August 18, 2017

Lyme-Old Lyme HS Junior Appointed to Governor’s Prevention Partnership Youth Council

Emma Sked

Emma Sked

Emma Sked, a junior at Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS), has been appointed to the Governor’s Prevention Partnership Youth Council.

She is one of eight Connecticut youth selected through a competitive application process to serve as a member of this statewide organization whose mission is to help prevent underage drinking and substance use, prevent youth violence and bullying, and promote youth mentoring and peer to peer interactions.

“I am very excited to meet other teens from around the state and work together on state-wide projects to have an impact on a larger community,” Emma stated.  “I know that I cannot stop all teens from using substances all at once. But if each project I collaborate on results in one person stopping to think, ‘Why am I doing this?’, then my efforts are worth it.”

Emma is the daughter of Elizabeth and Ken Sked of Old Lyme.  Since her freshman year, she has been an active member of the Lyme-Old Lyme local prevention council, Community Action for Substance Free Youth Coalition (CASFY).

Emma serves as CASFY’s Youth Advocate, taking a formal role in leading youth prevention projects with the Lyme-Old Lyme High School club REACH (Responsible Educated Adolescents Can Help), and participating in all aspects of the coalition.   Emma’s work with the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau and CASFY created the opportunity for her work on prevention at the state level.

Emma’s activities at LOLHS include serving as a member of the Student Advisory Council, Student Leaders, Community Service, Spanish, Amnesty International clubs, and varsity softball.  She is an Honor Roll student and has received awards in multiple subjects for academic excellence.  Emma also works after school at the Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center.

To learn more about CASFY, visit www.lysb.org

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Students Return Home Safely After Playing in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Ceremony

WFSB's Kevin Hogan interviews Ellen Cole from Lyme-Old Lyme High School's Friends of Music during yesterday's viewing event of the Pearl Harbor commemoration in Hawaii at the high school.

WFSB’s Kevin Hogan interviews Ellen Cole from Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s Friends of Music during yesterday’s viewing event of the Pearl Harbor commemoration in Hawaii at the high school.

Members of the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) band and chorus performed yesterday on the pier adjacent to the USS Missouri in Waikiki, Hawaii, as part of the 75th anniversary commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Meanwhile, here in Old Lyme, around 150 people gathered in the auditorium of the high school late yesterday afternoon to watch the band and chorus perform as part of a 1,200-strong contingent of musicians and singers from schools across the country.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School was the only school from Connecticut represented at the event.

News Channel 3’s Kevin Hogan, whose son attends LOLHS and is out in Hawaii, did a live segment from the auditorium during which he interviewed a member of the Friends of Music Inc. organization that has been fundraising all year to make the trip possible.

View the News Channel 3 segment at this link.

News Channel 8 ran this piece from Lyme-Old Lyme High School about the trip to Hawaii.

Fox 61 also broadcast a story about the LOLHS students in Hawaii at this link.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Students Perform Today at 75th Pearl Harbor Commemoration in Hawaii, Concert to be Streamed Live in School Auditorium at 5pm

The USS Missouri on which the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Band and Chorus will play tomorrow during the 75th anniversary commemoration of Pearl Harbor.

The USS Missouri on which the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Band and Chorus will play tomorrow during the 75th anniversary commemoration of Pearl Harbor.

BREAKING NEWS: We just learned that Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) will be streaming the concert in which the school’s band and chorus will be performing in Hawaii live in the high school auditorium today 5 p.m.  The public is welcome to come to the high school to watch the concert.

Today, Wednesday, Dec. 7, members of the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Band and Chorus will assemble on the pier of the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, along with student musicians from across the country and Japan, for the 75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Mass Band Performance, one of many events scheduled this week in observance of the anniversary.  The concert will be a remembrance of and a tribute to lives lost on Dec. 7, 1941 and the ensuing war, and an inspiring “gift of music” to the world. 

The backdrop for this concert is the Battleship Missouri, a World-War II-era ship that was engaged in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.  It was on the Missouri, in Tokyo Bay in September 1945, that the papers of surrender were signed by representatives of the Allied and Axis powers — formally ending World War II. The Missouri is now docked in Pearl Harbor as a permanent memorial and museum, providing a fitting bookend to the story of the bombing on Dec. 7, 1941, that launched US involvement in the war.

