Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) is currently accepting applications for 2019-2020.
Congratulations to the following students from QMC's graduating class of 2018!
Kitana Marie Marshall
Nicholas R. Martel
Jacob C. Menten + *
Thomas Michael Menten +
Kaylee Anita Morrison
Caroline Elise Mountford
William C. Myers *
Kenneth Antonio Negron Ruiz
Isabel Edith Olsen
Kiah G. Parker
Anastasia Kristine Piligian *
Hannah Elizabeth Prestas
Kristiana Maxine Quintana + *
Jayson R. Torres *
Genna L. Warrender
Karah R. Wetherbee
Kaitlin G. Whalen
Brittany Marie Williams *
Abigail J. Young
Hazel A. Billings-Chiu +
Jarimar Borges Torres *
Jaclyn Rose Burdzel
Jazmine A. Byers
Joshua T. Careau *
Celton J. Clark
Clayton Joseph Cordello
Coralis N. Correa-Ortiz *
Joshua David Cox *
Kimberly Sarah Crowell
Hayley Anne Haapala
Myia Lyn Harris *
Makayla Marie Hopkins
Alex J. Imre *
Julia H. Lamotte *
Matthew J. Lavallee
Sophia Anne LeDuc *
Danaija Precise Lewis
+ Indicates students who are National Honor Society Scholars
* Indicates students who completed a Capstone of Distinction
On Friday, June 8th QMC celebrated its 10 year anniversary. It was a gorgeous day and a nice celebration, featuring speakers that included Gary, QVCC President Dr. Carlee Drummer, Mary Kay, Tom C., Gino LoRicco, and two QMC students – one a senior, the other a freshman. More than 70 QMC high school students received certificates acknowledging their having passed their QVCC college courses and earned free college credits. There were about 200 people in attendance, and the celebration was held in the QVCC Amphitheater. Afterward, a cookout for everyone was held in the QVCC side parking lot.
On Thursday, May 10th Jarimar Borges held her Military Obstacle Course Capstone Project. Students and staff competed physical fitness challenges such as sit ups, push-ups, and the one mile run. Awards were presented during Town Meeting on May 18th. Congratulations to all on a job well done!
On Friday, May 11 QMC students Hallie LaLumiere and Kitana Marshall participated in the Sassy Chapeau Hat Show Fundraiser. Sassy Chapeau is the annual fundraising gala for the Northeast Connecticut Women and Girls Fund. Hallie and Kitana were two of many high schoolers who modeled fabulous hats for the fundraiser. Proceeds from the fundaiser went to supporting various women's programs in the state of CT.
Paul Singh and the Results Junkies visited Groton on the 2018 North American Tech Tour to present a workshop that introduced students to entrepreneurship. 6 Quinebaug Middle College students attended and learned about problem solving, addressing a need and presenting to others.
“It was surprisingly interesting,” said QMC student Madison Labossiere. “The pitches were really cool and I actually understood the things they were saying. I would be interested in joining a club for entrepreneurship.”
Singh is an entrepreneur, speaker and investor. Previously, Singh was a managing director at 1776 and a general partner is 1776’s Seed Fund. Prior to 1776, Singh was the founder of Disruption Corporation and general partner of Disruption’s post-seed venture capital arm, Crystal Tech Fund. Before that, Singh was an early partner at 500 Startups, an accelerator and venture firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. Singh has founded a few of his own startups.
QMC students have taken first place for Best Narration and second place in the Viewer’s Choice category at the EAMA Video Challenge and Film Festival.
Five QMC students were honored at the 11th annual Julius Sokenu Poetry Contest sponsored by Quinebaug Valley Community College. The winners were :
Desirae Bourgoin (Grade 9) First place for her poem jong.
Laura Pudvah (Grade 10) Second place for her poem The Sound
Kacee-Jean Hanlon (Grade 10) Third place for her poem My Monster
Zachary Gaudette (Grade 9) Honorable Mention for his poem Interesting Poem
Janirelis Santiago Cancel (grade 9) won first place in the Spanish Heritage Speakers category for her poem entitled Mi Esencia Junto al Ayer!
Congratulations to all!
On April 26, Suzy Lefevre and Austin Hall took students to a QVCC 2nd Amendment Panel Discussion. Suzy helped to coordinate and plan “Encountering the Second Amendment” This was done as a joint activity with QVCC, UCONN and QMC and involved our students in interactive, critical thinking activities and small group discussions. Students from Suzy and Austin’s class were able to work with Thomas Army, Alfred Williams, and Brendan Kane (Associate professor of History at UCONN) to better understand our history, laws and culture through respectful dialogue.
Thank you Suzy and Austin for making this event possible for our students!
On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, twenty-seven freshmen students and seven staff from Quinebaug Middle College (QMC), a regional magnet school in Danielson, partnered with five community organizations for their annual Day of Service. The students are part of the Teen Outreach Program® (TOP), a nationwide positive youth development program that seeks to empower teens with the skills they need to avoid risky behaviors and develop into healthy, thriving adults.
“My goal is to help our students identify their strengths and then use those strengths to make a difference in the lives of others," said Nicole Colter, QMC’s TOP facilitator. "Our students have so much to offer and partnering with community organizations helps these young people connect to their own communities and develop interests they might not otherwise discover.”
One group partnered with Kidz Teaching Kids to host an interactive art event at The Arc Quinebaug Valley in Danielson. QMC students prepared six large canvases in advance with the phrase “Look at Me, Not My Disability.” Students then worked directly with the Arc clients to help them make their mark by outlining their hands and writing important characteristics about each unique individual within the outline.
“Having any kind of health disorder may change the way you look and the type of activities you are able do on a daily basis, but it does not change your personality or your soul," said Alicia Jimenez Vargas, a freshmen at QMC.
Another group partnered with the Willimantic based organization, GROW Windham. The students worked in the community garden located in Lauter Park, built a table for a greenhouse and a garden bed, spread compost in the garden bed and wood chips along the outskirts of the garden bed as well.
“Personally, I learned how easy it can be to contribute to a local community," said QMC teacher Brian Levine. "I believe this site is something we can build on and continue visiting for years to come.”
Another group partnered with the Northeastern District Department of Health (NDDH) where Linda Colangelo, NDDH Education and Communications Coordinator did a walking meeting with the group to talk about the importance of health and how the students can positively impact their school community. Along their walk Linda interviewed people on the streets about why they walked and the benefits of walking.
Some students worked to get an inside look at hunger and food insecurity. In March a few students helped on Fridays at the Community Cafe located at Living Faith United Methodist Church in Putnam and then on the Day of Service the group helped out at the Covenant Soup Kitchen (CSK) in Willimantic. The group continues to solicit plastic bag donations for CSK’s food pantry.
Last but not least, a group coordinated a speed-friending event with the residents at Davis Place, a nursing and rehabilitation facility in Danielson. This project started earlier this year when throughout February and March a group of students visited Davis Place residents after school.
“Getting to know [the residents] and hearing their stories made me realize that these people taught me things that they don’t teach at school,” said student Janirelis Santiago Cancel.
Below, QMC students work together with Arc residents on a craft project.