It is no secret Wilton is a high-achieving town when it comes to its schools and its students\u2019 achievements. But what is the emotional cost to students, parents and families? High school, with college applications and acceptances \u2014 or non-acceptances \u2014 looming can especially trying. Add to that the rest of life \u2014 work, sports, community service, keeping up with friends \u2014 and emotions can boil over. To address these issues, Wilton High School\u2019s Project 2016 \u2014 which involves the current junior class \u2014 will present a panel discussion on school stress Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Trackside Teen Center, 15 Station Road. The program will feature three speakers: Jill Barron, MD., therapist S. Kate Venison, and parent Genevieve Eason. Ms. Eason, who is coordinating the event, said Dr. Barron and Ms. Venison will talk about adolescence and school stress. Ms. Eason will share her personal experiences raising three daughters who are in eighth grade, 11th grade and college. Most of the evening, however, will be devoted to questions from parents in the audience. \u201cThis is a topic I find parents talk about so often,\u201d Ms. Eason said in an interview on Thursday, Oct. 23. \u201cThey\u2019re stressed out, they\u2019re stressed out about their kids\u2019 stress. \u201cThere is so much stress, it\u2019s a feedback loop between parents and kids. Where is the kid going to go to college an how are we going to get them in?\u201d Parents, she said, need guidance on how to manage that anxiety. \u201cHow can they help their children and make these a happy four years rather than a spiral of stress?\u201d Sometimes the anxiety gets out of control and Ms. Eason advised \u201cwe need to calm ourselves down. \u201cThat needs to start with parents having a better handle on what really is important and what isn\u2019t as important. What they can let go of. \u201cParents are trying to do what\u2019s best for their kids,\u201d she added. \u201cIt\u2019s defining what\u2019s best for our kids is where we have to start.\u201d Although the program is designed for parents of high school students, she said middle school parents might want to consider going. \u201cIt might influence how they approach the high school years,\u201d she said. Anyone with questions may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Speakers Dr. Barron is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who trained at the Yale University School of Medicine where she received her master\u2019s in health sciences and is currently an assistant clinical professor. She has served as the president of the CT Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry at Yale. Dr. Barron is a consulting psychiatrist to the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) where she treats firefighters with PTSD from the events of Sept. 11, 2001. She served as an adviser to leadership in Newtown in the wake of the Sandy Hook Tragedy. Dr. Barron served as a consultant to the UN\/UNICEF in Post Soviet Georgia where she was on a multidisciplinary team charged with creating a comprehensive National Early Childhood Development Program. Whether working with an individual, a family, a community, or a country, Dr. Barron takes a highly trained approach to creating specialized supports to meet their needs. Ms. Venison is a graduate of Fairfield University Marriage and Family Therapy program. She has worked extensively with families experiencing high levels of distress and trauma, including those families with legal and multiple agency involvement, families dealing with divorce, chronic illness, domestic violence and sexual abuse. Currently the clinical head of Stratford Community Services, Ms. Venison also has a passion for training and working with interns and new therapists, in addition to working with individuals, couples and families in private practice.