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2017-2018 Horace W. Porter Quarter 3 Honor Roll

High Honors:

Jenna Boardman  
Alexis Buskey Grade 6
Taylor Chrystal Grade 6
Dakota Cooke Grade 6
Riley DeForest Grade 6
Liana Hughes Grade 6
Abryana Matos Grade 6
Audrey Merrill Grade 6
Mia Pedersen Grade 6
Isaac Swenson Grade 6


Julianne Earnest Grade 7
Elle Gaucher Grade 7
Payton Lussen Grade 7
Ryan Orzolek Grade 7
Amanda Ross Grade 7
Luke Ruchalski Grade 7
Zachary Shepard Grade 7


Lilly Dudek Grade 8
Alexia Fenteany Grade 8
Abigail Levine Grade 8
Elizabeth Levine Grade 8
Jordan Narotsky Grade 8
Bryn Pedersen Grade 8


John Aissis Grade 6
Owen Bowles Grade 6
Delaney Bullard Grade 6
Noah Cordone Grade 6
Amara DelMastro Grade 6
Joshua Dingler Grade 6
Jack Emerson Grade 6
Mark Engebretson Grade 6
Connor LeBlanc Grade 6
Jillian Murphy Grade 6
Lara Pedrosa Grade 6
Vanessa Perry Grade 6
Jackson Piro Grade 6
Anna Reagan Grade 6
Mia Savino Grade 6
Ansley Tollmann Grade 6
Allison Williams Grade 6


Evan Callahan Grade 7
Isabella DeJesus Grade 7
Taylor DelMastro Grade 7
John Dooley Grade 7
Margaret Elumogo Grade 7
Jackson Godin Grade 7
Madison Hughes Grade 7
Angelika Kingo Grade 7
Elizabeth Morris Grade 7
Jacob Natale Grade 7
Madeline Ross Grade 7
Brianna Skowrenski Grade 7
Gavin Smeeton Grade 7
Luke Woodward Grade 7


Mary Angelides Grade 8
Emily Carver Grade 8
Analise Colvin Grade 8
Erin Dwyer Grade 8
Anna Fiore Grade 8
Katherine Gamache Grade 8
Mara Gamache Grade 8
Nicholas Haddad Grade 8
Claudia Koiva Grade 8
Ashley Lewis Grade 8
Hayden Richardson Grade 8
Jack Riquier Grade 8
Jake Stavens Grade 8
Jayden Stygar Grade 8
Olivia Verboven Grade 8
Natalie Villanueva Grade 8

Former Horace W. Porter Student runs Boston Marathon for a good Cause! 
Go Caitlin Eaton-Robb!!!- Channel 3 News Clip

2017-2018 Horace W. Porter Quarter 2 Honor Roll


Jenna Boardman Grade 6 
Alexis Buskey Grade   6 
Taylor Chrystal Grade 6 
Dakota Cooke Grade   6 
Liana Hughes Grade 6 
Abryana Matos Grade   6 
Audrey Merrill Grade 6 
Mia Pedersen Grade   6 
Isaac Swenson Grade 6 
Heather Boisvert Grade   6 
Morgan Bonaiuto Grade 6 
Owen Bowles Grade   6 
Delaney Bullard Grade 6 
Noah Cordone Grade   6 
Riley DeForest Grade 6 
Amara DelMastro Grade   6 
Joshua Dingler Grade 6 
Jack Emerson Grade   6 
Jarrett Hay Grade 6 
Connor LeBlanc Grade   6 
Lara Pedrosa Grade 6 
Vanessa Perry Grade   6 
Anna Reagan Grade 6 
Mia Savino Grade   6 
Allison Williams Grade 6 


John Dooley Grade 7 
Julianne Earnest Grade 7 
Elle Gaucher Grade 7 
Payton Lussen Grade   7 
Ryan Orzolek Grade 7 
Luke Ruchalski Grade   7 
Evan Callahan Grade 7 
Isabella DeJesus Grade   7 
Taylor DelMastro Grade 7 
Margaret Elumogo Grade   7 
Jackson Godin Grade 7 
Taylor Homiski Grade   7 
Madison Hughes Grade 7 
Angelika Kingo Grade   7 
Terri LaGasse Grade 7 
Elizabeth Morris Grade   7 
Jacob Natale Grade 7 
Amanda Ross Grade   7 
Madeline Ross Grade 7 
Brianna Skowrenski Grade   7 
Gavin Smeeton Grade 7 
Sierra Urban Grade   7 
Marley Whalen Grade 7 
Luke Woodward Grade   7 


Lilly Dudek Grade 8 
Alexia Fenteany Grade 8 
Abigail Levine Grade 8 
Elizabeth Levine Grade   8 
Jordan Narotsky Grade 8 
Bryn Pedersen Grade   8 
Mary Angelides Grade 8 
Anna Fiore Grade   8 
Mara Gamache Grade 8 
Katherine Gamache Grade   8 
Nicholas Haddad Grade 8 
Claudia Koiva Grade   8 
Ashley Lewis Grade 8 
Jack Riquier Grade   8 
Jake Stavens Grade 8 
Jayden Stygar Grade   8 
Olivia Verboven Grade 8 
Natalie Villanueva Grade   8 

Amanda Nowak Frame, a 2000 Porter Graduate is a published author! You can buy her novel at! Congratuations!
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E. O. Smith High School had an outstanding performance at the Connecticut Technology Student Association State Conference - congratulations to all of you guys who went today!