Student musicians from Lyme-Old Lyme High School, along with Choral Director Kristine Pekar and Band Director Jacob Wilson, have been preparing for this trip for the past year.  There are 100 students on the trip, along with Pekar and Wilson,  LOLHS principal James Wygonik, and teacher and parent chaperones.Follow them on Facebook (@LOLHSPearlHarborTrip and @FriendsofMusicLymeOldLyme) or visit http://www.friendsofmusiclol.org/ (where you can also get the link for the live stream).


The 75th Pearl Harbor Mass Band concert will be streamed live at 5 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at
http://www.channel808.tv/2016/75thpearlharbor/.  
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Wildcats Win! Gleason’s Girls Take State Championship Title in 1-0 Win Over Old Saybrook

The team with their trophy.

The team with their trophy!  All photos by Caitlin O’Neil.

In Saturday’s Class S championship game, Lyme-Old Lyme High School senior Caleigh O’Neil kicked the ball in the back of Old Saybrook’s net with 37 minutes left on the clock.

The four Wildcat seniors proudly display the trophy.

From left to right, Maddie Zrenda and Wildcat seniors Jenna Peduzzi, Caleigh O’Neil and Mary Bolles proudly display the trophy.

Old Saybrook failed to equalize before the final whistle and so Old Lyme brings home the state trophy, which they also won last year — but as co-winners with Fairfield Notre Dame.

Caleigh O'Neil, who scored the lone goal that won the championship for the Wildcats, was interviewed after being named game MVP.

Caleigh O’Neil, who scored the lone goal that won the championship for the Wildcats, was interviewed after being named game MVP.

This year, Paul Gleason and his amazing band of soccer players have it all to themselves and can place it alongside the Shoreline Championship trophy that they won a few weeks ago.

The Wildcats celebrate the moment of victory. Photo by T. Tinnerello.

The Wildcats celebrate the moment of victory. Photo by T. Tinnerello.

Congratulations, Wildcats on this awesome victory!

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Wildcats Advance to State Soccer Final for Second Consecutive Year

Photo by Lori Archambault Wallace.

File photo by Lori Archambault Wallace.

Second-seeded Old Lyme dominated last night’s Class S state semifinal game against #11 seeds Terryville coming away with a convincing 3-0 win after goals by Jenna Peduzzi, Maddie Ouelette and Keelin Hurtt.

Paul Gleason’s team now advances to the final on Saturday against perennial Shoreline Conference rival Old Saybrook, who defeated Portland on penalties last night.  The Wildcats are defending Class S co-champions having drawn 2-2 with Notre-Dame Fairfield in the final last year.

The location and time of this Saturday’s game is yet to be determined.

GO WILDCATS!!!!

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Lyme-Old Lyme Students Honor Veterans in School Assembly, Friday

Students dressed in red, white and blue performed “America the Beautiful” and the armed forces salute in a tribute to veterans on Friday morning at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

“The service members we honor today came from all walks of life, yet they share so many of the same qualities,” high-school senior Matthew McCarthy … Read the full article by Kimberly Drelich and published in The Day Nov. 12, 2016 at this link.

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Nancy Larson Foundation Opens Applications for 2016 Education Scholarships

The Nancy Larson Foundation is currently accepting applications from college upperclassmen and graduate students preparing to be elementary school teachers.

The Nancy Larson Foundation, which is headquartered in Old Lyme, is dedicated to helping promising students majoring in elementary education.

Since its inception in 2006, the Foundation has awarded more than 50 scholarships to students across the country.

Eachyear the Foundation awards at least five $1,000 scholarships to deserving college students who excel in the classroom and their communities.

Nancy Larson is the author of two nationally successful curriculum programs: Nancy Larson® Science K–4 and Saxon Math K-4.

She feels that it is critical to support the development of young teachers who shape children’s minds and better position our country to become a leader in science and math.

“We want to provide a helping hand to aspiring teachers who have worked hard to position
themselves for anoutstanding career,’’ said Larson. “The Foundation works to positively affect the quality of education forthousands of students taught over the lifetime of our Nancy Larson Foundation Scholars.” Juniors, seniors, and graduate students who have declared an elementary education major are invited to apply.

They should submit a personal narrative about why they want to teach and what will make them excellent teachers.

Applicants are also asked to include community service activities as well as experiences they have had working with children. Applications are accepted from Oct.1 through Nov. 15, 2016. Applications must be completed in full and postmarked by Nov. 15 to be considered.

Scholarship recipients will be notified by Dec. 31, 2016.

