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Madison Person Of The Week

Person of the Week • Published May 21, 2024 11 am

Helfrich Made the Successful Switch to Singles for Hand Girls’ Tennis

In order to climb the ladder in the sport of tennis, one must possess a cool head during the pressure-packed moments under the warm spring sun. For Ella Helfrich, the com...
Person of the Week • Published May 15, 2024 08 am

Karla Lindquist: High Hopes

Hope, of course, springs eternal. The HOPE Partnership has been around for 20 years, and the non-profit organization has built up an impressive record of accomplishments ...
Person of the Week • Published May 14, 2024 11 am

Kuja Craves Daily Tests of Baseball as Hand’s Captain, Second Baseman

With a game predicated on averages as a barometer of success, baseball can bring about the best and worst of times in the same day. Yet for Ben Kuja, he welcomes the adve...
Person of the Week • Published May 07, 2024 11 am

Ariyan All About Partnership as Dominant Doubles Player for Hand Tennis

Playing as part of a doubles pairing in tennis is arguably the best lesson about the values and benefits of teamwork. For Teagan Ariyan, she has harnessed the superb skil...
Person of the Week • Published May 01, 2024 08 am

Kaye Griffin: Keeping Busy

Where is she now? Kaye Griffin retired as superintendent of schools in Madison over 15 years ago. However, she is still keeping busy. This year, Kaye is heading to the Es...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 23, 2024 11 am

Washburne Powered Crave for Crew to National, International Waters

Through hurdles he has been dealing with since birth, Ben Washburne found great solace and sanctuary from it all through the sport of rowing. And it has been his near lif...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 16, 2024 11 am

Lavigne Lapped Up Strength and Determination as Freshman Grappler for Hand

One of the bigger stories within the room of a young Hand wrestling team was the emergence of a freshman phenom in Evelyn Lavigne. In only a single season, she has broken...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 03, 2024 08 am

Schumann Steps Up to Coach Local Wrestling Club

Kate Schumann was never much of a wrestling fan while growing up. However, when the Sled Dog Wrestling Club needed a coach this year, Kate stepped up and made sure that b...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 27, 2024 08 am

Sally Heffernan: Ready for a Big-Time Film Festival

On Saturday, May 4, the Clinton Land Conservation Trust (CLCT) and the Madison Land Conservation Trust will unite for a joint film festival showcasing acclaimed nature do...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 19, 2024 11 am

Tapia Went Over the Top as Épée Expert and Leader for Hand

When diligence meets opportunity, there is no timeline that is too short to achieve the highest levels of success with any craft. For Hanley Tapia, he made the most of hi...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 12, 2024 11 am

All-State Selection Dobratz Drums Up Selflessness on the Ice for Hand

In a short span, Kendall Dobratz has established herself as a preeminent goalscorer in the Connecticut girls’ ice hockey landscape. Yet no matter how many accolades or la...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 05, 2024 10 am

Stouraites Parlaying Water Polo Progress into Trip to Nationals

One sport on a rapid rise across the landscape of the United States is water polo. For one local junior high student, he has ridden the wave of the game’s growth, and ear...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 27, 2024 11 am

Markovitz Manufactures Confidence as Defensive, Shooting Force for Hand

Swagger can often steady a ship when it comes to an athlete’s journey throughout the fast moving waters of basketball. For Sam Markovitz, he fosters that confidence to cu...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 21, 2024 08 am

Roy Has a Passion for Giving Back

Whether it’s organizing a community egg hunt in Clinton or her new role with the Madison Chamber of Commerce, Emily Roy has a passion for giving back to her community. E...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 20, 2024 11 am

Richard Revitalizes Her Game as Paint Presence for Hand Girls’ Hoops

For Abbey Richard, she certainly loves the grind of the physical nature of basketball while banging on the glass for boards. Still, she appreciates additional offensive f...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 14, 2024 08 am

Mary Olson-Scudder: Kindness is Contagious

The First Congregational Church (FCC) of Madison is currently celebrating its Make Kindness Contagious campaign thanks to its recently formed Reimagining the Church Commi...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 12, 2024 12 am

