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New Canaan students' achievements cited

Published 10:07 am, Thursday, June 20, 2013
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Laura Ann Montanus, of New Canaan, graduated from Wittenberg University with an interdepartmental/self-designed bachelor of arts.

Samuel B. Stryker, the son of Valerie and Harry Stryker and a 2009 graduate of New Canaan High School, graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

Stryker graduated with a bachelor's degree, double majoring in film, television and theater and medieval studies.

He was recognized during commencement weekend as the recipient of the Department of Film, Television & Theatre Award in Television Studies and graduated Notre Dame as a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program.

At the Middle School awards ceremony at Wooster School, Abigail Zuckert, of New Canaan, a member of the Class of 2017, received the Art Recognition Award.

Kylie Glover and Kenneth Wynne, both seniors at New Canaan High School, received a Strength In Numbers Scholarship from Reynolds & Rowella LLP, which has an office in New Canaan. Each student received a check for $500.

In the fall, Glover will be attending Roanoke College and Wynne is enrolled at Rutgers University.

Maureen Connolly, of New Canaan, a junior at the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy-Lauralton Hall, received the Sister Mary O'Neil Mercy Character Award and the Stonehill College Alumnae Book Award.

Julia De Rosa, of New Canaan, who graduated from Juilliard School, received the Peter Mennin Prize for "outstanding achievement and leadership in music." An oboist, De Rosa also received a bachelor's degree in music.

Amanda Priest, a graduate of New Canaan High School, received a bachelor's degree from the College of Wooster.

Priest was a photo editor for the Wooster Voice student newspaper and the photographer/coordinator for the Wooster Street Style section of the Voice. She also was a board member for the Women of Images student group, and was nominated for the Worthy Questions student-mentoring group. In addition, she was named to the dean's list.

She was an English major with a minor in women's, gender and sexuality studies.

Clara Toft-Nielsen, of New Canaan, was named to the dean's list at Susquehanna University for the spring semester. Toft-Nielsen, a junior majoring in communications, is a 2011 graduate of New Canaan High School and the daughter of Christian and Gitte Toft-Nielsen.

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