Outstanding community service earned two Wilton High School seniors — Jessica Kobsa and Tori Baggio — scholarships last month from the Wilton Woman’s Club. Two other seniors — Lauren Wyman and Sarah Moore — were awarded scholarships for their superior art skills.
The Julia Robb Memorial Art Scholarship honors a former club member who was passionate about the arts, and for 12 years ran the Wilton Autumn Art and Craft Festival. This two-day, juried event at the Wilton High School field house featured more than 150 exhibitors. The club used funds raised from the festival to help support more than 40 nonprofit organizations in Wilton and Fairfield County.
Local artist and club member Maya Boreen, and Doris Noonan, judged the work of the scholarship applicants. First place went to Lauren Wyman for her technically superior pencil drawings. Lauren will be attending the University of British Columbia this fall. Second place went to Sarah Moore for the wonderful sense of composition in her photographs. Sarah will be attending the University of Connecticut.
The Elizabeth Sternad Scholarship honors the woman who founded the Wilton Woman’s Club in 1966. Along with her daughter Shelley Sternad Dempsey, Betty Sternad remains an active member of the club. She has always been a passionate advocate of education, and prioritizes helping women attain higher levels of education.
This scholarship is for outstanding community service, strong character, and leadership. Dempsey and Stacey Savas evaluated the applicants.
As president of C.O.D.E.S., Tori Baggio facilitated a community-wide leadership conference, in addition to coordinating and leading a drive to help homeless people. As a leader of Circle of Care’s Art From the Heart Team, she spearheaded fundraising efforts to make over the room of a child cancer patient into the room of his dreams. This fall, Tori will enter Providence College where she intends to major in social work.
As president of the Open Art Club, Jessica Kobsa initiated a planned annual project, donating student-created art to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and the Greens at Cannondale senior living facility. As president of the Habitat for Humanity Club, Jessica not only worked each month on houses under construction, but also led fundraisers for the organization. Jessica will be attending Dartmouth College, where she plans to take premed classes and major in Spanish so she can become a doctor and offer medical services in both languages.
The Wilton Woman’s Club celebrates its 50th anniversary in Wilton this year, and remains committed to community service, philanthropy, education, and creating social bonds between women. Of it, scholarship winner Jessica Kobsa said, “The club is one of the parts of town that make Wilton not just a town, but a community.”