May 14, 2021

Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Middle School Announce Q3 Honor Rolls

Lyme-Old Lyme High School
Q3 Honor Roll    2020-21

HIGH HONORS
Grade 12:
Kaylee Armenia, Olivia Bartlett, Maxwell Bauchmann, Ava Berry, Emma Boardman, Kyuss Buono, Keenan Burr, Kate Cheney, Hunter Collins, Emerson Colwell, Megan Cravinho, Patrick Dagher, George Danes, Bianca Dasilva, Emily DeRoehn, Corah Engdall, Isabella Flagge, Sadie Frankel, Fiona Frederiks, Samuel Koenigs, Paige Kolesnik, Avery Lacourciere, Grace Lathrop, Mackenzie Machnik, Madelyn Maskell, Elle McAraw, Brendan McTigue, Marina Melluzzo, Riley Nelson, Sophia Ortoleva, Connie Pan, Olivia Papanier, Anwyn Paynter, Jenny Pelaez Cajamarca, Gavin Porter, Aidan Powers, Ezra Pyle, Julie Rudd, Hayden Saunders, Tait Sawden, Jesper Silberberg, Tessa St.Germain, Lian Thompson, McKenzey Thompson, Kelly Walsh, Alison Ward, Ellery Zrenda.

Grade 11:
Nicholas Adeletti, Nihad Bicic, Hannah Britt, Mackenzie Bussolotti, James Creagan, Lauren Creagan, Henry Cutler-Stamm, Eleanor Dushin, Lauren Enright, Victoria Gage, Nicolette Hallahan, Austin Halsey, Andrew Hedberg, Fiona Hufford, Julia Johnston, Nevin Joshy, Kian Kardestuncer, Robyn King, Michael Klier, Felse Kyle, William Larson, Reese Maguire, Abigail Manthous, Stephanie Mauro, Elle Myers, Bella Orlando, Jacob Ritchie, Margaret Rommel, Alexander Roth, Frank Sablone, Calvin Scheiber, Abigail Sicuranza, Abby Speckhals, Drew St.Louis, Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, Maverick Swaney, Madison Thompson, Alexandra Tinniswood, Evan Visgilio, Aidan Ward, Melanie Warren, Ellie Wells, Paige Winchell, Jenna Woods.

Grade 10:
Olivia Alpha, William Barry, Callie Bass, Livie Bass, Jillian Beebe, Jordan Beebe, Cooper Bowman, Gillian Bradley, Jamie Bucior, Gretchen Burgess, Hayley Cann, Liam Celic, Alexander Chrysoulakis, Grace Colwell, William Danes, Anna Davis, Jacob Derynioski, John Eichholz, Alexis Fenton, Ethan Hale, Willa Hoerauf, Arber Hoxha, Jonah Lathrop, Ford Macadam, Amy Magalhaes, Marielle Mather, Kennedy McCormick, Madalyn McCulloch, Madeleine Morgado, Cooper Munson, Alexander Olsen, Alain Pecher-Kohout, Kelsey Pryor, Izzadora Reynolds, Santiago Rodriguez, Benjamin Roth, Eli Ryan, Alyssa Spooner, Samantha Tan, Tova Toriello, Kaitlyn Ward, Harry Whitten.

Grade 9:
Emma Bayor, Oliver Berry, Alis Bicic, Natalie Buckley, Jackson Bullock, Sarah Colangelo, Ella Curtiss-Reardon, Eric Dagher, Eva D’Onofrio, Mulanga Drysile, Amelia Gage, Marcia Geronimo, Calla Gilson, Sydney Goulding, Alexis Grasdock, Justin Green, Douglas Griswold, Abby Hale, Ella Halsey, Sedona Holland, Agatha Hunt, Beatrice Hunt, Sabina Jungkeit, Emmerson Kaye, Grady Lacourciere, Griffin McGlinchey, Elaina Morosky, Delaney Nelson, Isabelle O’Connor, Ronald Olin, Jack Porter, Luisa Raby, Sydney Siefken, Hannah Thomas, Louisa Warlitz, Mason Wells, Tyler Wells, Duohui Yan.

HONORS
Grade 12:
Paige Alpha, Colbe Andrews, Juliette Atkinson, Sonia Bair, Rachel Barretta, Sadie Bowman, Jackson Cowell, John Cox, Francette Donato, Samantha Gray, Schuyler Greenho, Emma Griffith, Aryn Jones, Regan Kaye, Gabriel Lavoie, Owen Macadam, Emma McCulloch, Emma Meekhoff, Michael Milazzo, Lauren Pitt, Jacob Quaratella, Kassidy Standish, Jake Stewart, Katelyn Zbierski.

Grade 11:
John Almy, Evan Clark, Ryan Clark, John Conley, Grace Coverdale, Caroline Crolius, Elise DeBernardo, Elizabeth Duddy, Samantha Geshel, Aiden Goiangos, Shawn Grenier, Liam Grethel, Jackson Harris, Zoe Jensen, Cora Kern, Evan Morgan, Samuel Mullaney, Emily Nickerson, Brendan O’Brien, Michael O’Donnell, Lauren Presti, Adeline Riccio, Aidan Russell, McLean Signora, Daniel Stack, Victoria Stout, Olivia Turtoro, Aden Wilson, Ryan Zbierski.

Grade 10:
Sophia Adkins, Whitney Barbour, Ava Brinkerhoff, Sarah Burnham, Jennifer Cajamarca, Luke Celic, Nicholas Cox, Matthew Grammatico, Aidan Kerrigan, Theodore Lampos, Karleigh Landers, Monique Lavoie, Jacob Lopez-Bravo, Calvin Monte, Jaden Reyes, Rhyleigh Russell, Jenna Schauder, Anders Silberberg, Ned Smith, Malcolm Speirs.

Grade 9:
Jedidiah Arico, Elliot Bjornberg, Ava Cummins, Macklin Cushman, Lucas DaSilva, Alexis Frascarelli, Nyla Goulis, Katherine Gryk, Leland Hine, Jair Lata Yanza, Luke Legein, Matthew Mazzalupo, Katherine Mullaney, Dylan Paynter, Grace Phaneuf, Ava Roth, Cailin Ruhling, Kylie-Jean Sevigny, Haley Shaw, Madeleine Soriano, Gabriel Tooker, Kalea VanPelt, Keara Ward, Summer Wollack.

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School
Quarter 3 Honor Roll   2020-21

HIGH HONORS
Grade 8:
Christopher Anderson, Emma Arelt, Quinn Arico, Natalie Barndt, Micah Bass, Molly Boardman, Justin Bonatti, Mark Burnham, Nathan Burres, Chase Calderon, Andrew Clougherty, Tabitha Colwell, Chloe Datum, Andrea DeBernardo, Zoe Eastman-Grossel, Caeli Edmed, Anna Eichholz, Ella Evans, Grace Ferman, Benedict Frazier, Hoshena Gemme, Ava Gilbert, Abigail Griffith, Henry Griswold, Jonathan Harms, Nicolas Hatch, Kaela Hoss, Rowan Hovey, Shyla Jones, Simon Karpinski, Olivia Kelly, Ella Kiem, Mia Klewin, Peter Kuhn, Ada LaConti, James Lahot Straub, Elise Leonardo, Evan LeQuire, Andrew Liu, Abigail O’Brien, Kanon Oharu, Mutia Quarshie, Drea Simler, Audrey Spiegel, Kathleen Walsh.

Grade 7:
Charlotte Antonino, Zoe Brunza, Alec Butzer, Trevor Buydos, Makayla Calderon, Tyler Cann, Colman Curtiss-Reardon, Christopher Dagher, James Dahlke, Sophia D’Angelo, Rose Dimmock, William Donnelly, Jonathan Farrell, Gabrielle Field, Chase Gilbert, Alexander Glaras, Scarlette Graybill, Christopher Kachur, Thomas Kelly, Katherine King, Jade Lawton, Maya LeQuire, Jayden Livesey, Emily Looney, Elise Marchant, Samuel Masanz, Bridget McAdams, Carter McGlinchey, Ryan Miller, Nina Nichols, Ryan Olsen, Ryan Ortoleva, Louis Patana, Isabella Presti, Jacob Prokopets, Taylor Quintin, Jenna Salpietro, Sophia Shaposhnikova, Luca Signora, Emma Singleton, Addison Spooner, Carson St.Louis, Andrew Taylor, Meredith Thompson, Margaret Thuma, Lucian Tracano, Madeleine Trepanier, Connor Vautrain, Elisabeth Viera, Warren Volles, Edith Williams, Oliver Wyman, Stella Young, Carl Zapatka, Katherine Zhang.

Grade 6:
Collin Anderson, Lucia Arico, Addison Arndt, Zak Avelange, Phineas Barrett, Zachary Belval, Mia Bonatti, Ceciley Buckley, Morgan Buerger, Marla Bulas, Brooke Burgess, William Burgess, Ryan Burres, Anna Bussmann, Brennan Butzer, Lillian Calabrese, Aidan Carpentino, Chase Catalano, Isaac Chartier, Amirah D’Lizarraga, Elliot Dunn-Sims, Samson Edmed, Edward Fiske, Lauren Fulara, Kaedin Gerster, Harrison Goulis, Charles Halsey, Owen Holth, Carolyn Hu, Kalonji Joyce, Elsa Jungkeit, Josephine Kiem, Allisondra Krol, Callahan Lacourciere, Alexa Legein, Olivia Lovendale, John Morosky, Emelia Munster, Grace Osborne, Mia Palmer, Ainsley Rinoski, Cameron Russell, Kevork Shegirian, Nicholas Sokolowski, Carli Teixeira, Magdalena Tooker, Ethan Trepanier, Bowen Turick, Kaylyn Vernon, Ivy Wilson, Charles Zelek.

