Ellington High School's Cohen and Larew earn top honors

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Thu., Jun. 13, 2013
Andrew Cohen is Ellington High School's valedictorian. Photos courtesy of Ellington High School. - Contributed Photo

Ellington High School's Class of 2013 valedictorian is Andrew Cohen, the son of Steve and Flo Cohen. Cohen received high honors and scholar-athlete recognition for all four of his years at Ellington High School. Among the awards he's received are the Harvard Radcliffe Book Award and the Bausch and Lomb Science Award, and he was a Connecticut Association of Schools Governor's Scholar Candidate.

A member of the Student Council, Cohen was the Connecticut Boys State delegate sponsored by the American Legion and a Rensselaer medalist, and was also a member of the award-winning 2011 Chemistry Olympiad group representing Ellington High School.

A major contributor to the EHS atlhetic program, Cohen has played on the boys' indoor track and boys' soccer teams, receiving All-Conference recognition for both. As a captain of the soccer team, he also received recognition as an All-State and All-New England soccer player. He is a recipient of the Dr. Valerio Moretti Scholar Athlete Award and was selected to the boys’ soccer NSCAA Scholar All-American team in 2012. Cohen was recognized by the Connecticut Association of Schools as a Scholar-Athlete. He was also actively involved with the Ellington Youth Basketball program and participated in Relay for Life.

In the fall, Cohen will be in the honors biomedical engineering program at the University of Connecticut.

Alexandra Larew, the daughter of Bob and Kathy Larew, is the EHS Class of 2013 salutatorian. She was recognized as a class scholar, is a member of the National Honor Society and has consistently been on the high honor roll. She has received awards for excellence in the following subjects: AP Calculus, AP Psychology, AP Environmental Science, and UConn English. Larew was also selected as Ellington High School’s Girls State representative sponsored by the American Legion.

Larew is active in both athletics and academics. Athletically, she’s been recognized as a scholar-athlete every season of her career and has received the 2012 Sportsmanship Award and the 2013 Outstanding Athlete Award. As captain of the softball team, she received the Coaches’ Award, All-Conference and Scholar-Athlete Award. In volleyball, she was captain and recipient of the Coaches’ Award and MVP Award. She was also recognized by the Connecticut Association of Schools as a Scholar Athlete. As a senior, Larew was a member of the school golf team and received the Coaches’ Award and All-State distinction.

She was an Executive Board Member of Rise Above, a student leadership group, as well as a member of the Knight Writers Literary Magazine Club.

Larew’s community involvement included coaching girls' recreation basketball, being a student representative on the Council for Developing a Positive Youth Culture (DPYC), serving as a mentor for at-risk students in the middle school, and participating in the Connecticut Youth Forum activities.

Larew plans on attending Villanova University and will be majoring in communication.

The following class scholars represent the highest 5 percent of the Class of 2013: Andrew Cohen, Alexandra Larew, Margo Bailey, Julie Bezanson, Blaire Herter, Karli King, Gabriella Rubino, Ann Sawamura, Carolyn Schafer and Ann Skorulski.

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