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2010 Raymond F. Gates Scholarship Winners
 
50 outstanding students from across CT were awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships this year. The scholarships were presented during the July 20th CAR Board of Directors meeting.

The Raymond F. Gates, Jr. 2010 Scholarship Recipients pictured from left to right are:
Front Row: Olivia Honer, Christina Carpanzano, Stephanie Griffin, Cassandra Sodergren, Amanda Pasek, Megan Woodruff, Julia Danforth, Kristen Church-Reed

Middle Row: (Scholarship Committee Members) Marian Van Egas, AnnMarie Sementilli and Michael Casey, Gabrielle Carpanzano, Tyler Scheibenpflug, Patrick Garvin, Alexis Peters, James Fayal, Brandon Okray, Emily Hayes, Emily Potrzeba, (Scholarship Committee Member) Bruce Scuderi and (CAR President) Nicholle Dagata

Back Row: Catherine Grasso, Megha Shah, Alan Southworth, Tyler Matt, Jessica Kline, Mark Lightowler, Kara Lightowler, Jessica DePietro

*Missing from the photograph are 2010 Scholarship Committee Members, Paul Ott and Maria Bonnetti.
 
Jake Albert graduated in June from Brookfield High School and will attend Tufts University where he plans to double major in Political Science and Philosophy. Throughout high school, he consistently attained high honors and in 2009 was nominated to the National Youth Leadership Forum. Jake is the son of Mary and Paul Albert. Mary is a REALTOR® with Century 21 Scalzo Group and a member of the Northern Fairfield County Association.

Christina Carpanzano recently graduated from Trinity Catholic High School and will attend Rider University in the fall where she has been accepted into the university's Musical Theatre program. During high school, she served as a school ambassador, coordinated Jump-for-a-Cure and was a member of the schools volleyball and softball teams. Christina is the daughter of Eileen and Dominick Carpanzano. Eileen is a REALTOR® with William Pitt Sotheby's International and a member of the Stamford Board.

Gabrielle Carpanzano is entering her senior year at UConn's Stamford branch where she is majoring in Communications. Gabrielle serves as the President of the Student Government Association at the college. Her advisor describes her as: 100% committed, a person who motivates/leads and is full of energy and passion. Gabrielle is the daughter of Eileen and Dominick Carpanzano. Eileen is a REALTOR® with William Pitt Sotheby's International and a member of the Stamford Board.

Kristen Church-Reed is a recent graduate of Norwich Free Academy and in the fall will attend the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where she will study Pharmacy and Health Sciences. During her years in high school, Kristen was a member of the National Honor Society and participated in tennis and track. Kristen is the daughter of Cynthia and Robert Church-Reed. Cynthia is a REALTOR® with the Partner Network and a member of the Eastern CT Association.

Jeffrey Craw graduated in June 2009 from St. Joseph High School and recently finished his first year at the University of Miami-Frost School of Music where he is pursuing a dual major in music and business with a focus on music production. Jeffrey is the son of Jeff and Lorrie Craw. Jeff is a REALTOR® with William Raveis Real Estate and a member of the Bridgeport Board.

Kyle Cloutier graduated in June from New Milford High School and will attend the University of Maryland in the fall and major in Aerospace Engineering. During high school, Kyle was a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society and maintained NMHS Highest Honors from 2007-2010. Kyle is the son of Maureen and William Cloutier. Maureen is a REALTOR® with Prudential Adams and Associates and a member of the New Milford Board.

Julia Danforth graduated in June from New Canaan High School where she won "The Leadership Challenge Award" and maintained honors throughout high school. Her teacher describes Julia as strong, sensitive, determined and respectful. She will be attending Colby-Sawyer College in the fall. Julia is the daughter of Laura and Michael Danforth. Laura is a REALTOR® with William Raveis Real Estate and a member of the New Canaan Board.

Jessica Deschenes is a recent graduate of Lyman Memorial High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society and the sports editor of the school newspaper. Jessica will attend UConn in the fall where she will pursue a 5 year Elementary Education program. Jessica is the daughter of Catherine and Paul Deschenes. Catherine is a REALTOR® with RE/MAX East of the River and a member of the Hartford Association.

