School Notes: Norwich Student Heads to Germany

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 8/14/2017 10:00:15 PM

Norwich resident Emily Hackett will spend her junior year of high school in Germany during 2017-2018, under a scholarship that she earned from the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange.

Hackett, who recently completed her sophomore year at Hanover High School, will serve as a “youth ambassador” while attending school and living with a German family. According to a news release from the youth exchange, Hackett was chosen for “her demonstrated academic qualifications, cultural open-mindedness and outstanding motivation.”

The U.S. Department of State’s bureau of educational and cultural affairs oversees the program, with money from the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag. To learn about applying for the scholarship in 2018-2019, visit For information about serving as a host school or a host family to an exchange student from Germany in 2018-2019, visit

By Degrees

Grantham native Erin McClory, Norwich resident John Higgins, Woodstock’s Chase Smith, Newport’s James Estabrook and Randolph’s Marissa Achee received bachelor’s degrees from Ithaca College, during the upstate New York school’s commencement in May.

Orford resident Sarah Landgraf graduated from Skidmore College in May, with a bachelor’s degree in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She is a 2013 graduate of Rivendell Academy.

Piermont resident Brendan Jones graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois in May, with a bachelor’s degree in art, concentrated on studio art.

Lebanon resident Ashley Mossell graduated from the University of Iowa this spring, with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science.

William DeLucia, of Norwich, graduated from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania on May 22, with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and business.

Theodore Letcher, of Lebanon, recently received his doctoral degree in atmospheric science from the University of Albany in New York state.

Collegiate Recognition

The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Public Health recently named South Royalton School graduate Abigail Grote to its dean’s list during the spring 2017 semester at its Manchester, N.H., campus. Grote, who is majoring in nursing, begins her senior year in the fall.

The University of New Hampshire named 90 Upper Valley residents to its dean’s list, for their academic performance during the spring 2017 semester.

These students, by hometown, earned highest honors for maintaining grade-point averages of at least 3.85 out of a possible 4.0:

Canaan — Rachel Kahn and Jessica Lyon.

Lebanon — Rachel Vaz, Owen Brennick, Grace Stott.

Hanover — Kelli Minelli, Araya Lacy, Joshua Wallace, Stephen Ketay, Dante Povinelli.

Lyme — Jacqueline Gilbert, Erin Robinson, Madelyn Webb.

Plainfield — Hunter Braswell, Nick Davini, Evan O’Reilly.

Woodstock — Taylor Smith.

North Pomfret — Kelsey Harrington.

Piermont — Erva Barnes and Alexander Kivela.

Cornish — Jeremy McGlone.

Grantham — Jordan Collins and Rachel Berg.

Claremont — Charles Wallace.

Croydon — Sophia Willis.

Newport — Tyler Currier and Stephanie Fulton.

Sunapee — Madison Fowler and Casey Hargbol.

Grafton — Kellie McGuire.

New London — Alicia Souliotis, Georgia Souliotis, Alden Perkins, Cody Best, Maria Yost.

Woodsville — Hunter Kiessling.

Charlestown — Jessica Ross, Troy Grimsley, Shannon McLean.

Springfield, Vt. — Jonah Blum and Carol Blum.

Earning high honors for GPAs between 3.65 and 3.84 were:

Canaan — Lydia Foxall and Austin Lyman.

Enfield — Alyssa Mott and Patrick Howard.

White River Junction — Karen Porl.

Lebanon — Lincoln Crutchfield, Ethan Guyer, Jacob Shaker.

Hanover — Elisa Austin-Washburn and Hazuki Horiuchi.

Plainfield — Daroc Alden.

Cornish — Mariah Marsh and Peter Jaarsma.

Piermont — Aidan Cleaves.

Claremont — Joshua Carroll and Bridget Baker.

Croydon — Alexander Wesoja.

Newport — Malachi Swenson and Emiy Almquist.

New London — Amina Hughes, Katherine Paquette, Oliver Gallo, Darsie Putnam.

Sunapee — Crista Hargbol and Taylor Santti.

Charlestown — Abigail St. Pierre and Rebecca McSweeney.

Honors for maintaining GPAs between 3.5 and 3.64 went to:

Canaan — Gregory Stragnell, Chloe Kahn, Alexandra VanZandt.

Enfield — Katherine Pavlik.

Hartford — Anna Harrington and Dominic Terino.

Lebanon — Marissa Newlove, Samantha Roberts, Justin Cate, Ellen Gibbs.

Hanover — Worthy Gardner and Sarah Gallimore.

Plainfield — Sawyer Constantine.

Piermont — Dylan Gaudette.

Claremont — Shane Kochvi.

Newport — Philip Kessler.

Sunapee — Abigail Palin and Rylee Weinstein.

New London — Samantha Rossignol and Theresa MacDowell.

Lempster — Emelie Vandenberg.

Five Upper Valley residents earned places on the dean’s list at Paul Smith’s College during the spring 2017 semester at the school in New York state’s Adirondack Mountains.

While White River Junction resident William Musson earned additional recognition for a GPA of 3.8 or better, area students making the grade for the dean’s list were Sharon resident Wyatt Blanchard, Lyme Center’s Jesse Cutting, Croydon’s Katharine Marsh and West Lebanon’s Michael Servant.

Newbury, Vt., resident Timothy Carson was named to the dean’s list at Morrisville State College during the spring 2017 semester at the upstate New York school.

Seven Upper Valley residents earned places on the dean’s list at Ithaca College for their academic performance during the spring 2017 semester.

Dean’s list qualifiers are Bethany Cripps, of White River Junction; Amanda Quach, of West Lebanon; Allison Fay, of Norwich; Maura Brenner, of Plainfield; Sunapee residents Melissa McCabe and Tara Schorr; and Grantham resident Grainne Daly.

Six students from the Upper Valley are on the dean’s list at Bates College in Maine.

Making the grade, by hometown, were:

Meriden — Nell Houde (majoring in environmental studies), William Sheehan (physics) and Morgan Dewdney (economics and English).

Lyme — Alex Brown (neuroscience).

Newport — Elyse Rubchinuk.

Hanover resident Evelyn Walsh was named to the dean’s list at Marist College, for her academic performance during the spring semester of her freshman year at the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., school.

David Corriveau can be reached at and at 603-727-3304. Education-related news and announcements also can be sent to

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