News from Colchester schools

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Colchester - posted Tue., Feb. 26, 2013
Taylor McLaughlin has been selected for consideration as a candidate for the Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year Award. Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

Bacon Academy junior receives soccer award

Ryan Goldberg, Bacon Academy junior, was recognized by the Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association as an "All-State Soccer Player" at the 40th Annual Banquet held in Plantsville, Conn., on Jan. 27. Goldberg began playing soccer in kindergarten and came up through the Colchester Youth Soccer program. Additionally, he has played soccer with the Southeast Soccer Program for the past six years.

The 2012 Bacon Academy boys’ soccer team advanced to the Class M state finals this year for the first time in the history of the program. Although they did not win in the finals, it was an amazing season for the Bobcats, thanks to the effort put forth by the team of young men with passion and commitment to the game of soccer, as well as the coaches, Norm Thoms and Andrew Storton, who brought a sense of competitiveness and professionalism that were critical factors in the Bobcats’ success. Bacon Academy boys’ soccer’s regular season record was 16-0; 20-2 overall.

In addition to the All-State recognition, Goldberg also received the following this season: All-Eastern CT Conference (ECC) first team; All-‘Norwich Bulletin’ - first team; and All-Area (Hartford Courant) first team.


Jackter students launch hot air balloons

The Jack Jackter Intermediate School production company “Science ROCKS” held a balloon launch at the school on Feb. 1. This production company, which meets after school, takes science concepts from their curriculum and performs tasks that they normally wouldn't have time for during standard instruction. So far this year, they have made paper airplanes and then held an airplane flight contest, made and flown student-made kites, and their recent project has been to make tissue paper hot air balloons. Although it was very cold outside, the students had fun launching their balloons and enjoyed an afternoon filled with science.

JJIS student designs t-shirt logo

The Jack Jackter Intermediate School PTO is pleased to announce a new design logo for its Activewear apparel. The logo was designed by fifth-grade student Trevor Ruszczyk. Ruszczyk’s creation will adorn all JJIS T-shirts and sweatshirts.

Gatorade Player of the Year nomination

Bacon Academy is pleased to announce that senior Taylor McLaughlin has been selected for consideration as a candidate for the Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year Award by the Gatorade Player of the Year Program. In addition to athletic excellence, the Gatorade Award recognizes academic achievement and exemplary character.

WJJMS students receive art awards

William J. Johnston Middle School, along with art teachers Kathy Brandon and Chris Taylor, is pleased to announce that four students received awards at the 2013 “Young at Art” Show at the Mystic Arts Center. “Young at Art” is the region’s largest annual youth art exhibition and showcases creative works from hundreds of regional students, ages 18 and younger, from all over New London County and Rhode Island.

Kelly Ann Kessler, grade eight, won the prestigious Lil Maxwell Award for Creativity for her painting, "Love Shadow."  Lillian Wonderly, grade six, received an honorable mention for her clay vase. Cole Gustavsen, grade six, took first place in the 2-D category for a horse painting ,while Allison Camboulives, grade eight, placed second in the 3-D category for her feathery figure sculpture. All exhibits will be on display at the Mystic Arts Center galleries through March 16.


WJJMS students excel at MATHCOUNTS competition

Seven students representing William J. Johnston Middle School competed at the regional MATHCOUNTS competition held on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. In attendance were: seventh-graders Ryan Cicero, Christopher Gatesman, Audra Kingsley and Gregory Leitkowski; sixth-graders Scott Fries, Mira Pianta and Jonathan Trusz; and Math Club advisors Allison Leffingwell and Alicia Stofko.

The competition included teams from 26 area schools and about 200 middle school students. The WJJMS team ranked 12th out of the 26 participating schools. Christopher Gatesman was among the top individual scorers in the regional competition, coming in 13th out of all participants, and has been invited to participate in the state MATHCOUNTS competition to be held at the University of Hartford on Saturday, March 9. Congratulations to all WJJMS Mathletes for an outstanding showing.

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