Scholar Leaders Nina Traub and Anil Anderson; Hamden Middle School
Scholar Leaders Nina Traub and Anil Anderson; Hamden Middle School

June 2014 – Middle school students from Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, Middlebury, Milford, Naugatuck, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Prospect, Seymour, Southbury, Wallingford, Waterbury, West Haven and Wolcott were recognized as the state’s top Scholar Leaders at the 2014 Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) Scholar Leader Banquet sponsored by the Connecticut and Western Massachusetts McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association.   As part of its long standing commitment to supporting educational programs, McDonald’s owner/operators joined CAS to honor the following local students as the best of the best in the state at the banquet:


- Elizabeth Frieden and Jake Rizzuti, Amity Middle School - Bethany Campus, Bethany

- Madeline Oberempt and James Wallace, Francis Walsh Intermediate School, Branford

- Calli Parlier and Nickolas Nieves, Dodd Middle School, Cheshire

- Rachel Fleischer and Josh Dana, Derby Middle School, Derby

- Molly Mazzucco and Anthony Luzzi, East Haven Academy, East Haven

- Amber Conte and Dylan Ramrattan, Joseph Melillo Middle School, East Haven

- Nina Traub and Anil Anderson, Hamden Middle School, Hamden

- Roisin Beirne and Tucker Rathe, Walter C. Polson Middle School, Madison

- Juliann Pellegrino and Tyrese Lawrence, Lincoln Middle School, Meriden

- Brianna Moyer and Demetre Carnot, Washington Middle School, Meriden

- Madeline DeFlippo and Justin Penney, Memorial Middle School, Middlefield

- Gabrielle Woodward and Ryan Luth, East Shore Middle School, Milford

- Mary Castello and David Flynn, West Shore Middle School, Milford

- Sarah Viele and Matthew Pimpinelli, City Hill Middle School, Naugatuck

- Kiarra Lavache and Jacob Spell, St.Aedan-St.Brendan School, New Haven

- Sarah Anastasio and Michael Madoule, North Branford Intermediate, North Branford

- Charlotte Cecarelli and Francesco Spirli, North Haven Middle School, North Haven

- Emily Kilian and Haegan O`Rourke, Amity Middle School - Orange, Orange

- Alexandra Adames and Robert Sweeney, Great Oak Middle School, Oxford

- Kaylee Walsh and Joseph Kmetz, Long River Middle School, Prospect

- Grace Brangwynne and Joshua Norton, Seymour Middle School, Seymour

- Mira Subramanian and Justin Callanan, Rochambeau Middle School, Southbury

- Hollianne Lao and Ryan Morris, Dag Hammarskjold School, Wallingford

- Elise Hummel and Anthony DiDomenico, James H. Moran Middle School, Wallingford

- Lilliana Lopez and Nicholas Gormley, Waterbury Arts Magnet School, Waterbury

- Cameron Feliciano and Mehdi Namazi, West Side Middle School, Waterbury

- Mackenzie Holy and Eugene Pacapelli, Harry M. Bailey Middle School, West Haven

- Jillian Noack and William Platt, Tyrrell Middle School, Wolcott


“McDonald’s is proud to partner with CAS to congratulate and honor Connecticut’s top middle school students. We are pleased to recognize these scholar-leaders for their outstanding achievements inside the classroom and within their local communities,” said Rachel Deane, a local McDonald’s owner/operator and president of the Connecticut and Western Massachusetts McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association.


The Connecticut Scholar Leader Awards is the largest program of its type in the state. The award is presented to one male and one female student in each middle school whose record of academic achievement and service have been truly exemplary, whose personal standards and accomplishments are a model for others and who possess high levels of integrity, self discipline, honesty and courage.


About McDonald's

The Connecticut and Western Massachusetts McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association is comprised of local McDonald’s restaurant owners who are community and industry leaders. They have a long-standing commitment to supporting educational initiatives and organizations in the communities they serve, including providing resources to promote balanced, active lifestyles to kids and nutritional information for families. For more information, follow us on Facebook or Twitter @McD_CTWMA.


McDonald's USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 27 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald's U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds.



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