LHS seniors were pioneers for new legacy program
Litchfield High School English teacher Lynn Scozzafava with seniors Sutherland Lamond, left, and Brenna Colangelo, the first graduates of the school's new legacy program that allows students who work to take classes independently. BZ photo
The first two graduates of Litchfield High School’s new legacy program were recognized during a reception at the school on Wednesday.
Brenna Colangelo and Sutherland Lamond will receive their diplomas with the rest of the Class of 2017 during commencement exercises at the Warner Theatre in Torrington on Thursday.
Colangelo and Lamond completed their studies while working fulltime in the dining room at the Litchfield Country Club. The legacy program allowed them to work and take classes.
Classes were taken online at the high school Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Colangelo and Lamond would work at the country club from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., attend class at the high school, and then return to the country club to work the evening shift.
They completed their coursework under the supervision of high school English teacher Lynn Scozzafava, the adviser to the legacy program. The two other students in the program this year are working toward graduation next year.
Completing the program took self-discipline on the part of Colangelo and Lamond, Scozzafava said in remarks to a crowd that included parents, high school Principal Kristen Della Volpe, Superintendent of Schools Sherri Turner, administrators, teachers and Board of Education members Betsy Fabbri and Dan Clock.
“Self-discipline is a primary reason for Brenna's and Sutherland's successes,” Scozzafava said. “Each student charted her own course toward what, at one point in the not-so-distant past, seemed to be a challenging goal: completing her senior year in a way that suited her needs in regarding to courses, scheduling, creative ventures, employment, and contentment. Sutherland and Brenna set goals, challenges themselves, and achieved.”
Della Volpe cited Colangelo and Lamond as pioneers who helped make the inaugural year of the legacy program successful.
“Your courage in trying something that was a first for all of us is something that will never be forgotten,” Della Volpe said. “The students who participate in this program in the future will benefit from your contributions.”
College is next for the two pioneers, with both headed for Chicago, where Colangelo will study audio engineering at Columbia College and Lamond will study at DePaul University.