Seven Shelton High School seniors were presented with awards by The Weller Foundation, Incorporated at its Annual Awards Banquet on April 29, 2015 at Fairfield University. The Weller Foundation, Incorporation is a non-profit organization that was established in 1962 to provide financial assistance to educational, charitable, and civic organizations.
Dr. Joseph V. Erardi Jr., Superintendent of Newtown Schools, gave a speech to the audience of scholarship/award recipients, parents, and high school administrators.
The recipient of the $14,000 Barton L. Weller Scholarship, Michael Lynders, is the son of Michael and Mary Lynders of Shelton. This scholarship was established in 1978 by the foundation and is presented to a senior for a five-month independent study or research project. Michael’s project was entitled, “The Robotic Arm: A study in Mechatronics”. His project’s objective was “to design, build, program, and demonstrate a mechanical arm capable of accurate positioning and manipulation of small objects. The robot will act autonomously as well as under human input.” Michael will be pursuing an electrical engineering degree.
Shelton High School also had two other finalists competing for the $14,000 Barton L. Weller Scholarship, Eunsun Hong and Dakota McDonough.
Eunsun Hong is the daughter of John and Kumon Hong of Shelton. Eunsun’s project was entitled, “Development of Non-Toxic Photostabalized Phycoerythrin for Application in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells” for which he was awarded $500. Eunsun will be pursuing a degree in Biology in the Fall.
Dakota McDonough is the daughter of William McDonough and Tamara Crews of Shelton. Her project was entitled, “The Effects of Varying Color Spectrum Wavelengths on the Growth of Pumpkins,” for which she was awarded $500. Dakota will be pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering in the fall.
The recipient of the $3,000 Vincent A. Voccia Vocational Award is Amanda Davie, daughter of John and Lisa Davies of Shelton. This award was established in 1983 by the foundation to be presented to a senior to assist in preparation for a vocational or technical career. Amanda is going to attend an international baking and pastry program in the fall.
The recipient of the $500 Senior Science Award is Veina Pillai, daughter of Rajesh and Sunitha Pillai of Shelton. The award was established in 1962 by the foundation to honor a student who demonstrated the ability to achieve recognition in science. Viena will be pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences in the fall.
The recipient of the $500 Eleanor F. Moore Business Award is Michael Cowell, son of Robert and Christine Cowell of Shelton. This award was established in 1973 by the foundation to honor an outstanding senior who has demonstrated the ability to achieve recognition in business. Michael will be pursuing a degree in business in the fall.
The recipient of the $500 Paul W. Broggi Communications Award is Nicole Romeos, daughter of Alex and Gloria Romeos of Shelton. This award was established in 1986 by the foundation to honor an outstanding senior who has demonstrated the ability to achieve recognition in communications. Nicole will be pursuing a degree in sports broadcasting.