Larson, a former teacher and curriculum director, has dedicated her life to advancing elementary education. Her original Saxon Math K–4 program  was developed because teachers needed a classroom-­tested math program that would prepare children for advanced math classes. In recent years, Nancy has used the same approach to develop Nancy Larson Science for kindergarten through fourth grade students.

The program was written to provide in ­depth science content in an easy-to-­teach format.

To learn more about the Nancy Larson Foundation and this scholarship opportunity, visit http://nancylarsonfoundation.org.

The Nancy Larson Foundation, founded in Old Lyme, CT, has a history of 10 years awarding prospectiveelementary educators scholarships to encourage and support their education. The Nancy Larson Foundation awards scholarships to the top entries.

For entry deadlines and requirements, or more information on the Foundation, visit http://nancylarsonfoundation.org.

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Buy a Pie! Lyme-Old Lyme Class of 2017 Parents Host Safe Grad Pie Sale

pie-clip-art-pie_cherry_desserts_2929pxParents of theLyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Class of 2017 are now taking orders for fresh pies, tea breads and cookie dough from Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford, Connecticut.

Deadline for orders is Nov. 8 for Nov. 18 delivery — just in time for the holidays!  Check out the Safe Grad website which has a link to the order form

There is a great tradition in Lyme-Old Lyme that for many years, parents of the LOLHS senior class have hosted an all-night “Safe Graduation Party” for the senior class. The goal is to provide a safe, substance free party in a “secret location” where students have the opportunity to share food, music, entertainment and memories with their classmates. For as long as these parties have been provided for our seniors, the community has enjoyed trouble-free graduation nights.

While the party is hosted entirely by parents of seniors, it takes a community effort to help our children remain safe and supervised while celebrating this wonderful milestone. Funding for the party comes entirely from fundraisers, donations from local businesses, organizations, parent and individual contributions.

Although LOLHS and the Regional School District 18 Board of Education support this event, they do not contribute any financial support. The parent organizers rely on fundraisers and donations from parents of seniors and the community to make this event a success.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS’s Bocian Joins Statewide Student Program to Increase Literacy Rates

Connecticut Voice's Executive Board gathers for a photo, From left to right (back row), Kelley Gifford, Haoyi Wang, Hannah Lamb, Priya Mistri, KaltenReese Hasankolli, Izzy King, Hailey Jimenez, Gary Bocian from Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Alexandra Chitwood, Evani Dalal; (front row), Isha Dalal (founder) and Stephen Armstrong (advisor).

Connecticut Voice’s Executive Board gathers for a photo. From left to right (back row), Kelley Gifford, Haoyi Wang, Hannah Lamb, Priya Mistri, Kalten Reese Hasankolli, Izzy King, Hailey Jimenez, Gary Bocian from Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Alexandra Chitwood, Evani Dalal; (front row), Isha Dalal (founder) and Stephen Armstrong (advisor).

Gary Bocian of Old Lyme, a sophomore at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, has been named a member of the executive board of a new, statewide, student organization called Connecticut Voice.  Katie Reid from LOLHS is also participating in the program.

A kick-off event to launch the program will be held in Hartford at the Capitol Building on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Literacy Director for the State Department of Education Dr. Melissa Hickey, and Governor Dannel Malloy are just a few of the featured speakers at the event.

Founded by Trumbull High School senior, Isha Dalal, Connecticut Voice is an innovative program to give students in the state of Connecticut an opportunity to directly impact their community. More than 60 students from across the state are part of the program.

The goal of the program is for students to pass a law at the state level. This year, the program will focus on literacy rates to help close the education gap within Connecticut. At the event on Wednesday, students will be able to ask questions and learn more about why it is so important to give back to the community.

Not only is the group going to work towards passing legislation, but members will also start new community initiatives as well. For example, they will be holding a statewide book drive.

Dalal started this program while volunteering for New Haven Reads. After realizing that a large population of students exists, who are not afforded the same educational opportunities she has enjoyed, she was motivated to try and change that situation.

With interests ranging from legislation to neuroscience, Dalal created Connecticut Voice, a program that could encompass both. “To understand how to increase literacy rates, it is important to understand the brain as well as the community aspect. Before one can solve a problem, he or she must understand it first,” Isha stated when describing the program.