Zoe DeStories is a 2010 graduate of Newtown High School where she received numerous academic awards and was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" by her senior class. She will attend Harvard College in the fall. Zoe is described by her counselor as determined, ambitious and intellectually curious. Zoe is the daughter of Rosemarie and Jack DeStories. Rosemarie is a self employed Broker REALTOR® and a member of the Northern Fairfield County Association.

Jessica DiPietro attends Salisbury University where she is pursing a double major in Political Science and History. She participates in her student government where she serves as the Vice President of Public Relations. Jessica is the daughter of Carolyn and Joe DiPietro. Carolyn is a REALTOR® with Prudential CT Realty and a member of the Midd-Shore Association.

Zachary Dominello graduated in June from Nonnewaug High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society and Captain of the football, lacrosse and indoor track teams. Zachary plans to attend the College of William and Mary where he will pursue the study of biology. He is the son of John and Corey Dominello. John is a REALTOR® with Joyce S. Drakeley Real Estate and a member of the Waterbury Board.

James Fayal attends the University of Maryland and is a Business major. He is described as incredibly bright, highly motivated and a natural leader. James spent last summer doing missionary work in Ecuador and this year he is interning at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. He is the son of Annemarie Haag and James E. Fayal. Annemarie is a REALTOR® with RE/MAX Coast & Country and a member of the Eastern CT Association.

Lisa Fox is a 2010 graduate of Ridgefield High School where she was captain of the swim team and a National Honor Society member. Every summer Lisa has participated in the Appalachia Service project which is a Christian volunteer organization concerned with home repair for low income families. She will attend the University of Wisconsin in the fall. Lisa is the daughter of Sheila and John Fox. Sheila is a REALTOR® with Neumann Real Estate and a member of the Ridgefield Board.

Maxwell Freccia is a recent graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School where he was an academic scholar and a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies. In the fall, he will attend Tufts University where he will study Finance or Math. He is the son of Missy and Vincent Freccia. Missy is a REALTOR® with The Real Estate Information Center and a member of the Stamford Board.

Patrick Galvin graduated in June from Farmington High School and will be attending Gettysburg College in the fall where he will study Economics and Business. Patrick has participated in numerous community service initiatives and was co-captain of the baseball team. In the fall he will pitch for the Gettysburg Bullets. Patrick is the son of John and Donna Galvin. John is the Designated REALTOR® of Andrews and Galvin Appraisal Services and a member of the Hartford Association.

Lauren Gaudreau is a recent graduate of Glastonbury High School where she participated in multiple sports and maintained high honors. In the fall Lauren will attend Northeastern University where she will pursue a degree in International Business. Lauren is the daughter of Jan and Don Gaudreau. Jan is a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and a member of the Hartford Association.

Catherine Grasso graduated in June from St. Joseph High School and will be attending Stonehill College in the fall studying English and Journalism. During high school, she was in the National and Spanish Honor Societies, a Spanish tutor and active volunteer. Catherine is the daughter of Mary Beth and Ralph Grasso. Mary Beth is a REALTOR® with Keller Williams Real Estate and a member of the Gr. Fairfield Board, Ralph is a REALTOR® with A.R.S. Partners and a member of the Stamford Board.

Stephanie Griffin recently graduated from Lyman Hall High School where she was a scholar athlete and a member of the National Honor Society. In the fall she will attend Quinnipiac University where she will pursue a major in Communications. Stephanie is the daughter of Margaret and Thomas Griffin. Margaret is a REALTOR® with Guerra REALTORS® and a member of the Midd-Shore Association.

Emily Hayes is a recent graduate of Berlin High School where she served as a Senior Board Member for the Up Beat Leadership Program, was a Girl Scout Troop Leader and received All Academic recognition. In the fall she will attend the University of Rhode Island and participate in the Honors Exploratory program. Emily is the daughter of Andrea and Timothy Hayes. Andrea is a REALTOR® with Prudential CT Realty and a member of the Hartford Association.

