March 8, 2021

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

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.

Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center Opens Registration for Variety of Programs

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center (OLCLC) is delighted to announce that it has opened enrollment for the following programs:
  • Before-School Care at Center School (7 to 8:30 a.m. M-F)
  • After-School Care at Center School (2:30 to 5:30 p.m. M-F))
  • July Preschool Experience (six-week camp for preschool age students with the option of Before- and After-Care)
  • Fall of 2021 registrations in Infants and Toddler/Toddler Programs
For more information or to register, contact OLCLC at 860-434-1728 or email (preschool experiences) or (before- or after-school care.)

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 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 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

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

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

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


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

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


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


Support the Lyme-Old Lyme HS Class of 2021’s Safe Grad Party! Eat From/Dine at Teddy’s Pizza Today

pizzaSupport the Safe Grad Party for the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2021 by eating at or buying take-out, Thursday, Dec. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Teddy’s Old Lyme Pizza Palace, 264 Shore Rd. in Old Lyme.

The restaurant is donating part of the proceeds for the entire day, eat-in or take-out, to the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2021 Safe Grad Party fund.

To place your order or for more information, call 860-434-1517.

Despite the Pandemic, Lyme-Old Lyme HS TechnoTicks are Still Tinkering

The first TechnoTicks meeting of the year held via Zoom.

Tinkering is what happens when you try something you don’t quite know how to do, guided by whim, imagination, and curiosity. When you tinker, there are no instructions—but there are also no failures, no right or wrong ways of doing things. It’s about figuring out how things work and reworking them. Contraptions, machines, wildly mismatched objects working in harmony—this is the stuff of tinkering. Tinkering is, at its most basic, a process that marries play and inquiry. — Massimo Banzi, inventor of the Arduino system.

OLD LYME — Despite the chaos of fall 2020, Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s FIRST Robotics team – TechnoTicks Team 236 —has not been idle. 

TechnoTick students and their mentors have embarked on a modified journey of discovery using readily available resources like 3D design programs TinkerCAD and Onshape, and the Arduino circuit board system along with the collective inquisitive nature of the TechnoTicks. 

Each fall, the mentors and returning students of Team 236 hold a series of training nights to prepare new students for the season. Due to Covid-19, the TechnoTicks have been holding their fall training online through Zoom. 

An Arduino circuit built in TinkerCad set up to control a Red, Yellow, and Green LED.

Each Team 236 student received a TinkerCAD and Onshape account, and their own Arduino kit. Arduino circuit boards can be programmed to interact with many electronics, including Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs), motors, speakers, Global Positioning System (GPS) units, cameras, and even cellphones.

Each week, students and mentors meet via Zoom and discuss a new design problem. They then break out into smaller “rooms” and work to design and program their Arduino board to complete a task.  So far, members of the team have learned to write code that will light up LEDs, use distance sensors, and power motors.

An Arduino circuit programmed to light up as the sensor is activated.

With these weekly meetings on Thursday nights, the team looks forward to advancing their technological inventory and learning more as the season progresses.

In the coming weeks, students will work to advance their programming and Computer Assisted Design (CAD) skills.  While not every attempt will be perfect, tinkering is the goal.

The TechnoTicks say proudly, “We are not yet sure how, or where this path will lead, except that we know it will be challenging and we know it will be fun.”

Isn’t that what learning should be all about?

Editor’s Note: FIRST Robotics Team 236 – the Techno Ticks offers students from Lyme-Old Lyme High School and East Lyme High School a creative way to learn about robotics, design and computer programming. Visit the TechnoTicks website and follow the team on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to be kept up to date with the latest news.

Lyme-Old Lyme HS Moves to Fully Remote Learning due to New COVID Cases, Plans to Reopen Monday

Lyme-Old Lyme High School is moving to a fully remote learning model for week commencing Nov. 30.

LYME/OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser sent out an email Friday afternoon to faculty, staff, students and parents saying, ” Over the last two days we have become aware of two other probable cases of COVID-19 at Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS.)”

