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GLASTONBURY, CONN. (June 2014)- High school seniors from Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, Milford, Naugatuck, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Oxford, Seymour, Southbury, Wallingford, Waterbury, West Haven, Wolcott, and Woodbridge were recognized as the state’s top scholar-athletes at the 2014 Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) Scholar-Athlete Banquet sponsored by McDonald’s.  A 31-year sponsor of the program with a longstanding commitment to educational programs in Connecticut, McDonald’s joined CAS to honor the following local students as the best of the best in the state:


- Morgan Westine and Louis Nicoletti, Ansonia High School, Ansonia

- Ashley Pavelko and Kyle Burns, Emmett O`Brien Technical High School, Ansonia

- Andrea Piccolo and Jake Boncal, Woodland Regional High School, Beacon Falls

- Natalie Grimm and Justin Waters, Branford High School, Branford

- Taylor Bond and Rohan Roy, Cheshire High School, Cheshire

- Brianna Feola and Joshua Russell, Derby High School, Derby

- Jenna Gaudioso and Michael DeMarco, East Haven High School, East Haven

- Gabrielle Sejourne and Michael Afeltra, Guilford High School, Guilford

- Harper Hansen and Anthony Mills, Hamden High School, Hamden

- Karina Soto and Seth Beaton, Hyde School Of Health Sciences and Sports Medicine, Hamden

- Sydney Sullivan, Sacred Heart Academy, Hamden

- Jonish Bell and Parmjot Athwal, Eli Whitney Technical High School, Hamden

- Kyle Maxwell and Brendan Hughes, Daniel Hand High School, Madison

- Sierra DiFranco and Kenneth Quartuccio, H.C. Wilcox Technical High School, Meriden

- Mya Alexandra Rios and Christopher Bischoff, Francis T. Maloney High School, Meriden

- Emily Moore and Ahmad Hamdan, O.H. Platt High School, Meriden

- Ciara Hayden and Timothy Maher, Jonathan Law High School, Milford

- Valeriya Pozdnyakova and Benjamin Lavallee, Joseph A. Foran High School, Milford

- Ann Marie Guzzi, Academy Of Our Lady Of Mery, Milford

- Brooke Pawlak and Noah Ericson, Platt Technical High School, Milford

- Kaitlyn Barry and John Dean, Naugatuck High School, Naugatuck

- Maissane Taroua and Kamil Wielechowski, Hill Regional Career Magnet, New Haven

- Ana Gomez and Raiquan Clark, James Hillhouse High School, New Haven

- Shea Connors and Edwin Rodriquez, Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven

- Cassidy Norton and Joshua Melaccio, North Branford High School, North Branford

- Christina Sanzari and Jesse Morrow, North Haven High School, North Haven

- Jasmine Leung and Nathan Seibert, Oxford High School, Oxford

- Marissa Esposito and Nicholas Kuzia, Seymour High School, Seymour

- Erin Gibbons and Samuel DePalma, Pomperaug High School, Southbury

- Jenna True and Lucas Furgalack, Lyman Hall High School, Wallingford

- Mackenzie Mendygral and Justin Lange, Sheehan High School, Wallingford

- Mabelitza Guzman and Justin Cipriano, W.F. Kaynor Technical High School, Waterbury

- Erika Cavanaugh and Sergei Ivani, John F. Kennedy High School, Waterbury

- Elizabeth Czapor and Kyle Broderick, Holy Cross High School, Waterbury

- Stephanie Cruz-Rincon and Darren Cook, Wilby High School, Waterbury

- Emily Drewry and Brian Luis, Sacred Heart High School, Waterbury

- Livia Shehu and Kenny Tang, Crosby High School, Waterbury

- Sierra Santana and Pablo Perez, West Haven High School, West Haven

-  Alexander Hassen, Notre Dame High School, West Haven

- Meghan Kelly and Caleb Sisson, Wolcott High School, Wolcott

- Christine Glusac and Michael Yuan, Amity Regional High School, Woodbridge


“McDonald’s is proud to partner with CAS to honor this year’s high school scholar-athletes from all across Connecticut.  We congratulate the state’s top students who are prominent in their academic and athletic achievement,” says Rachel Deane, McDonald's owner/operator and president of the Connecticut and Western Massachusetts McDonald's Owner/Operator Association. 


The Connecticut High School Scholar-Athlete 2014 Awards Banquet is the largest program of its type in the state. Only one male and one female student are eligible for the award through a nomination from their principal for: demonstrating exemplary academic and athletic careers including participating in an interscholastic athletics; possessing personal standards and achievements that are a model to others; exhibiting outstanding school; and community service and carrying themselves with high levels of integrity, self-discipline and courage. 


About McDonald's

The Connecticut and Western Massachusetts McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association is comprised of local McDonald’s restaurant owners who are community and industry leaders. They have a long-standing commitment to supporting educational initiatives and organizations in the communities they serve, including providing resources to promote balanced, active lifestyles to kids and nutritional information for families. For more information, follow us on Facebook or Twitter @McD_CTWMA.


McDonald's USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 27 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald's U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds.

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