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SUPPORT FOR SANDY HOOK

With the outpouring of emotions over the Sandy Hook shootings, it is particularly inspiring to see so many meaningful, forward-looking responses to this tragic event.  One of them has been the initiative of Heidi Vollmer and Bob LaBonne Jr. in Woodbury to raise funds for a scholarship in memory of Dawn Hochsprung who died while trying to protect her elementary school students.

Dawn was a Woodbury resident and was the principal at Mitchell Elementary School in Woodbury from 2008-2010.  She was well known in our community and well liked.

LaBonne’s Markets in Woodbury will be selling “Green Hearts” mementos at their Woodbury market in hopes of raising enough funds to create a scholarship endowment.  Hopefully, contributions will be sufficient for perpetual, annual scholarship awards.  Please stop by and contribute what you can to support an enduring gift in memory of this beloved educator.

The Woodbury Scholarship Fund will be managing funds received through this effort.  Those wishing to make contributions directly to this fund can mail them to the Woodbury Scholarship Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 716, Woodbury, CT, 06798.  Reference the Dawn Hochsprung Memorial Fund.

Cam Gardella
President, Woodbury Scholarship Fund


WOODBURY SCHOLARSHIP FUND 2012 RECIPIENTS 


The Woodbury Scholarship Fund presented a total of $ 86,700 to 67 Woodbury students at the 16th annual Senior Scholarship and Awards Ceremony Thursday, May 24 at Nonnewaug High School.

WSF Trustee Mary Jane Travers announced the 49 sponsored endowments and grants totaling $58,400. The remaining awards come from the WSF general fund.

This year's scholarship recipients are: 

Jamie Accashian, daughter of Mrs.Catherine Accashian and Mr. Kenneth Accashian who received the Carolyn Jean Parris Memorial Scholarship. She will return to the Rhode Island School of Design where she is an illustration major.

Kathryn Accashian is this year's recipient of the Ella Grasso Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Woodbury Democratic Town Committee, the Roland Manzi, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, the Ruth Travers Memorial Scholarship and a Ride for Rick grant to use at the University of New Hampshire where she will be an environmental engineering major. She is the daughter of Mrs. Catherine Accashian and Mr. Kenneth Accashian.

Rachel Albino will enter her freshman year at the University of Connecticut as an actuarial science major. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Albino, she received a Mary Jane Naylor Memorial Scholarship.

Natasha Bartolotta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bartolotta, received the first Sharon Llodra Barrows Memorial Scholarship, the Dr. Bernard Rosenberg Memorial Scholarship and a Ride for Rick grant to assist her at Cornell University where she will pursue a degree in Biology.

Kellie Blanchet was selected to receive the Mary Ellen Callahan Memorial Scholarship and the Vera T. Elsenboss Memorial Scholarship. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Blanchet, she will major in psychology at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Erin Brick will begin her freshman year at Berklee College of Music as a professional music major. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Brick, she received a grant from the general fund.

Grayson Burdick, son of Ms. Elizabeth Kalban, will begin his studies at the University of Connecticut as a social sciences major and utilize his Shane Condon Memorial Scholarship and a Ride for Rick grant.

Bryan Charette was awarded the Stedman Hitchcock Memorial Scholarship and a grant from the general fund. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Charette, he will enter his sophomore year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he is an engineering major.

Michael Clemens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Clemens, Sr. received the Harlan Griswold and the Wayne Pratt Memorial Scholarships. He has completed his freshman year at Siena College where he is an English and Revolutionary Era studies major.

Alexandra Computzzi, daughter of Ms. Elizabeth Computzzi, will use her Rick Moisan Memorial Scholarship when she returns for her sophomore year at the University of Connecticut where she is an education major.

Kara Connolly plans to attend St. Michael's College to major in environmental science. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Owen Connolly, she received the James F. Bragg Memorial Scholarship.

Thomas DiSarro, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick DiSarro, will enter his sophomore year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an aeronautical and mechanical engineering major. He is the recipient of the Gardella Family Scholarship and a Hart Family Scholarship.

Danielle Durette will enter the University of New Haven to major in criminal justice. The daughter of Ms. Kimberly Durette, she received the first Woodbury Super Seniors Scholarship and a grant from the general fund.

Michael Durkin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sean Durkin, will enter his freshman year at Western New England College to major in business and sports management. He was awarded the Evan Hunter Gillette Memorial Scholarship.

Stephen Ecsedy, a junior majoring in materials science and engineering at the University of Connecticut, received a Ride for Rick grant. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ecsedy .

