Litchfield News



High school Acts of Kindness Club empowers girls
Many of the members of Litchfield High School's Acts of Kindness Club were at Bunnell Farm on May 17 to host a series of empowerment activities for middle school girls from Litchfield and surrounding towns. Activities such as yoga and karate were designed to boost the self-esteem of participants. Dr. Lucia Benzoni, a pediatrician in Litchfield, was a speaker at the event. BZ photo
Soccer game raises cash for Relay for Life fundraiser
Kelly Garden, left, of the Litchfield Prevention Council presents Litchfield High School National Honor Society adviser Sandy Carlson with a check for $920 representing the proceeds of a soccer game between current Litchfield High School students and alumni and other adults at White Memorial Field on Sunday. The money is for the NHS's Relay for Life fundraiser held in late April. With the latest donation, more than $14,000 has been raised for the American Cancer Society. The game was scheduled to be played the same weekend as the Relay for Life but was rained out.
Below, LHS student Jack Sutton stops a shot and LHS grad Chris Parsons tries to move around Miles Chapman. BZ photos
Litchfield High super heroes lend a hand in Goshen
Goshen Center School Principal Tracy Keilty, above. greets members of the Litchfield High School Acts of Kindness Club upon their arrival at the Goshen school for a fundraiser for the new James Fitzgerald Foundation on Saturday, May 18. The Litchfield students wore their super heroes costumes in tribute to James, a Goshen Center School kindergarten student who died last spring after a brave battle against brain cancer. The AOK Club made a trip to Goshen to visit with James and his classmates last winter. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to establish a scholarship that will allow Goshen children from needy families to attend the summer program at Camp Cochipianee. Below, the Litchfield students, who arrived on a fire truck driven by Al Torizzo of Goshen, approach James' father, Mike. BZ photos
Prom night for Litchfield High School
It was prom night Saturday at Litchfield High School and the guys and gals were looking sharp. Some of them gathered at the home of Russ and Lynn Chapman for a photo before heading to the pre-prom reception at the Litchfield Community Center. Contributed photo
LHS FBLA to host Founding Family Dinner
A Founding Family Dinner celebrating Litchfield’s 300th anniversary will be hosted by the Litchfield High School chapter of the Future Business Leader’s of America (FBLA) on May 31.
The fundraising dinner will be held at the Litchfield Community Center from 6 to 8 p.m. and will feature some of the favorites of our Founding Families - e.g., Thomas Jefferson’s Cream of Asparagus Soup, Martha Washington’s Beef Stew, Dolly Madison’s cornbread.
FBLA encourages students to understand business basics. Part of what the members do is learn how to plan and execute a project successfully, while raising money for their chapter. The Litchfield High School chapter has taken on this dinner as one of their projects. Proceeds from the dinner will support other activities of the chapter.
Tickets are $7 for children 12 and under, $15 for adults and $30 for a family.
Find reservation forms to buy your tickets at Litchfield Town Hall, the Litchfield Historical Society, local businesses around town or go to the website page 
Reservations will be confirmed with receipt of payment and held at the door.   
For more information contact or go to the Facebook page
Wamogo agriculture students earn awards
Three Wamogo students have received Agricultural Proficiency Awards honoring them for exceptional Supervised Agricultural Experience projects and for demonstrating growth and development of skills in certain agricultural areas.
“These awards give our students the opportunity to showcase projects that they’ve put a tremendous amount of time and effort into,” said Casey Manzolino, a Wamogo agriculture science and technology teacher.
Allison DeLisle, a junior, won the state Veterinary Science Proficiency Award for her SAE project at Northwest Corner Veterinary Hospital. DeLisle began her SAE as a volunteer, shadowing the doctor and technicians. She was then hired as an employee and now works directly alongside the veterinarians.
Isabella Giansanti, a senior, won the state Beef Production Placement Proficiency Award for her SAE project at Pepin Farm. Giansanti has been working in the care, maintenance, and showmanship of beef cattle for three years.
Victoria Ross, a senior, placed third in the Small Animal Production and Care Proficiency Award area for her SAE projects at Annie’s K-9 Design and Dolly’s Dog Daycare. Ross began as a dog bather but when the business changed direction, she moved on to become a valuable employee of a new dog daycare facility.
Connecticut association honors Litchfield students
Four Litchfield students have earned Student Leadership Awards from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education.
Recipients are Alyssa Malloy and Annette Fournier of Litchfield High School and Timothy Lapointe and Emily Migliorisi of Litchfield Middle School. They were recognized by the Board of Education on May 1.
Students are nominated for the awards by their school principal and must exhibit the following leadership skills: willingness to take on challenges; capability to make difficult decisions; concern for others; ability to work with others; willingness to commit to a project; diplomacy; ability to understand issues clearly; and ability to honor a commitment.