Working closely with Stephen Armstrong, the Social Studies Consultant for the State Department of Education, and with organizations such as the Trumbull Business-Education Initiative and the Trumbull ACE Foundation, Dalal was able to create this program. She met with the Secretary of the State’s Office, members of the State Board of Education, her superintendent, and the Commissioner of Education to garner support and create a solid foundation for Connecticut Voice

When asked why she created this program, Dalal said, “I want every student to know that they can make a difference despite their age, their background, or their interests. “

“The unique aspect of our program is that it is for students, by students. If someone has an idea and they are willing to work hard, they can do whatever they set their mind to. After reaching out to different leaders, I realized that there are so many people that care just as much as I do and, together, we can create a better world and help improve the lives of hundreds of people.”

Bocian is eagerly anticipating the launch of the program on Wednesday.  When asked in an email by LymeLine what he is most excited about with regard to the program, he responded, “Being involved with Connecticut Voice, I most look forward to making a difference in the community,” and “through our focus of illiteracy rates in Connecticut,” to help as many as students as possible.

Bocian continued, “Through Connecticut Voice, I hope to learn more about working with others on a shared goal. Even at the [first] Executive Board meeting, I was able to work with students from across Connecticut. I heard different perspectives from students because of where they are from. It really brings students ideas together. I also hope to improve on my leadership skills as this is a new opportunity to become involved in my community.”

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US Men’s Eight, with Old Lyme’s Austin Hack as Stroke, Finishes in 4th Place in Rio Olympics

The US Men's Eight in action yesterday morning. A determined Austin Hack is the first rower (the stroke) in the boat facing the camera. Photo courtesy of worldrowing.com

The US Men’s Eight in action Monday morning. A determined Austin Hack is the first rower (the stroke) in the boat facing the camera. Photo courtesy of worldrowing.com

Austin Hack

Austin Hack

In a commendable performance, the US Men’s Eight — with Old Lyme’s Austin Hack as stroke — finished in fourth place with a time of 5:34:23 in the Rio final Saturday morning.

The gold medal winners were England in 5:29:63 followed by Germany (5:30:96), who took the silver, while The Netherlands won the bronze medal in 5:31:59.

Congratulations, Austin and Team USA!

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Local Student Named College Scholar at Middlebury College

Caius Mergy

Caius Mergy

Caius Mergy, son of Lee and Michele Mergy of Old Lyme, was named a College Scholar during the 2015 Fall and 2016 Spring terms at Middlebury College. To be named a College Scholar is the highest recognition for academic achievement at the liberal arts institution in Vermont.

A College Scholar at Middlebury must carry a full course load of four or more classes during the semester, achieve a grade point average of 3.6 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher, with no grade lower than a B–.

For more information on Middlebury College, visit www.middlebury.edu.

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MacCurdy Salisbury Awards Educational Grants for Coming School Year

The 17 recipients of 2016 McCurdy-Salisbury awards gather for a photo.

The recipients of 2016 McCurdy-Salisbury awards gather for a photo at the presentation event held in the Lyme Art Association.

MacCurdy Salisbury Educational Foundation held its Annual Reception for this year’s High School Seniors receiving Foundation awards in June at the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, Conn.

At the event, the Foundation distributed $61,400 in grants to 15 graduating seniors from Regional School District 18 (Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.) In addition, four students already in college received an additional $10,900 for a total of $73,300 in grants. 

Foundation awards are based on the degree of financial assistance a student requires to meet their college expenses. If a student keeps a satisfactory grade point level they will continue to receive the same award for another three years of their undergraduate studies. For the upcoming 2016 – 2017 school year, the Foundation will give out $270,000 to 79 students from Lyme and Old Lyme who are attending colleges throughout the United States.

Valedictorian Marissa Boyle  of Madison, Conn., received the William Griswold award from McCurdy Salisbury Foundation President Ned Perkins.

Valedictorian Maria Boyle of Madison, Conn., received the W.E.S. Griswold award from MacCurdy Salisbury Educational Foundation Secretary Ned Perkins.

The Foundation also presented two $500.00 awards at the reception; the W.E.S. Griswold Valedictorian Award to Maria Boyle of Madison, Conn., who will attend Harvard University, and the Willis Umberger Salutatorian Award to Ryan Harty of Old Lyme, who will attend Carnegie Mellon University.  Bill Griswold was President of the foundation from 1965 to 1992 and Willis Umberger was Secretary/Treasurer of the Foundation from 1966 to 1986.

At the reception, Foundation President Rowland Ballek said we are fortunate that our communities support education not only with their votes but with their checkbooks. He said “thanks to community contributions and the good work of our Investment Committee, the Foundation has been able to distribute $2,000,000 to students from Lyme and Old Lyme over the past eight years.”