A psychology major and music minor at Western Connecticut State University, Devon Eddy was selected to receive the Mary Elder and Arthur Chaffee Memorial Scholarship and a Jack Naylor Memorial Scholarship. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Byron Eddy.

Aniella Fignon, daughter of Karen Anderson-Fignon, has completed her sophomore year at the University of Connecticut where she is an anthropology major. She received the Robert Corsico Memorial Scholarship and a grant from the general fund.

Sean Gamsjager will enter his sophomore year at Plymouth State College where he is an environmental science major. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gamsjager, he is the recipient of the Knowlton Family Fund Scholarship.

Taylor Garre, a future broadcast journalism major at Fordham University, received a grant from the general fund. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Garre.

Margaret Gerowe received the Donald and Edith Seymour Memorial Scholarship and the Diane DeFeo Memorial Scholarship to assist her when she returns for her sophomore year at the University of Vermont where she is an early childhood education major She is the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gerowe.

Melissa Gombos was awarded the Arthur Ludwig-Whittier Wright Scholarship to utilize at Pratt Institute where she will major in fine arts. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Gombos.

Jamie Grome plans to attend Wentworth Institute to major in civil engineering. The daughter of Ms. Michelle Morgan, she received the Christopher Ciriello Memorial Scholarship.

Lisa Guadagno was awarded the first Kohler-Perez Fallen Hero Scholarship and a grant from the general fund. A future computer animation and art major, Lisa is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Guadagno.

Mary Harrison has completed her freshman year at Stanford University where she is in the public policy program. The recipient of the John Fleming Memorial Scholarship, she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brad Harrison.

Headed to the Hartt School of Music, Eric Hallenbeck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hallenbeck, is the recipient of a grant from the general fund.

Receiving the Balsavage Family Fund Scholarship, the Ron Yarusavage Memorial Scholarship and a Ride for Rick grant, Lara Hawley will pursue a degree in secondary education and English at the University of Connecticut. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hawley.

Tess Johnson will be returning to the University of Connecticut where she is majoring in political science. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Johnson, she received a general fund grant.

Sarah Kaelin received a Ride for Rick grant. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs.Thomas Kaelin, she will continue her studies at Middlebury College majoring in pre-med studies.

Chrysanthe Kaloidis was selected to receive the Tracey Blair Sadik Memorial Scholarship, a Mary Jane Naylor Scholarship and a Woodbury Business Association grant to assist her at the University of Hartford where she plans to study business and finance. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Kaloidis.

Kate Kaminski, the recipient of a grant from the general fund, will return to Union College as a junior where she is a geology major. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Kaminski.

A future pharmacy major at the University of Connecticut, Shannon Kelly received the Old Woodbury Historical Society grant and the Christine Story Riberio Memorial Scholarship. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Kelly.

Erin Kenney was selected to receive this year's Newtown Savings Bank Scholarship as well as a Shane Condon Memorial Scholarship to assist her at Syracuse University. A future economics major, she is the daughter of Mrs. Ellen Kenney and the late Michael Kenney.

Meghan Kenney, also the daughter of Ellen Kenney and the late Michael Kenney, was awarded a grant from the general fund to use at Misericordia University where she will enter her junior year in the speech and language pathology program.

This year's Edward F. White Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Olivia Kent. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kent, she will attend the University of Connecticut to study biology.

Elizabeth Kinnard, a junior community health major at Brown University, received a grant from the general fund. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Kinnard.

The recipient of a Polly Yarhouse Memorial Scholarship, Justin Knobloch plans to attend Carnegie Mellon University to pursue a degree in engineering. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Knobloch.

Will Lenard, son of Ms. Wendy Lenard, is a recipient of a grant from the general fund. He will enter his junior year at the Rhode Island School of Design where he has declared a major in furniture design.

Madyson LoPresti was selected to receive a Mary Jane Naylor Memorial Scholarship. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael LoPresti, she will enter Springfield College as a business and economics major.

Michael LoPresti, a junior pre-medicine major at Dickinson College and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael LoPresti, received a grant from the general fund.

Morgan LoPresti, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael LoPresti, will use her grant from the general fund at Hobart and William Smith College where she will be a junior pursuing an education major.

Alexa Masi, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Masi, will enter Northeastern University to major in music industry studies. She received a Polly Yarhouse Memorial Scholarship.

Katelyn Mazzucco is this year's recipient of the Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust Scholarship and the Marjorie and Robert Jones Memorial Scholarship to use at Fairfield University. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Mazzucco, she plans to major in accounting.

Siobhan McDonold is a recipient of a grant from the general fund to use as she returns to Connecticut College for her junior year. A psychology and Hispanic studies major, she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael McDonold.

