Western Connecticut Military Officers Association Announces the 2020 “Young American Awards”

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FAIRFIELD, CT – The Western Connecticut Military Officers Association (WCMOA), Quest Diagnostics and Patriot Bank, N.A., are honored to announce the 45th annual Young American Awards. This prestigious program will recognize high school seniors, nominated from over 20 Fairfield County high schools, who demonstrate outstanding leadership, academic success and community service at a “virtual” awards ceremony on Sunday, 7 June.
In a normal year, the Young American Awards recipients and their parents are honored guests at a formal military banquet held at scenic Fairfield County venue. This year the YAA winners will be honored at a Virtual Tribute on June 7, 2020. That evening, several candidates selected from among these nominees will be awarded scholarships totaling at least $15,000.

BETHEL          Jonathan Eaton
MASUK         Joshua Wittenberger
BMA         Dominic Alamo
NEW CANAAN         Bennett Ong
BROOKFIELD         Colin McLoone
NEWTOWN         Danielle Johnson
DANBURY         Jocelyn Villacreses
NORWALK         Landon Heatly
DARIEN         Kyle Kutz
RIDGEFIELD         Ajay Natarajan
FAIRFIELD PREP         Joseph Bednar
SHELTON         David Niski
FAIRFIELD LUDOWE         James Flink
STAMFORD         Fiona Willette
FAIRFIELD WARDE         Sophie Lipset
STAPLES         Colin Corneck
GREENS FARMS ACADEMY         Norelisa Nascimento
STRATFORD         Paul Duncanson
GREENWICH         Carmine Furano
ST JOSEPH         Peter Spinelli
IMMACULATE         Erica Penny
TRUMBULL         Nolan Shay
JOEL BARLOW         Matthew Sun
WILTON         Zachary Muraskin

“We are proud of these exceptional young men and women who have endured so much during their Senior year,” said Al Smith, First Lieutenant, US Army (retired), President of WCMOA. “As veterans, our members fully appreciate the ‘can do’ spirit that has driven these young adults to excel – and we are not going to let anything, including a pandemic, prevent us from honoring them and their families.”

“Quest is honored to support these young adults who have demonstrated a passion for serving others,” said Steve Rusckowski, Chairman, CEO and President of Quest Diagnostics, and a native of Torrington Conn. “I wish them well as they begin the next chapter of their lives, and we thank WCMOA for giving us an opportunity to participate in this important program.”

“Education is fundamental to ensuring successful futures and Patriot Bank is proud to work hand-in-hand with the Western Connecticut Military Offices Association in awarding high

schoolers an opportunity to help pave the path to their achievements,” said Patriot Bank EVP-Chief Administrative Officer, Frederick Staudmyer. “Supporting the next generation of students is vital and these scholarships, which recognize students who demonstrate important values, will help them with some of the high costs of college tuition, leaving them better positioned, financially, when they graduate. Patriot Bank is truly proud to be part of this.”

Western Connecticut Military Officers Association is a non-profit organization founded in November 1958, currently celebrating its 61th year. Its goals are to stimulate “love of country” as well as supporting and defending the US Constitution. Its membership consists of women and men who served as officers in all branches of the Armed Services in both peace time and war. The WCMOA Young American Awards program is in its 45th year of supporting the education of young Fairfield county patriots.

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