HONORS

Grade 8:
Oliver Avelange, Shane Eastman-Grossel, Samantha Fiske, Bronwyn Kyle, Brenden Landry, Colette Marchant, Andrew Sicuranza, Madeline Supersano.

Grade 7:
Julia Clark, Anne-Marie Hinckley, Harrison Kleefeld, William Landon, Sebastian Lopez-Bravo, Ian Maeby, Daniela Marin Yanza, Quenten Patz, Tanner Snurkowski, Charlotte Spiegel, John Turick.

Grade 6:
Johanna Coker, Taiyo Gemme, Samuel Gilbert, Gavin Goulis, Skylar Graybill, Logan Landry, Matilda Miller, Eva Oulahan-Smith, Arthur Riccio, Collin Swaney, Brody Ziolkovski.

In It Together: Understanding Critical Connections Between Drug Use/Abuse and Mental Illness


LYME/OLD LYME —
As we recognize both National Prevention Week this week (May 9-15) and National Mental Health Awareness Month during the whole month of May, the Lyme-Old Lyme Prevention Coalition is actively working to educate the community about substance abuse, our youth, and the role of prevention. 

Understanding how substance use and abuse before the age of 25 has a profound impact on our youth is a critical step in preventing adolescent alcohol and drug use.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), drug addiction is classified as a mental illness because addiction changes the brain in fundamental ways, disturbing a person’s normal hierarchy of needs and desires, and substituting new priorities connected with procuring and using drugs. The resulting compulsive behaviors that override the ability to control impulses, despite the consequences, are similar to hallmarks of other mental illnesses.

In fact, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which is the definitive resource of diagnostic criteria for all mental disorders, includes criteria for drug use disorders, distinguishing between two types: drug abuse and drug dependence.

Drug dependence is synonymous with addiction.

By comparison, the criteria for drug abuse hinge on the harmful consequences of repeated use, but do not include  compulsive use, tolerance (i.e., needing higher doses to achieve the same effect), or withdrawal (i.e., symptoms that occur when use is stopped), which can be signs of addiction.

Many people, who regularly abuse drugs, are also diagnosed with mental disorders and vice versa. The high prevalence of this comorbidity has been documented in multiple, national population surveys since the 1980s. Data shows that persons diagnosed with mood or anxiety disorders are about twice as likely to suffer also from a substance use disorder (abuse or dependence) compared with respondents in general.

The same is true for those diagnosed with an antisocial syndrome, such as antisocial personality or conduct disorder. Similarly, persons diagnosed with substance use disorders are roughly twice as likely to suffer also from mood and anxiety disorders.

Adolescence – A Vulnerable Time

Although substance abuse and addiction can happen at any time during a person’s life, drug use typically starts in adolescence. Photo by Gras Grun on Unsplash.

Although substance abuse and addiction can happen at any time during a person’s life, drug use typically starts in adolescence, a period when the first signs of mental illness commonly appear. It is therefore not surprising that comorbid disorders can already be seen among youth.

Significant changes in the brain occur during adolescence, which may enhance vulnerability to drug use and the development of addiction and other mental disorders. Drugs of abuse affect brain circuits involved in learning and memory, reward-comprehension, decision-making, and behavioral control, all of which are still maturing into early adulthood. 

One of the brain areas still maturing during adolescence is the prefrontal cortex – the part of the brain that enables us to assess situations, make sound decisions, and keep our emotions and desires under control. The fact that this critical part of an adolescent’s brain is still a work-in-progress puts them at increased risk for poor decision-making (such as trying drugs or continuing abuse.)

Thus, introducing drugs while the brain is still developing may have profound and long-lasting consequences. This is especially true as we see a rise in marijuana use and the extremely high amounts of THC found in today’s cannabis market.  

The more we learn, the better we understand the abilities and vulnerabilities of teens, and the significance of this stage for life-long mental health. The fact that so much change is taking place beneath the surface may be something for parents, family members, and others to keep in mind during the ups and downs of adolescence. 

Research has shown that prevention programs involving families, schools, communities, and the media are effective in reducing drug abuse.

For more information about the work of the Lyme-Old Lyme Prevention Coalition, visit www.lysb.org.   

The Lyme-Old Lyme Prevention Coalition also hosts a Community Podcast:  L-OL:In it Together where you can find episodes related to prevention. Find links to the show at www.lysb.org/podcast.             

(Source: NIDA)

Alli Behnke

About the Author: Alli Behnke, MSW, MA is the Prevention Coordinator at Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau. She has been a Social Worker for 20 years working in the fields of prevention, therapy, youth leadership, and health coaching. Alli believes strongly in providing accurate information, education, and tools for success when empowering the Lyme/Old Lyme Prevention Coalition and REACH Youth Coalition to work together on strengths-based campaigns. The Coalitions address substance abuse and other risky behaviors challenging our youth and families. Contact her at abehnke@lysb.org or visit  www.lysb.org to become involved in this important community work.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Proposed Budget Passes Easily in Both Towns

LYME/OLD LYME — UPDATED 5/7: The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools proposed $34.87 million budget for 2021-22 was approved by a wide margin of 273 votes Tuesday, with a combined total of 328 Lyme and Old Lyme residents voting for the budgets and only a total of 55 across both towns voting against it.

The percentage of total voters supporting the budget was 85.6 and the number rejecting it was 14.4 percent.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser commented to LymeLine in an electronic message after the result had been announced, “Thank you to the Lyme and Old Lyme communities for their ongoing support of our schools. We could not achieve the level of success that we have without the support of our communities.”

He added, “Support for this budget will allow us to continue providing a top-notch education to the students of Lyme and Old Lyme.”

The results by town were as follows:
Old Lyme
For: 249
Against: 50

Lyme
For: 79
Against: 5

The town numbers above reflect voter turnout in Old Lyme at 4.99 percent based on a total number of 5,992 registered voters, while in Lyme the equivalent percentage was 4.24 based on 1,979 voters.

Registration Open at Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center for Variety of Summer, Fall Programs

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center (OLCLC) at 57 Lyme St. is opening enrollment for the following programs:

Preschool/Kindergarten Summer Experiences: (June 28 -Aug. 6)

A six-week summer program open to children ages 3-6. Families can sign up for any amount of weeks, but programs are limited to 16 per week.  

Each week has a different theme, and events and activities will revolve around that theme.  Themes include: gardening, camping, construction, water fun, zoo and the Olympics. Reading and mathematics are built into all themes, and younger students will be provided with a rest time each day. 

There is also an option of before and/or after care for families who work. 

Programs are filling up quickly, so send your registration paperwork in ASAP. The cost per week is $300.00 for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. care.  

FALL, WINTER & SPRING PROGRAMS

Registration is now being accepted for enrollment into the following programs:

Infant Program:  Six (6) weeks to twelve (12) months

Transition program:  Twelve (12) months to two (2) years

Toddlers:  Two (2) years to four (4) years

For more specifics and to receive OLCLC registration forms, email: office.olclc@gmail.com

Op-Ed: Faculty, Staff at Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Deserve Cash Bonuses

Editor’s Note: This op-ed was submitted by William Fitzgerald of Old Lyme. 

In Old Lyme, we claim to value education. Now is the time for us to step up and show we mean it. The Board of Education recently put out a request to crowdsource gifts for teachers. While this gesture is well-intentioned, it’s not enough. Our school staff – every adult who worked in the building, from the custodial crew to maintenance to the kitchen staff to guidance counselors to admin assistants to tech staff to teachers and admins – stepped up under the most challenging conditions this country has seen in a generation. Their effort and care deserves cash bonuses.

Currently, the district site lists 306 people. Let’s assume, for the sake of overestimating, that the full number of people supporting our kids in the district is 350. Estimating high, paying each staff member a bonus of $1,000 would cost $350,000. A bonus of $2,000 per person is $700,000; and a bonus of $3,000 per person is just over a million dollars.

We have the money to do this. The current budget contains a little over 1.7 million dollars in unspent funds “returned” to Lyme and Old Lyme. Returning “unspent” money is an annual ritual; between 2017 and the current budget the district has refunded amounts ranging between $647,000 and $1.7 million (see footnote, below). This money is cash that has already been taxed from the townspeople, and allocated via budgets. The towns or the district could pay every staff member a $3,000 bonus and still leave $700,000 of that 1.7 million untouched.

If the school board wants to solicit matching donations from community members, the contributions could potentially be routed through the Lyme Old Lyme Education Foundation, where these community contributions could be a tax writeoff. This assumes that the LOLEF would be willing to serve in this role, but it seems a natural extension of their past work and aligned with their general mission.

Given what things have been like since March 2020, I can’t imagine that our school board and superintendent would want to do anything except show our school staff that they are appreciated via this one time cash bonus. Frequent objections to doing something different include that it’s too hard, or that there isn’t enough time, or that the politics of the budget process are too complicated.

