Sarah McMillin, a 2016 graduate of Stonington High School, is among the 265 students honored in October as University Scholars at Susquehanna University. The annual program was held in Susquehanna's Stretansky Concert Hall to recognize and congratulate Susquehanna's most successful student scholars. McMillin is a communications major in the Class of 2020. She is the daughter of George and Susan McMillin of Stonington.

Chariho Middle School Recognized the following students for Perfect Attendance Awards through a monthly Principals Lunch.  Winners for quarter 1 were: September; grade 5: Connor Gormly, Gillian Prisco;  grade 6: Russell Ide, Matthew King; grade 7: Emalyse Cabral, Sera Carrillo; grade 8: Riley Reed, Alexandra Maggs; October; grade 5:  Sean Holzinger, Gavin Card; grade 6: Julianne Manlove, Hayden Norris; grade 7: Kiera Frias, Eden Kelley; grade 8: Jillian Tierney, Braydon Simpkins; November - grade 5: Alexis Dugas, Sarah Lowe; grade 6: Marina Monteforte, Jacob Meehan; grade 7: Alexander Sensenig, James Conroy; grade 8: Faith Arthur, McKenzie Allen.

Chariho Middle School Students of the Quarter, chosen based on the core values of perseverance, responsibility, and integrity, not necessarily just academics, attended a quarterly breakfast with the principals and their families. Grade 5: Kyla Peltier, Adequoyah Mathews, Lainey Marcille, Allison Cole; grade 6: William Ellis, Lilah Jennings, Morgan Allen; grade 7: Kylie Hoffman, Jake Tedeschi, Isabella Macaruso; grade 8: Kaila Niland, Beatrice Cuevas.

Emma Sabbadini of Stonington was one of the more than 200 people who joined Connecticut State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier recently at a ceremony at the Legislative Office Building to celebrate 100 high school freshman and 100 high school seniors who were selected as recipients of a 2018 CHET Advance Scholarship. The CHET Advance Scholarship program awards $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors and an initial $2,000 scholarship to freshmen. The freshmen have the opportunity to receive an additional $500 if the student’s family saves $500 in a CHET account by the time the student goes to college. The winners, who were randomly selected from a pool of more than 1,500 applicants, hail from high schools across the state. 

Deborah Moscufo-Barner, a registered nurse at PACE Westerly has been chosen as a recipient of their Silent Star Award for 2018. Moscufo-Barner, who joined PACE Westerly two years ago, was an LPN educator at the Stone Academy in West Haven, Conn., prior to that time and has served in various nursing and nurse supervision positions at area medical facilities including Beacon Hospice, and the Connecticut Hospital at Branford. She studied to be an AAS Registered Nurse at the Community College of Philadelphia, and earned her Master of Science in Nursing/Health Care Education from the University of Phoenix.

Melissa Zinz, lead CNA at at PACE Westerly was awarded the Florence Madison Award for 2018, an award given in name of the founder of the Adult Day Center of Westerly, Florence Madison. The center, located on Union Street in Westerly, was founded in 1980. Zinz has been a registered CNA for 27 years, and has been at the Adult Day Center of Westerly since 2007. Having raised her family of three children in North Stonington, she now lives with her husband of 23 years, her son and his family, her great nephew, six pets and nine chickens in Ledyard. “Melissa was selected as the winner because she embodies Florence Madison’s kind, dedicated and compassionate energy, and is a proven leader in her role,” said Jennifer Young, the PACE day center director. “Through proper acknowledgement of our employees’ efforts, among many other tactics, PACE is able to grow and make positive changes to help us better serve our participants and communities.”

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