Here are events E. O. Smith placed in:

Technology Quiz Bowl
1st place - Sam Huang, Matthew McNeal, Tim Watson
2nd place - Jandro Munoz and Justin Raffa: Horace W. Porter School Graduates
3rd place - Zane Allard, Tim Hill, Breanna Lynn


This was an event with over 23 teams competing and EOS took the top 3 spots! 

Photographic Technology
3rd place - Brenna Lynn

On Demand Video
1st place - Heather Abdullah, Sam Huang, Matthew McNeal, Tim Watson


Debating Technical Issues
1st Place - Sam Huang and Tim Watson


Needless to say, E. O. Smith was the best represented school on the podium. We came out on top after facing off against over 20 other schools - you guys should all be proud of all your accomplishments! 


Congrats again!

hs tech state conference

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Congratulations to Sarah Schatz, a Columbia junior at EO Smith High School, for her prestigious selection of the Governor's Scholars Award!

The Governor’s Scholars Awards recognize academically talented high school students in schools throughout the state. Principals of CAS member high schools are given the opportunity to nominate one junior who ranks in the top five percent of his or her class. Those members of the Governor’s Scholars Committee who are professional educators from throughout Connecticut judge the completed applications and assign a composite score to each student’s rank in class, PSAT or SAT or ACT score and the student essay. The thirty students with the highest scores are selected as “Governor’s Scholars” and will receive recognition as well as information on participation in courses and research projects at selected Connecticut colleges and universities.

Gov Scholar

HP  Scholar Leaders

Congratulations to Juliana Baker and Matthew Fritz, both eighth graders at Horace Porter School for being selected by the Connecticut Association of Schools for the Scholar-Leaders Award 2015!

The Connecticut Association of Schools established the Scholar-Leader Banquet in 1985 to give public recognition to one boy and one girl from each middle level school in Connecticut who have distinguished themselves in scholarship and leadership in school and the community.

Congratulations to Sarah Schatz, a Columbia student at EO Smith High School, has won 1st Place in the Accounting Applications Division at the CT DECA State Career Development Conference on February 25, 2015.Sarah Schatz

Sarah competed in the Accounting Applications category and won 1st in the state competing against other high schoolers from all over the state. The competition included a written Finance exam along with judges giving her a business scenario in which she had roughly 10 minutes to prepare  and analyze and come up with the answer and then had to present the answer to judges. She then had to field questions from the judges. She now gets to go to Orlando, Florida to compete at the International level. She is very excited about the competition and a bonus is that the trip includes visits to Universal and Disney!

DECA is a national association of students interested in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship.  DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high school and colleges around the world. Sarah will be competing at the International DECA Career Development Conference in April in Orlando, FL.


Luke Stover exhibitCongratulations to Luke Stover, a 10th grade Columbia student at EO Smith High School for his finalist award at the 2015 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair.  The fair was held at Quinnipiac University on March 12-16, 2015 and sponsored by companies including Pfizer and United Technologies.   The Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair is a yearly, statewide science and engineering fair open to all 7th through 12th grade students residing, or enrolled, in Connecticut schools and Fishers Island. An important objective of our program is to attract young people to careers in science and engineering while developing skills essential to critical thinking. Through science fair participation, students are encouraged to pursue independent work using proper research methods.
Luke Stover awardLuke Stover award

Congratulations to the Horace Porter Girls and Boys Basketball teams for their wins in the 2015 New England Middle School Athletic Conference Championship!

Porter Girls Basketball

2015 Girls Basketball Team

 8th gradersKeira Francis, Hailey Golembiewski, Gabby Petrone, Hayley Pitcher, Lexi Shukis, Taylor Verboven J 7th graders:  Rachel Hughes, Madison Shea,  Autumn Skowrenski, Autumn Wrana  6th gradersHailey Crimm, Taylor Golembiewski, Kirstin Scanlon, Paige Zinser

 Porter Boys Basketball 2015

2015 Boys Basketball Team
8th graders: Kyle Escott, Justin Habakangas, Jonathan Haddad, Nick Hay, Luke Lageman 7th graders: Nick Campagnone, Manny Elumongo, Carter Meshanic, Hunter Meshanic, Jared Narotsky, Nick Person, Anthony Toce  6th graders: Dylan Bisaillion, Thomas Boardman, Justin Desautels, Jacob Tigeliero, Austin Turkis


Congratulations to Grace Carver, a 7th grader at Horace Porter School, was honored Saturday at the Lions Club Multiple District MidWinter Conference for winning 1st place in District 23C in the 2014-2015 Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest.  This year's theme was "Peace, Love and Understanding."  Grace also placed 2nd statewide in the contest.

