Wilton High School Academic Awards

The following awards were presented to Wilton High School seniors at the Academic Awards Ceremony on May 26.

PTSA BOOK AWARDS  Presented to seniors who have demonstrated the highest quality of performance in specific subject areas.  

English – Margaret Collias  

Business & Tech Ed – Business/Bianca DiIorio, Computers/Ashley Li and Ryan Walsh, Video/Quentin Burns

Family & Consumer Science – Child Development/Eilis Garcia & Culinary/Joseph Wallace and Benjamin Zucker

Reading – Isabella Sheppard-Pantoliano

World Languages – French/Mariana Lebrija, Spanish/Jessica Kobsa, German/Lauren Wyman, Latin/Ashley Li, Greek/Katherine Kenneally   

Mathematics – Rachel Pak

Theatre Arts & Public Speaking – Theatre Arts/Daniel Glynn, Public Speaking/Bridget Dwyer and Caleb LeVance

Science – Ashley Li, James Mortensen and Matthew Ravichandran

Social Studies – Caraline Higgins, Taylor Ingerman, Jillian Lauricella and Patrick Moore  

Music – Band/James Mortensen and Timothy Sullivan, Choir/Caraline Higgins, Orchestra/Shannon Murphy

Art – Drawing/Sarah Perry, Computer Graphics/Natalie Schiavone, Photography/Sarah Moore

Library Learning Commons – Katherine Kenneally  

Physical Education/Health – Patrick Moore and Ryan Moore  

Support Services – Chloe Kouvaris

School Counseling for Citizenship & Character – Chloe Kouvaris

SCIENCE AWARDS  — Presented for distinguished contributions and accomplishments in the field of science.

  • Gehret Kleinspehn Science Award  For a senior showing strong interest, achievement and enthusiasm in all of the sciences and humanities. Ilana Olin      

  • Society of Women Engineers  For academic achievement in science and mathematics and interest in pursuing engineering. Jessica Huffman and Joseph Saldutti

The Wilton Conservation Land Trust Scholarship in memory of Dan Cappel   Presented to a senior that has demonstrated a commitment to the environment, extracurricular activities, community service and academics. Celine Orabi

The Renewable Energy Environmental Science Scholarship Award  Awarded to a senior who through their class work has studied and communicated the benefits of renewable energy generation as an alternative to today’s carbon emitting energy sources and their adverse environmental impact. Alexandra Troy

Wilton Garden Club Marybeth Wheeler Memorial Scholarship Award  Presented to a senior who has shown an interest and achievement in nature, horticulture, botany or ecology. Jessica Kobsa


Fairfield County Math League Top Performers Charles Owens and Rachel Pak


International Club Award  For outstanding service to the International Club and for helping to bring cultural diversity and understanding to the students of WHS. Shayna Goldberg       

Northeast Conference Awards  For excellence in the study of a World Language.  French/Grace Kelleher, Spanish/Ilana Olin, German/Benjamin Allbee, Latin/Jessica Kobsa, Greek/Mary Lynch

Association of American Teachers of French   For outstanding senior in French. Elliot Connors

National Latin Examination Gold Medals – Latin IV/Katherine Kenneally and Jessica Kobsa

Medusa Mythology Exam Gold Medal – Albert Cai

BUSINESS – CSCPA AWARD  To a senior who has excelled in accounting. Bianca DiIorio

NATIONAL ECONOMICS CHALLENGE, David Ricardo Division, 2nd Place, Connecticut  Nikhil Fazio, Katherine Kirchof and Isaac Satterwhite

REYNOLDS & ROWELLA “STRENGTH IN NUMBERS” SCHOLARSHIP  For excellence in the study of accounting. Bianca DiIorio and John Gedney    

CAPTAIN SAM POLIS AMERICAN LEGION POST 86 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP  In recognition of academic achievement among seniors pursuing a technical career.  Millennia Figueroa    

FAIRFIELD COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARD   Presented to a senior who exemplifies excellence in education, demonstrates leadership and is involved in extracurricular activities, including community service.  Grace Kelleher


Peer Outreach Leadership Award  For two outstanding seniors whose efforts in peer outreach have made a significant impact on making the high school a more caring environment. Victoria Baggio and Ilana Olin

Wilton Youth Council Award  To a graduating senior who has demonstrated a genuine respect and sensitivity for others that reaches above and beyond the norm. Alexandra Troy      

“YOUNG AMERICAN” LEADERSHIP AWARD  Presented to a senior for demonstrated outstanding citizenship and academic excellence. Maya Seshan

DAR GOOD CITIZEN AWARD  Presented to a senior for exemplary citizenship and service to school and community. Griffin King

Walter R.T. Smith Student Historian Award given by The Wilton Historical Society  Presented to a senior for outstanding achievement and interest in history and a record of community service. Isabel Saltzman    

MID-FAIRFIELD COUNTY BOARD OF REALTORS COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP  Presented to a senior for academic achievement combined with service to the Wilton community. Jeromy DiGiacomo       