Kaeley McEvoy is also the recipient of a grant from the general fund. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William McEvoy, she has completed her sophomore year at Gettysburg College studying in the religious studies program.

Kyle McEvoy was selected to receive the First Congregational Church Scholarship for use at Dean College. The son of Mr. and Mrs. William McEvoy, he plans to major in music business management.

Receiving the North Congregational Church Scholarship and the first Richard Hubbard Scholarship, Carolyn Michener has identified speech and language pathology as her major as she begins studies at Boston University. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Michener.

Ehlayna Napolitano, daughter of Ms. Ann Marie Napolitano, is headed to Hofstra University's journalism program. She is the first recipient of the Barnum Financial Group Scholarship and the Choate-Musgat Scholarship.

Kathryn Nolte is the recipient of a Ride for Rick grant. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nolte, she will enter her junior year studying in the Spanish and molecular and cell biology programs at the University of Connecticut.

Lily Nurnberger was selected to receive the Virginia and Gardner Murray Memorial Scholarship as she continues her art education studies at the University of Hartford Art School. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Nurnberger.

Elizabeth Peterson will enter her sophomore year at Wheaton College (MA) to continue her studies in mathematics and English. She is this year's recipient of the Ride for Rick endowed scholarship and is the daughter of Ms. Kate Peterson.

Kurt Piel was selected to receive this year's Dr. Marcus Cox Memorial Scholarship and a grant from the general fund. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Piel, he will return for his sophomore year at the University of Connecticut as a clinical psychology major.

Timothy Predzimirski is this year's recipient of a John Naylor Memorial Scholarship. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Predzimirski, he will enter his sophomore year at the Rhode Island School of Design as an industrial design and illustration major.

Abigail Ray has the distinction of receiving the first Middle School Warriors Scholarship. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ray, she will begin her animal science studies at the University of Vermont.

Victoria Richardson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Richardson, will begin speech pathology studies at Towson University. She is the recipient of the Claire and James McLaughlin Scholarship.

Jack Ryan is headed to Miami of Ohio University to pursue studies in marketing. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Ryan, he is the recipient of a Ride for Rick grant.

This year's St. Paul's Church Fair Scholarship was awarded to Francisca Saunders. Daughter of Ms. Katherine Saunders, she will attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (FL) to begin her studies in aerospace engineering.

Collin Schneider, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Schneider, is the recipient of a Hart Family Scholarship, the Drs. Virginia and Harold Perkinson Scholarship and a grant from the general fund. He will return to Springfield College where he is a sports management major.

A theater design and technology major at the University of Connecticut, Brenna Sellars was chosen to receive the Cody-DeVries Family Scholarship, the Reed Weyburn Scholarship and a grant from the general fund. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Sellars.

Thea Sideropoulos has completed her sophomore year at James Madison University where she is a communication sciences and disorders major. The daughter of Ms. Carley Putnam and Mr. Dennis Sideropoulos, she received a grant from the general fund.

Erin Start, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Start, was awarded a Mary Jane Naylor Memorial Scholarship to assist her at the University of New Haven where she will major in criminal justice.

Adrian Tenemaza is this year's recipient of the James Somers Memorial Scholarship. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Lino Tenemaza, he plans to study criminal justice at Western Connecticut State University.

Danielle Tunkel was selected to receive the Scott Lawrence Pond Memorial Scholarship. She will return to Franklin and Marshall College to continue her sociology studies. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Tunkel.

Charles Tyrrell, a future business major at Hartwick College, is a recipient of a grant from the general fund. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Tyrrell III.

Adam Violette was selected to receive the Woodbury Republican Town Committee Scholarship. A future psychology and criminal justice major at the University of Connecticut, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Violette.

Thomas Wamser will be returning to the University of Connecticut to continue studies leading to a degree in accounting. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wamser, he received the Sherwood Travers and the Roger Divino Memorial Scholarships.

Emma Welty, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. James Welty has completed her sophomore year at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she is studying in the art history and fibers programs. She was selected to receive a grant from the general fund.

Erik Woyciesjes, a future neuroscience major at Union College, was selected to receive the Cushman Family Scholarship. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Woyciesjes.

Supported by the generosity of local residents and businesses, WSF manages many endowments given to celebrate or remember beloved family and community members.  Those wishing to make a tax-deductible donation to the WSF or receive information about the scholarship program may contact the fund's president, Cameron Gardella at Woodbury Scholarship Fund, PO Box 716, Woodbury 06798

The Woodbury Scholarship Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 716
Woodbury, Connecticut 06798-0716


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