Olivia Honer graduated in June from Old Saybrook Senior High School and will be attending Emerson College in the fall pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater Studies. During high school, Olivia was a member of the Spring Musicals, Pep Band, and played on the high school lacrosse team. She is the daughter of Ken and Cathy Honer. Ken is a REALTOR® with Prudential CT Realty and a member of the Midd-Shore Association.

Hannah Horowitz is entering her senior year at Harvard College where she is currently pursuing a program in Earth and Planetary Sciences. During college she has worked on research for the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group as well as participated in the Harvard Flute Ensemble and band. Hannah is the daughter of Ralph and Maureen Horowitz. Maureen is a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and a member of the Hartford Association.

Brian Hsia is a 2010 graduate of Loomis Chaffee School where he graduated cum laude. Brian participated in soccer, concert choir and was a chamber singer. In the fall, he will attend the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Science where he will pursue a major in Biology. Brian is the son of Annie Chong and Eddy Hsia. Annie is a REALTOR® with Century 21-William R. Smith Realty and a member of the Hartford Association.

Kara Kapell graduated in June from Trumbull High School where she received high honors, participated in multiple community service activities and played on both the varsity lacrosse and soccer teams. She will be attending Roanoke University in the fall pursuing a Liberal Arts education. Kara is the daughter of Joseph and Barbara Kapell. Joseph is a REALTOR® with RE/MAX Right Choice and a member of the Bridgeport Board.

Stephanie Kearns attends Merrimack College where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with minors in Business Administration and Mathematics. Stephanie is a Research Assistant, a Campus Ministry volunteer and member of the pep band. Stephanie is the daughter of Heidi and Walter Kearns. Heidi is a REALTOR® with E. J. Murphy Realty and a member of the Litchfield County Board.

Jessica Kline is a 2010 graduate of Lauralton Hall and will be attending Bryant University in the fall where she plans to pursue a degree in Marketing. Jessica was recently secretary of her class and participated in many community and school service projects. She is the daughter of Karen and James Kline. Karen is a REALTOR® with Carbutti & Co. REALTORS® and a member of the New Haven Association.

Kori Krichko graduated in June from Ridgefield High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society, a Scholar Athlete and participated in indoor/outdoor track, soccer and cross country. Kori was named Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference-Scholar Athlete. In the fall she will be attending the University of Vermont to study Environmental Engineering. Kori is the daughter of Leslie and Kip Krichko. Leslie is a REALTOR® with William Pitt Sotheby's International and a member of the Ridgefield Board.

Kara Lightowler attends Marist College and is majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice and is hoping for a career with the FBI. Kara has maintained academic honors during her first two years in college while also participating in Marist College Division I Cross Country and Indoor & Outdoor track. Kara is the daughter of Maribeth and Mark Lightowler. Maribeth is a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and a member of the New Haven Association.

Mark Lightowler graduated in June from Notre Dame High School where he was a member of the National & Spanish Honor Societies and a Scholar Athlete. He will be attending UConn in the fall where he will study Biology. He hopes to attend medical school in the future. Mark is the son of Maribeth and Mark Lightowler. Maribeth is a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and a member of the New Haven Association.

Megan Mabee is a recent graduate of Shelton High School where she was involved in cross country, track and soccer, participated in the school drama program and served as a staff member of the school paper. In the fall, she will attend UConn and study in the Honor Program. Megan is the daughter of Leigh and Michael Mabee. Leigh is a REALTOR® with Connie Murawski Village REALTORS® and a member of the Bridgeport Board.

Syntia Malicka is a recent graduate from Southington High School and will be attending Mercy College in the fall where she will study Social Work. During high school, she participated in the Best Buddies Club, DECA and played on the school Volleyball team. Syntia is the daughter of Beata and Marcin Malicka. Beata is a REALTOR® with SAL CAL Real Estate and a member of the Mid-State Association.

Danielle Marshak attends Brown University focusing her studies in Applied Mathematics and Economics. She presently serves on the Finance Staff for the Brown Daily Herald and as an Analyst for the Brown University Responsible Investment Fund. Danielle is the daughter of Lynn Walkoff and Craig Marshak. Lynn is a REALTOR® with William Pitt Sotheby's International and a member of the Mid-Fairfield County Association.