Award winners, above, Timothy LaPointe and Emily Migliorisi, and below, Alyssa Malloy, left, and Annette Fournier. BZ photos
 Wamogo students honored by Unified Sports
Wamogo students Annie Silver and Nolan Turtoro were honored as Unified Sports Athlete and Partner of the year at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington on April 30. Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program that pairs athletes with partners on teams to train and compete. This was the second year of Wamogo fielding a Unified winter program. Contributed photo 
LHS Relay for Life benefits American Cancer Society
Participants in the Relay for Life at Litchfield High School on Saturday included, from left, Michael Lyn Cappello, Renee Quesnel and Karen Quesnel, all of Litchfield. BZ photos
The National Honor Society at Litchfield High School was successful in organizing and pulling off the inaugural Relay for Life fundraiser on Saturday.
A fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, the event drew a large crowd to the high school gym for an evening of activities, walking, food and live music. More than $11,000 has been raised.
Students from the NHS organized the program but students from all grades at the high school participated in helping out.
Devlin Tenney, a Litchfield High student, and his Loft bandmates provided the music.
Walking a lap around the gym are, from left, Michael Lyn Cappello, John Quesnel, Karen Quesnel and Denise Van Duyne.
High school students make tie-dye T-shirts during the event.
School board cites Warren Historical Society
Warren School Principal Angela Rossbach presents a Points of Pride citation to Warren Historical Society President John Favreau. Contributed photo
Warren School and the Region 6 Board of Education have recognized the Warren Historical Society for the work it does to educate students on town history.
The school’s principal, Angela Rossbach, and Region 6 Superintendent of Schools Christopher Leone presented historical society President John Favreau with a Points of Pride award during the board’s recent meeting at the school.
The historical society’s next program for students will be its exhibit in May featuring domestic, agricultural and industrial arts of the past in town.
The Litchfield High School Random Acts of Kindness Club made a recent visit to Center School. Club members performed original skits that demonstrated acts of kindness, with a focus on the Center School Super Hero 3 R Program in which students demonstrate that they are RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, and READY TO LEARN.  
The AOK Club distributed super hero masks to every student, through a generous donation by the Martin Richardson Foundation.  The AOK Club decided to spend some of the foundation funding to support our mission at Center School, and it has been a successful program here.
The Martin Richard Foundation provides opportunities for young people to learn, grow and lead through volunteerism and community engagement. The foundation envisions a place where people recognize the humanity in others and model the decency needed for a united, compassionate, and inclusive community.
On April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon Finish Line. Martin Richard was one of three people killed while the Richard family and hundreds of others were injured. When a photo of Martin holding a handmade sign that read 'No More Hurting People, Peace' was shared over the Internet, his message created a feeling of unity, kindness and peace. These values have become the pillars of the Martin Richard Foundation, which was founded in January 2014.
Wamogo PTO to hold comedy night on May 4
The Wamogo PTO will be hosting a comedy night with headliner Dave Reilly on Saturday, May 4, at the Litchfield firehouse.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 8. This is a BYOB event and complementary coffee and desserts will be served. Tickets are $30 and are available through  For more information about tickets or the event, contact or
HONOR ROLL   QUARTER 2   2018–2019
Outstanding Honors: Grade 12: Riley Majeske, Marcello Orsini, Charles Shanks, Claire Vailionis   Grade 11: Samantha Barnes, Antonio Butler, Harley Harris, Francesca Luzzi   Grade 10: Zajans Crapo, Robert MacDonald, Aidan Parilla, Annabelle Shanks   Grade 9: Anna Devaux, Daniel Dieck, Cameron Sivilla