However, our teachers, our admin staff, our custodians, our kitchen staff, our tech staff did not have the luxury of these excuses. Their work was unreasonably hard, and they did it. They did not have adequate time to plan for the continual shifts and disruptions caused by Covid – and they showed up and excelled. Our staff had to navigate the impacts of the political quagmire that marked our national response to Covid – and they showed up and made it happen, under circumstances that were and continue to be unreasonably difficult and complex. 

The commitment, professionalism, and follow through of our staff should be matched by this board, and the town selectmen.

In January, in the middle of the current pandemic, this school board committed nearly 2.5 million dollars for an artificial turf field. If we can afford millions for fake grass, we should be able to afford thousands for actual people.

Pay school staff a one time bonus for their work during the pandemic. We have the money, and they earned it.

Author’s footnotes:

School budgets listed on the Region 18 district website go back to the 2019-2020 budget, which allows us to see “returned” funds starting on 6/30/2017.

The budget overview pages are here:

Carry over funds from 2017 and 2018:

  • 6/30/2017 – $1,101,399
  • 06/30/2018 – $804,212

Carry over funds from 2019:

  • 06/30/2019  – $647,155

Carry over funds from 2020:

  • 06/30/20 – $1,725,886

The district has not yet released a projection of unspent funds for the current fiscal year ending 6/30/2021, but if past patterns hold there is potentially an additional $650,000 to $1.1 million dollars in play.

 

Lyme-Old Lyme HS Ranked 11th ‘Best High School’ in CT, 564th in US, by ‘U.S. News & World Report’  

Lyme-Old Lyme High School has received high placements in US News & World Report’s 2021 ‘Best High Schools in America’ rankings.

LYME/OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) has again been recognized as a top-performing high school both statewide and nationally in the latest U.S. News & World Report ‘Best High Schools in America’ rankings.

More than 17,800 public high schools (traditional, charter, and magnet) were evaluated in the 2021 report and LOLHS came in at 11th place in the state of Connecticut and also gained 564th place in the country. Moreover, if solely traditional schools are considered, LOLHS takes ninth place in Connecticut, while notably, the majority of the ‘Top 10’ schools in the state are located in Fairfield County.

“This ranking is a reflection of our teachers, staff, and community and their commitment to developing and becoming skilled problem-solvers, effective communicators and contributing citizens,” said Lyme-Old Lyme Schools  Superintendent Ian Neviaser.

He added, “I commend all of our staff PK-12 for the leadership and dedication shown each and every day. Their work is reflected in this great honor.”

To determine the rankings, US News & World Report evaluates schools on six criteria: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates. College readiness specifically measures participation and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School serves 450 students in grades 9 through 12 and is located in the historic district of Old Lyme, CT.

Editor’s Note: This article is based on a press release issued by Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Hold Budget Referendum Today, Polls Open12-8pm; Griswold Urged BOE to ‘Skip Referendum’

LYME/OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools Board of Education (BOE) are holding a referendum today, Tuesday, May 4, on their proposed budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year. Voting will take place from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School for Old Lyme residents and Lyme Town Hall for Lyme residents.

Information on absentee ballot and voter information is available at the following links:

Members of the BOE voted at the Budget Meeting held Monday evening to move the public vote to approve the budget to an in-person referendum scheduled for the following day.

The proposed budget totals $34,874, 548 representing a 0.47 percent increase over the current year’s budget. When this total is combined with last year’s decrease of 1.06 percent, the total change over two years is -0.6 percent or $210,210.

This is the first time in many years that the polls will not open until 12 noon — traditionally voting in both towns begins at 6 a.m.

Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold (File photo)

Responding to a question from LymeLine questioning how this time change came about, Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold said by email, “I urged the School Board to vote the budget and skip the referendum because the budget is uncontroversial and actually has a slight decrease.”

He noted, however, “The School Board believes that it is more transparent to have an in person vote.”

Griswold went on to explain his viewpoint further, saying, “Old Lyme has about 400 voters (out of about 6,000) [who vote in the referendum, on average.] Usually, voting occurs during the hours of 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM or 14 hours. That translates to about 29 voters per hour in Old Lyme.”

He noted, “We need about 12 staff to run the polls so the Town would likely need about double that to run two shifts of about seven hours each.”

Adding, “Then, we need to have absentee ballots which means less in person voters.”

Griswold said, “In the end, we discovered this type of vote must be from noon to 8:00 PM or eight hours. Now we are up to about 50 voters per hour.”

“While the cost of running the voting in two towns is a School District expense,” Griswold pointed out, “the Towns fund the District so Old Lyme pays over 80% of the bill.”

In conclusion, he stated, “If the school budget were controversial, in person voting would make sense but this budget is not controversial. We shall see the how many people turn out.”

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School will not be closed during voting hours — students will be following a regular school day.

Asked how voters would be kept separate from students and faculty during the period when polling station opening times overlap with school being in session, LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained to LymeLine by email, “Voters will enter through the two exterior doors in the north corner of the gymnasium near the multi-purpose room.  They will use those same two doors to exit.  Their access will be limited to the gymnasium only.”

Neviaser said this new timing was initiated because, “the [Lyme-Old Lyme] Board [of Education] adjusted the time at the request of the Town of Old Lyme due to concerns regarding COVID.”

He continued, “Depending on how it goes this year we may consider this new time period for future referendums.  Many other regional school districts use the 12-8 [p.m.] time period.”

Neviaser concluded, “When using the school for voting, the change in time is beneficial in regard to visitor management.”

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Budget Meeting Tonight, Referendum Tomorrow with New Voting Hours, 12 to 8 p.m.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser. (File photo)

LYME/OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools Board of Education (BOE) will hold their District Budget Meeting Monday evening, May 3, in the Board of Education Conference Room at Center School starting at 6:30 p.m.

The proposed budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year totals $34,874, 548 representing a 0.47 percent increase over the current year’s budget. When this total is combined with last year’s decrease of 1.06 percent, the total change over two years is -0.6 percent or $210,210.

Region 18 Board of Education Chairman Diane Linderman

In the Letter of Transmittal accompanying the printed budget, LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser and Region 18 Board of Education Chairman Diane Linderman say, “We have developed a budget that continues to support all of our award-winning academic and curricular offerings, which are commensurate with, and often superior to, both public and private schools throughout Connecticut.”

Members of the BOE are expected to vote at the meeting to move the public vote to approve the budget to an in-person referendum the following day, Tuesday, May 4.

Voting will take place from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School for Old Lyme residents and Lyme Town Hall for Lyme residents.

Information on absentee ballot and voter information is available at the following links:

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School will not be closed during voting hours — students will be following a regular school day.

Asked how voters would be kept separate from students and faculty, Neviaser explained to LymeLine by email, ” Voters will enter through the two exterior doors in the north corner of the gymnasium near the multi-purpose room.  They will use those same two doors to exit.  Their access will be limited to the gymnasium only.”

This is the first time the polls will not open until 12 noon — traditionally voting begins at 6 a.m. Neviaser explained that this new timing was initiated because, “the [Lyme-Old Lyme] Board [of Education] adjusted the time at the request of the Town of Old Lyme due to concerns regarding COVID.”

He continued, “Depending on how it goes this year we may consider this new time period for future referendums.  Many other regional school districts use the 12-8 [p.m.] time period.”

Neviaser concluded, “When using the school for voting, the change in time is beneficial in regard to visitor management.”

Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold (File photo)

Regarding the time change, Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold commented to LymeLine by email, “I urged the School Board to vote the budget and skip the referendum because the budget is uncontroversial and actually has a slight decrease.”

He noted, however, “The School Board believes that it is more transparent to have an in person vote.”

Griswold went on to clarify his thinking on the matter saying, “Old Lyme has about 400 voters (out of about 6,000) [who vote in the referendum, on average.] Usually, voting occurs during the hours of 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM or 14 hours. That translates to about 29 voters per hour in Old Lyme.”

He noted, “We need about 12 staff to run the polls so the Town would likely need about double that to run two shifts of about seven hours each.”

Adding, “Then, we need to have absentee ballots which means less in person voters.”

Griswold said, “In the end, we discovered this type of vote must be from noon to 8:00 PM or eight hours. Now we are up to about 50 voters per hour.”

Concluding, “While the cost of running the voting in two towns is a School District expense,” Griswold pointed out, “the Towns fund the District so Old Lyme pays over 80% of the bill.”

In his final comment, he stated, “If the school budget were controversial, in person voting would make sense but this budget is not controversial. We shall see the how many people turn out.”

Editor’s Notes: The Budget Meeting will also be live-streamed at this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF2_W7yYtFwx067Ici9776Q/videos?view=57

Public comment can be made in person or virtually via this Zoom link:  https://region18.zoom.us/j/83527766795  and using Meeting ID: 835 2776 6795.

Those choosing the virtual option to make public comment will be required to follow the same expectations as those commenting in person, i.e., after being recognized by the chairperson, participants must state their name and place of residence before making their comments to the board.

Letter to the Editor: Region#18 BOE Seeks Community’s Help in Finding Ways to Thank Lyme-Old Lyme Staff for Remarkable Efforts in Extraordinary Year

To the Editor:

An Open Letter to the Lyme-Old Lyme Community

The sights and sounds of springtime are in the air and with those come thoughts of the end of the school year and the beginning of summer. As we look toward the end of this historic year, the Region #18 Board of Education asks your assistance in thanking our school staff for everything they have done this school year.  

