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    People, Oct. 5, 2013

    Thomas Rives of Amherst, N.H., grandson of Diane and Dick Smith of Westerly, is a member of the freshmen class at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, S.C.

    Meredith Susan Cann, daughter of Janet Angel of Richmond and David Cann of North Kingstown, graduated magna cum laude in May from Duquesne University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree. She majored in international relations, focusing on development, and a minored in German language. Following her graduation Meredith spent a month volunteering in Santarem, Brazil, teaching English classes to children, and then traveled to a rural health clinic to aid with basic health care services. Meredith is an alumna of the Meadowbrook Waldorf School and The Prout School.

    The New England Science & Sailing Foundation has named Sierra LaBonte, 14, of North Stonington as its 2013 C. D. Mallory Scholarship recipient. The merit scholarship for the foundation’s sailing program recognizes LaBonte’s passion for life on and around the sea and her steadfast leadership, kindness, humor, and teamwork with a focus on advancing the lives of others. “Sierra has dedicated herself to the mission of NESS as a sailor, advancing to a high level of skill, confidence, and sportsmanship,” said Cindy Nickerson, NESS executive director. “Beyond sailing, Sierra possesses the personal qualities embodied by C.D. Mallory that NESS seeks to inspire in our students.”

    Since 2010, when she entered NESS’s Optimist Learn to Sail class, LaBonte has refined her sailing skills under the guidance of U.S. Sailing certified coaches. Currently a member of NESS’s 420 Racing team, LaBonte is learning teamwork and competitive racing techniques in two-person, 14-foot 420 dinghies. In addition to sailing, LaBonte participates in marine science and adventure sports education at NESS. An honor student at Wheeler High School, LaBonte received NESS’s prestigious Junior Sailing Sportsmanship Award in 2011 and 2012. “NESS is proud and honored to welcome Sierra as this year’s C.D. Mallory Scholar because of her exemplary work ethic, devotion to teamwork, and leadership abilities,” said Spike Lobdell, president. “We’re very impressed and pleased with her progress and growth as a competitive sailor and her concern for her fellow students,” he said.

    Barbara Sealy Mallory Hathaway established the C. D. Mallory Scholarship endowment in honor of her late father, Clifford Day Mallory Sr., a nationally recognized mariner, shipbuilder and civic booster at the turn of the 20th century, and one of the founders and first president of the Mystic Seaport. Mallory was well known for promoting sailing as not merely a sport but a character-building experience. Not long after Mallory’s death in 1941, the U.S. Yacht Racing Union established the Mallory Cup, which today is one of the nation’s most coveted awards in sailing.

    The following local high school students were awarded the 2013 Saint Michael’s College Book Award for academic achievement with a social conscience, and were presented with a copy of “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers,” by Loung Ung, a 1993 Saint Michael’s College graduate. The award winners were Nolan Burkholder of Bradford, a student at Westerly High School; John Dong of Pawcatuck, a student at Stonington High School; Jocelyn Foraker of Hope Valley, a student at Chariho Regional High School; William Jeckel and Jessica Morgan of North Stonington, students at Wheeler High School; Gunther Stallman of Charlsetown, a student at Chariho Regional High School; Tatiana Trebisacci of Westerly, a student at Westerly High School; and Rochelle Wang of Pawcatuck, a student at Stonington High School.

    Danielle Krystina Jacobs of Pawcatuck has enrolled at Clemson University where she is majoring in general engineering.



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