The MacCurdy Salisbury Educational Foundation, founded in 1893, has a long standing tradition of providing financial support to local students going on to further their education at colleges and universities after their high school years.

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Chamber of Commerce Presents Scholarships to Local Students at Annual Meeting

 

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From left to right, back row: State Rep. Devin Carney, Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber President Mark Griswold, Brett Hartmann, Gabriel Barclay, Austin Pilgrim, State Senator Paul Formica, State Senator Art Linares, Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber Scholarship Chairman Russ Gomes; front row: Meredith Kegley, Allison Marsh and Sloane Sweitzer.

Gabriel Barclay, Brett Hartmann, Austin Pilgrim, Sophia Romeo and Sloane Sweitzer, all of Old Lyme, are the 2016 recipients of the Business Leadership Senior Scholarships awarded by the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce.

Meredith Kegley of Lyme and Allison Marsh of Old Lyme are the 2016 recipients of the inaugural Senior Scholarship for Promise and Achievement in the Arts also awarded by the Chamber.

All the students, except Sophia Romeo who was unable to attend due to a college orientation commitment, were presented with their awards at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting held June 15 at the Old Lyme Country Club.

The students were also acknowledged with proclamations from the state legislature presented by State Senators Paul Formica (R-20th) and Art Linares (R-33rd) and State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd), all of whom graciously attended the meeting.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce Scholarship program has awarded over $33,000 in scholarships and grants to local students since its inception. The Chamber Scholarship Fund is supported through donations to CMRK clothing donation bins located in Lyme and Old Lyme: at the Lyme Firehouse, behind The Bowerbird, at 151 Boston Post Rd., and on Rte. 156 at Shoreline Mowers.

For more information about the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber, visit www.visitoldlyme.com.

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In 33rd CT Senate District, Incumbent Linares, Challenger Needleman State Their Respective Cases

State Senator Art Linares (R-33rd)

State Senator Art Linares (R-33rd)

In a recent fund raising e-mail message, State Senator Art Linares (R-33rd) stated his case for re-election  for a third term in this November’s general election. The 33rd Senate District includes the town of Lyme.

He said, “Over the past two years, we have taken on the big spenders, as well as those who believe that temporary cuts are the way to deal with the budget up in Hartford. I stood up and voted against a budget that called for quick one time solutions, which would continue to be a burden on the citizens of our state.”

Linares continued, “I will not stop making the argument that in order to solve our fiscal problems, we need a real structural change to how we spend our tax payer dollars. We also need to put forth policies that promote a business friendly environment, so that those who create jobs have an opportunity to do so.”

Democratic candidate for the 33rd State Senate District, Norman Needleman

Democratic candidate for the 33rd State Senate District, Norman Needleman

When asked to comment on his qualifications as a State Senator, Norman Needleman, the Democratic candidate opposing Senator Linares, wrote, “As a local business owner for over 30 years and a first selectman for almost five years, I know how we can get Hartford to work better for our businesses and towns. I’m running for state Senate to change how state government budgets and operates. I will be a Senator who finds real solutions to Connecticut’s fiscal problems.”

Apart from Lyme, the extensive 33rd State Senate district for which Linares and Needleman are competing, includes the towns of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, Essex, Haddam, Old Saybrook, Portland, Westbrook and portions of Old Saybrook.

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Students Celebrate Smallness of Their Town but Greatness of Their Class in Lyme-Old Lyme High School Commencement Ceremony

Celebrating receipt of their High School Diplomas in traditional fashion, the Class of 2016 tosses their hats high. Photo by K. StGermain.

Celebrating receipt of their High School Diplomas in traditional fashion, the Class of 2016 tosses their hats high. Photo by K. St.Germain.

UPDATED 06/12: In a ceremony held under a warm sun and clear, blue skies, 99 students received their Lyme-Old Lyme High School diplomas Friday evening.

Celebrate!

Celebrate!

Honor Essayist Alex Bellas reminded the class that everything they had done over the past four years “has been leading you right here, to this very moment.”

Class members patiently wait for their names to be called to receive their diplomas.

Class members patiently wait for their names to be called to receive their diplomas.

He went on to mention the extraordinary bond the class had formed, “as we all shared a common experience within these walls.” Noting that, “small schools like ours often receive mixed reviews from students,” because “everyone knows everything about everyone else,” Bellas turned that negative into a positive pointing out, ” When I walk through the halls of this school, I don’t see a sea of strangers,”  but rather, “complete and unique” individuals to whom he can say ‘Hi.’

