‘I am Fairfield’

Students will share the stories of their community when they prepare “I am Fairfield,” a series of profiles of residents that will appear in the Fairfield Sun as part of the town’s 375th anniversary.

These budding journalists will interview, photograph and write profiles of people from both the private sector and government, all of whom contribute to Fairfield’s diversity and drive.

The students were recognized during the April 23 Board of Selectmen meeting at Sullivan Independence Hall.

“It’s great to see that the Fairfield Sun created this opportunity and gives you a chance to get some real-life experience, in the midst of your academic trials,” First Selectman Michael Tetreau said.

“I would like to personally give you thanks,” Tetreau added. “I think this is a phenomenal program. It’s really cool to get that kind of exposure. I think back to the days when I was in high school. We didn’t do any of this fun stuff. But to get this recognition you actually have to do a good job. The pressure’s on!”

The kids laughed. They know pressure.

“I am always impressed by the work that you do,” Selectman Cristin McCarthy Vahey said. “I have actually read some of your work in the Fairfield Warde newspaper. We are very much looking forward to reading and seeing and experiencing all that you have to offer. It is really important for us to have the perspective that you bring as young people.”

“Thank you for your interest and your hard work, and for participating in this wonderful field of journalism that we all get to experience every day at many different levels,” Selectman Kevin P. Kiley added.

 

Members of the “I am Fairfield” team

Carly Bria, 17, loves acting and watches all the award shows for their red carpet appeal. An AP scholar in language and composition, she has been interested in writing for a long time, both creative writing and journalistic. A self-avowed “total fashion and beauty junkie,” she sketches some of her own designs and is an avid reader of fashion magazines like Vogue and Marie Claire, and is also a fan of Project Runway. A junior at Warde, she is looking at colleges now, and may pursue a career in the fashion industry. She will share her perspective on the arts scene in Fairfield.

Brandon Campbell, 17, is editor in chief of Fairfield Warde’s Focus, the school newspaper. A member of the National Honor Society, an AP scholar, and captain of the debate team, this senior’s interests seem to forecast a career in public service. He also founded the Warde PAC (Political Awareness Club). Brandon will attend George Washington University and is looking forward to being in the political epicenter. He interned on two political campaigns last summer, one for U.S. Rep. Jim Himes. He is also on the golf team and acts in the school musicals.

An avid member of one of the political groups at Ludlowe, Kamran Chaudry has worked on several political campaigns. He enjoys poetry, writing music and playing guitar. He took journalism this past semester and was inspired. The senior will attend Johnson State College next year and hopes to major in journalism. One of the reasons he chose Johnson was for its rugby team, another of his passions. He also does yoga.

Nicholas Gans, 18, a senior at Fairfield Warde, has already honed his journalism skills by writing for the school newspaper, and loves covering all different subjects. He is a three-season runner, competing in cross country and indoor events as well. He is interested in science, which he will study next year at Lehigh University.

Caroline Helgans, 17, began taking pictures in eighth grade, saving money to buy a camera. She has, all through her Warde career, been involved in photography and art classes. A member of the National Honor Society, next fall she will be attending the University of Delaware, and is hoping to major in international relations. She will be shooting photographs and doing some photo essays for the “I am Fairfield” project.

Jordan Lauf, 17, is vice president of the National Honor Society at Warde, and a member of Spanish National Honor Society. She serves as president of the Humanity Now Club and has played soccer and lacrosse. An avid reader, she loves fiction and just finished A House in the Sky, Fairfield’s “One Book, One Town” selection. She is planning on being an English major when she attends Tufts University next year. A lover of both English and history, she has done much creative and expository writing, and would like to explore different styles of writing.

“Learning about Fairfield would be fun,” said Calvin Sharpe, a 14-year-old freshman at Fairfield Ludlowe. Encouraged by one of his teachers to join our team, he already enjoys both creative and journalistic writing. Like our other students, he has varied extracurricular interests, including playing guitar and hockey. Next year he hopes to gain more experience in both, maybe writing for the school paper as well as playing hockey.

The Board of Selectmen honored high school students participating in the Fairfield Sun’s “I Am Fairfield” series, celebrating the town’'s 375th anniversary. At the April 23 meeting are Nicholas Gans, Caroline Helgans, Selectman Kevin Keily, Carly Bria, Jordan Lauf, Selectman Cristen McCarthy Vahey and First Selectman Michael Tetreau. Shawn O’Sullivan photo.

The Board of Selectmen honored high school students participating in the Fairfield Sun’s “I Am Fairfield” series, celebrating the town’’s 375th anniversary. At the April 23 meeting are Nicholas Gans, Caroline Helgans, Selectman Kevin Keily, Carly Bria, Jordan Lauf, Selectman Cristen McCarthy Vahey and First Selectman Michael Tetreau. Shawn O’Sullivan photo.

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