Reiss Shows Tremendous Resolve as All-Around Athlete and Leader for Hand Gymnastics

No matter how many solo accolades she has racked up in the gym, Hadley Reiss knows all too well that none of them would have been possible without the nurturing encourage...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 06, 2024 11 am

Gentil Swimming Towards Bigger Success as Tigers Junior Captain

Swimming is one of the few high school sports where an individual athlete can see instant, clear, and tangible evidence of proof of the hard work put forth in the pool. F...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 31, 2024 08 am

A Lifelong Passion for ‘Ranger Russ’

Not many of us can trace our career choice back to childhood, but Russ Miller’s path in life was essentially set during the early years of his life. A Killingworth reside...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 30, 2024 12 am

McCullough Shows Composure and Poise Beyond Years as Hand Point Guard

The ability to swiftly erase errors from one’s mind frame is a crucial component for any young leader of a group or team. Thomas McCullough knows that as a spry signal ca...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 25, 2024 01 pm

Mayhew Dedicated to Helping People Defeat Addiction

Daniel Hand High School graduate Joe Deane lost his life due to fentanyl poisoning in 2018 after numerous attempts to shake his addiction and get his promising future he...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 23, 2024 10 am

Pham Finding His Home as Junior Captain for Hand Swimming

In many tasks and skills in life, the wherewithal to excel in it is quite often not enough. And so, one additionally needs the correct function and form to thrive. This i...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 17, 2024 08 am

Allison Murphy: At Home Among the Books

Allison Murphy is a familiar face at the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library. Patrons may recognize her as the former head of the library's public services, but Allison briefl...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 09, 2024 11 am

Signorello Satiates Appetite for Hard Work as Hand Boys’ Swimming Captain

Adam Signorello relished more in the wherewithal required to complete a mission, rather than the destination–pushing him to perform in the pool on a consistent basis dail...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 03, 2024 10 am

Davies Demonstrates Balance as Shooting Guard, Captain for Tigers

Balancing life as both a three-season athlete and student, Ava Davies truly sees how every piece must be in place, and how one must utilize each moment of every day to it...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 27, 2023 12 pm

Kennedy Kept Pushing Positivity to Return for Hand’s Championship Season

No matter how dark things appeared to be a year ago as she missed her junior campaign, Jacqueline Kennedy stayed a persistent source of positivity for her Hand field hock...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 27, 2023 08 am

Erin Mannix: An Eye on the Plan

Town Planner Erin Mannix negotiates across almost every town department to ensure that not only zoning laws are followed but that Madison’s long-term development and econ...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 20, 2023 08 am

Craig Taylor: One of the Crew

Many of us don’t stop to think about how our shoreline towns remain so pristine and picturesque despite the heavy use by both residents and tourists. In Madison, much of ...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 13, 2023 02 pm

McFadden Made Her Mark with First Team All-SCC Honors for Hand Soccer

Growing up, Lilly McFadden looked to emulate the players on the pitch she viewed through the comfort of her own home, though once she got into the field herself, she trul...
Person of the Week • Published Nov 22, 2023 08 am

Jessica Pekmezovic: Meet The Goat

Sometimes, being called the goat is good, like in Greatest of All Time or when you’re doing… goat yoga. Jessica Pekmezovic of Madison is part of a burgeoning trend in yog...
Person of the Week • Published Nov 15, 2023 10 am

Parri Pushed Through Injury to Return as All-SCC Leading Scorer for Hand Soccer

Arguably one of the biggest comeback stories within the Southern Connecticut Conference for girls’ soccer this fall was the re-emergence of Rory Parri, who not only retur...
Person of the Week • Published Nov 15, 2023 08 am

Mark Smith: The Luck O’ the Irish

Mark Smith of Madison is proud of his Irish heritage, and as recent president of the Knights of St. Patrick of New Haven, he helped the club keep its mission focus throug...
Person of the Week • Published Nov 07, 2023 01 pm

Mostafa Analoui: Connecting Education and Community

Dr. Mostafa Analoui of Madison has made a career connecting higher education and the communities it serves. Mostafa was just appointed as the Carlton Highsmith Chair of I...
Person of the Week • Published Nov 02, 2023 04 pm