He encouraged the Class of 2016 always to remember “all the positive memories” they’ve made with their peers and to “know that this bond we’ve formed as a class will not fade away.”

Amber Bowker receives her diploma from Principal James Wygonik.

Amber Bowker receives her diploma from Principal James Wygonik. Photo by K. Bowker.

Salutatorian Ryan Harty told his classmates, whom he described as, “all brilliant,” that, “We’re not perfect, and we’re going to need to keep improving ourselves if we want to keep up in the real world.” He stressed, however, “We share the virtues of honesty, compassion, and self-awareness,” but stated emphatically, “It is critical that we go one step further and translate those qualities into a quantity of action for the greater good.”

Charlie Dahlke shows his delight after receiving his diploma.

Charlie Dahlke shows his delight after receiving his diploma. Photo by Pam Parker.

He elaborated on that comment saying, “Each and every one of you possesses some talent or predilection that cannot be purchased or acquired through other means,” adding firmly, ” I charge you henceforth to express it to the best of your ability.” Ultimately, his clear and simple advice to the class was, “The world needs originality, not assimilation.”

A proud degree recipient.

A proud degree recipient.

Valedictorian Maria Boyle said that although she was, “excited for college, of course …  I also don’t want to forget all of the memories I have made here in high school.” Most of all, she anticipated she would fondly recall, “the everyday life of this school” filled with “school spirit … throughout the school year.”

Using a quote from Ernest Hemngway, she compared her days at Lyme-Old Lyme High School to a journey, saying, “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end,” noting that for her “what I have loved most [about high school] is the journey.”

Commencement speaker Emily Macione stands between graduates Sophia Romeo (left) and Samantha Lee.

Commencement speaker Emily Macione stands between graduates Sophia Romeo (left) and Samantha Lee. Photo by L. Romeo.

Commencement speaker Emily Macione, who had been adviser to the Class of 2016 for all four of their high school years, focused on the success of the class, commenting, “What has impressed me the most is your ability to redefine the typical way we see success, and it has revealed itself in many forms over the past four years.”

Lyme-Old Lyme High School baseball coach Randy St. Germain stands with graduating seniors from this year's varsity team.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School baseball coach Randy St. Germain stands with graduating seniors from this year’s varsity team. Photo by W. Visgilio.

She counseled them that, ” the secret to success is pretty simple … Work hard.  Be kind.”  Macione continued, “Showing that you are willing to work hard, and consistently being kind to others are aspects of your character with an importance that cannot be overstated.” She clarified, ” these qualities are not truly communicable through a resume or a cover letter,” urging the graduates to, “Incorporate hard work and kindness into everything you do, every interaction you have, and that is how you will come to be known.”

Hugs were happening everywhere after the ceremony was over. This one was between Sophia Romeo and

Hugs were happening everywhere after the ceremony was over. This one was between Sophia Romeo and Aliza Hackling.  Photo by L. Romeo.

Macione concluded that if the Class of 2016 followed her advice, “Good things will follow. Success, however you choose to define it, will most certainly follow.”

Members of the Region 18 Board of Education gather for a photo with Superintendent of Schools Ian Neviaser (back row, right).

Members of the Region 18 Board of Education gather for a photo with Superintendent of Schools Ian Neviaser (back row, right).

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Manfredi Appointed Assistant Principal of Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Dean Takes Top Job at LOL Middle School

Jeanne Manfredi is the new Assistant Principal of Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Jeanne Manfredi has been appointed the new Assistant Principal of Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Photo from LinkedIn.com

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools have announced the appointment of Jeanne Manfredi to the position of Assistant Principal at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Manfredi, who currently serves as the World Language Department Chairperson at the school, was unanimously approved by the Board of Education at their June 2 meeting.

Manfredi holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Connecticut and earned her sixth year certificate from Sacred Heart University. She replaces Michelle Dean, who left the position to serve as Interim Principal of Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School (LOLMS) and has now been appointed LOLMS Principal.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser commented, “Ms. Manfredi brings a wealth of experience and many years of outstanding service to the position,” adding, “As a highly decorated teacher, she has earned the respect of the students, staff, and the community. We look forward to her joining the administrative team.”

Manfredi begins her position on July 1.

