Student Achievements, July 24, 2022

TORRINGTON – Torrington Savings Bank recently announced that Jordan Haggard of Falls Village and Lauren Searles of Burlington are the recipients of the bank’s 2022 scholarships.

Each year, the Bank offers two graduate seniors a scholarship of $10,000 over 4 years, $2,500 per year.

Haggard attends Tufts University in Boston, MA, where she will major in English and art history. She graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School with a GPA of 4.2. Jordan was a member of Future Farmers of America, the National Honor Society, and the Student Council, serving as class vice president for all four years.


She also competed in lacrosse and volleyball. In 2021, she received the Bernard Berenson Art History Prize and was a member of the 1st place team that won the Humanities Prize in the “Design Your Own School” collaborative project sponsored by the 21st Century Fund. She has volunteered at the Norman Rockwell Museum and the DM Hunt Library. She also served as a volunteer content creator for Colonial Williamsburg, which helped launch a new brand, Craft & Forge.

Searles attended Michigan State University where she majored in hospitality. A graduate of Lewis S. Mills High School with a GPA of 4.29, she was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Foreign Language Honor Society. She has also served on the United Way Youth Council and volunteered for Day of Caring. At Mills, Lauren was a member of the women’s football, basketball and track teams. She has participated in Model UN, Book Club, Humanitarian Club, and Mills Club, among others.

Northwestern Connecticut students receive scholarships

The Northwest CT Community Foundation has awarded more than $291,000 in scholarships and awards to local students for the 2022-2023 academic year. The scholarships and awards are made possible by CT Northwest Community Foundation funds, created by generous individuals and families. The following students were awarded scholarships:

Anthony “Frank” Amicone Memorial Scholarship: Angel Arias (Torrington)

Russell Anderson, Carmen Brooks Anderson and Henry Vail Brooks Fellowship: , Kara Banche (Torrington), Marbelyn Benavides (Torrington), Joshua Coleman (Torrington), Louise Leonard (Torrington), Ethan MacRae (Torrington), Faith McKenzie-Thomas (Torrington) , Lily Medeska (Torrington), Shalyn Neary (Torrington), Carolina Peterson (Torrington), Brandy Quichimbo (Torrington), Kaitlyn Quizhpi (Torrington), Tatyana Thomas (Torrington), Emily Zarcone (Torrington)

Stephen G. Andre Memorial Scholarship: Leah Darby (Torrington)

Regina Tate Balfe Memorial Scholarship in Nursing: Hannah Audia (Torrington)

Mae Casali Bonvicini Scholarship: Cooper Suminski (Torrington)

Jack & Ruth Calder Scholarship: Brandy Quichimbo (Torrington)

Erman Cavagnero Memorial Scholarship: Catherine McGillicuddy (Torrington)

Steven A. Chupka Memorial Scholarship: Julianna Minard (Torrington)

Fred J. Coffin Memorial Scholarship: Lawrence Ballesteros (Torrington)

Shawn Collins Memorial Scholarship: Camila Salcedo Pena (Torrington)

Tim Considine Memorial Scholarship: Marbelyn Benavides (Torrington), Sierra Doyle (Torrington)

Dick Cooke Memorial Scholarship: Amelia Russell (Torrington)

Eva M. Coty Memorial Scholarship: Leah Darby (Torrington)

Helen H. Dautrich Fellowship: Jadyn Colgan (Torrington)

Edward W. Diskavich Scholarship: Sierra Doyle (Torrington), Kolby Driscoll (Torrington), Julianna Minard (Torrington), Joshua Roy (Barkhamsted), Maxwell Tagan (Torrington)

Cornelius Donahue Memorial Scholarship: Zachary Kruezer (Torrington)

Robert G. Doyle Memorial Scholarship: Sophia Lestrud (Torrington), Cooper Suminski (Torrington)

Frances H. Ducci Fellowship: Kadija Crapo (Litchfield), Jack Yeung (Canaan)

East School Pto Robert Kelly Scholarship: Isabela Roy (Torrington)

Marion Wm. Edwards Scholarship: Kara Banche (Torrington)

Elizabeth & Santo Fainelli Scholarship: Jennifer Redrovan (Torrington)

Kathleen T. Finn Memorial Scholarship: Louise Leonard (Torrington)

Charles and Pierina Fossati Fellowship: Marbelyn Benavides (Torrington)

