Parish Hill High School graduating class small, but active

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Chaplin - posted Tue., Jun. 25, 2013
Parish Hill valedictorian Randall Borruso and salutatorian Delaney Stearns prepare for a commencement rehearsal on June 21. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Parish Hill valedictorian Randall Borruso and salutatorian Delaney Stearns prepare for a commencement rehearsal on June 21. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The Parish Hill High School Class of 2013 is a very small class compared to other local high schools. Just 38 students make up this year’s graduating class. On June 21, some of those students sat down between an awards breakfast and a commencement ceremony rehearsal to talk about their time at the school.

“From what I’ve seen, we’ve had some of the brightest, most intelligent people I’ve ever known,” said class president Brandon Slowik.

“I also think that a lot of genuinely good individuals are part of this class,” said valedictorian Randall Borruso.

“We don’t have a lot of cliques, either,” added salutatorian Delaney Stearns. “We’re all just one big group.”

Due to the small size of classes, “We have that close, personal connection to the teachers,” said Stearns. Parish Hill students perform well on standardized tests. “As a school, we have really good test scores,” said Stearns. “We always test really high.”

The students said they’d been told that they share a high level of motivation, as a class, compared to previous classes. “We want to succeed, we want to do well,” said Stearns.

Students tend to be involved in a number of different activities, said the trio, from volunteer opportunities, to clubs, to sports. This proclivity is evident in the two top students in this year’s graduating class. Valedictorian Borruso, in addition to taking an advanced-level calculus class created just for him, played for both the baseball team and the soccer team. He was named most valuable defender for the soccer team and played for the All-Conference CSC team.

Salutatorian Stearns has played soccer, basketball and softball, and has participated with the Diversity Club and the Gay-Staight Alliance. She has been recognized for leadership in sports and named a scholar athlete. “We’re a very involved school,” said Stearns.

Both Stearns and Borruso are off to UConn in the fall, where Stearns will study mathematics in the hope of transferring into the engineering program. Borruso plans to study biomedical engineering.

According to Lawrence Miller, director of guidance at Parish Hill, 100 percent of this year’s seniors are graduating. One-hundred percent met the standard for the Senior Capstone Project. Eighty-three percent of the seniors are scheduled to attend institutions of post-secondary education.

Among the outstanding athletes from this year’s graduating class are Nick Harrington, named to the first team for All-State and the Division IV state champion in golf. Stearns was an Academic All-State in softball and a three-sport varsity team member in addition to being selected as the female CIAC Scholar Athlete. Borruso was named to the first team for All-Conference in soccer and selected as the male CIAC Scholar Athlete. Billy Lehoux was selected for the first team for All-Conference and named as MVP in soccer and selected Most Outstanding Player in basketball.  He was a three-year captain in soccer and two-year captain in basketball.  Lehoux was also named to the Academic All-State team in basketball.

Molly Finnigan was selected for the second team for All-Conference and named MVP in soccer; was selected for the second team for All-Conference in basketball; was named All-Conference, MVP, and played in the junior and senior All-Star games for softball. Finnigan was a three-year captain in soccer, and a two-year captain in basketball and softball. She was a four-year varsity member in all three sports.

Parish Hill seniors participated in the concert choir, concert band, and chamber choir as the groups competed in a national competition in Boston in April. The concert band earned a bronze award, the concert choir a silver, and the chamber choir a gold.

Lehoux participated in the Connecticut Youth Financial Education Institute at the University of Connecticut School of Business, being accepted as 1 of 30 students in the state.


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