Snyder Soaks It All in as Student of Field Hockey with Hand

Sometimes the greatest individual masteries of a skill come from an athlete that leaves themselves open to all channels and avenues in order to strengthen their acumen an...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 24, 2023 11 am

Kells Crashing Cages, Producing Points for Hand Field Hockey

Towards the end of junior high, Jordan Kells was unsure if she had found her athletic habitat with field hockey, but after finding the right spark, she stuck with it and ...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 24, 2023 11 am

Jen Catone: Coordinating the Fun

New Beach and Recreation Department Recreation Supervisor Jen Catone has had a life dedicated to sports and has finally landed her dream job with Madison. Recreation supe...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 20, 2023 06 pm

Malary Makes the Most of Small Details as Hand Football Captain

Football has always been a game of inches, and the closest band of brothers who buckle down and focus in on the finite points of preparation are typically the ones who su...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 11, 2023 09 am

Dawn Jackson: About Town

Dawn Jackson may not have grown up on the shoreline, but she knows it as well as any lifer. Dawn has helped steer several civic organizations and, with her new position a...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 06, 2023 04 pm

Preskar Puts in Work Around the Clock as Hand Football Captain

Often in athletics, it is the moments of effort and work put forth when the focus is off an athlete that mean the most. It has certainly been the case for Owen Preskar, a...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 06, 2023 08 am

Rene Chin: A Love of Teaching

In a renowned school system that attracts families and students from across the country, it’s not easy to stand out. However, Ryerson Elementary School’s Rene Chin has bu...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 27, 2023 07 am

Hand Alum Haraj-Sai Finding New Success on College Tennis Court

A veteran of the sport, Laila Haraj-Sai knows full well that there is another tier of preparation on multiple facets of the body and spirit when it comes to settling into...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 22, 2023 04 pm

Shay Swayed Successfully from Soccer to Signal Caller for Hand

At the onset of his high school career, Jack Shay’s athletic sojourn took quite a dramatic detour, as he traded the pitch and the soccer ball for being a signal caller wi...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 12, 2023 11 am

McSweeney Smells the Roses of Hard Work as Hand Soccer Captain

When it comes to the sport of soccer, Danny McSweeney takes time to enjoy the production that goes into each pitch appearance for a group that is often unseen by the spec...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 09, 2023 08 am

Barrera Brings Heart for the Pitch as Hand Soccer Captain

The pride and passion for the pitch have been present in the collective pulse of Santi Barrera from a very young age, and as he has grown and come of age, it has just bec...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 08, 2023 03 pm

Olando Petgrave: ‘Things to Teach Each Other’

Olando Petgrave didn’t take a direct path as he forged ahead from a Jamaican immigrant to a successful entrepreneur and community advocate. “I was born in Jamaica and liv...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 01, 2023 06 am

Lynk Created a Chain of Solid Showings for Madison 19-U Baseball

Antonio Lynk has never not had a baseball in his hand, while simultaneously housing the drive and determination to improve and succeed on his skills. This was quite evide...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 23, 2023 06 am

Pathy Carving Out Route as Prominent Pitcher for Hand

As a pitcher, Shailen Pathy is at the epicenter of the physical chess game that is the sport of baseball, though it is that test of cerebral and physical fitness that mot...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 23, 2023 06 am

Peter Scranton Proves a True Super-Volunteer in Madison

Some people simply walk it like they talk it, and Peter Scranton of Madison is certainly walking that walk. A transplant to Madison like so many who have fallen in love w...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 18, 2023 04 pm

Lesnik Came into His Own Swing for Tigers Golf

Confidence can play a key and critical role in the success of an athlete, and for Kasimir Lesnik, securing some swagger in himself helped find his swing and drive the Han...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 09, 2023 07 am

Maniatis Made Quick Work on the Draw with Hand Boys’ Lax

Spiro Maniatis always drew great adulation for lacrosse through its frenetic pace of play, and that was quite evident as he was consistently quick on the draw as a fantas...