He continued, “As such, LOLHS will move to a full remote learning model beginning Monday, Nov. 30, and will plan to resume full in person learning on Monday, Dec. 7.


After Two COVID Cases Identifed at Lyme-Old Lyme HS, One at Mile Creek, Contact Tracing Completed; Both Schools Will Reopen Monday

LYME/OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser informed parents by email Tuesday afternoon that, subsequent to two positive COVID-19 cases being identified at Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Monday, the “contact tracing protocol” has now been completed.

As a result he stated, “All members of our school community who must quarantine,” have been notified and the high school, “… is currently scheduled to return to full in-person learning on Monday, Nov. 30.”

Lyme-Old Lyme High School had moved to remote learning for Tuesday, Nov. 24, since there was insufficient time Monday to complete contact tracing after the cases were identified.

Neviaser added, “Today [Tuesday] we were informed of a positive case of COVID-19 at Mile Creek School. We were able to complete our contact tracing in that situation and all individuals who must quarantine have been notified.”

He announced in the email that, “Mile Creek will also continue with full in-person learning,” Monday, Nov. 30.

Stressing, “Containment of this virus will continue to require us all to follow best practices of mask-wearing, hand washing/sanitizing, staying home when sick, and physical distancing, Neviaser emphasized, “Everyone needs to do their part so we can continue to provide a safe learning environment for our students.”

Lyme-Old Lyme HS Moves Temporarily to Full Remote Schedule Today Due to COVID Cases

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

Reopening Depends on Results After Protocols Completed

LYME/OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser announced Monday in an email to faculty, staff, students and parents that on Tuesday, Nov. 24, “Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) will temporarily move to a full remote learning model.  All other schools will remain open for full in person learning.”

Neviaser stated, “This comes as a result of a report of one positive case and one suspected case of COVID-19 at LOLHS.”

He explained that, “Due to the timing of our receipt of this report, we cannot complete our contact tracing before school is scheduled to open tomorrow,” adding, “Once we have completed that protocol, we will determine when we can return to full in person learning at LOLHS.”

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Board of Education Meets Twice Wednesday Evening

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

OLD LYME — The Region 18 Board of Education meets tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 4) evening at 7 p.m. in the Board of Education Conference Room at Center School in Old Lyme for its regular monthly meeting. The meeting will be live-streamed at this link.  The agenda for the meeting is at this link.

This meeting will be preceded by a Special Meeting in the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium at 6 p.m. at which the needs and drivers of the 2021-2022 District Budget will be reviewed and discussed with the boards of finance and selectmen, school administration, and parent leadership.


Lyme-Old Lyme HS Receives 2020 ‘College Success Award’ from

Lyme-Old Lyme High School, which has just received a prestigious College Success Award from, is pictured above.

OLD LYME –  Updated Oct. 29, 8:13pm: Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) has received a prestigious College Success Award from

Launched in 2018, the College Success Award honors schools that excel in ensuring students prepare for college, enroll in college, and succeed once they get there.

This year, LOLHS is among 2,158 award-winning schools from 29 states, which have demonstrated a successful track record of graduating students, who later enroll in two- or four-year college. These students are ready for college-level coursework, and then persist onto their second year, according to available data from each state.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School is one of 52 schools in Connecticut to receive this year’s College Success Award.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser commented exclusively to, “We are committed to ensuring our students are prepared for whatever path they choose after high school,” adding, “I’m proud of our teachers, administrators, and staff for their dedication to providing the best education for our students.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the physical and financial health of the nation, LOLHS is endeavoring to ensure students graduate with the skills and resources to succeed as postsecondary scholars and productive citizens. College- and career-ready graduates are critical to fueling the U.S. economy, as 70 percent of jobs will require a postsecondary degree by 2027.

“We applaud Lyme-Old Lyme High School for prioritizing high-quality public education, putting students on the path to bright futures,” said Jon Deane, CEO of

Deane continued, “Over the past year, students, parents, teachers, and communities have relied on one another like never before. We congratulate and thank all of these individuals at Lyme-Old Lyme High School for their unwavering pursuit of college success for all students.”

