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Colchester - posted Mon., Apr. 15, 2013
(L-r) JJIS Colchester Invention Convention finalists Claire Galarneau, Kaylie Maynard, Mallory Scherff, Andrew Navickas and Shaan Parekh. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

Bacon student selected as finalist in Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

Bacon Academy senior Trey Geisman has been selected as a finalist in Hill-Stead Museum’s 2013 Fresh Voices Competition for the prestigious Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival features readings by the nation's most decorated and honored poets. During the festival, student poets will attend workshops, have the opportunity to meet with the accomplished poets and have a book of their work published. This year, more than 175 students from all over Connecticut submitted entries, with Geisman’s work selected as one of the top 10 entries. The next part of the competition, the finalist readings, will be held at Hill-Stead Museum on Friday, April 19. Each of the finalists will read a couple of their submitted poems before an audience of hundreds in the Sunken Garden, and then the judging committee will select up to four students as the 2013 Fresh Voices winners.  The final stage of the festival, the Fresh Voices reading, will be on Connecticut Young Poets Day, June 2.


High school students receive arts awards

On Monday, April 1, CAS hosted the 18th annual High School Arts Awards Recognition Banquet at the Aqua Turf Club in Planstville. The event, sponsored by Jostens and Bearingstar Insurance, was attended by more than 1,300 guests and honored 295 seniors of CAS member high schools who excel in the visual and performing arts.

The 2013 Bacon Academy Arts Awards recipients are Chelsea Kimball and Gillian Tedeschi. Tedeschi sang the national anthem to begin the celebration.

Here is what Bacon staff had to say about these outstanding young women: “Chelsea Kimball is a senior at Bacon and was selected for the CAS award for several reasons.  She is a student that displays maturity, exhibits on task behavior always, and is a role model for others. Her standards are high, and she understands the value of education.  She works very hard in school, and her determination and perseverance are evident through excellent academic grades. Chelsea is not only a bright young lady with a wonderful personality, but she is extremely artistic. Presently, she is in Advanced Placement Studio Art, which is the pinnacle of the art program here at Bacon. Chelsea is a student that sets the bar for her peers, a student of very high caliber, and those are the reasons why she was one of two selected for this prestigious award.” - Paula Berglund, art teacher.

“Gillian Tedeschi is an excellent music student and role model in Chamber Choir. She goes above and beyond expectations by taking a leadership role inside and outside the classroom, organizing the group for extra rehearsals, and is always present at every extracurricular event. Musically, Gillian hopes to one day be a teacher herself, and has shown an understanding of musical concepts, demonstrates superior vocal skills, and her love of music shines through every day.” - Marinne Cheney, music teacher.


JJIS students to represent their school in state Invention Convention

Jack Jackter Intermediate School hosted the eighth annual Colchester Invention Convention on Wednesday, March 27, which featured student-created inventions from both Jack Jackter Intermediate School and William J. Johnston Middle School students.   A total of 75 students signed up to participate in February with the intent to invent. Forty percent of the entries made it through to the final stage of actually creating an invention, making a display board, and giving an oral presentation to volunteer judges from the school district and the community. Their inventions were displayed and students were given the opportunity to demonstrate their hard work and ingenuity to an adoring crowd of family and friends. All 31 students deserve recognition for their incredible accomplishments.

Five student inventions were chosen to represent Jack Jackter Intermediate School at the upcoming Connecticut state Invention Convention at UConn, scheduled to take place on May 4. Third-graders: Andrew Navickas - Fill & Feed, Shaan Parekh - Easy Chopsticks; Fourth-grader: Mallory Scherff - Fire Detector, Me Protector; Fifth-graders: Claire Galarneau - The Movie Slip, Kaylie Maynard - Splash Guard for Pets!


Colchester Learning Foundation awards grants to C3 and Colchester schools

On March 12, at the Colchester Board of Education meeting, the Colchester Learning Foundation generously awarded another round of mini-grants. The CLF invites Colchester educators and civic group leaders to apply for a grant. Grant proposals should involve a new, unique or innovative learning opportunity that will benefit the citizens of Colchester. Mini-grants were awarded to C3 (Collaborative for Colchester’s Children) and Colchester public schools as follows:

- C3 (Collaborative for Colchester’s Children) – $500. Funds to be used for New Books for the Bookmobile

- Dan Ramage (Bacon Academy) – $490.80. Funds to be used for Materials for Class to Build Picnic Tables for Bacon Academy

- Barbara Gilbert (Colchester public schools) – $487. Funds to be used for Professional Learning Communities at Work in Language Arts

- Linda Marchisio (Bacon Academy) – $500. Funds to be used for Speed Booking, Creating a Literacy Culture.

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