Spotlight on students


-Ryan Stewart, 17, recently attended the four-day Connecticut Youth Leadership Forum held at the University of Connecticut at Storrs.

The Connecticut Youth Leadership Project (CTYLP) is a program that empowers young adults with disabilities to realize their leadership potential by exploring leadership styles and through developing and implementing team and personal leadership plans.

The goal is to make a difference in their communities and for others with disabilities.

Currently, Ryan is a student at New Milford High School, entering his senior year. This fall he will be applying to colleges where he intends to study creative writing and philosophy.

Ryan mentors two young boys and is a volunteer at Loaves & Fishes Hospitality House, the New Milford soup kitchen. He is the son of Maureen Mastrella and Gary Stewart of New Milford. For information on the Youth Leadership Project, visit

-Rebecca and Audrey Lastra of New Milford recently received schlorships from the Grand Lodge and Trustees of the Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York (see photograph).

-Brianna McNally, a junior at New Milford High School, and Jaclyn Mercer, an eighth-grader at Schaghticoke Middle School, recently performed in "The Wizard of Oz" at the Warner Theatre in Torrington.

Brianna made her stage debut as a member of the ensemble, while this was Jaclyn's fourth appearance on the Warner stage. She portrayed Braggart, a munchkin.


-Clara Elizabeth Knutson, of Roxbury, a member of the class of 2009, graduated from Dartmouth College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree at the spring 2009 commencement exercises.

The daughter of David H. and Kirsten B. Knutson, Clara majored in government and Asian and Middle Eastern studies.