Monthly Archives: April 2016


Congratulations to  the members of the DHS Quiz Bowl Team who captured the state title this past weekend.  Our team went undefeated throughout the entire tournament!
Quiz Bowl Team members are Michael Borecki , Brendan Berrigan, Julia Tong, Evan Tong, and Griffin Samroengraja.

Special thanks to World Language Faculty Member John Gearty who coached the team.  Quiz Bowl team is now on to Nationals in Dallas, Texas at the end of May.  Keep those buzzer fingers healthy!




“Untitled” by DHS Grade 10 student Grace Drugge has been selected from submissions by art students all over Connecticut by state legislators to hang in the Education Committee room at the State Legislative Office Building in Hartford.   The piece will remain on display for approximately one year.  What a wonderful recognition, congratulations!

shell contest

This past weekend the DHS Principles of Engineering class traveled to the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas in Detroit, Michigan.  Hundreds of colleges, universities and high schools from the USA, Canada, and South America enter the competition to build vehicles that use the least amount of fuel to complete the race.

Under the leadership of Team Manager and DHS Senior C.J. Attisani and Faculty Advisor Richard Reynolds, the DHS team placed 3rd in their division.  We are most proud of our students when after racing all day Saturday they decided in the true Blue Wave spirit of competition, to help get a fellow competitor’s car out on the track, rather than relax and watch the race.  Although they were competing in an engineering competition, our students accomplishments reflected skills gained in all their high school disciplines including presentation skills, math and science principles, and even speaking world languages with international competitors.

Special thanks to Faculty Advisers Jeromy Nelson and Rich Reynolds and friend of the program Carl Swanson (and Mr. Reyold’s father-in-law) who transported the car to Detroit. Please join me in congratulating them in this tremendous accomplishment!

Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2016

The Darien High School Fuel Cell Car, race number 213, a Prototype vehicle running on hydrogen for team DHS Fuel Cell from Darien High School in Darien, Connecticut, on the track during day three of the Shell Eco-marathon Americas in Detroit, Saturday, April 23, 2016. (Rick Osentoski/AP Images for Shell)

DHS Graphic Design students again won in the Annual Darien Chamber of Commerce Going for Green Project Contest . Congratulations to 1st Place winner Cheyenne de la Rivera and to 2nd Place winner Valerie Le. Wonderful work, ladies!

art contest

It’s that time of year! Spanish 2 Accelerated students were recognized for the accomplishments on the National Spanish Exam.  Congratulations!

GOLD: Olivia Yoo

SILVER: Grace Aronsohn, Nathalie Bravo, Katie Elders, Nick Giotis, Danya Jafri

BRONZE: Aidan Bowman, Sophia Cortellesi, Kate Dempsey, Cole Hansen, Devyn Kipphut, Manvi Malhotra, Santiago Perfumo, Cason Stone

HONORS: Maggie Brooks, Anna Corbett, Robbie Gaaserud, Lilly Ma, Matias Martinez, Kishan Patel, Adeline Tousignant, Nick Witkowski



On Wednesday April 6, the Model Congress Club invited Congressmen Jim Himes to speak about his experiences working in the United States House of Representatives. He also listened to the students debate an original student-authored immigration bill (by Brendan Berrigan) that sought to solve the difficult problem of illegal immigration.  What an informative interaction we had, special thanks to Congressman Himes! (See our flickr site for more photos.)

World Language Poetry Contest Participants

 Congratulations to all our students who participated in the CT COLT State Poetry contest.

 Here are students who achieved medals for their performances.  Bravo!

A special thank you to World Language Faculty Members Sue Mason, who worked diligently with students in their preparation, and to Katie Steen, who assisted us all throughout throughout the entire process.