Looking Back in East Hartford: Second quarter 2012
By Evan Pajer - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Thu., Dec. 20, 2012
April in East Hartford was marked by a major success by the East Hartford High School boys' varsity track team, which had five members qualify for the state championships after only one meet. Carlton Steer, Edward Ackon, Fitzroy Miller, Javante Bernard and Kurt Longren qualified in five events: Steer in the javelin toss, Ackon in the 100- and 200-meter dash, Miller in the 100-meter dash, Bernard in the long jump and triple jump, and Longren in the 200-meter dash. The early qualification was a career milestone for Ackon and Steer, who both said at the time that they had never qualified so early into the season. The team had high hopes going into the state championships, and was ranked 14th in a three-way tie with Xavier High School and New Britain.
In May, Master Sgt. Douglas J. Margeloney received the Bronze Star from the United States Air Force and a proclamation from the Town Council for his service in Afghanistan. Margeloney, a 28-year veteran of the Air Force who has lived in East Hartford for 20 years, was responsible for the development and maintenance of 14 forward operating bases in remote regions of the country used by more than 6,000 U.S. soldiers. “It's great to be recognized [with the Bronze Star], but it's also great to be recognized right here in our own community,'' Margeloney said after receiving the proclamation in May. Margeloney said that he remained on active duty and planned to return to Afghanistan.
June marked several departures from the East Hartford school system, including the graduating class of 2012 from East Hartford High School and the Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy after a shared prom earlier in the month. Also departing was Superintendent of Schools Mark Zito, who resigned in May for a new job in Rocky Hill. Zito faced a number of controversial issues during his time as superintendent, including budget issues, a proposal to close Synergy Alternative High School and the drowning death of EHHS student Marcum Asiamah in January. The town spent several months gathering a list of 12 candidates to fill the position before hiring Nathan Quesnel in August. Quesnel was previously the principal of East Hartford Middle School.