Area high school students honored by Fairfield University's School of Engineering and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

Thirty-four high school students from public, private and parochial schools in Fairfield and New Haven Counties were honored by Fairfield University for excelling in math and science studies. 'The 18th annual Excellence in Mathematics and Science Awards' were presented by Fairfield University's School of Engineering and Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, and held on the Fairfield campus Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

In recognizing these standout juniors - some tomorrow's engineers, scientists and inventors - the University hopes to in turn inspire them to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The event comes at a time when fewer young Americans are showing interest in these key disciplines.

"We invite you to get input from faculty in the sciences, math, and engineering who are sitting alongside of you today," Bruce Berdanier, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering, told students, their proud parents, and faculty from the School as well as the College of Arts & Sciences. "These professors can tell you about great, possible careers and fascinating areas to research."

Susan Hitchcock, of Sikorsky Aircraft and a Fairfield University graduate, urged the young scholars to pursue their passions. "I encourage you to have a job one day where you look forward to going to work," she said. "You can and should live your dreams."

The 'Excellence in Mathematics and Science Awards' event is a long-term tradition at Fairfield and was established to encourage the continued study of math and science as a necessary foundation for further STEM study. For more information about Fairfield University, visit

The following photos feature award recipients.

Photo 1: Milford, New Haven, Woodbridge
Mairead Brennan, Cooperative Arts & Humanities H.S., New Haven
Sricharan Kadimi, Amity Regional H.S., Woodbridge
Daniel Pollak, Hopkins School, New Haven
George Rusu, Joseph A. Foran H.S., Milford
Yasmine Amaris Scipio, Common Ground H.S., New Haven
Photo 2: Bridgeport, Fairfield, Stratford, Trumbull
Jaclyn Brewster, Lauralton Hall, Milford
Thomas Hong, Bunnell H.S., Stratford
Cameron Hummerstone, Fairfield Ludlowe H.S., Fairfield
Rami Kharbouch, Bassick H.S., Bridgeport
Brittany Kuznitz, Trumbull H.S., Trumbull
Shane McVeigh, Fairfield Warde H.S., Fairfield
Anjali Pillai, Kolbe-Cathedral H.S., Bridgeport
Charlene Pires, Central Magnet H.S., Bridgeport
Emily Robertson, St. Joseph H.S., Trumbull
Franceine Welcome, Warren Harding H.S., Bridgeport
Photo 3: Ansonia, Monroe, Seymour, Shelton
Justin Auger, Ansonia H.S., Ansonia
Asha Muralidharan, Masuk H.S., Monroe
Scott Shnipes, Shelton H.S., Shelton
Urman Singh, Seymour H.S., Seymour
Photo 4: Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield
Nathan Sobel, Joel Barlow H.S., Redding
Hannah Grant, Newtown H.S., Newtown
Jacob Feldman, Ridgefield H.S., Ridgefield
Amanda Bras, Henry Abbott Technical H.S., Danbury
Sloan Austermann, Bethel H.S., Bethel
Photo 5: Darien, Fairfield
Nicolai Ostberg, Darien H.S., Darien
Charles L. Paul, Fairfield Prep, Fairfield
Rebecca Stefanatos, Notre Dame H.S., Fairfield
Photo 6: Greenwich, Stamford, Danbury
Hansini Bhasker, Greenwich H.S., Greenwich
Doris Boursiquot, Stamford H.S., Stamford
Robert Mancini, Immaculate H.S., Danbury
Ryan Wolfe, Trinity Catholic H.S., Stamford

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Posted on June 9, 2014

Vol. 46, No. 230

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