Emilie H. Kracen of Bridgewater has been named to the dean's list at the University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, Va., for the spring semester of 2012. Emilie was a senior.

Tarryn Bartkus, daughter of Jeanne and Richard Bartkus of Bridgewater, was named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vt.

Tarryn was a first-year elementary education and sociology and anthropology major. She graduated from Shepaug Valley High School.


Kimberly A. Layman of Warren was named to the dean's list at Keene State College in Keene, N.H. for the spring semester.

Alex Maddalena of Warren received a B.A. degree Cum Laude May 19 from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in its 101st commencement.

Kimberly A. Layman of Warren was named to the dean's list at Keene State College in Keene, N.H. for the spring semester.

Justin Manley of Warren was awarded the 2012 Saint Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience and for leadership in volunteer service. Justin is a student at Wamogo Regional High School.


Jade O'Brien, of Washington Depot, was named to the dean's list at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., for the spring 2012 semester. Jade is a sophomore.

Michaela Claire Garrity attained the dean's list for the spring semester at the University of Connecticut, class of 2012.

Jason DePecol, son of Cynthia and Mark DePecol, has received a Vice President for Academic Affairs Research Fellowship summer research grant from Saint Michael's College in Vermont.

The exploratory major is engaged in carrying out the proposal, "Millennium Development Goal Research Project," under the direction of professor Dr. Patricia Siplon of the political science department.

Jason graduated from Shepaug Valley High School in 2009.

Joseph Pullaro was inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the international honor society for computing and information disciplines, earlier this year at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, where he is majoring in business information systems and computer science

Kevin Owen Tarsa of Washington Depot was named to the dean's list for the 2011 spring semester at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Kevin is a graduate of The Gunnery in Washington.

The Gunnery, a private school in Washington, has announced Tyffany R. Richards of the Class of 2012 has been chosen one of 3,100 outstanding participants in the National Achievement Scholarship program.

She is one of the students who scored in the top 3 percent of more than 160,000 black Americans who requested consideration in the 2012 National Achievement Program when they took the 2010 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test.

A roster of those students' names, high schools and tentative college major choices is being sent to about 1,500 colleges and universities.

Daniel O'Connell-Santos was named to the dean's list for the spring 2011 semester at Quinnipiac University in Hamden.

Charlotte D. Luckey, a graduate of the Taft School in Watertown, was named to fall semester dean's list at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

During commencement week activities May 11-14, at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, V.T., Samantha Steinmetz, daughter of Jenine Michaud and Paul Steinmetz of Washington, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and in global studies, Magna Cum Laude.

She received the Roger F. Keleher Memorial Award, presented to the top male and female scholar-athletes in the class. Recipients must be varsity letter winners who maintained high scholastic averages.

Samantha was a four-year member of the women's basketball team and team captain as a senior. A history and global studies major with a minor in Spanish, she had a 3.808 cumulative grade point average and holds membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Epsilon Sigma and Phi Alpha Theta national honor societies.

She was a four-time Northeast-10 Conference all-academic team honoree and perennial member of the NE-10 commissioner's honor roll.

Active in the college's volunteer service organization MOVE (Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts), Samantha participated in a service trip to Hartford, and played a crucial role in the production of the athletic department's "It Gets Better" video in support of LBGTQ youth.

She also made a difference through her work with the Simply Smiles organization in Oaxaca, Mexico.

In recent years, Samantha also nearly six summertime months volunteering to improve the lives of impoverished Mexican children.

After graduation, she will enter an 18-month Peace Corps-style position with Simply Smiles.