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Community Council sponsored a blanket-tying event in the Chill Zone on May 25.  Dozens of students dropped by during the lunch period and helped create some beautiful blankets for Tiny Miracles. Thank you to all members of the Community Council, and Volunteer Coordinator Liz Borecki, who organized the event.  Imagine that a new life will be warmed by your many hands!

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The DAWG club has embarked on a multi-year fundraising effort to purchase a bullet-proof vest for a military service dog.  On Sunday, May 15 DAWG sponsored Wags n’ Waves at Dog Smart in Norwalk.  Their staff gave swimming lessons to dogs of DHS students and staff, and judging by the photos below, they had a fun time.  Thank you to Emma Hinton for the photos, and to Club Adviser Katie Steen for your creative direction of this event.

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Chief was a little hesitant at first

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Maggie’s having a swell time

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Mia, not so much

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Maggie using her hind legs

It is our pleasure to announce that Katie Tsui has been selected as a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar. The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Katie was selected as the female candidate from Connecticut and will be invited to Washington in June for several days of special events including a White House ceremony. Congratulations to Katie and her family on this extraordinary achievement.

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Katie with her Guidance Counselor Kim Taylor, Mrs. Dunn, and Mr. Sullivan

Congratulations to Chloe Zhou who has been named as Class of 2016 Valedictorian, and to Christian Ostberg and Katie Tsui who have been named as Co-Salutatorians. We are all very proud of your achievements!

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Co-Salutatorian Katie Tsui, Valedictorian Chloe Zhou, Co-Salutatorian Christian Ostberg

Our Concert Choir and Tudor Singers gave outstanding performances at the Great East Festival in Palmer, Massachusetts this weekend, and were each awarded Gold ratings as a result.  Music Faculty Member Chris Andrade shared that the judges and audience (made up of other participating schools) were impressed with the maturity and musicality of the groups.  Congratulations to all of you and thank you for continuing to represent Darien High School in such an exemplary manner.  Bravo!

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Amidst all those smiling faces are two Gold awards!

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Partnering with the organization GoBabyGo! and CCSU students and staff, on Friday April 29 DHS students retrofit electric toy cars to serve as both tools of mobility and physical therapy for five area children. Led by engineering students in the Technology and Engineering Department, this project brought together the Darien community at large. Donations from local businesses funded purchase of the cars and adaptive materials necessary to accommodate each child’s need.  This event gave our students the unique opportunity to connect with these amazing children and empower them to be their most confident selves.  We are all overwhelmed by the outcome of the day, and look forward to hosting this event again. Special thanks to senior Finley Wetmore who championed the project as a year-long independent project, and our Faculty Members Rich Reynolds, Greg Darin, and Jeromy Nelson.  See our flickr account for more great photos from the day!

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