Posted on Jun 18, 2020
The Putnam Rotary Club recently honored the valedictorians and salutatorians from schools within its service area.
Each of them received a plaque acknowledging their accomplishments.
Honored were:
         
Marianapolis: Valedictorian Brendan Phaneuf from Danielson. He will be attending Providence College in the fall. Salutatorian Elizabeth Schoemer is from Oxford, Mass. She will be attending Trinity College and plans on majoring in engineering.
 
         
Pomfret School: Valedictorian Bao “Tintin” Nguyen. He recently graduated as a two-year senior. He was a member of the Outdoor Adventure Group, the Recreational Tennis Team, and the Math Team and took part in the Pomfret STEM Exploration Certificate Program (investigating Modern Cosmology and Black Holes through independent studies, learning Data Science programming on analyzing astronomical datasets, and initiating an observatory automation project). He wants to pursue astrophysics as a vocation, not just a subject or a future job. He will attend the University of Arizona and plans a double major, physics and astronomy in the next four years --- his next steps towards unveiling the mysteries of the cosmos.
Pomfret School:
Salutatorian Eva Steinitz of Arlington, Mass., graduated after two years. She coxed for the varsity four for the men's crew team and managed the varsity volleyball and women's basketball teams. She was secretary of VOICE, the diversity organization; and was president of Hillel, the Jewish organization. She was also a QUEST leader in the Social Justice & Diversity pillar, creating and facilitating programming around those topics for juniors and seniors. She’s going to the University of Richmond to study studio art and psychology and continue coxing crew.
 
       
Putnam High:
Co-valedictorians: Molly McKeon is going to UConn and plans to major in accounting; Ellie Morissette is going to UConn and plans to major in mathematics.
 
Tourtellotte:
Valedictorian Jesse Trottier said he enjoyed learning new things since a young age, and this school system facilitated my curiosity. He said somewhere along the way he found his passion was math and science. He will attend UConn and major in biomedical engineering.
Salutatorian is Nima Sherpa.
 
 
The Woodstock Academy:
Valedictorian is Nathan Craig. He was a captain of the varsity soccer team, ran track, participated in math team, robotics club, Earthsave, and was also a member of five different honor societies. He also volunteered at Daily Bread food bank in Putnam and at Day Kimball Hospital. He plans to attend Brown University to study physics.
 
Salutatorian is Caitlyn Sroczenski and she took part in the Science Bowl club, the Writing Centaur, tennis, and a number of honor societies. She said she is an avid reader, coffee enthusiast, and dog-lover. On the weekends (and some weekdays) you’ll find me at JC Penney, folding clothes and running the cash register. She is going to UConn as a nursing major, and hopes to get a masters and advanced practitioner license after that.
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