FAIRFIELD COUNTY BANK SCHOLARSHIP AWARD  Presented to a senior whose good character is exemplified by service to the community. Stephanie Walsh     

WILTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD Presented to a senior who demonstrates academic achievement and community service. Victoria Baggio   

GREGORY AND ADAMS AWARD  Presented to two seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, character and achievement in the WHS Mock Trial Club. Theodore Molina and Michael Rowland  

ROTARY CLUB OF WILTON “SERVICE ABOVE SELF” AWARDS Presented to two seniors who have reached out to help other students or the greater community. Claire McCullough and Theodore Molina  

GEORGETOWN LIONS CLUB FRANK A. CLARK SCHOLARSHIP Presented to two seniors who will attend a Connecticut State University and are engaged in community service. Paul Luchansky and Harold Wendorff    

WILTON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT JOHN J. CAHILL AWARD  Presented for outstanding community service. Nicole Khanna   

WILTON WOMAN’S CLUB ELIZABETH STERNAD SCHOLARSHIP Presented for outstanding community service, strong character and leadership. Victoria Baggio and Jessica Kobsa  

THE WILTON FAMILY YMCA AWARD  Presented to seniors who have demonstrated values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility to young people. Victoria Baggio, Anna Clark, Rebecca Hersch, Emma Holmquist, Rachel Pak and Robert Reif       

AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP AWARD  Recognizes seniors who participate in school and community service, show a positive attitude, possess strength of character and promote citizenship through school and community activities. Evelyn Caty, Amanda Craven, Elizabeth Craven, Shannon Golden, Ashley Li, Jai Nagpal, Kellyann O’Donnell, Matthew Ravichandran, Zachary Verrilli, Ryan Walsh and Katherine Williams   


Presented to a senior who celebrates the spirit of volunteerism both in school and in the community. Victoria Baggio

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS HERFF JONES LEADERSHIP AWARD  Presented to a senior who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills. Dean Kim          

CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS “LEADERSHIP AWARD”  Presented to two seniors for outstanding leadership at Wilton High School. Alexander Scaperotta and Alexandra Troy     

THE FAIRFIELD COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS “SCHOLAR-LEADER AWARD”  Presented to two seniors who demonstrate excellent scholarship and leadership. Maya Seshan and Michael Williams       

CAPSS/SUPERINTENDENT’S AWARD  Presented to two seniors for community service, academic ability and leadership services to the school and community. Cole Hawthorne and Ilana Olin       

CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION OF BOARDS OF EDUCATION “STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD”  Presented to two seniors who are recognized leaders at Wilton High School. Dean Kim and Jessica Kobsa    

THE PAM COLE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP  Presented to a deserving senior who demonstrates a creative passion in fashion/art design and who plans to further their creative education with a constructive post-graduate plan. Kellyann O’Donnell

NICK D. ZINICOLA SCHOLARSHIP  Awarded to a senior who captures the essence of Nick’s spirit and values. David Schneidman

ROBERT J. JACOBS MEMORIAL AWARD  In appreciation of students who “left their mark” for others to see. Project Change – Student Design Team, School Climate – Yuhe Cai, Katherine Carpiniello, Jeromy DiGiacomo, Cole Hawthorne, Dean Kim, Griffin King, Klaudia Kotonski, Jai Nagpal, Celine Orabi, Shriya Pathania, Brennen Ryan and Ryan Walsh   

THE “JACK” AWARD  Given in memory of John A. Sussenguth to a graduating young man and woman who combines scholarship with leadership, who gives of self with warmth and friendship, who is accomplished in the arts or athletics and who fulfills these ideals with a joy and zest for life. Elliot Connors and Riley Wadehra

THE MELISSA McFADDEN MEMORIAL FUND SCHOLARSHIP  Presented to a senior who has successfully worked with children with disabilities and intends to pursue this field in the future. Jack Ciaccio

WHITNEY SHERMAN MEMORIAL AWARD  Presented to a senior who has been confronted with an extraordinary challenge, yet maintained a positive outlook and is an inspiration to all. Caelan Webb      

MATTHEW M. SHAW MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP  Awarded to a senior who has demonstrated the highest levels of integrity, selflessness and empathy combined with a positive attitude and sincere desire to be helpful to his or her peers. Griffin King  


National Hispanic Scholar Mariana Lebrija


National Merit Commended Students Albert Cai, Kevin Chabrier, Kevin Collins, Elliot Connors, Andrew Floyd, Shannon Golden, Jack Heinemann, Christina Holmgren, Jessica Huffman, Daniel Jensen, Katherine Kenneally, Dean Kim, Jessica Kobsa, Mariana Lebrija, Ashley Li, Claire McCullough, Theodore Molina, Andrew Murphy, Riley Nichols, Ilana Olin, Matthew Ravichandran, Jospeh Saldutti, Catherine Sanna, Alexander Scaperotta, Maya Seshan and Jacob Zellmer.

National Merit Finalists Rachel Pak and Derek Thomas

National Merit University of Wisconsin Scholarship  Derek Thomas