Lyme-Old Lyme is unique for having offered full in-person instruction for the entire school year. This is nothing short of amazing and deserves our recognition and thanks. Therefore, we plan to recognize our staff for their commitment to making this year so successful. In this effort, we would like the community’s assistance.  

We are asking for donations that we can provide to our staff to show appreciation. We are not looking for monetary donations but instead are looking for opportunities within our community that will help our staff relax and recharge for another successful school year. These donations will be given to the staff at our annual end of the year banquet, which will be held outdoors this year in a COVID-safe environment.

If you own a business, or work in a business that may be willing to help, or just want to show your appreciation, please consider some of the following donation ideas.

  • Gift cards/certificates to restaurants, gyms, spas, recreational activities, hair salons, barbers, nail salons, etc.
  • Tickets to special events
  • Exercise or sporting equipment
  • Car services
  • Home services
  • Babysitting services

Donations can be sent to or dropped off at the Board of Education, ℅ Michelle Dean, Center School, 49 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371.  

All donations are welcomed, no matter the size. Of most importance is the community’s thanks and appreciation for our staff who have provided our children with a sense of normalcy in what was a year like no other.

Sincerely,

The Region #18 Board of Education
Diane Linderman, Chair, Old Lyme
Rick Goulding, Old Lyme
Stacey Leonardo, Lyme
Jennifer Miller, Old Lyme
Mary Powell St. Louis, Lyme
Martha Shoemaker, Old Lyme
Suzanne Thompson, Old Lyme
Jean Wilczynski, Old Lyme
Steven Wilson, Old Lyme

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ District Budget Hearing to be Held This Evening

LYME/OLD LYME —  UPDATED APRIL 5 — see text in red: Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools will hold their District Budget Hearing Monday evening, April 5, in the board of education conference room at Center School starting at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will also be live-streamed at this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF2_W7yYtFwx067Ici9776Q/videos?view=57

Public comment can be made in person or virtually via this Zoom link: https://region18.zoom.us/j/83527766795 and using Meeting ID: 835 2776 6795.
Those choosing this option will be required to follow the same expectations as those making public comment in person, i.e., after being recognized by the chairperson, participants must state their name and place of residence before making their comments to the board.

Region 18 Board of Education Chairman Diane Linderman. File photo

The Spring 2021 edition of Focus on Education includes a letter from Superintendent Ian Neviaser and Region 18 Board of Education Chairman Diane Linderman, which states, “On March 3, the Region #18 Board of Education approved a budget of $34,966,548 for the 2021-2022 school year.”

That number has now been revised down to $34,874, 548. Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained to LymeLine in an email this morning, “We were able to reduce the budget by $92,000 using ESSER [Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief ] funds,”  adding, “The lower number represents a 0.47 percent increase.” 

The letter continues, “The Board of Education has strived to preserve and build upon the high standards of education in Lyme–Old Lyme while remaining fiscally responsible to our communities.”

The letter notes that two facilities projects are included in the budget, namely, replacement of the tennis courts at Lyme School and a study for the upcoming refurbishment of the elementary schools and the middle school.

Neviaser and Linderman explain in their letter that the proposed budget includes, “Additional technology support, as the role of technology grows in education, monies for our curriculum renewal cycle for grades 3–8, as well as replacement of the high school sound field systems and network switches.”

They also note that, “As a result of community input and interest, we will also be adding wrestling as a new sport.”

Regarding enrollment, the letter concludes, “For the last several years we have seen our enrollment numbers exceed our projections. We anticipate continued enrollment growth at the elementary level and therefore have added additional staff to address this.”

Lyme-Old Lyme High, Middle Schools Announce Q2 Honor Rolls

Lyme-Old Lyme High School
2020-21 Quarter 2 Honor Roll

HIGH HONORS
Grade 12:
Kaylee Armenia, Sonia Bair, Maxwell Bauchmann, Jason Beebe, Emma Boardman, Kyuss Buono, Keenan Burr, Kate Cheney, Hunter Collins, Emerson Colwell, Megan Cravinho, Patrick Dagher, George Danes, Emily DeRoehn, Francette Donato, Isabella Flagge, Sadie Frankel, Fiona Frederiks, Schuyler Greenho, Regan Kaye, Avery Lacourciere, Grace Lathrop, Mackenzie Machnik, Elle McAraw, Emma McCulloch, Brendan McTigue, Riley Nelson, Connie Pan, Olivia Papanier, Lauren Pitt, Aidan Powers, Ezra Pyle, Julie Rudd, Hayden Saunders, Tessa St. Germain, Lian Thompson, McKenzey Thompson, Lauren Wallace, Kelly Walsh, Alison Ward, Lucas Wood-Muller

Grade 11:
John Almy, Nihad Bicic, Hannah Britt, Mackenzie Bussolotti, Evan Clark, Ryan Clark, Lauren Creagan, Elise DeBernardo, Elias D’Onofrio, Eleanor Dushin, Lauren Enright, Victoria Gage, Samantha Geshel, Shawn Grenier, Austin Halsey, Jackson Harris, Andrew Hedberg, Zoe Jensen, Nevin Joshy, Kian Kardestuncer, Robyn King, Michael Klier, Felse Kyle, William Larson, Reese Maguire, Abigail Manthous, Stephanie Mauro, Emily Mesham, Evan Morgan, Samuel Mullaney, Elle Myers, Emily Nickerson, Bella Orlando, Lauren Presti, Adeline Riccio, Margaret Rommel, Alexander Roth, Frank Sablone, Calvin Scheiber, Abigail Sicuranza, Abby Speckhals, Drew St.Louis, Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, Maverick Swaney, Madison Thompson, Evan Visgilio, Aidan Ward, Melanie Warren, Ellie Wells, Ryan Zbierski

Grade 10:
Whitney Barbour, William Barry, Callie Bass, Livie Bass, Jillian Beebe, Cooper Bowman, Ava Brinkerhoff, Jamie Bucior, Hayley Cann, Liam Celic, Alexander Chrysoulakis, Grace Colwell, Nicholas Cox, William Danes, Anna Davis, John Eichholz, Zachary Eichholz, Makenna Harms, Willa Hoerauf, Arber Hoxha, Aidan Kerrigan, Theodore Lampos, Jonah Lathrop, Jacob Lopez-Bravo, Marielle Mather, Kennedy McCormick, Madalyn McCulloch, Caden Monte, Calvin Monte, Madeleine Morgado, Cooper Munson, Alexander Olsen, Alain Pecher-Kohout, Jaden Reyes, Izzadora Reynolds, Santiago Rodriguez, Rhyleigh Russell, Eli Ryan, Alden Sarnoski, Anders Silberberg, Alyssa Spooner, Samantha Tan, Kaitlyn Ward, Harry Whitten, George Williams

Grade 9:
Emma Bayor, Oliver Berry, Alis Bicic, Elliot Bjornberg, Drew Brackley, Natalie Buckley, Jackson Bullock, Sarah Colangelo, Ella Curtiss-Reardon, Eric Dagher, Eva D’Onofrio, Marcia Geronimo, Ryder Goss, Sydney Goulding, Alexis Grasdock, Justin Green, Douglas Griswold, Katherine Gryk, Abby Hale, Ella Halsey, Parker Holland, Sedona Holland, Agatha Hunt, Beatrice Hunt, Sabina Jungkeit, Emmerson Kaye, Grady Lacourciere, Griffin McGlinchey, Delaney Nelson, Isabelle O’Connor, Ronald Olin, Dylan Paynter, Jack Porter, Luisa Raby, Cailin Ruhling, Louisa Warlitz, Mason Wells, Tyler Wells, Summer Wollack

HONORS
Grade 12:
Paige Alpha, Colbe Andrews, Ava Berry, Sadie Bowman, John Cox, Axel Cruz, Bianca Dasilva, Corah Engdall, Jackson Goulding, Isabella Hine, Samuel Koenigs, Paige Kolesnik, Destiny Kus, Owen Macadam, Brianna Melillo, Sophia Ortoleva, Nicholas Parrillo, Anwyn Paynter, Gavin Porter, Tait Sawden, Jesper Silberberg, Kassidy Standish, Jake Stewart, Avery Welch, Katelyn Zbierski

Grade 11:
Grace Arnold, Dylan Avelange, Anne Colangelo, John Conley, Grace Coverdale, James Creagan, Caroline Crolius, Elizabeth Duddy, Iona Fitzgerald, Aiden Goiangos, Nicolette Hallahan, Fiona Hufford, Julia Johnston, Cora Kern, Jacob Meyers, Brendan O’Brien, Michael O’Donnell, Jacob Ritchie, Aidan Russell, McLean Signora, Victoria Stout, Olivia Turtoro, Mary Wholean, Aden Wilson, Paige Winchell, Jenna Woods, Jerry Zhang

Grade 10:
Sophia Adkins, Olivia Alpha, Gillian Bradley, Gretchen Burgess, Sarah Burnham, Jennifer Cajamarca, Jacob Derynioski, Kylie Dishaw, Alexis Fenton, Matthew Grammatico, Ethan Hale, Clarence Hinckley, Karissa Huang, Madison Krol, Phoebe Lampos, Monique Lavoie, Ford Macadam, Amy Magalhaes, Grace McAdams, Olivia Powers, Kelsey Pryor, Benjamin Roth, Dylan Sheehan, Ned Smith, Tova Toriello