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Old Lyme Middle School Student Wins National Award in C-SPAN Video Contest

Standing with LOLMS eighth grader Daisy Colvin (center) after she was presented her award are C-SPAN RCommunity Relations Representatives Josgh (left( and Doug Bedig (second from right), LOLMS Principal Michelle Dean (right) and Comcast VP of Public Relations & Community Investment Kristen Roberts (Second from left).

Standing with LOLMS eighth grader Daisy Colvin (center) after she was presented her award are C-SPAN Community Relations Representatives Josh Koning (left) and Doug Hemmig (second from right), LOLMS Principal Michelle Dean (right) and Comcast VP, Public Relations & Community Investment, Kristen Roberts (second from left).

C‑SPAN’s award-winning, 45-foot customized bus rolled into Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School’s (LOLMS) parking lot on Friday, May 20, with two C-SPAN Community Relations Representatives on board. They had arrived to participate in a ceremony honoring eighth grader Daisy Colvin for her award-winning entry in C‑SPAN’s annual student video documentary competition, StudentCam.

The C-SPAN bus at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.

The C-SPAN bus at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.

The contest, now in its 11th year, requires entrants “to think critically about issues that affect our communities and nation.”  This year, students were asked to create a five to seven minute video documentary on the topic “Road to the White House: What’s the issue YOU most want candidates to discuss during the 2016 presidential campaign?” Colvin’s winning entry was a video titled ‘Gun Control Debate,’ which looked objectively at both sides of the issue.

The whole LOLMS eighth grade gathered in the school’s auditorium and watched attentively while the video was played. Colvin’s video featured Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder, who advocated for increased gun control, and East Lyme gun shop owner Ron Rando, who presented the opposing argument.

Interspersed with video clips from C-Span.org (which was a requirement for any video submitted to the contest) showing images of mass-shooting locations and lawmakers speaking on both sides of the argument, Colvin created a powerful, objective video.  At the end of the video, she presented her own opinion on the topic, which was that gun laws needed to be enforced and some revisions made to gun laws so that “Together we can make a change.”

C-SPAN Representative Doug Hemmig told the audience that Colvin had done “a wonderful job … and her passion for the subject came through clearly in the video.”

Daisy Colvin displays her certificate of Merit while sitting with Comcast VP Kristen Roberts inside the C-SPAN bus.

Daisy Colvin displays her Certificate of Merit while sitting with Comcast VP Kristen Roberts inside the C-SPAN bus.

C‑SPAN had received 2,887 video submissions from almost 6,000 students in 45 states and Washington.  This represented a record number of entries and Colvin received one of only 150 Honorable Mention awards, something that Hemmig described as “an incredible accomplishment.” Kristen Roberts, Vice President, Public Relations & Community Investment, presented Colvin with a StudentCam certificate of merit and check for $250, and commented that she was “so proud of Daisy.”  Roberts noted that in Old Lyme, C-SPAN, which is available locally through Comcast, is “a great partner” for Comcast.

In a press release, Mike Parker, Regional Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Western New England Region, which is headquartered in Connecticut, said, “Comcast is proud to congratulate Daisy on her StudentCam documentary. It’s a rare opportunity to honor students for thinking critically about issues important in our community and across the nation and we are pleased to recognize her locally for her creative achievement.”

Standing outside the C-SPAN bus are (from left to right) Kristen Roberts, Michelle Dean, Daisy Colvin, Bill Eydman (recuperating after knee surgery) and Josh Koning.

Standing outside the C-SPAN bus are (from left to right) Comcast’s Kristen Roberts, LOLMS Principal Michelle Dean, award winner Daisy Colvin, LOLMS Talented & Gifted teacher Bill Eydman (recuperating after knee surgery) and C-SPAN’s Josh Koning.

Josh Koning, the second C-SPAN Representative, particularly commended the teachers who had assisted Colvin to make her video, saying, “We want to thank the teachers,” adding, “This wouldn’t happen without the teachers.”  Colvin explained that her project had been conceived in her Social Studies class and then she had made the video working with the LOLMS Talented and Gifted teacher, William Eydman. Responding to a question from the C-SPAN team as to what she had learned from making the film, she said, “I realized how many gun crimes there are … and learned the other side of the debate.”

The C‑SPAN Bus, now in its 23rd year on the road, partners with local cable providers to visit schools and community events across the country to promote C‑SPAN’s educational and political resources and programming for students, teachers, and the public. Aboard the Bus, teachers and students experience on-board multimedia technology that showcases C‑SPAN’s programming and resources dedicated to showing the American political process.

As part of her award, Daisy Colvin was given the opportunity to tour the C-SPAN bus.

