Two high school seniors were recently honored by Fairfield County Children’s Choir for their commitment to choral music, composition, and scholarship.

Fairfield’s Stephen Kelly and Natalia Zhiltsova earned this year’s Choral Scholar Award for their dedication and participation in the internationally recognized FCCC. Both have been choir members for the past nine years, from fourth through 12 grades.

Fellow Fairfielders and soon-to-be graduates Nicole Marino, Daphne Saloomey and Abi Varsos were also honored by by the FCCC.

Eco champions

In recognition for its work conserving 1,700 acres of open space land in Fairfield, Easton, Westport and Weston over the last 50 years, The Aspetuck Land Trust was awarded the 2017 Aquarion Environmental Champion Award in the nonprofit organization category.

The award was announced June 3 at the Beardsley Park Zoo in Bridgeport.

The presentation was made by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

The awards recognize volunteer projects that have significantly contributed to the improvement of environmental quality through the protection, conservation, restoration and stewardship of Connecticut’s water, air, soils, and plant and wildlife habitats.

For its efforts, Aspetuck Land Trust received a $2,500 grant.

The land protected by the group provides a safe home for over 500 species of mammals, birds, amphibians, and plants and is accessible to the public for outdoor recreation and scientific education. Other notable accomplishments include a three-year project with Connecticut DEEP to restore salt marshes with native plants along the Saugatuck River and the maintenance of 40 miles of hiking trails along its 45 nature preserves.

Among the graduates

Carter Raha of Farifield, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Alabama during ceremonies May 5-7.

Loyola University Maryland recognized six Fairfield natives from the class of 2017 at its Commencement Exercises May 20.

Meghan Daley, of Fairfield, received a bachelor’s degree in business administration; Mary Alice Devaney, of Fairfield, received a bachelor’s degree in communication; Caroline Magee, of Fairfield, received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting; Brian McAvey, of Fairfield, received a bachelor’s degree in business administration; Briana Stuhlman, of Fairfield, received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education; and Katherine Walpole, of Southport, received a bachelor’s degree in global studies.

About 475 students graduated from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. on June 11.

Chloe Bartlett, of Southport, received a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in anthropology. Kyle Mason, of Fairfield, received a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. Naina Thota, of Fairfield, received a bachelor’s in biology.

At its 216th commencement celebration the weekend of May 20 and 21, the University of Vermont in Burlington conferred degrees on an estimated 3,228 graduates, including seven Fairfield natives.

Sarah Bull graduated with a bachelor’s in sociology; Richard Coppola III graduated with a bachelor’s in political science; Katharine Craig graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology; Erin Farrell graduated with a bachelor’s in elementary education, K-6; Tyler Kane graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering; Jacquelyn Langham graduated with a bachelor’s in political science; and Taylor Norton graduated with a bachelor’s in geology

Four Fairfield natives graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. May 5.

Charles Edison graduated with a degree in marketing. Eva Filan graduated with a degree in hospitality management. Emma Patrone graduated with a degree in communication studies. Casey Smith graduated with a degree in statistics.