Grade 9:
Jedidiah Arico, Ava Cummins, Macklin Cushman, Lucas DaSilva, Mulanga Drysile, Alexis Frascarelli, Kenneth Gray, Leland Hine, John Holzworth, Yanza Lata, Luke Legein, Matthew Mazzalupo, Matthew Miller, Elaina Morosky, Katherine Mullaney, Grace Phaneuf, Ava Roth, Elias Sahadi, Kylie-Jean Sevigny, Haley Shaw, Owen Snurkowski, Madeleine Soriano, Hannah Thomas, Gabriel Tooker, Kalea VanPelt, Jacob Volkerts, Keara Ward, Duohui Yan

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School
2020-21 Quarter 2 Honor Roll   

HIGH HONORS
Grade 8:
Christopher Anderson, Emma Arelt, Quinn Arico, Oliver Avelange, Natalie Barndt, Molly Boardman, Nathaniel Bradley, Mark Burnham, Nathan Burres, Chase Calderon, Andrew Clougherty, Tabitha Colwell, Gloria Conley, Chloe Datum, Andrea DeBernardo, Shane Eastman-Grossel, Zoe Eastman-Grossel, Caeli Edmed, Anna Eichholz, Ella Evans, Grace Ferman, Benedict Frazier, Hoshena Gemme, Ava Gilbert, Henry Griswold, Jonathan Harms, Kaela Hoss, Rowan Hovey, Simon Karpinski, Olivia Kelly, Ella Kiem, Peter Kuhn, Bronwyn Kyle, Ada LaConti, Straub Lahot, Elise Leonardo, Evan LeQuire, Andrew Liu, Colette Marchant, Abigail O’Brien, Kanon Oharu, Filip Pecher-Kohout, Mutia Quarshie, Ysabel Rodriguez, Andrew Sicuranza, Drea Simler, Nola Slubowski, Audrey Spiegel, Kathleen Walsh, Ava Wood-Muller

Grade 7:
Charlotte Antonino, Zoe Brunza, Trevor Buydos, Tyler Cann, Julia Clark, Jack Conroy, Colman Curtiss-Reardon, Christopher Dagher, James Dahlke, Sophia D’Angelo, Rose Dimmock, Jonathan Farrell, Chase Gilbert, Alexander Glaras, Benjamin Goulding, Scarlette Graybill, Anne-Marie Hinckley, Christopher Kachur, Thomas Kelly, Katherine King, Harrison Kleefeld, William Landon, Jade Lawton, Maya LeQuire, Emily Looney, Sebastian Lopez-Bravo, Elise Marchant, Yanza Marin, Samuel Masanz, Carter McGlinchey, Sybil Neary, Nina Nichols, Ryan Olsen, Ryan Ortoleva, Louis Patana, Quenten Patz, Isabella Presti, Jacob Prokopets, Taylor Quintin, Jenna Salpietro, Sophia Shaposhnikova, Luca Signora, Emma Singleton, Tanner Snurkowski, Addison Spooner, Carson St. Louis, Andrew Taylor, Meredith Thompson, Margaret Thuma, Lucian Tracano, Madeleine Trepanier, John Turick, Connor Vautrain, Eve Videll, Elisabeth Viera, Warren Volles, Edith Williams, Oliver Wyman, Stella Young, Carl Zapatka, Katherine Zhang

Grade 6:
Lucia Arico, Addison Arndt, Zak Avelange, Phineas Barrett, Zachary Belval, Ceciley Buckley, Morgan Buerger, Marla Bulas, Brooke Burgess, William Burgess, Brennan Butzer, Lillian Calabrese, Chase Catalano, Isaac Chartier, Johanna Coker, Elliot Dunn-Sims, Samson Edmed, Edward Fiske, Lauren Fulara, Kaedin Gerster, Samuel Gilbert, Gavin Goulis, Harrison Goulis, Skylar Graybill, Charles Halsey, Owen Holth, Carolyn Hu, Elsa Jungkeit, Josephine Kiem, Allisondra Krol, Paul Kuhn, Alexa Legein, Olivia Lovendale, John Morosky, Emelia Munster, Grace Osborne, Mia Palmer, Kaitlyn Pannier, Ainsley Rinoski, Cameron Russell, Kevork Shegirian, Nicholas Sokolowski, Milo Stiles, Magdalena Tooker, Bowen Turick, Kaylyn Vernon, Ivy Wilson

HONORS
Grade 8:
Micah Bass, Jared DeMarco, Davis Fallon, Samantha Fiske, Marcella Gencarella, Abigail Griffith, Kyle Ingersoll-Bonsack, Charlotte Tinniswood

Grade 7:
Alec Butzer, Braden Dawson, Michael DeFiore, William Donnelly, Gabrielle Field, Bodie Holland, Ian Maeby, Bridget McAdams, Michael Nickerson, Daniel Shaposhnikov, Gabriel Waldo

Grade 6:
Mia Bonatti, Aidan Carpentino, Zachariah Guidi, Ashley Hendrick-Keel, Dina Hightower, Marley Iaia, Callahan Lacourciere, Eva Oulahan-Smith, Arthur Riccio, Hunter Supersano, Carli Teixeira

Lyme-Old Lyme HS Students Win Major Awards in 2021 CT Scholastic Art Contest

‘Paige’ by Lyme-Old Lyme High School senior Connie Pan received a prestigious Gold Key in the 2021 Scholastic Art Awards. Pan also won the ‘Best in Portfolio’ award.

LYME/OLD LYME — Four Lyme-Old Lyme High School students (LOLHS) will be recognized this evening at the 2021 Connecticut Scholastic Art contest’s virtual awards celebration, which celebrates the work of talented young artists in the state in grades 7 through 12.

Senior Connie Pan was awarded the Best in Portfolio award as well as Gold Keys in both the Drawing and Portfolio categories. She also earned one of two cash scholarships from Connecticut Woman Artists, as well as a scholarship offer from the University of Hartford Art School.

‘Rosenberg #2’ by LOLHS senior Olivia Bartlett was awarded a Gold Key in Mixed Media for the piece above. She also received a Gold Key in the Portfolio category and a Silver Key in Mixed Media.

Senior Olivia Bartlett earned Gold Keys in both the Portfolio and Mixed Media categories, and a Silver Key in the Mixed Media category along with a University of Hartford scholarship offer.

‘Mr. Cheney’ by Aidan Powers received a Gold Key in the Digital category.

Senior Aidan Powers earned both a Gold Key and an Honorable Mention in the Digital Media category, and senior Marina Melluzzo earned a Silver Key in the Ceramics and Glass category.

‘Invasion’ by Marina Melluzzo won a Silver Key in the Ceramics category.

Asked his reaction to the remarkable number of top awards earned by his students, LOLHS Art Department Chair William Allik told LymeLine exclusively, “We are very proud of both the winning students and several others whose portfolios were not included in this year’s show.”

He continued, “The jurying is inherently subjective, but this was a great year for Olivia Bartlett and Connie Pan — portfolio students whose work couldn’t be more different, yet who both show the development of traditional skills that we value here at LOLHS.”

Allik added, “Connie Pan is one of our top students academically, and this Best Portfolio award is a great validation of her choice to consider studying art in college. Our students don’t always get up [to Hartford] to see the competition, but the virtual exhibition is allowing all to see this year’s show.”

‘Catfishing’ by Connie Pan was included in her award-winning portfolio.

In light of the vastly increased accessibility the online nature of this year’s show has offered, Allik noted, “I hope they consider maintaining an online exhibit alongside future physical shows.”

‘Clown to Clown Conversation’ by Olivia Bartlett was included in her portfolio.

The Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards Program is sponsored by the Connecticut Art Education Association and is an affiliate of The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Student artwork is juried by professional artists and university art faculty and selected on merit for inclusion in a statewide art exhibition usually held ‘in person’ at the Hartford Art School, but this year the event has been hosted exclusively online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Beyond the honor of being chosen for this highly selective exhibit, students are eligible for Gold or Silver Keys and Honorable Mention awards in each of 17 media categories.

The winners of Gold Keys will subsequently have their artwork submitted digitally to the National  Scholastic Art Awards where they will be juried against Gold Key winners from all 50 states. In a reflection of the extremely high standards adhered to by the jurors, only eight portfolios in the Connecticut contest were awarded Gold Keys this year.

This year’s show can be viewed online at www.ctartawardsexhibit.net

Editor’s Notes: i) Here at LymeLine, we send hearty congratulations to all the exceptional artists, who were either award-winners or participated in the contest.

ii) This article is based on a press release issued by Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.

Lyme Academy Enters New Era, Names Mora Rowe as Executive Director to Launch Programs, Re-engage With Community

Mora Rowe is the new Executive Director of Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.

OLD LYME — Lyme Academy of Fine Arts (LAFA) in Old Lyme is on the brink of an exciting new era — and yet, at the same time, it is, in essence, a renaissance of the principles on which the Academy was founded.

After 18 months of strategic planning and a recent change in leadership on the board of trustees, the LAFA Board of  Trustees has structured a new plan reflective of the Academy’s original mission and hired both an Executive Director and an Artistic Director in anticipation of reopening with new programming in September 2021.

On Feb. 8, 2021, Mora Rowe joined Lyme Academy as Executive Director for the school. Most recently, she served as the director of economic development for the City of Auburn, Calif., and was previously the executive director and chief executive officer of Placer County Visitors Bureau in Auburn, Calif. She relocated to Essex in December 2019. 