Helen and Mario Garbin Scholarship: Miranda Bossi (New Hartford), Julia Dunn (Litchfield), Ethan MacRae (Torrington), Devin Rhoads (Goshen)

Bob and Ray Good Scholarship: Devin Morales (Torrington)

Florence Hakalski Fellowship: Skylar Robinson (Torrington)

Michael G. Haschak Fellowship: Brando Pillco (Torrington)

Health Care Assistant Scholarship: Avery Tripp (Falls Village), Luke Mollica (Cornwall)

Italian-American Republican Club Scholarship: Kaitlyn Luba (Torrington)

Diane and Jeff Johnson Scholarship: JessaRose Beeman (Goshen), Sydney Cardello (Goshen)

Robert C. & Margaret G. Lizotte Art Fellowship: Quynh Ngo (Torrington)

Julia Mcdonnell/Henry Fries Scholarship: Rachel Boston (Torrington)

Frank “Frankie” J. Mcgowan, Jr. Memorial Scholarship: Exodus Rosado (Torrington)

John A. and Ann K. Mettling Fellowship: Catherine McGillicuddy (Torrington)

John J. and Anne M. Mileweski Scholarship: Brandy Quichimbo (Torrington), Justin Skarupa (Torrington)

Donald F. and Norma K. Mougenot Scholarship: Erin Daley (Norfolk), Kaelyn Gallaway (New Hartford), Jacob Janco (New Hartford), Madison Keneston (Torrington), Sarah Nicholson (Litchfield), Kelly Ruiz (Torrington), Conor Smith (Warren), Nolan Turtoro (Goshen), Makayla Williams (New Hartford)

James Murphy Memorial Scholarship: Dustin Chen (Torrington)

Victor Muschell, Sr. Memorial Scholarship: Haley Hanscom (Torrington)

North School Pto Scholarship: Melissa Sestito (Torrington)

Piedmontese club memorial scholarship: Amel Puskarevic (Torrington)

Michele Farley Pittler Fellowship: Cooper Suminski (Torrington)

Friends of John Ponte Memorial Scholarship: Declan Bernetich (Burlington); Lauren Searle (Burlington)

Leonard Rendino Scholarship: Jose Millord (Torrington)

Joseph and Bernice Meals Scholarship: Deanna Goddard (Torrington)

Margaret Ringstad Riefe Fellowship: Skylar Robinson (Torrington)

Dr. Shenoi and Family Scholarship: Mary Nelson (Torrington)

Shepard Family Fellowship: Devin Boyden (Falls Village), Lukas Bushka (Harwinton), Audrey Chairvolotti (New Hartford), Jackson Chairvolotti (New Hartford), Beth Christensen (Winsted), Ashley Civelli (Torrington), Aaron DiLorenzo (Bethlehem) , Victoria Dodge (Canaan), Noah Dube (Harwinton), Marissa Gnitzcavich (Harwinton), Jordan Haggard (Falls Village), Mason Holderman (Canaan), Emily Kern (Bethlehem), Liam Koval (Washington), Kaylie Langer (Barkhamsted), Abi Laure (Litchfield), Kendra Link (Norfolk), Colin McAuliffe (Salisbury), Steven McCabe (Litchfield), Mallory McCarthy (New Hartford), Addie Mehl (Winsted), Luke Mollica (Cornwall), John Morgan (Litchfield), Brooke Neller (Goshen), Marissa Perachi (Washington), Christopher Rega (Canaan), Michael Reid (Salisbury), Andrew Romanowski (Warren), Russell Sears (Sharon), Haley Simmons (North Canaan), Cameron Sivilla (Litchfield), Audrey Terhune (Litchfield), Isabelle Terhune (Litchfield), Benjamin Upson (Salisbury), Sarah Upson (Salisb ury), Natalie Wadsworth (Falls Village), Abigail Wilber (New Hartford)

Southwestern School Scholarship in Memory of Marion Wm. Edwards: Brandy Quichimbo (Torrington)

Jeff Stannard Memorial Scholarship: Olivia Egliskis (Torrington)

Apolonia Stanulis Scholarship: Miranda Bossi (New Hartford), Olivia Bryant (Litchfield), Haley Considine (Salisbury), Kadija Crapo (Litchfield), Zajans Crapo (Litchfield), Grace Crispino (Washington), Julia Dunn (Litchfield), Mackenzie Fischer ( Litchfield), Ashley Hamel (Harwinton), Natalie Hamel (Harwinton), Ethan MacRae (Torrington), Sara Mitnik (Litchfield), Brandy Quichimbo (Torrington), Gabriel Stradtman (Litchfield)