High Honors:   Grade 12: Alexander Allen, Coleby Bunnell, Sydney Donohue, Ryan Garden, Matthew Gostkowski, Sophia Graveline,Jordan Guilmart, Harrison Kraut, Katherine Kuegler, Rachel Leigh, Alyssa Malloy, Sarah McCarthy, Rudolph Melk, Caleb Parilla, John Ray, Amanda Small, Megan Smith, Duncan Sobek Grade 11:  Abigail Abbenante, William Allee, Michael D’Aversa, Allison Davenport, Faye Devaux, Kyla Farrell, Sarah Fox, Charlotte Gillman, Zeke Hatfield, Abigail Laure, Aileen Lennon, David O'Hara, Christina Orsini, Jilliene Seymour, Brook Small, Casey Small, Roxanne Snowden, Elizabeth Southard, Carson Styers, Alexa Yanavich Grade 10: Colin Acerbi, Olivia Bryant, Ori Busel, Isabella Campanelli, Madison Carr, Aidan Donohue, Timothy Donovan, Kyleigh Dyer, Michael Kelleher, Olivia Kennedy, Amanda King, Olivia Laprise, Adam Larrabee, Natalie McDermott, Caitlin Orsino, Noah Parilla, Sam Richardson, Audrey Ryan, Sage Sobek, Hayden Southard, Hailey White Grade 9: Ava Atwood, Harrison Barnes, Ethan Cowles, Kadija Crapo, Jake Ferrucci, Amber Festa, Allison Gollenberg, Thomas Gostkowski, John Honigmann, Molly Lennon, Ellen McCarthy, John Morgan, Katharine Orr, Jeremina Prenoveau, Sophie Rodriguez, Gabriel Stradtman, Audrey Terhune, Isabelle Terhune, Ashlyn Tranquillo, Margaret Vinisko
Honors:    Grade 12: Stefan Cheetham, Jonathan Dieck, Elizabeth Elmendorf, August Hurtado, Alex Lanthier   Grade 11: Talia Alicea, Evan Fischthal, Hayleigh Greenwood, Lucy Kraut, Natalie Lapointe, Daniel O’Leary, Kylie Pesce   Grade 10:  Ethan Dyer, Madelyn Kerins, Brody Stevenson, Sophia Williams   Grade 9: Sara Castonguay, Kameron Cheetham, Julia Dunn, Cheyenne Mazzochi, Carter Orr, Ethan Pang, Effie Saltourides, MacKenzie Schweter
Outstanding Honors
Grade 8:  Evan Bryant, John Gostkowski, Olivia Kracht, Elise Krone, Timothy Lapointe, Leo Laure, Max Laure, Emily Migliorisi, Benjamin Nordland, Nathan Reiter, Owen Ryan, Avery Southard   Grade 7: Catherine Acerbi, Matthew Aldrich, Abigail Curtiss, Alyssa DiLeone, Amber Dingwell, Aidan Erickson, Kaleigh Hotchkiss, Cooper Laure, Cameron Murphy, Claire Olmstead, Sophie Perkel, Alizah Sanford, Lynzie Sanford, James Sansing, Jenna Sobek, Riley Southard, Cecelia Stowe
High Honors:
Grade 8: Erik Cheetham, Avery Dyer, Diana Ferrari, Rachel Glander, Kyle Gordon, Jasmina Guaman, Troy Kaiser, Pierce Lougheed, Ethan Murphy, Michael Pellegrino, Leah Sepples, Bryce Stone, Emma Vinisko, Ava Wortman, Rachel Zhang   Grade 7: Ella Anderson, Kyana Blasi, Landon Cahill, Piper Carr, Madelyn Curtiss, Nicholas Dest, Sophia Gabriele, Ian Hahn, Korrin Jewett, Abigail Munday, Baylie Pesce, Gunnar Round, Jillian Saunders, Rowan Schulde, Aaron Tiong, Peyton Weik, Elsie White
Grade 8: Caleb Finn, Erin Kinahan, Haydn Marriott, Brendan Nguyen, Livia Perusse, Collin Sturges   Grade 7:  Nicholas Caselas, Ulisses Do Carmo, Ian Fischthal, Matthew Fox, Aiden Freimuth, Jonathan Hotchkiss, Brodie LaMere, Colleen Malo, Kaylee McCombs, Xavier McDermott, Alec Quesnel, Jacob Roman, Anna Saltourides, Brayden Tranquillo
More than $150,000 in Scholarships
Available for Northwest CT Students
Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation is awarding scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. Scholarship applications are now available for the more than $150,000 available to area students. Scholarship guidelines, requirements and applications are available on the Community Foundation website.
Scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year must be submitted by April 1, 2019. The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves Litchfield County with a collection of more than 30 scholarship funds from local donors. These funds provide scholarships to area students throughout the Northwest Corner. For a complete list of scholarships, visit
Connecticut Community Foundation
College Scholarships
Students residing in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills are invited to apply for college scholarships through Connecticut Community Foundation for the 2019-20 academic year.
New, current or returning college students of any age can apply.
  • Most scholarships are renewable for up to four years.
  • First-time applications to the Foundation are due by March 15.
  • Applications for renewals of previously-awarded scholarships are due by February 15. We have a new online application system; all applicants will need to register as new users.
As one of the largest college scholarship providers in the region, the Foundation has awarded thousands of scholarships since 1989 thanks to the generosity of donors who have established more than 130 scholarship funds to benefit area students. 
Each year, our volunteer scholarship reviewers carefully consider applications from many students; we then award hundreds of scholarships to students in our region from all walks of life. 
Last year, by awarding scholarships totaling more than $900,000, the Foundation made college more affordable for 420 students attending two-year and four-year schools across the country!