Tyler Matt is a 2010 graduate of Canton High School. He will attend Clemson University and pursue a program of study in Bioengineering. Throughout high school, Tyler was an Honor student, a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies and ran both cross country and indoor/outdoor track. Tyler is the son of Lisa Barall and Todd Matt. Lisa is a REALTOR® with RE/MAX Premier Realty and a member of the Hartford Association.

Joy Meng attends UConn where she is pursuing the study of Pharmacology. She has volunteered in the Pharmacy and Emergency Departments at Windham Community Hospital, tutored students from grades K-8 and was involved in the America Reads Project. Joy is the daughter of Wenzhi Meng and Jing Wang. Wenzhi is a REALTOR® with Century 21 Bay-Mar Realty and a member of the Mid-State Association.

Anna Nassiff is a 2010 graduate of Windham High School. She plans on attending Macalester College, pursuing a program of study in anthropology and linguistics. Throughout high school, Anna received high honors as well as many awards for her outstanding academic ability. Anna is the daughter of Richard Nassiff and Terese Duenzel. Richard is a REALTOR® with Ferrigno Real Estate and a member of the Tri-County Board.

Brandon Okray is a recent graduate of University High School of Science and Engineering. His plan is to pursue a major in Chemical Engineering, with a minor in Business Administration at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Throughout his high school years Brandon took active part in many different programs, receiving awards such as the First Robotics Regional Award, Boys and Girls Citizenship Award and Clarkson Leadership Award. Brandon is the son of Kenneth and Nita Okray. Kenneth is a REALTOR® with Prudential Bristol and a member of the Hartford Association.

Amanda Pasek graduated in June from Glastonbury High School and will attend The George Washington University in the fall. Throughout her high school years, Amanda was a member of the National Honor Society, the National Hispanic Honor Society and the National French Honor Society. Amanda wishes to find a profession that enables her to give back to the community. She is the daughter of William and Annette Pasek. Annette is a REALTOR® with Prudential CT Realty and a member of the Hartford Association.

Alexis Peters attends Boston University pursuing a double major in International Relations and Political Science, with a Business or French minor. She was the campus coordinator for Students for a Just and Stable Future, a member of the varsity indoor and outdoor track and cross country, as well as Boston University Outing club and Boston University Running Club. Alexis is the daughter of Kenneth and Michele Peters. Michele is a REALTOR® with Prudential CT Realty and a member of the Eastern CT Association.

Chase Philpot is a recent graduate of Ledyard High School and will be attending Dickinson College exploring the program of International Relations and Foreign Affairs. During his high school years he was a member of the Student Congress, fall and winter lacrosse and the football team. Chase is the son of Lloyd and Jenifer Philpot. Jenifer is a REALTOR® with RE/MAX Realty Group and a member of the Eastern CT Association.

Emily Potrzeba graduated in June from Woodstock Academy and plans on attending UConn in the fall. She wishes to pursue a career as a pre-communication science major. Her concentration will be in the pre-professional program of communication disorders. Throughout high school Emily consistently maintained honors. She was a representative for her student class council and received outstanding achievement awards in art and drawing. Emily is the daughter of James and Joann Potrzeba. James is a REALTOR® with Northeast Realty and a member of the Mid-State Association.

Anne Riddle recently graduated from Immaculate High School. She plans to attend Saint Joseph's University in the fall, majoring in Psychology with a potential minor in Spanish. She received high honors throughout high school. Anne was a Class A Volunteer with the Special Olympics program, as well as a classroom tutor at Ellsworth Avenue Elementary School. Anne is the daughter of Eric and Nancy Riddle. Nancy is a REALTOR® with William Raveis Real Estate and a member of Northern Fairfield County Association.

