nicholas Roth, Eli St.Germain, Griffin Standish, Adam Syed

Grade 10: Faith Brackley, Chloe Cahill, Madison Cann, Ethan Carrion, Faith Caulkins, Emilia Cheesman, Brandon Cheng, Ty Dean, Samuel Dushin, Brian Funk, Lucy Gilbert, Kamber Hamou, Connor Hogan, Parker Hubbard, Lauren Huck, Jeffy Joshy, Daniel Kendall, Elizabeth McCarthy, Jonathan Nichele, Samantha Owen, Colby Sides, Summer Siefken, Evan St.Louis, Olivia Tetreault, Taylor Thompson, Sydney Trowbridge, Aedan Using, Katelyn Wells

Grade 9: Colbe Andrews, Emily Ashton, Sonia Bair, Michael Battalino, Hunter Collins, Jackson Cowell, Axel Cruz, Patrick Dagher, Trube Dean, Jackson Goulding, Samantha Gray, Lillian Grethel, Aryn Jones, Elle McAraw, Emma McCulloch, Emma Meekhoff, Timothy O’Brien, Lauren Pitt, Aidan Powers, Ethan Rivera, Kassidy Standish, Katrina Wallace, Avery Welch

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Last Night to See Disturbing Story of ‘Radium Girls’ at LOL High School

Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s Fall Play this year is Radium Girls by DW Gregory, a play based on the true story of women, who were factory workers and contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint.

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease.

Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court.  As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire.

Performances will be for two nights only, Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov.18.   Showtimes are at 7 p.m. and admission is $8 for students, $12 for adults.

For more information, call 860.434.1651.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Students Host Rousing Veteran’s Day Assembly, Filled With Emotion

Last Friday, when many public schools gave students a vacation day in honor of Veterans Day, Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools took a different approach. With students attending school for a full day, LOL Schools chose to honor veterans in their community in a highly respectful and meaningful morning of ceremonies that begin in Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School with a hearty breakfast.  After a ceremony there, the veterans moved to the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) where, after a short reception, they were ushered into the school’s auditorium.

After a welcome by Assistant Principal Jeanne Manfredi, colors were presented and then Emma Sked led the Pledge of Allegiance and asked for a moment of silence in honor of all the nation’s veterans.

Senior Emily Rivera (pictured above) gave opening remarks in which she spoke fondly of her life as the child of military parents and how her dream now is to pursue a career in the US Air Force.

Lyme-Old Lyme Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #1467 Commander Larry Olsen (right in photo above) was the first guest speaker. He described the origin of Veterans Day and spoke of his deep pride in the strength and integrity of the American military.  Olsen went on to present LOLHS student Alex Williams (left in photo above) with the Voice of Democracy Essay Award and Williams then read an excerpt from his essay.

The screening of a poignant video titled, “A Soldier’s Story,” featuring Old Lyme resident James Keenan followed. A deep hush fell over the auditorium as Keenan described his experience in World War II’s European area of operations in which he initially fought and was then captured, held under horrific conditions in a prison camp, transported in a truck packed with other prisoners almost to the point of suffocation for three long days and nights, before ultimately being liberated by the Allies.

After Brynn McGlinchey and Bella Hine had read the names of the fallen from Lyme and Old Lyme in all wars from World War I onwards, the band changed the somber tone of the proceedings when they struck up the Armed Forces Salute.  Members of each branch of the military stood when their respective part of the Salute was played.

At the end of the music, Caroline LeCour proudly stepped forward to introduce her grandfather, Morris LeCour (pictured below), who offered his own remembrances of his military service.

Following  a spirited rendition of ‘America The Beautiful’ by the combined LOLHS chorus and band, all the individual veterans present were acknowledged one by one.

The colors were retrieved and as the color guard climbed the auditorium stairs, physics teacher and US Navy veteran Glenn Elliott (pictured above) proudly saluted.

After the ceremony, Manfredi (left in photo above) took the opportunity to chat with Emily Rivera (right) and her parents, while each veteran filed out and was presented with a gift bag as a remembrance of the day.

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Old Lyme Soccer Girls Storm Into State Semis, Face St.Paul Tonight

Saving a goal! File photo of Wildcat Emily Rivera.

After the major disappointment of their loss in the Shoreline Conference final, Paul Gleason’s Wildcats are bouncing back in a big way.  Yesterday they advanced to the semi-final of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Class S state tournament by crushing Coventry 2-1.  Significantly, the “crushing” was not in the scoreline but rather in the fact that Old Lyme had scored both of its two goals within the first four minutes.

Goal! File photo by Jennifer Alexander.

Maddie Ouellette was first to score for Old Lyme with an assist from Danielle McCarthy. The team’s leading scorer Mya Johnson was the second to score unassisted. Coventry’s lone goal was scored by Alexa Stinson after 15 minutes.

In goal for Old Lyme was Emily Rivera with three saves while Grace Galey made 10 saves for Coventry.

Old Lyme advances to the semi finals on Tuesday against St. Paul with a 6:30 p.m. kick-off at Falcon Field in Meriden.

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