Dylan Rispoli, a junior at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, has been named a 2017 Governor’s Scholar – one of only 30 juniors in Connecticut to receive this prestigious honor.
Rispoli of Windsor was chosen from a pool of outstanding juniors from throughout Connecticut. The students, nominated by their principals, must rank in the top 5% of their class, complete an essay, and submit scores from standardized tests. The winners are chosen by a committee of professional educators selected by the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS), which sponsors the program.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy, who was unable to attend the event, wrote in the Governor’s Scholars Luncheon program, “This award is reflective not only of your academic excellence, but also of your dedication and your strong work ethic. The skills and focus you have developed during your school experience will serve you well throughout your life.”
In addition to being a stellar student at the school, Rispoli is active in several extracurricular activities at Northwest Catholic, including the Mock Trial Team, student newspaper Passages, Student Council, Relay for Life, and Outdoor Track. He plays saxophone in the school’s Wind Ensemble and Big Band, as well as co-directs the Unified Jazz Ensemble. Outside of NWC, Rispoli volunteers with agencies such as Foodshare and holds the role of Service Project Manager for the Connecticut Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Alumni Association.
Rispoli was honored at the Governor’s Scholars Luncheon at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington May 18, 2017. NWC President David Eustis and English teacher Joan Keating-McKeon were attended to support Dylan’s success. Keating-McKeon remarked, “Dylan possesses a true love of learning, an extraordinary work ethic, and a compassionate nature. Challenging himself at the highest levels academically, Dylan likewise demonstrates leadership that is coupled with a sincere desire to improve the lives of those in his school community. Both excellence and goodness preside in this fine young man.”
All Governor’s Scholars will receive information on participation in courses and research projects at selected Connecticut colleges and universities. Rispoli is the sixth Northwest Catholic student since 2003 to receive this award.
To learn more about the Governor’s Scholars Program, visit cas.casciac.org/governorsscholar/.