Grace Carver Peace Poster

Andrew Schroder,a 10th grader at EO Smith high school, plays AAU basketball for CT Northstars, and went on to the Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio where he qualified for the 3 point contest and came in runner up amongst all high school grades. Andrew has also been chosen by his band teacher to participate in the Charter Oak Music Festival held at Portland High school.  Andrew achieving high honors all last year and through this year.

The 2014-2015 Inductees to the National Junior Honor Society were honored in a ceremony on December 8th, at Horace W Porter School.  New National Junior Honor Society members include:  Juliana BakerMeaghan Dwyer, Kathleen Fritz, Matthew Fritz, Amber Kaldy, Emily Nassiff, Abigail Shepard, Julia Thorn, and Hannah Woodward.

NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character.  Congratulations to all these students for achieving excellence!

The Columbia School System is proud of the accomplishments of all of our students PK-12.  We would like to recognize and honor the following students from our high schools.  These students have excelled in academics, athletics and community service.  They are a source of pride for all of us.  Congratulations!





Bryan Duffy - Bolton High School received the CT Association of Public Schools Superintendents Student Recognition Award, CT Association of Schools Outstanding Arts Award, Distinguished Achievement in the 2015 Drama Performance in the 2015 Eastern Region Music Festival: Concert Band, National Honor Society member since his sophomore year.

Jackson Meshanic - E.O. Smith High School -has been named most improved player and Best Rebounder on the Boys Varsity Basketball Team. He was the leading rebounder and earned his Varsity letter as a starter in every game this year (except for Senior night, Jackson is a 10th grader). He was the second leading scorer behind Brandon Desautels.

Lions Club Scholarship Winners (Based on a commitment to public service)
- Bryan Duffy – BHS senior
- Michael Kandolin – WHS senior
- Logan Breault – WHS senior
- Robin Monk – BHS senior

Kayla Zinser- E.O. Smith High Schoolreceived high honors for the first 3 semesters of her freshman year and is on course for the last also. She has been selected to be a Writing Center Peer Editor.

Dylan Coughlin - E.O. Smith/Tolland Bucks Hockey Team player. The team won the State Championship and he has been named a Scholar Athlete.

Fred Gifford Memorial Scholarship (Based on grades, activities, outside school activities, community service and family values)
- Lindsay Phaneuf – WHS senior
- Robin Monk – BHS senior
- Sean Puckett – WHS senior
- Jenna Ethridge – BHS senior

Shaina Cooper - E.O. Smith High School awarded the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, as well as a Drama Association Award, Choral Excellence Award, and the Lily Pad Art Award.

Bryan Duffy - received a Varsity Letter in Boys Bolton Cross Country.


Alejandro Muñoz is representing E.O. Smith High School as the sophomore ambassador to the CT Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) leadership conference taking place at the University of Bridgeport May 29 – May 31. HOBY is a national organization dedicated to promoting and developing service and leadership in high school students.

Kayla Zinser - E.O. Smith High School was on the freshman volleyball and basketball teams this year and is currently on the freshman softball team.


Doris Jenkins received the following awards from E.O. Smith: President’s Education Award for outstanding Academic Achievement, Columbia PTO Scholarship for being a Columbia resident with the highest grade point average, Leo Club Award for 100+ hours of community service over 4 years, member of the National Honor Society and World Language Honor Society.

Robert Hartling made E.O. Smith history this year as the first ever Class L State Champion for Wrestling.


Kelsi Marks– Lyman memorial High School Senior Project, Future farmers of America

Taylor Bisaillon- E.O. Smith has played 4 years varsity girls soccer, 2 years captain varsity soccer, All Conference girls varsity soccer, MVP varsity indoor track, 2 years All Conference Varsity Outdoor Track


Brandon Desautels and Ben Wrana - E.O. Smith High School both won awards for basketball on the Varsity team as juniors from Columbia.


Andrew Schroder - E.O. Smith High Schoolalso won awards on the Junior Varsity team.



Theodore Hoffman – E.O. Smith/Tolland Bucks Hockey Team player.  The team won the State Championship.



Kelsi Marks – Lyman Memorial High School received Cheerleading EEC Sportsmanship Award.


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