Rowe spoke with LymeLine yesterday saying, “It’s been a wonderful, though somewhat exhausting, week. The staff has done a fantastic job [during the period since the University of New Haven withdrew from its relationship with LAFA], but now we will be working rapidly to reengage with our stakeholders and the community. We are fortunate to  have an active, passionate board that is ready to go.”

Asked how she felt about her appointment, Rowe responded, “I am honored and excited for the role,” adding that she was eagerly looking forward to, “Implementing the Board’s plan for LAFA and supporting the artistic vision of our new Artistic Director, Jordan Sokol.” 

She added, “I have many ideas for community engagement and look forward to working with the other established organizations in the region.” 

In terms of her management style, Rowe explained, “I’ve always looked at management and leadership as a servant role,” noting, “Instead of people working to serve a leader, the leader works to serve the organization.”

The Board has developed a 10-point manifesto for, “The revival of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts as it plans for its 50th anniversary in 2026,” said Michael Duffy, who was elected board chair in December. 

The plan includes adhering to the mission of founder Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, an acclaimed sculptor, who founded the school in 1976 based on her philosophy that artists needed to be educated in the fundamentals of representational and figurative art forms, a curriculum she believed was in danger of disappearing in contemporary art education.

“There is a need for Lyme Academy’s mission today, as an academy, not a college,” said Duffy.  These are the first two points of the manifesto and reflect the board’s desire to reestablish the academy model at LAFA rather than an accredited College.

A delighted Duffy, who lives in Old Lyme, commented on Rowe’s appointment, saying exclusively by email to LymeLine, “[She] is exactly the right person to lead the Lyme Academy: she is hard-working, brimming with ideas and passionate about the Academy’s mission.”

He expanded on that mission, saying, “Our vision is that by Lyme Academy’s 50th anniversary in 2026, it will be known nationally and internationally for the excellence of its teaching and that it will once again become a beloved and vibrant hub of the Old Lyme community.”

Duffy concluded, “Working with our Artistic Director, Jordan Sokol, Mora’s leadership will help to bring that vision to life.”

Laura Lee Miller of Lyme, LAFA Board of Trustees Vice Chair, continued Duffy’s positive theme in an email saying enthusiastically, “With energetic new leadership and a fully engaged Board of Trustees, Lyme Academy of Arts is prepared to relaunch with robust art programming in fall 2021 and with a renewed commitment to the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme and our cultural partners in the community.”

She added, “We want to re-activate our campus as a center of fine arts education and a community hub and we welcome ideas from our neighbors in Lyme and Old Lyme.”

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is entering an exciting new era with the appointment of Executive Director Mora Rowe and Artistic Director Jordan Sokol. File photo.

The new LAFA program will look to enroll full-time students each year in what is expected to be a two-year core program. As the exact programming evolves, the tuition will be determined.  

Other goals in the manifesto include “serving the needs of many kinds of students,” which will include young artists programs and classes open to the public, reconnecting with the Academy alumni and investing in career development for graduates of the Academy. 

Rowe added, “We are interested in ideas and activities that could transform the LAFA campus into a vibrant community hub. This might include a seasonal Farmer’s Market, concerts on the green, or an invitation to read a book while sitting in one of our colorful Adirondack chairs on campus. There are so many possibilities for our campus in town.”

Standing together in the Sculpture Studio at Lyme Academy are noted painter Jordan Sokol (right) and his wife, Amaya Gurpide, an acclaimed artist. Sokol is the new Artistic Director and Deane Keller Chair at the Academy and Gurpide will serve as the Academy’s Director of Drawing. Photo by Rick Lacey III.

Jordan Sokol, a painter, is the newly appointed Artistic Director for the school, and his wife, artist Amaya Gurpide, will serve as the director of drawing at the school. The couple have a four-year-old son and have relocated to Old Lyme from Jersey City where Sokol served as academic director of The Florence Academy of Art and also an adjunct professor at the New York Academy of Art.

Sokol said that when he was a student, the model of an academy — as opposed to a college — fulfilled the type of education for which he was looking. Having  studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, and taught there after he graduated. he noted, “I find that a lot of my students are not interested in the degree, they’re interested in learning how to paint so that they can pursue their dream and so [a degree] is not as important as the skills they acquire.”

Rowe added that the academy model reflected trends in the marketplace. “So many industries are going back to the crafts and trades, learning a set of skills,” she said. “This is foundational, and I don’t think that goes out of style. It is becoming more popular and it is more affordable.”

She concluded emphatically, “The fact that you are working with exceptional artists in their own right — I don’t think that’s a hard sell.”

About the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts: Founded in 1976 by esteemed sculptor Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is located in historic Old Lyme, CT, which has been a vibrant center for the arts and artists in Southeastern Connecticut for more than 100 years. Lyme Academy upholds the standard of a Classic Fine Arts education offering a variety of programs under the guidance of master artists, who share a deep respect for both traditional and innovative forms of teaching. The Academy has been providing students with the necessary foundation and skills to develop their own unique visual expression for nearly 50 years. 

Lyme Academy of Fine Art is located at 84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Connecticut.

For more information about Lyme Academy’s past, present and future, visit lymeacademy.edu or call 860.434.5232.

Editor’s Note: This article is based in part on a press release issued by Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.

Lyme-Old Lyme Preschool Program Schedules March 12 Visits for Potential Peers in 2021-22 Program

LYME-OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme Preschool is a tuition-free program designed for identified special education students and selected peers. This program serves preschool-age children in the communities of Lyme and Old Lyme.

If you are interested in having your three-year-old child participate in the Lyme-Old Lyme Special Needs Preschool as a peer during the 2021-2022 school year, visits are being scheduled for March 12.

Children, who are three-years-old by Sept. 1, 2021, are welcome to participate in a spring peer visit.  All mitigating measures for COVID-19 as recommended by the Department of Public Health and Connecticut State Department of Education will be implemented during the visits.

Peer selection is lottery-based, with consideration for age and gender balance in each preschool class.

For more information, contact Jennifer Frazier or Tracy Pompano at 860-434-0487.

Kindergarten Registration Now Open at Lyme-Old Lyme Schools

Registration for Kindergarten in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools for the fall of 2021 is now open at Lyme Consolidated School and Mile Creek School.

Children who will be five-years-old on or before Jan. 1, 2022 are eligible to register for the 2021 Kindergarten class.

Registration packets may be picked up at either school.

When the registration forms are fully completed, call the school to make an appointment to register your child. In view of the COVID-19 situation, it is preferred that only one family  member come to the registration appointment.

The following are also required at your registration appointment:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization/Health Records
  • Three forms of proof of residency

If you would like additional information, call either school at these numbers:

  • Lyme Consolidated: 860-434-1233
  • Mile Creek: 860-434-2209

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools look forward to welcoming your child to their community.

Winter Sports Start in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools with Practices, Games Begin Feb. 8

Basketball practices start today for both the boys’ and girls’ squads at Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.

LYME/OLD LYME — Not only do Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools reopen today after the Martin Luther King Day holiday, but the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) winter high school sports season also starts.

This latter situation became possible after the CIAC Board of Control approved the CIAC Winter Sports Plan at a meeting last Thursday, Jan. 14, which allows students to start practicing (CIAC) winter sports of basketball, fencing, gymnastics and ice hockey Jan. 19 and to commence competition, Feb. 8.

In the same way as the fall season, the winter sports plan will be shorter and stay closer to home since, again, there will be no state tournaments, which can cause teams to travel all over the state. There will, however, be an equivalent of  the Shoreline Conference Tournament for Lyme-Old Lyme Schools held March 15-28. Not all member schools will necessarily compete, however, as the CIAC has permitted the final decision regarding whether to participate in winter sports to be made at school level.

The winter season is scheduled to run through March 28 and, at this point, the spring sports season is planned to start March 29.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained exclusively to LymeLine that the plan for LOL Schools winter sports season is that, “All sports [which include basketball, fencing, gymnastics and ice hockey] except wrestling and indoor track,” will start practicing today. The CIAC has deemed wrestling a high-risk activity meaning, it, “does not recommend any activities beyond small group conditioning and non-contact skill building for the duration of the winter season.”

Although indoor track has been categorized as a “moderate and lower risk sports,” and can therefore start practices today, Neviaser states, “We are working to find ways to have indoor track outside so we may be able to hold competitions that way.” The CIAC is not allowing indoor track meets until March at the earliest.

Masks will be required at all times by athletes, coaches, game personnel and officials, but Lyme-Old Lyme Schools will not be allowing spectators at any games or sporting events.

Asked to comment on the overall CIAC’s Winter Sports Plan, Neviaser said by email, “The lack of virus transmission during fall sports supports the CIAC’s current position,” adding, “We are glad to see our students once again having the opportunity to exercise and compete against their peers at other schools.”

He noted in conclusion, “Unfortunately, we cannot have fans but will live stream as many games as we can.” LymeLine will publish details of all games, which are being live-streamed, as soon as they are available.

Lyme-Old Lyme BOE Approves Artificial Turf Field by 6-3 Vote, Neviaser Anticipates Construction Complete By Start of Next School Year

This image, courtesy of Millone & McBroom, shows the current field behind Lyme-Old Lyme High School and the proposed synthetic turf field.

