The Impact Vine, an initiative of The Community Fund of Darien, announced the winners of ProjectPitch, a Shark Tank-type online contest for Lower Fairfield County nonprofits.

The grand prize went to New Canaan-based LiveGirl for their project, “A Million Likes (is never enough),” a docudrama to help middle school girls navigate social media pressure.

First prize went to River House Adult Day Center in Greenwich for their project “Dancing For Dollars: Our Seniors Will Dance for One Minute For Every $5 Raised!”

Finally, second prize went to Kids Helping Kids in Stamford for their project, “Fun with Science: Help Us Create SLIME Using Science!”

The contest was held to celebrate The Impact Vine’s launch as a new online giving site that allows donors to support projects they care about and provides a platform for local nonprofits to use as a tool to raise funds for socially impactful projects in the community.

All donations go directly to the nonprofit when the project has funded.

Among the graduates

Two New Canaan residents were among the approximately 1,000 graduates who received their degrees at the University of Hartford’s undergraduate commencement May 21.

Ryan Prindle , a communication major in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, received a Bachelor of Arts, and Nicole Awad , a history major in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, received a Bachelor of Arts.

Members of the class of 2017 received their diplomas May 21 at the 196th Colgate University commencement, including six New Canaan natives.

Charlotte Gould, a biology and economics major cum laude, is a graduate of Westminster School.

Kerinne O’Connor, a peace and conflict studies major cum laude, Madison Seger, a psychology major magna cum laude, Julie Spindel, a history and philosophy major magna cum laude, Elizabeth Swindell, a psychology major, and Stephanie Torromeo, a political science major cum laude, are all graduates of New Canaan High School.

Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., presented degrees to 895 graduates at commencement on May 21, including eight New Canaan natives: Kelly Armstrong, Sarah Craig, Brooke Decker, Madeline Diamond, Robert Miller, Abigail Stone, Laura Tingley and Samuel Wiley.

Gregory Wagner, of New Canaan, graduated from The University of Scranton May 28. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Science in international studies.

Two New Canaan natives graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., May 28.

Madeline Carroll earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology and Alyssa Rose Domino earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the College of Social Studies.

The honor list

Five New Canaan natives have been named to the University of Vermont dean’s list: Amanda Merjian, Charlotte Malling, Christina McLaughlin, Kane Curtin and Meaghan Lawrence.

To be named to the dean’s list at the Burlington, Vt., university, 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.

Dean’s list status, which is awarded to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better, has been granted to Charlotte Risom, of New Canaan, for the spring semester at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Brian Macari , of New Canaan, who is majoring in communication, was among 1,920 students at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., who made the spring dean’s list. To qualify for the dean’s list, freshmen must earn a 3.25 GPA and upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 GPA.

Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. has released the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester. New Canaan natives Kelly Armstrong, Sarah Craig, Thomas Cronin, Brooke Decker, Emily DeTour, Madeline Diamond, Elizabeth Gordon, John Hetherington, Alexander Hutchins, Grayson Kennedy, Lynn Korsun, Alexander Libman, Nicole McAleer, Robert Miller, Elizabeth O’Hare, Edmund Piotroski, Jane Reddan, Fiona Risom, Abigail Stone, Laura Tingley, Margot Tucker and Samuel Wiley earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0.

New Canaan’s Matthew Molinaro and William Young were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Curry College in Milton, Mass. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.30 GPA, have no incompletes, and have no grade lower than a “C” for the semester.