Nellie J. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship: Lawrence Ballesteros (Torrington)

Svna Educational Enrichment Program Scholarship: Brooke Neller (Goshen), Eleanor Olsen (Norfolk)

Svna Healthcare Scholarship: Erin Daley (Norfolk), Micah Matsudaira (Cornwall), Luke Mollica (Cornwall)

Tapsg Marion Muschell Award: Marissa Burger (Torrington)

Mariantonia Tate Memorial Allied Health Scholarship: Amelia Russell (Torrington)

Jill Pudlinski Tavano Memorial Scholarship: Jesse Barrera (Torrington), Logan Wilson (Torrington)

Ths Student Council Scholarship: Zachary Kruezer (Torrington)

Torrington High School Joint Scholarship: Evan Slate (Torrington)

Torrington Lithuanian Mutual Benefit Club Scholarship: Deanna Goddard (Torrington)

Torrington Unico Thomas M. Acerbi Scholarship: Kara Banche (Torrington)

Torrington Unico Francis J. and Donald G. Albreda Scholarship: Sierra Doyle (Torrington)

Torrington Unico Rt. Reverend Monsignor William Botticelli Scholarship: Gabriel Stradtman (Litchfield)

Torrington Unico Dick Restaurant Fellowship: Daley Curry (Torrington), Mariah Doyle (Torrington), Justin Mattiello (Torrington), Zoe Orie (Torrington), Brandy Quichimbo (Torrington), Emily Zarcone (Torrington)

Torrington Unico Founders Scholarship in honor of Silvio Berti: Bryanni Fana (Torrington), Val Lenis (Salisbury), Eleanor Olsen (Norfolk), Sage Sobek (Litchfield)

Torrington Unico Antonio Gioia Scholarship: Kyle Banche (Torrington), Joanna Idrovo (Pittsfield, MA), Jillian Jones (Torrington), Lindsey Veneziano (Torrington)

Torrington Unico Italian Heritage Fellowship: Audrey Chairvolotti (New Hartford), Madison Perry (Winsted), Brett Stater (Torrington), Luke Vermilyea (Litchfield)

Torrington Unico Fellowship Carmela, RN, and Vita “Jennie” Lopardo Fellowship: Matthew Smith (Harwinton)

Torrington Unico Erico Marola Scholarship: Conor Smith (Warren)

Torrington Unico Andrew J. Oneglia Scholarship: Molly Lennon (Litchfield)

Torrington Unico Raymond A. and Gloria Oneglia Scholarship: Brianna-Michelle Duba (Harwinton)

Torrington Unico Fiore & Edith Peticone Scholarship, KSG: Cooper Suminski (Torrington)

Torrington Unico Brian Piccolo Memorial Award: Dominic Samele (Torrington)

Torrington Unico William Romani Scholarship: Marbelyn Benavides (Torrington)

Torrington Unico Joseph Sclafani Scholarship: Logan Wilson (Torrington)

Torrington Unico John Sullo Founders Scholarship: Marissa Gnitzcavich (Harwinton)

Albert C. and Rose Turri Scholarship: Zajans Crapo (Litchfield), Abigail Hanlon (Torrington)

Connecticut United Nations Association Fellowship: Marissa Gnitzcavich (Harwinton)

William and Sally Vaun Scholarship: Grace Crispino (Washington), Inez Ortiz (Torrington)

Frederick J. Wilcox Sportsmanship Scholarship: Jason Clinkscales (Torrington)

James P. & Mildred Gregg Zucco Scholarship: Rachel Aiudi (Winsted), Matthew Bradshaw (Barkhamsted), Janessa Green (Barkhamsted), Isabella Gregor (New Hartford), Matthew Harwood (Barkhamsted), Liana Masangkay (Winsted), Karoline Morton (New Hartford), Danielle Ray (New Hartford)

Information on the 2023-2024 scholarships will be available at www.northwestcf.org/scholarships in January 2023. Established in 1969, the Northwest CT Community Foundation serves 20 cities in Northwestern Connecticut. Its total endowment, made up of more than 280 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $125 million. Last year, grants and scholarships combined totaled more than $5 million.

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