LYME-OLD LYME — COMMENT ADDED JAN. 10: After a lengthy debate at Wednesday evening’s Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools Board of Education (BOE) monthly meeting, members approved the motion to move forward with the artificial turf athletic field by a six to three majority.

The field which was approved incorporates a wood-based product called Brockfill instead of originally proposed crumb rubber and raises the price of the project by almost $195,000, increasing the total to $2.3 million.

Those voting for the motion were BOE Chairman Diane Linderman along with Rick Gould, Stacey Leonardo (Lyme), Martha Shoemaker and Jean Wilczynski.

Voting against the motion were Suzanne Thompson, Mary Powell St. Louis (Lyme) and Stephen Wilson.

Asked Thursday how he expected the project to proceed now that it had been approved, Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained to LymeLine.com that design engineers Millone & McBroom would now commence preparation of the detailed engineering documents.

Neviaser said he anticipated those documents would be ready by mid-February and then LOL Schools would  go out to bid on the project. Noting that he expected the closing date for bids to be submitted to be mid-March, Neviaser stated he hoped to present the bids to the BOE at their April meeting.

Assuming a bid were accepted at that meeting, then construction would begin in May and is expected to take three months to complete, giving, in Neviaser’s words, a “one month cushion before school starts.”

Neviaser stressed that this is a “hopeful” timeline and is obviously contingent on a variety of factors including the prices at which bids are submitted.

 

Old Lyme Zoning Approves Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Proposal for Turf Field — With Conditions

This image, courtesy of Milone & MacBroom, shows the current field behind Lyme-Old Lyme High School (left) and the proposed synthetic turf field (right.)

OLD LYME — At their regular monthly meeting held virtually last Monday, Dec. 14, Old Lyme’s Zoning Commission members unanimously approved Lyme-Old Lyme School’s Special Permit Application to “modify the playing geometry ” of the athletic field behind Lyme-Old Lyme High School and change the “playing surface from manicured lawn to synthetic turf.”

The motion to approve the application did, however, have one significant condition.

At the November meeting, commission members had requested that Tom Metcalf, the engineer for the Planning and Zoning Commission, should review the project plans and report back to them.

Commission Chair Paul Orzel was expecting Metcalf to be on the phone during the meeting but Metcalf was not present. Commission member Jane Marsh reminded Ozol that Metcalf had submitted a letter to the commission with details of his review.

Ozol then requested that Marsh should read the letter aloud for those present and everyone attending the meeting virtually.

Marsh noted that in the letter Metcalf stated he had reviewed a set of project plans prepared by Milone & MacBroom, Inc. and recently visited the site to view existing conditions. 

His comments read verbatim by Marsh were as follows:

  • Presumably the synthetic turf is a proprietary product. The project plans do not specify the synthetic turf type or manufacturer. Therefore, I assume the details associated with the synthetic turf and collector (drainage) pipe system shown on Sheet SD2 are compliant with the synthetic turf type and manufacturers requirements and specifications for the application proposed at the Lyme – Old Lyme High School. ] suggest the applicant confirm this. Additionally, it appears the Sheet SD2 details for the synthetic turf and collector pipe system are general in nature and do not provide sufficient information for construction/installation purposes. While perhaps not necessary for permitting purposes, Prior to construction, I suggest the applicant provide the Town with final construction plans and specifications for the project.
  • Similar to the synthetic turf installation, additional information for the turf stone grid pavers (detail on Sheet SD-2) should be included on final plans to facilitate construction.
  • Additional information and details for the French Drain System” should be included. The information and details should include elevations, materials and construction details to facilitate installation. Reference: Sheet UT. 
  • Although Grading Note 3 on Sheet GR and the existing conditions shown on Sheet EX acknowledges the presence of the existing geothermal well system within the project area, presumably the layout and design of the synthetic turf field and associated drainage have considered potential conflicts and impacts to these proposed improvements as well as to the existing geothermal well system. 
  • I recommend that the construction/installation of the synthetic turf and associated drainage be monitored/inspected by the design engineer to assure improvements are satisfactorily constructed. Additionally, I suggest that an asbuilt survey/plan (horizontal and vertical/elevation) be prepared of the drainage system to verify improvements have been constructed per design plans and for future reference. A copy of the as-built plan should be provided to the Land-Use Office.
  • Given the lengths/runs of the 12″ perforated collector (drainage) pipe (873 linear feet and 170 linear feet) and the inclusion of angle/bend points along the lengths/runs, consideration should be given to placing manholes and/or accessible cleanouts along the pipe length at critical locations to facilitate future maintenance.
  • I did not review the playing field(s) layouts, slope and dimensions or the associated fencing for the fields. I assume the field layouts and fencing were developed in conjunction with the school and meet their use needs.
  • An elevation bench mark should be included on the plans to facilitate construction.
  • To avoid any misunderstanding of the intent of final landscape plantings, you may want to confirm the size, type and number of shrubs. Reference: Sheet LA.
  • Presumably the 8 fiberglass hand-holes shown on Sheet LA are associated with the electrical conduits to be placed around the field perimeter as shown on Sheet UT.
  • Plan graphics of existing drainage pipes and flared end sections at the Detention Pond should be checked. (FES inv. = 7.6′ is outlet from pond through the pond berm; FES inv. = 7,4′ is outlet from pipe through pond berm). Reference: Sheet EX. Accordingly, the proposed 18″ HDPE outlet pipe from the manhole to the Detention Pond should include a flared end section or other suitable outlet type and suitable scour protection at the pipe outlet. Reference: Sheet UT.
  • Construction sequencing, procedures and timing is unclear. I suggest the plans include basic construction sequencing, procedures and timing information. In addition to facilitating construction, this information is necessary to assist with implementing temporary erosion control measures during construction.

Metcalf concluded by asking Old Lyme Land Use Coordinator Daniel Bourret to forward a copy of his letter to the design engineers Milone & MacBroom, Inc. and the Regional School District since he did not have their emails.

Bourret reported that he had not complied with that request since the Public Hearing was closed and rules prohibit the applicant from supplying more information after that point.

Marsh commented that in the past it has been permissible for the engineer to talk with Zoning staff in order to resolve outstanding issues. She then proposed that in this case, since the project had been under their review by the Zoning Commission for some time, that the commission should approve the project with the condition that all the requirements stated by Metcalf are met. Further, as part of her motion, she said Bourret would be required to ensure the condition were enforced.

The motion with the condition passed unanimously.

Join the Trex Challenge! Recycle Plastic Film in Lyme, Old Lyme; Win Benches & More for LOL Schools

LYME/OLD LYME — Led by the sustainability committee of the Region 18 Board of Education, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools are participating in the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge and invites the community to participate.

The Trex Challenge pits schools against one another in a friendly competition to collect the most plastic for a chance to win Trex benches or other products for schools. Trex Company is a manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing made in-part from recycled plastic film.

There is now an easy way to recycle all these plastic bags right here in Lyme and Old Lyme.

The Trex Challenge began in November and runs through April 15, 2021. To date, over 300 pounds of plastic film has been collected.

Community members without students in a school can find collection bins at Lyme Town Hall (just inside the entrance)  and Memorial Town Hall in Old Lyme (immediately inside the door to the Meeting Room, to the left of the main entrance), as well as near the main entrances of each school.

Plastic films must be clean, dry, empty, and free of food residue. Remove air from pillow-pack bubble wrap. Plastic-like film that is labeled as “compostable” cannot be accepted in the Trex Challenge, because the material may not contain any plastic.

For further information, contact volunteer coordinator Karen Taylor at Taylor.karencharlotte@gmail.com.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Announce 2020-21 Q1 Honor Rolls

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Quarter 1 Honor Roll 2020-21

HIGH HONORS
Grade 12:

Kaylee Armenia, Sonia Bair, Maxwell Bauchmann, Jason Beebe, Ava Berry, Emma Boardman, Sadie Bowman, Kyuss Buono, Kate Cheney, Hunter Collins, Jackson Cowell, Megan Cravinho, Patrick Dagher, Bianca Dasilva, Emily DeRoehn, Francette Donato, Corah Engdall, Sadie Frankel, Fiona Frederiks, Jackson Goulding, Emma Griffith, Grace Lathrop, Mackenzie Machnik, Elle McAraw, Emma McCulloch, Brendan McTigue, Brianna Melillo, Marina Melluzzo, Riley Nelson, Connie Pan, Lauren Pitt, Gavin Porter, Aidan Powers, Ezra Pyle, Julie Rudd, Hayden Saunders, Tait Sawden, Jesper Silberberg, Tessa St. Germain, Kassidy Standish, Jake Stewart, Lian Thompson, McKenzey Thompson, Kelly Walsh, Alison Ward, Ellery Zrenda

Grade 11:

