Thirty-three freshmen named Fellows, Presidential Scholars



Nineteen first-year students have received prestigious University Fellows Scholarships and 14 Presidential Scholarships from the University.

University Fellows Scholarships are merit-based awards of $10,000 and each recipient is given a $1,000 research stipend and the use of a personal computer. Fellows Scholars must have a combined SAT score of at least 1250 or an ACT composite score of 28 and class ranking in the top 10 percent.

Presidential Scholarships are merit-based, valued at $8,500 and are awarded on the basis of academic excellence without regard to financial need. Presidential Scholars are selected on the basis of a combined SAT score of at least 1200 or an ACT composite score of 27 and class ranking in the top 10 percent. Presidential Scholars receive a $500 research stipend in the summer following their junior year.

The following students are Fellows Scholars:

Fernando Alves was among the top students in his class at Shelton High School. He was a National Merit Scholar Commended Student and was involved in the science and philosophy club as well as vice president of the German National Honor Society. His sister Susan is a 1993 graduate of Fairfield. Fernando will major in English with a concentration in literature.

Stephanie Arapian, a resident of Germantown, MD, was the fourth-ranked student in her high school class at St. John's College in Washington, DC. She was a four-year member of the St. John's Theater group, serving as president in her junior and senior years, and the St. John's band. She was involved in the school newspaper, softball and Girl Scouts. She received the Girl Scouts Silver Award in her freshman year and the Wellesley College Book Award. Stephanie will major in communication.

Margaret Crowley attended Glenbrook South High School in Illinois. She was a varsity athlete on the track and field team and the cross-country team and served as captain on both teams in her senior year. She also was a member of the student council, the Girls Letter Club, the Key Club and her church youth group. She received the Dartmouth Book Award and was a National Merit Semifinalist.

Courtney Darts ranked fourth in her class at John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen, NY. She was a National Merit Commended Scholar, and was involved in community service, the theater group, the Model United Nations, the yearbook and the school chorale. She served for four years on the student council and was president her senior year. She will study English.

Marissa DeSiena graduated second in a class of 326 students at Greece Athena High School in Rochester, NY. She received the Dartmouth Book Award and the American Chemical Association Award for Excellence in Chemistry. She was a member of her school's mock trial team and the National Honor Society. She was active in her church youth group, has taken dance and piano lessons, and was an alumni representative at the National Youth Leadership Council. She will major in international studies.

Lauren Doyle was among the top students at Windham High School in Willimantic, CT. She served as secretary of her class for four years, was co-editor of her yearbook, held the first chair viola in the school's orchestra, and participated as the representative for the Diocese of Norwich to the New England Youth Ministry Council. She received the Fairfield University Book Award as well as the Xerox Award for Humanities and Social Studies. She also was selected as the 1996 Connecticut Junior Republican Intern in Washington, DC. She is studying English.

Gillian Elting graduated among the top students from St. John's at Prospect Hall in Frederick, MD. She held the number-one singles position on the tennis team her junior and senior years, winning two tournament championship titles. She was an executive board member for the National Honor Society, a writer for the school newspaper, and the treasurer for both the student government council and the Latin Club. She received the National Honor Society Sylvan Scholar Award, and was selected an All-American Scholar. She was invited to attend the U.S. Military Academy Invitational Academic Workshop. She is majoring in accounting.

Matthew Ferrizz graduated among the top students at Deer Park High School in New York. As a member of the marching band, he performed in the 1996 Miss America Pageant and New York Yankee playoff games in 1995 and 1996. He was in the Math Team, Academic Club, Peer Leadership Group, concert and jazz bands, and was co-captain of the swim team. He received the New York State Scholar Athlete Award as well as an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Science/Math Research Program in the Deer Park High School Science Exposition. He also placed sixth in the Deer Park High School Physics "500" competition. He is an undeclared major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Rocco Guerrera ranked second in his class of 123 at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury. He was involved in band, chorus, drama, peer ministry and community service. He was the sports editor of the school newspaper and a member of the soccer and golf teams. He received the Principal's Award for Academic Achievement for four years and received an Honorable mention American Scholar Athlete Award from the Waterbury Republican newspaper. He was a member of the National Honor Society and the Foreign Language Honor Society. He is majoring in accounting.

Renee Jaques graduated from Woodlands Academy in Lake Forest, IL, where she was her senior class president. She was an Illinois State Scholar, and will continue to pursue her interests in piano, crew and peer training at Fairfield.

Margaret Maus attended Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, NY. She was a delegate at the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, DC, and also was nominated in Who's Who Among American High School Students. She participate in school musicals and was the team captain for her school's spirit event. She will major in psychology.

Anna Motoszko is a National Merit Commended Scholar from Stamford. She plays the piano and is a Polish/English translator. She is an international studies major in the School of Business.

Kevin Passalacqua was among the top seniors at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. He was a member of the football and track teams, participated in community service and earned his Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts of America. He also was a delegate at the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine and was nominated for the Wendy's Heisman High School Award. He is majoring in finance.

