Community Soundings: Middle schoolers take SAT, Among the graduates...

A group of Middlesex Middle School students recently participated in Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth Talent Search, taking the SCAT, ACT or SAT. Dominic Seibold, Frank Drugge, Matthew Spenner, Cole Murphy, Nolan Bannerton, Reed Levinson, Kiran Ebrahimi, Rhea Bhat, Andrew Qin, Olivia Stemp, Maggie Russell, Tammy Nguyen, Jacqueline Jaskiewicz, Brianna Zhang, Charlotte Zaino, Alison Enters, Lilly Wurm, Veda Malhotra and Ben Bryan scored high enough to qualify for CTY’s Intensive Studies Programs and also scored higher than 70 percent of college-bound seniors who took the same test.

Two Darien natives received a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. on May 25.

Jennifer Bond Bealle majored in business administration and sociology and Parker McCabe Hamill majored in business administration.

Darien’s Meighan J. Grady and Brian Alexander Lucas received bachelor’s degrees, cum laude, from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. at its 171st commencement on May 26.

Three Darien natives graduated from Fairfield University May 21, earning bachelor’s degrees.

Amy Heidenreich and Helen-Marie Tracey graduated from the School of Nursing and Katherine H. Rissolo majored in biology at the College of Arts and Sciences.

Marshall McGee, of Darien, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in media arts production at Emerson College’s 137th commencement ceremony May 14.

Four Darien natives graduated from Loyola University Maryland May 20.

Nikolas Cirillo received a bachelor’s degree in psychology; Caitlin Burke received a bachelor’s degree in business administration ; Carl Stowell received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting; and Mara Donoghue received a bachelor’s degree in business administration .

Olivia Emmet Jackson, daughter of Charles Jackson of Darien, received a bachelor’s degree in art and English from Williams College at the college’s 228th commencement exercises June 4. During college, Jackson participated in the Williams Swim and diveteam and Leading Minds, and worked as a retail intern at Ruby Sparks Boutique.

The Community Service Committee of the Westport Woman’s Club awarded a $1,500 grant to Person-to-Person, a nonprofit that provides low-income individuals and families living in Lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services.

With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the Person-to-Person service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

The grant will be used for the Emergency Assistance Program, which provides a supplemental safety net to clients who come to P2P with an immediate need plus casework services to help clients work toward stability.

P2P also received a $5,000 grant from Stamford-based Purdue Pharma L.P. and its associated companies. The grant will also go toward the Emergency Assistance Program, aiding clients who go to the agency for food, clothing, household items or financial assistance.

New Canaan Country School held its closing exercises June 15. Head of School Robert P. Macrae encouraged the 45 ninth grade graduates of the Class of 2017 to develop an attitude of gratitude and practice positive habits of body and mind.

Bo Zeigler, of Rowayton, and Katie Stevens, of Darien, were the co-recipients of the Johansen Award, which is presented to those members of the graduating class who most exemplify the qualities of care and concern for others, compassion and a sense of community.

Another class award went to Haley Strom, of New Canaan, who received the Gamble Award, which is presented to the student who exemplifies, to the highest measure, the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

The class of 2017 will attend the following secondary schools: Academy of Information Technology & Engineering — Stamford, Berkshire School, Blair Academy, Brien McMahon High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Darien High School, Deerfield Academy, Greens Farms Academy, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich High School, Kent School, King School, Marblehead (Mass.) High School, Millbrook School, New Canaan High School, Salisbury School, St. Luke’s School, The Ethel Walker School, The Hotchkiss School, The Lawrenceville School, The Taft School, Westminster School and Williston Northampton School.

The class of 2017 includes: Henry Alpaugh, Austin Andersen, Shane Baldwin, Kevin Barnard, Finley Bean, Marc Belak, Ellie Boeschenstein, Merrill Bright, Molly Connors, Hayden Critchell, Maeve DeGulis, Ian Delehaunty, Griffin Dewey, Carter George, Julia Graham, Sophie Gribin, James Hudson, Emma Hunter, Dylan Koo, Sloane Latimer, Cameron Lawrence, Eloise Leclerc, Brynn McClymont, Megan Meyerson, Taylor Mitchell, Eloise Morgan, Sydney Mouzon, Mimi Ndokwu, Sofie Pasztor, Desmond Pratt, Emily Riccardi, Carolina Salvatore, Teddy Schoenholtz, Sophia Smith, Nicholas Sosnow, Celia Sotirhos, Katie Stevens, Nate Stevens, Haley Strom, Charlie Tait, Kara Ventura, Chuck Warren, Bo Zeigler, Catherine Ziac and Teddy Zinn.

New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent, day school for students in pre-K through grade nine.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has recognized students named to the dean’s list for the spring semester.

From Darien, Megan Johnston and Claire Kelley were named to the College of Letters and Science’s dean’s list and Tucker White was named to the College of Engineering’s dean’s honor list.

Morgan Sawitsky, of Darien, was named to the dean’s list at Quinnipiac University for the spring semester. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade-point average of at least 3.5 with no grade lower than C.

The University of Hartford is pleased to announce Barrett Heyde, of Darien, has been named to its dean’s list for spring 2017.

Darien’s Emily Armstrong, Meredith Crafford and Catherine Finnegan were recently named to the dean’s list at the College of William & Mary for the spring semester. In order to achieve dean’s list status, a full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.6 quality-point average during the semester.

Darien Summer Nights is back and better than ever. The free concert series, open to family and friends, takes place at Grove Street Plaza in Darien every Friday night

of the summer, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The concerts are organized by Baywater Properties and Grove Street Plaza , through the support of their retail and restaurant tenants and the Darien Chamber of Commerce .

Bad Dog Buddy kicks off the summer June 23.

The group of local friends from Darien, New Canaan, Westport and Wilton cover a wide range of music on many unique instruments including a violin, sax, banjo and melodica along with the classic guitar, bass, keys and drums.