Community Soundings: Darien’s best dashers, Embody exits Equinox and more

Philip, Natalie, Miranda and Kathryn Roche won the Darien Dash, the Darien Youth Commission’s first town-wide scavenger hunt.

The Darien Dash took place on March 11 with 13 teams competing for top prizes and concluded at The Depot Youth Center, where points were tallied and prizes awarded. The Darien Youth Commission, comprised of both adults and high school students, develops enrichment programs and activities for youth.

For more information, visit or call 203-656-7388.

Embody exits Equinox

After nine years, Embody Fitness Gourmet has moved out of the juice bar space at Equinox Fitness Club on Heights Road and into its new home right down the street. Embody joins neighbors Pure Barre and Heights Pizza—among others—in the Palmer’s Market Shopping Center at 380 Heights Road in the space formerly occupied by Franks & Frites.

Embody got its start in 2008 at the Equinox Fitness Club in Darien.

Embody embraces all forms of lean proteins and nutrient-dense vegetables and fruits in their menu creations, many of which pair well together, allowing customers to mix and match items for an entire day’s worth of nutrition.

In addition to its popular protein shakes, juices, and salads, Embody is now serving Intelligentsia coffee—one of the top coffee roasters in the country.

Besides Darien, Embody has locations in both Westport and New Canaan. They also sell their own brand of low-sugar organic granola, fresh-grind almond butter and dessert bars in the local community.

Student singers

On March 1, nearly 600 students in grades 6-12 participated in the Darien Choral Festival.

The event took place in the Darien High School main gym as students performed two shows for audiences of over 800 at each performance.

The programs started with a mass choir performing the national anthem and then featured each middle school grade level chorus, Viva Voce, Camerata Singers, the Darien High School Tudor Singers and Concert Choir performing their featured selections. The evening concluded with nearly 600 choral students singing a version of “My Shot” from the hit Broadway musical Hamilton.

Math masters

Members of the newly-formed Darien High School Math National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta participated in a national math competition and four even moved on to the following round.

On Feb. 7, Darien High School had 46 students participate in the American Mathematics Competition 12 exam — for juniors and seniors — and seven students take the American Mathematics Competition 10 — for freshman and sophomores. The top scoring student on the AMC 10 was Folke Bruno.

The top five percent of all AMC 12 test takers internationally progress to the next round, which included four Darien students: Dan Pfrommer, Sam Scott, Mike Borecki and Andrew Benz.

The American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME) is a 3-hour exam, which was proctored at DHS on March 7.

Based on those students high scores, Darien High School earned the School Certificate of Merit for their collective achievement.

Apply now

Darien Arts Center is accepting applications for an art scholarship.

The Ginny Wright Scholarship, given in memory of Virginia Wright, goes to a Darien High School senior who plans to continue his or her study of art in college. Applications and portfolios are due April 5.

For application forms and more information, visit or call the DAC office at 203-655-8683.

Future entrepreneurs

The DECA Club at Darien High School is in their fourth year as a club with 115 student members. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the world.

On March 13, 67 DHS students competed at the Connecticut State Competition against over 1,000 Connecticut students and 18 of them placed in the top six of their business events.

Three students earned first place honors:

Nadia Czebiniak - Food Marketing Series

Paul Hager - Restaurant and Food Service Management Series

Erik Ryan - Quick Serve Restaurant Management Series

Casey Martin, in the Business Finance Series, took home second place.

Seven students placed third:

Brendan Berrigan - Accounting Applications Series

Griffin Samroengraja - Personal Financial Literacy

Owen Stevens - Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling

Rory Washecka - Principles of Finance

Mila Escajadillo - Business Services Marketing Series

The team of Ria Dhull and Nina Rodriguez - Financial Series Team Decision Making

Three students took home fourth place:

Connor Darby - Business Services Marketing

The team of Ben Bidell and AJ Scolaro - Marketing Management Team Decision Management

Spencer Hillman earned fifth place for Marketing Communication Series.

Finally, three students earned sixth place:

The team of Corrine Bevill and Lauren Larizza - Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making

Sean Huffert — Principles of Finance

The students who placed first, second or third will go on to compete at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif. In late April.