The pride of Putnam recognized at BOE meeting

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Putnam - posted Thu., Dec. 20, 2012
(L-r) Principal Laura Williams and BOE member Andrew Peterson look on as Brigid Hannon, Kalynn Dombkowski, Madison Thomas, Evan Mailloux, Travis Fredette and Savannah Loiselle pose with their Pride of Putnam awards. Photos by D. Coffey.
(L-r) Principal Laura Williams and BOE member Andrew Peterson look on as Brigid Hannon, Kalynn Dombkowski, Madison Thomas, Evan Mailloux, Travis Fredette and Savannah Loiselle pose with their Pride of Putnam awards. Photos by D. Coffey.

When Principal Laura Williams called Kalynn Dombkowski's name at the Putnam Board of Education meeting on Dec. 18, the media room audience started to clap. They continued clapping for the little girl dressed in pink cardigan, floral skirt and sharp brown boots as she accepted her Pride of Putnam Certificate. When Madison Thomas' name was called, the applause didn't cease. The little girl with button nose and Christmas red dress accepted her certificate with a delicate smile. The response was the same for Evan Mailloux, Travis Fredette, Brigid Hannon and Savannah Loiselle, as each of their names were called.

The Pride awards are given monthly to students in elementary through high school. “The award recognizes someone who is conscientious and always there for the other students,” Williams said. “It's not about straight As, but just kids who are demonstrating good citizenship and integrity. They're just overall good kids.” This month's awards went to students in Putnam elementary and middle schools. Angelina Gould, representing the middle school, received an award as well. BOE members David Gaudreau and Andrew Peterson shook hands with each of the students and congratulated them on their accomplishments.

The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendent Awards were also given out to six Putnam students. Morgan Toutant (grade four), Samantha Barylski (grade five), Jozzlyn Lewis (grade eight), Zachary Cutler (grade eight), Cedar Hayes (grade 12) and Krystina Lewis (grade 12) received the CAPSS awards.

Putnam High School Principal Joseph Ptaszynski said the CAPSS awards recognize well-rounded students who demonstrate academic success, leadership and community service. According to the Northeast Area Superintendents Association, the goal of the program is to focus on students whose accomplishments and activities go beyond academics, making them role models for other students.

“Cedar is involved in a lot of things,” Ptaszynski said. “She participates in chorus and color guard. I knew her where she came in as a freshman. She does a lot of activities.”

Krystina Lewis was president of the Leos, last year according to Ptaszynski. “She's still a Leo. We have an active Leo organization. She works in student council. She's a class officer. It goes on and on. Both seniors volunteer a lot of time. They're outstanding students.”

All of the students were greeted warmly, but the applause seemed to last a little longer for the smaller children. “They were pretty darn cute,” Williams said. “It was just what we needed. I saw Savannah this morning. She told me her mother had put so much hair spray in her bun she was happy to take it down. I just told her, 'You look beautiful.'”


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