As part of her award, Daisy Colvin was given the opportunity to tour the technology-filled C-SPAN bus.

Through interactive exhibits, visitors learn about the public affairs network’s in-depth coverage of the U.S. Congress, White House, federal courts, and its signature political program, “Road to the White House,” which provides access to all of the Campaign 2016 presidential candidates and their events from the campaign trail, all without editing, commentary, or analysis.

Visit http://www.viddler.com/v/3613162?secret=95288074 to view Colvin’s ‘Gun Control Debate’ video.

Visit www.studentcam.org to watch all the winning videos for 2016.

Editor’s Note: C‑SPAN.org is a searchable, video-rich site that has every C‑SPAN program aired since 1987. The public can access this extensive online collection — over 218,000 hours of political and governmental footage — for free, and share user-generated video clips by email and social media.

Tune in to C‑SPAN’s public affairs programming on the C‑SPAN Networks, C‑SPAN Radio, and c‑span.org. In Old Lyme, C-SPAN can be seen on Comcast channel 15, C-SPAN2 on channel 86 and C-SPAN3 on channel 190. All funding for C‑SPAN operations, including Bus visits, is provided by local TV providers.

Created by the cable TV industry and now in nearly 100 million TV households, C‑SPAN programs three public affairs television networks in both SD and HD; C- SPAN Radio, heard in Washington, DC, at 90.1 FM and available as an App (Android, iPhone, Blackberry); and a video- rich website offering live coverage of government events and access to the vast archive of C‑SPAN programming.

Visit http://www.c-span.org for coverage and schedules; follow C-SPAN on Facebook/cspan and @cspan on Twitter.

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School Budget Passes Easily in Both Towns, Turnout Extremely Low

With voter turnout so low, it was the end of "a painful day" for poll workers after the votes had ben counted at the Cross Lane Fire House

With voter turnout so low, it was the end of “a painful day” for poll workers after the votes had been counted at the Cross Lane Fire House.

Voters in both Lyme and Old Lyme today overwhelmingly approved the Lyme-Old Lyme school board’s proposed $33,470,376 budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year, which represents a 2.84 percent increase over the current 2015-16 budget.  The total vote numbers across both towns were 368 supporting the budget and 184 against, representing almost exactly a 2 to 1 majority in favor of the budget.

Looking at the results by town, in Old Lyme there were 267 Yes votes to 150 No votes while in Lyme, 101 Yes and 34 No votes were recorded.

A delighted Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser commented to reporters gathered at the Cross Lane Fire House to hear the result, “We appreciate the continued support of both communities for the budget.”

Tired poll workers at Cross Lane Fire House were glad to clear away their tables at the end of the evening, with one describing it as “a painful day,” because voting had been so slow.  Turnout was likely one of the lowest on record with the total number of voters in Old Lyme today representing a mere 8 percent of the 5,211 registered voters in town.

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Vote on Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education’s Proposed $33.5M Budget for 2016-17

With voter turnout so low, it was the end of "a painful day" for poll workers after the votes had ben counted at the Cross Lane Fire House

With voter turnout so low, it was the end of “a painful day” for poll workers after the votes had ben counted at the Cross Lane Fire House

The polls are open today from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Lyme and Old Lyme for residents to vote in a referendum on Regional District 18 Board of Education’s budget proposal for the fiscal year July 1, 2016.  Residents can vote respectively in the Hamburg Fire House in Lyme and the Cross Lane Fire House in Old Lyme.

In April, the school board voted to present a $33,470,376 budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which represents a 1.83 percent increase over the current 2014-15 budget.

The referendum result will be reported on LymeLine.com immediately after it is announced.

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D18 Superintendent Reacts to US News & World Report’s Stellar Rankings of Lyme-Old Lyme HS

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser

After learning that  Lyme-Old Lyme High School was ranked 8th in the state of Connecticut and 429th in the nation in a listing of public high schools published this week by US News & World Report, a delighted District 18 Superintendent of Schools Ian Neviaser commented to LymeLine.com, “Congratulations to the students, staff and community for yet another honor for this incredible institution.  This is an honor for not only the high school, but the entire Pre-K through 12 program and the students, staff and community that make it so strong.”

Click to read our story published 4/20, Lyme-Old Lyme High School Ranked 8th in State, 429th Nationally by US News & World Report

Click to read a related story published on NBCConnecticut.com 4/20, 11 Connecticut High Schools Get Gold Medals in National Ranking

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