The annual Connecticut Scholastic Art Contest last month resulted in 18 Gold Key Award winners from the Fairfield public school district. Gold Key Awards are given to less than 400 students from grades 7-12 throughout Connecticut.

From Fairfield Ludlowe High School, 10 students were selected: Alison Gentry, Peyton Siegel, Katie Valus, Emily Scimeca, Jackie Berens, Katie Hinkle, Sara Greenwald, David Rivera, Tristan Carey and Jisoo Kim. Also, Kiara Gambuzza, Zachary Lee and Micah Maharry-Hill were chosen from Fairfield Warde High School.

At the middle school level, Jessica Hensel and Ellen Downard from Roger Ludlowe Middle School and Chloe Yoder and Daniya Ali from Tomlinson Middle School were picked.

In addition, Hensel was selected as an American Visions and Voices nominee for “Best of Show” for her painting “On the Bridge.” This distinction was awarded to only five students across all categories and grade levels in Connecticut.

All Gold Key artwork will be on display at the Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford through Feb. 3. It is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends from 12-4 p.m.

The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony at 2 p.m. Jan. 29.

Furthermore, the Gold Key entries will be entered in the National Scholastic Art Contest in March. The Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, Zac Posen and Lena Dunham.

On the dean’s list

Fairfield residents Khaila Fitzgerald and Michael Hughes made the dean’s list for the fall semester at Curry College in Milton, Mass. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.30 grade-point average, have no incompletes, and have no grade lower than a “C” for the semester. Full-time students must carry 12 or more graded credits for the semester.

Fairfield’s Emma Patrone and Kyle Cavadi made the dean’s list for the fall semester at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

Patrone, who is scheduled to graduate in 2017, is majoring in communication studies, and Cavadi, who is scheduled to graduate in 2019, is majoring in finance.

Springfield College in Massachusetts recognized two Fairfield natives who made the dean’s list for the 2016 fall semester. Peter Detrik is studying applied exercise science. Amy Jo Sheketoff is studying health science and pre-physical therapy.

Criteria for selection to the dean’s list requires that the student must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded coursework for the semester, the student must not have any incompletes in the designated semester, and the student must have a minimum semester grade-point average of 3.5 for the semester.

A number of Fairfield residents made the fall dean’s list at the University of Connecticut: Bassil Akach, Jude Andrew Alaba, Brianna Marie Amicone, Thomas Edward Anderson, David Anthony Bachoy, Mary Louise Ball, Brandon John Bisack, Riley H. Blumenfield, Jacqueline Rose Bodnar, Sarthak Bothra, Kyle Ryan Boyle, Theodore Hiroshi Carraro, Shahzad Prince Chughatta, Fikreta Cirikovic, Matthew Crowe, Alexandra Noelle Deangelis, Nicholas Demaso, Kelly Anna DeMeo, Nicole Figueira Devin, Sean Patrick Doherty, Sean Patrick Donohue, Ryan Duval, Kristin Ann Errett, Conor P. Gallagher, Sean Patrick Homa, Sung Soo Kim, Ian W. Leighton, Brandon Paul Lopes, Lauren Nicole Lopes, Jonathan Luo, Harrison James Mangines, Dylan Slone Marshall, Molly Sarah McHugh, Sadie Abigail Moncayo, Daniel Andrew Munteanu, Ari Nishimura-Gasparian, Julia Colleen Oppenheimer, Julia Mary Pangallo, Alyssa Mackenzie Pierne, Melissa Kathleen Purdy, Vishwa Pankaj Raval, Matthew Remsberg, Leslie Rojas, Christopher Patrick Sacco, Thomas Brennan Scheller, Brooke Abigail Siegel, Tami Lynn Stawicki, George Gabriel Wales, Sofia C. Wall, Corbinian Niclas Wanner, Morgan Elizabeth Wyckoff and Michael Carroll Tommins.

Four Southport section residents made the dean’s list at UConn: Hope Dieffenbach, Jenifer Repaci, Samuel Schulten and Hillary Therriault.

Eight Fairfield residents have qualified for the fall dean’s list at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must have completed 12 or more credits during a semester for letter grades with at least a 3.30 quality-point average.

Wesley M. Dowden is majoring in environmental and natural resource economics; Stephanie Margaret Schramm is majoring in textile, fashion merchandising and design; Megan Mirgorodsky is majoring in nutrition and dietetics; Richard F. Connington is majoring in plant sciences; Emma L. Wilkinson is majoring in wildlife conservation biology; Clayton Tovey Mitchell; Laura C. Yanez is majoring in human development and family studies; and Lian Ngaopraseut is majoring in pharmacy.

Seven Fairfield residents have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Vermont in Burlington: Lilac-Jane Blau, Nell Carpenter, Katherine Fain, Erin Farrell, Tyler Kane, Alex Ram and Damien Socia. To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

Western Connecticut State University in Danbury has named the following Fairfield residents to the dean’s list for fall: Gayle Lautenschlager, social work; Alexander Petshaft, audio and music production; Laura Portera, musical theatre; Abdul Rahimyar, mathematics; and Abdullah Rahimyar, management information systems.

Call for photos

The Fairfield Museum and History Center will host its ninth annual IMAGES Juried Photography Show to celebrate the exceptional work of talented photographers in the region.

Entries will be accepted through Feb. 5.

Professional, serious amateur and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are invited to participate.

The show will be on display from March 9 to April 30. The photography of Joe Standart will also be on display.

Visit for information or to enter.

Sporting license buyers beware

Anglers and hunters should be aware of at least two active non-Department of Energy and Environmental Protection websites where one can, purportedly, purchase a fishing license, hunting license or receive hunter education training: and

Connecticut Fish and Wildlife posted on its Facebook page that, “among other things, these sites offer information on how their products can simplify the purchase of a CT fishing license or hunting license.

“Though some of the logistical licensing information is correct and may be useful, these sites also offer a consumer the ability to purchase time-saving downloads for recreational licensing services that are specifically NOT affiliated with the CT DEEP. The consumer on these sites should understand that they are only getting ‘assistance’ for their money and not an actual fishing or hunting license. Additionally, the money being charged by these websites is not a ‘credit’ toward the purchase of any CT fishing or hunting license.”

All of the state licensing information that one needs can be found on the DEEP Sporting Licenses webpage at

P2P accepting donations

A full week earlier than anticipated, the P2P Clothing Center in Darien is again accepting donations of seasonally appropriate clothing, footwear and outerwear, as well as small household items.

For information, call Darien site manager Aidan Wildes at 203-621-0685.