Nicholas Adeletti, John Almy, Nihad Bicic, Hannah Britt, Evan Clark, Ryan Clark, Anne Colangelo, John Conley, Lauren Creagan, Caroline Crolius, Elise DeBernardo, Elias D’Onofrio, Elizabeth Duddy, Eleanor Dushin, Lauren Enright, Liam Fallon, Victoria Gage, Aiden Goiangos, Shawn Grenier, Nicolette Hallahan, Austin Halsey, Jackson Harris, Andrew Hedberg, Lillian Herrera, Fiona Hufford, Julia Johnston, Nevin Joshy, Kian Kardestuncer, Robyn King, Michael Klier, Felse Kyle, William Larson, Reese Maguire, Abigail Manthous, Stephanie Mauro, Emily Mesham, Evan Morgan, Samuel Mullaney, Elle Myers, Brendan O’Brien, Bella Orlando, Lauren Presti, Margaret Rommel, Aidan Russell, Frank Sablone, Calvin Scheiber, Abigail Sicuranza, Abby Speckhals, Drew St.Louis, Daniel Stack, Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, Victoria Stout, Maverick Swaney, Madison Thompson, Aidan Ward, Melanie Warren, Ellie Wells, Aden Wilson, Paige Winchell, Avery Wyman

Grade 10:

Olivia Alpha, William Barry, Callie Bass, Livie Bass, Jillian Beebe, Cooper Bowman, Jamie Bucior, Gretchen Burgess, Sarah Burnham, Liam Celic, Luke Celic, Alexander Chrysoulakis, Grace Colwell, Nicholas Cox, William Danes, Anna Davis, John Eichholz, Zachary Eichholz, Ethan Hale, Willa Hoerauf, Arber Hoxha, Aidan Kerrigan, Elisabeth Kuentzer, Phoebe Lampos, Theodore Lampos, Jonah Lathrop, Marielle Mather, Kennedy McCormick, Madalyn McCulloch, Caden Monte, Madeleine Morgado, Cooper Munson, Alexander Olsen, Alain Pecher-Kohout, Kelsey Pryor, Jaden Reyes, Izzadora Reynolds, Rhyleigh Russell, Eli Ryan, Anders Silberberg, Alyssa Spooner, Samantha Tan, Kaitlyn Ward, Harry Whitten

Grade 9:

Oliver Berry, Henry Boremski, Drew Brackley, Natalie Buckley, Jackson Bullock, Sarah Colangelo, Ella Curtiss-Reardon, Eric Dagher, Marcia Geronimo, Ryder Goss, Sydney Goulding, Alexis Grasdock, Justin Green, Abby Hale, Ella Halsey, Sedona Holland, Agatha Hunt, Beatrice Hunt, Sabina Jungkeit, Emmerson Kaye, Dakota Kotzan, Grady Lacourciere, Griffin McGlinchey, Elaina Morosky, Delaney Nelson, Isabelle O’Connor, Ronald Olin, Jack Porter, Luisa Raby, Cailin Ruhling, Madeleine Soriano, Hannah Thomas, Louisa Warlitz, Mason Wells, Tyler Wells, Summer Wollack, Duohui Yan

HONORS

Grade 12:

Paige Alpha, Juliette Atkinson, Rachel Barretta, Olivia Bartlett, Emerson Colwell, John Cox, Axel Cruz, George Danes, Isabella Flagge, Eveliz Fuentes, Ashton Gratton, Schuyler Greenho, Regan Kaye, Samuel Koenigs, Paige Kolesnik, Avery Lacourciere, Gabriel Lavoie, Owen Macadam, Madelyn Maskell, Michael Milazzo, Timothy O’Brien, Sophia Ortoleva, Olivia Papanier, Jacob Quaratella, Angus Tresnan, Avery Welch, Katelyn Zbierski

Grade 11:

Grace Arnold, Kate Bauchmann, Grace Coverdale, James Creagan, Cheikh Diagne, Mischa Elmoznino, Delaney Gagnon, Zoe Jensen, Cora Kern, Olivia Lecza, Langley Marshall, James Mazzalupo, Jacob Meyers, Emily Nickerson, Michael O’Donnell, Adeline Riccio, Jacob Ritchie, Alexander Roth, McLean Signora, Alexandra Tinniswood, Olivia Turtoro, Evan Visgilio, Ryan Zbierski

Grade 10:

Whitney Barbour, Jordan Beebe, Gillian Bradley, Ava Brinkerhoff, John Buckley, Hayley Cann, Jacob Derynioski, Kylie Dishaw, Phoebe Evans, David Evers, Matthew Grammatico, Clarence Hinckley, Karissa Huang, Owen Ingersoll-Bonsack, Madison Krol, Monique Lavoie, Jacob Lopez-Bravo, Ford Macadam, Sophia Marinelli, Joseph Montazella, Calvin Monte, Olivia Powers, Jacob Rand, Santiago Rodriguez, Benjamin Roth, Dylan Sheehan, Ned Smith, Malcolm Speirs, Tova Toriello, George Williams

Grade 9:

Peighton Andrews, Jedidiah Arico, Alis Bicic, Elliot Bjornberg, Ava Cummins, Macklin Cushman, Lucas DaSilva, Eva D’Onofrio, Mulanga Drysile, Alexis Frascarelli, Kenneth Gray, Douglas Griswold, Katherine Gryk, Nathaniel Heon, Leland Hine, John Holzworth, Luke Legein, Lucas McMillan, Matthew Miller, Kayla O’Leary, Dylan Paynter, Charles Sahadi, Sydney Siefken, Owen Snurkowski, Gabriel Tooker, Kalea VanPelt, Jacob Volkerts, Keara Ward

 

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Quarter 1 Honor Roll 2020-21

HIGH HONORS
Grade 8:

Christopher Anderson, Emma Arelt, Quinn Arico, Natalie Barndt, Micah Bass, Molly Boardman, Nathaniel Bradley, Mark Burnham, Nathan Burres, Andrew Clougherty, Tabitha Colwell, Chloe Datum, Andrea DeBernardo, Zoe Eastman-Grossel, Caeli Edmed, Benedict Frazier, Hoshena Gemme, Ava Gilbert, Henry Griswold, Kaela Hoss, Simon Karpinski, Olivia Kelly, Ella Kiem, Peter Kuhn, Bronwyn Kyle, Ada LaConti, Elise Leonardo, Andrew Liu, Colette Marchant, Abigail O’Brien, Kanon Oharu, Sophie Pennie, Charles Pitt, Shannon Pryor, Mutia Quarshie, Drea Simler, Audrey Spiegel, Kathleen Walsh

Grade 7:

Charlotte Antonino, Zoe Brunza, Alec Butzer, Trevor Buydos, Makayla Calderon, Tyler Cann, Julia Clark, Colman Curtiss-Reardon, Christopher Dagher, Sophia D’Angelo, Rose Dimmock, William Donnelly, Gabrielle Field, Chase Gilbert, Alexander Glaras, Benjamin Goulding, Scarlette Graybill, Anne-Marie Hinckley, Christopher Kachur, Thomas Kelly, Katherine King, Harrison Kleefeld, Jade Lawton, Maya LeQuire, Jayden Livesey, Emily Looney, Ian Maeby, Elise Marchant, Samuel Masanz, Bridget McAdams, Carter McGlinchey, Ryan Miller, Sybil Neary, Nina Nichols, Ryan Olsen, Ryan Ortoleva, Louis Patana, Quenten Patz, Isabella Presti, Taylor Quintin, Jenna Salpietro, Luca Signora, Emma Singleton, Tanner Snurkowski, Charlotte Spiegel, Addison Spooner, Carson St. Louis, Andrew Taylor, Meredith Thompson, Margaret Thuma, Lucian Tracano, Madeleine Trepanier, John Turick, Connor Vautrain, Eve Videll, Elisabeth Viera, Warren Volles, Edith Williams, Julius Wilson, Oliver Wyman, Stella Young, Carl Zapatka, Katherine Zhang

Grade 6:

Lucia Arico, Zak Avelange, Phineas Barrett, Zachary Belval, Mia Bonatti, Ceciley Buckley, Morgan Buerger, Marla Bulas, Brooke Burgess, William Burgess, Ryan Burres, Brennan Butzer, Aidan Carpentino, Chase Catalano, Isaac Chartier, Elliot Dunn-Sims, Samson Edmed, Edward Fiske, Lauren Fulara, Taiyo Gemme, Kaedin Gerster, Samuel Gilbert, Gavin Goulis, Harrison Goulis, Skylar Graybill, Charles Halsey, Owen Holth, Marley Igersheimer, Elsa Jungkeit, Josephine Kiem, Allisondra Krol, Olivia Lovendale, John Morosky, Grace Osborne, Mia Palmer, Vincenzo Pietrowicz, Arthur Riccio, Ainsley Rinoski, Cameron Russell, Kevork Shegirian, Nicholas Sokolowski, Magdalena Tooker, Kaylyn Vernon, Ivy Wilson, Charles Zelek, Brody Ziolkovski

HONORS

Grade 8:

Shane Eastman-Grossel, Grace Ferman, Samantha Fiske, Abigail Griffith, Jonathan Harms, Kyle Ingersoll-Bonsack, Aven Kellert, Straub Lahot, Evan LeQuire, Andrew Sicuranza

Grade 7:

Ilona Binch, Jack Conroy, James Dahlke, Braden Dawson, Michael DeFiore, William Landon, Sebastian Lopez-Bravo, Yanza Marin, Jackson Pannier, Jacob Prokopets, Gabriel Waldo

Grade 6:

Johanna Coker, Prestin Dishaw, Zachariah Guidi, Ashley Hendrick-Keel, Carolyn Hu, Kalonji Joyce, Alexa Legein, Matthew Mossberg-Philhower, Emelia Munster, Eva Oulahan-Smith, Kaitlyn Pannier, Milo Stiles, Hunter Supersano, Collin Swaney, Carli Teixeira, Bowen Turick