Spotlight on College


Christina Purcell was named to the dean's list for the fall semester at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. She is the daughter of Susie and Bill Purcell of Kent.

Evan Schullery, son of Robert and Susan Schullery of Kent, recently earned a Master of Education degree in school counseling from West Chester University in Pennsylvania.

He graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in 1999 and from Ithaca College in 2003.

Mr. Schullery currently works as a behavior consultant in the West Chester area school district and is a safety manager at a therapeutic camp during the summer.

He also coaches 7th and 8th-grade boys' basketball, writes screenplays and records music.

Kent School student Scott C. Mitchell II, the son of Scott and Janice Mitchell of Kent, has been accepted into Bowdoin College in Maine for the semester starting in September (see photo).

Scott attended Bangor Christian Schools in Bangor, Me. through grade 7. He then participated in the Pursuit of Excellence Program for a year in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, where he began playing AAA level ice hockey.

His career at Kent School has been marked by receipt of the AP Scholar with Honor award, captaincy of the varsity cross country team, AAA U-16 ice hockey for two years with the Connecticut Chiefs, varsity crew with the national championship Kent School boat club, numerous classical guitar recitals on and off campus and culminated in his selection as a Prefect of the school's senior class.

Scott organized and led numerous full-school activities and initiated a new student organization, wherein the student body is divided into teams for competitions designed to encourage sportsmanship, scholarship, school spiritual and service.

He is the founder and president of the Spanish and Chinese clubs and also created the Kent School Christian Fellowship, which is the campus division of FOCUS (Fellowship of Christian Universities and Schools).

At Bowdoin, Scott plans to double major in neuroscience and Chinese/Russian while preparing for a career as a neurosurgeon.

He expects to join the Bowdoin crew club for relaxation from his studies.


Andrea G. Laubstein of New Milford, daughter of Michael and Rosemary Laubstein and a 2007 graduate of New Milford High School, has made the dean's list at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. for the fall semester.

Lauren Perrino of New Milford, a sophomore at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, is a member of the school's marching band. For almost 100 years, Gettysburg has been known for a tradition of excellence in musical performance and offers a variety of ensembles -- choral, band, orchestra and jazz.

The following students have achieved a grade point of 3.30 or higher and been named to the dean's list at Western New England College in Springfield, Mass. for the fall semester of 2010:

Kristen Jordan of Sherman, a junior majoring in criminal justice, and Anne E. Mercer of New Milford, a freshman majoring in marketing communication/advertising.

The following students have been named to the President's List at Western New England College in Springfield Mass. for the fall semester of 2010.

Jeffrey W. Sturm of New Milford, a sophomore majoring in accounting, and Emily M. Andre of Sherman, a sophomore majoring in English.

Kayle Schnell of New Milford, a senior journalism and mass communication and political science major, who graduated from Canterbury School, been named to the fall 2010 dean's list at Saint Michael's College, a liberal arts, residential Catholic college in Burlington, Vt.

Kayle is the daughter of Kathy Walsh of New Milford.


Samantha Steinmetz, a junior majoring in history, who graduated from Shepaug Valley High School, has been named to the fall 2010 dean's list at Saint Michael's College, a liberal arts, residential Catholic college located in Burlington, Vt. Samantha is the daughter of Jenine Michaud and Paul Steinmetz of Washington.

Scott C. Mitchell II