Robert Porto graduated from North Haven High School where he was the senior class president. He received the Trinity Book Award, and was the lead saxophone player in his school's band and a peer tutor. He will major in biology and concentrate on marine science and ecology.

Daniel Record graduated among the top students in his class at Cromwell High School. He was National Honor Society vice president, layout editor of the school newspaper, and has been an altar server for the past seven years. He achieved eight terms of high honors and four terms of honors with distinction. He joins his sister Kristen here at Fairfield, and is majoring in physics.

Erik Stilp of Brookfield, WS, graduated from Marquette High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the cross-country team, and the Model UN team. He volunteers as a Big Brother and as a grade school tutor. He wants to pursue a career in medicine.

Christian Tynan, a native of Whitestone, NY, was ranked among the top students in his graduating class at Archbishop Molloy High School. He was a National Merit Commended Student, a National Honor Society member, and has received numerous achievement awards. He was a varsity soccer captain and a volunteer soccer coach. He is an undeclared business major.

Suzanne Uzzilia ranked third in a class of 102 at Cairo-Durham High School in Cairo, NY. She was a member of the National Honor Society, and performed in the band, sang in the chorus and played on the varsity soccer, basketball and softball teams. She is majoring in psychology.

Jennifer Vittorio graduated among the top students in a class of 251 at Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick, NY. She was president of the National Honor Society, a member of the National Science Honor Society and received the Scholar-Athlete Award. She was tri-captain of soccer, basketball and softball, and volunteers at the Women's Sports Foundation. Her father Michael, class of 1974, graduated from Fairfield.

The Presidential Scholars are:

Shannon Ballard, a straight A student from Hartford High School in White River, VT, will study chemistry. She was a varsity field hockey player and member of the track team. She also was a member of the National Honor Society and was a youth recreation volunteer.

Laura Bellias from Morristown High School in New Jersey will study nursing. Laura graduated with a 3.8 grade point average in a difficult AP and honors curriculum. She hopes to play soccer, the flute and participate in musical productions. In soccer, she was first-team all conference last year, all-county honorable mention, team captain and received the coaches award.

Elise Branca graduated second in her class from Riverhead High School in New York. She received numerous awards and honors, including the National Honor Society, National Science Merit Award, AP Scholars Award, and a Congressional Youth Leadership Scholar. She was a member of the tennis team and received sportsmanship and scholar-athlete awards. She is a member of the pre-med program, studying biology.

Jennifer Cooper graduated from Louisville High School in Woodland Hills, CA. She was an A student in a difficult AP and Honors program and a volunteer at a local hospital. She will study nursing.

Paul Genereaux of Staten Island graduated in the top five percent of his class at Monsignor Farrell High School. He is a musician who participated in the marching, concert and jazz bands in high school. He also volunteers time at his parish. He is an undeclared business major.

Edward Graham graduated seventh in a class of 58 students at Southold High School in New York. He was a three-sport athlete in high school, participating in tennis, and as captain in basketball and soccer. His sister Megan graduated last year. He is an undeclared business major.

Peter Jakubowski graduated first in his class at Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport. He is active in his parish, has served as a junior scoutmaster in his neighborhood, and has volunteered at the Grant Street Health and Rehabilitation Center. He tutored fellow students in high school and was on the yearbook staff. He will study nursing.

Megan LiVolsi graduated fourth in her class from Immaculate High School in Danbury. She participated in soccer, softball and basketball and served as a sports trainer. She is an active member of SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving) and volunteered as a CCD teacher in her parish and at the Pope John Paul Home for the Infirmed. Her sister Kathleen graduated from Fairfield in 1986. She will major in American Studies.

Kristin Mosca of Scarsdale, NY, graduated second in her class at Eastchester High School. She was involved in the Spanish Honor Society and the Spanish Club. She also played softball and was named captain and All-League in her senior year. She coaches little league softball and volunteers at a local nursing home. She is an undeclared liberal arts major.

Leslie Pusateri from Beacon Falls, CT, graduated fifth in a class of 283 students at Masuk High School. She participated in the "Frontiers in Biomedicine and Biotechnology" conference, and wrote for two school newspapers. She enjoys rollerblading. She is majoring in chemistry.

Lucy Rodrigues was the top student in her class from Naugatuck High School. She was named to Who's Who Among American High School Students. She is studying finance.

Patrick Skuret graduated from Hopkins School in New Haven. He was co-editor of the Hopkins literary magazine and was a member of the track and field team. He also was a member of the debate team and Latin Club. He is an Eagle Scout and volunteers as a tutor. His brother and father are graduates of Fairfield. Patrick is majoring in history.

Donald Telesca Jr. graduated third in a class of 123 from Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury. He was involved in his school's jazz band and the Waterbury Youth Symphony. He was a member of the National Honor Society and was editor of the yearbook. He is majoring in physics.

Dianne Wallace graduated third in her class from Morris Catholic High School in Denville, NJ. She was captain of the cheerleading squad, a member of the National Honor Society and a writer for the school newspaper. She is majoring in marketing.

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Posted on September 1, 1997