Tyler Scheibenpflug graduate in June from Wolcott High and will be attending Lyndon State College in the fall. Tyler participated in the Ski Club, indoor and outdoor track, and was a member of the marching band. He's received awards such as, Summa Cum Laude in Meteorology, All State cross country and second honors grades nine through twelve. Tyler was selected to attend the Jr. National Young Leaders Conference as well as being chosen to attend American Legion CT Boys State. Tyler is the son of John and Susan Scheibenpflug. Susan is a REALTOR® with Perrella Realty and a member of Mid-State Association.

Richard Senft attends Rochester Institute of Technology pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Game Design and Development. Richard has made Dean's List all quarters of attendance at RIT. He is a member of the Rochester Wargammer's Association and Guild, as well as an executive board assistant in the Electronic Gaming Society. Richard is the son of Richard and Vivian Senft. Vivian is a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and a member of the Midd-Shore Association.

Megha Shah is a recent graduate of Danbury High School and will attend Rutgers University with an interest in pharmaceuticals. Throughout high school Megha was on the academic honor roll, recipient of the AP Scholar Award, Columbia University Book Award and the Young Citizenship Award from the National Exchange Club. She is an active member in the Key Club, the Medical Career's Club, and the National Honor Society. Megha is the daughter of Ajay and Harsha Shah. Ajay is a REALTOR® with Nationwide Homes and a member of the Northern Fairfield County Association.

Cassandra Sodergren graduated in June from Haddam-Killingworth High School where she was an active member in the Spirit Club, Human Relations Club, and spring track. Cassandra participated in dance and was an assistant dance teacher for young boys during her junior and senior years of high school. She plans on attending Assumption College in the fall. Cassandra is the daughter of Shawn and Debbie Sodergren. Debbie is a REALTOR® with William Raveis Real Estate of Guilford and a member of the Midd-Shore Association.

Alan Southworth is a recent graduate of Staples High School and will attend Princeton University, pursuing his interest in science and music. He hopes to double major in biology and neuroscience. During his high school years Alan was a member of the National and Spanish National Honor Societies. He took part in the school Jazz Band and the Math Team. Alan is the son of Jeffrey and Frances Southworth. Frances is a REALTOR® with Riverside Realty Group and a member of the Mid-Fairfield County Association.

Caroline Steffen graduated in June from Staples High School and plans on attending Dartmouth College in the fall. She will pursue a BA in Environmental Engineering. Throughout high school Caroline was a member of the National Honor Society and a National AP Scholar with Honors. Caroline is the daughter of Mark and Elizabeth Steffen. Elizabeth is a REALTOR® with the Higgins Group and a member of the Mid-Fairfield County Association.

Anthony Valentini, Jr. is a 2010 graduate of New Fairfield High School. He plans to attend Clemson University in the fall and will major in business. During his high school years Anthony played football, basketball, and baseball. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Lambda Alpha Beta Gamma: Business Honors Society. Anthony is the son of Anthony and Angelina Valentini. Angelina is a REALTOR® with William Pitt Sotheby's International and a member of the Northern Fairfield County Association.

Dalton Werner is a 2010 graduate from the Hopkins School and will attend McGill University in the fall. He wishes to pursue an International Development Studies Major with a minor in Economics. During his high school years, he took part in lacrosse, football, swimming, and water polo and was recognized as a National Merit Scholar. Dalton is the son of Douglas Werner and Leanna Lawler. Douglas is a REALTOR® with William Pitt Sotheby's International and a member of the Darien Board.

Morgan Wolfe graduated in June from Greenwich High School and will attend Tulane University in the fall. Throughout high school Morgan took part in the tennis team, became an academic tutor for elementary and middle school students and participated in several choral groups. She was a member of the National Honor Society and recognized as an AP Scholar. She is the daughter of Michael and Sara Wolfe. Sara is the Designated REALTOR® with Archstone Associates and a member of the Greenwich Association.

Megan Woodruff attends Nichols College pursuing a double major in Accounting and Marketing. In addition to being a part of the Honors program at Nichols she plays tennis and is a member of the Accounting and Investments Clubs. She has been placed on the Dean's list for her fall semester and High Deans List for the spring semester. Megan is the daughter of Robert and Diane Woodruff. Diane is a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and a member of the Litchfield County Board.