Editor’s Note: i) This article is based on a press release received from Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.
ii) is the leading national nonprofit providing parents with essential information to improve educational opportunities for their child. 

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Present Public Forum This Evening on Proposed Artificial Playing Surface

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools are proposing to build a synthetic turf playing field at the rear of the high school. Photo courtesy of Milone & MacBroom.

LYME/OLD LYME — UPDATED 10/21: Zoom link now added: Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools will present a Public Forum on their proposed artificial playing surface, Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m.

The forum will be held via a Zoom Virtual Meeting at this link:
Meeting URL:
Meeting ID: 831 2265 8732

This meeting is virtual with no in-person attendance.

Community members are encouraged to attend the public forum on the proposed artificial playing surface on the LOL Schools’ main campus.

The agenda includes a brief overview of the project, a presentation by the engineering and design firm working on the proposed project, followed by questions from attendees.

Jon Goss is Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ Teacher of the Year, Ray Belval is Employee of the Year

Tech-Ed teacher Jonathan Goss is the 2020-21 Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ Teacher of the Year.

OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Board of Education recognized the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year and Employee of the Year at their regular monthly meeting held Wednesday evening, Oct. 7, at Center School.

Jonathan Goss is Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ Teacher of the Year. In his 24 years of teaching Tech-Ed at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Goss has continually reimagined the curriculum. Classes such as alternative energy, outboard motors, and electrical wiring ensure students learn skills that will be of value in the future.

Goss teaches his students how to use sophisticated machinery and tools, as well as to be safe and to respect the equipment. Goss also co-leads the award-winning Techno Ticks robotics team.

Known for his dedication to his work, Goss has a remarkable ability to connect with each student, holding them to the highest standards. His quiet demeanor, unflappable character and thoughtful approach are admired and respected by colleagues and students alike.

Campus Security member Ray Belval is Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ Employee of the Year.

Ray Belval, a member of Region 18 Campus Security, is Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ Employee of the Year. Belval joined the district in 2019 quickly becoming indispensable. Belval is known for his cheery disposition, willingness to jump in wherever needed, and ability to bring new ideas to the table.

Belval was instrumental in implementing the Stop the Bleed program across all schools. This program trained our teachers and older students how to identify and control life-threatening bleeding while waiting for emergency responders.

When Lyme-Old Lyme Schools were shut down in March, Belval was an integral part of the success of the food distribution program. He helped to organize the set-up and warmly greeted people as they came by for food, seemingly knowing everyone’s name and always with a smile on his face.

Ian Neviaser, Superintendent of Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, commented exclusively to on the awards, saying, “We are fortunate to have such dedicated and talented staff and teachers in Region 18,” adding, “This year’s recipients are exceptional in what they do and are true assets to our school community.”

Subscribe to Lyme-Old Lyme HS Athletics YouTube Channel to Watch LiveStreamed Games This Season

10/03 UPDATE: The Lyme Old Lyme High School Athletics YouTube channel now has 1,100 subscribers! Many thanks to all the LymeLine readers who subscribed and supported the LOLHS athletes in this way.

Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools are permitting spectators at home sports games this season but several other schools are not. Consequently, the LOL Schools Athletic Department is trying to find a way to live-stream games so that students, parents, friends and supporters of any team can watch a game that is being played at a school where spectators are not permitted.The Athletic Department has determined the best way to do this is via YouTube, but in order to be able to livestream from an i-Pad or i-Phone at any school other than LOL High School, YouTube requires a minimum of 1,000 subscribers to your YouTube channel.

The LOL Schools Athletic Department is therefore asking all those interested in watching LOL athletic games this season via a live-stream on YouTube to subscribe to the Lyme Old Lyme High School Athletics YouTube channel at this link.

As at publication time, the channel has 489 subscribers — let’s help them get to the 1,000 they need!