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New Canaan Students Graduate From Loomis Chaffee School

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NEW CANAAN, Conn. - The following New Canaan residents were among the 182 graduates from the Loomis Chaffee School's Class of 2014 at the school's 98th commencement ceremony held May 25 in Windsor.

Julia Crerend of New Canaan received Science Department honors at commencement.

Dennis Joyce of New Canaan was a resident assistant, a playwright, actor for the Theater Department and played bass guitar for the school band. He was co-captain for the boys track and field team, and was awarded the Most Improved Award. He also played on the water polo team.

Alexandra (Alex) Moreno of New Canaan was the recipient of Science and English Department Honors at commencement.

Charles "Charlie" Shotton of New Canaan was the recipient of the Samuel C. Suisman Senior History Prize, the Founders Prize in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, and departmental honors in English, Mathematics, Science and History.

In her commencement address, Diana Farrell, of the Loomis Chaffee Class of 1983 and now a director at McKinsey & Co. and the global head of the McKinsey Center for Government, spoke of the country's economy and the role of the graduating class in shaping that economy's future.

A member of President Obama's economic team from 2009 to 2011, Farrell recalled the difficult decisions facing the president in response to the recession. Farrell discussed her hopes for the economy in the coming years, and she urged the graduates to be active participants in shaping a world in which they want to live.

The Loomis Chaffee School, located in Windsor, is an internationally recognized college preparatory school for grades 9-12 that fosters critical thinking and a global perspective in talented students from around the state, the country and the world. Since 1914, the school has offered educational opportunities for boys and girls regardless of religious or political beliefs, national origin, or financial resources. Academically challenging, the school promotes active learning within a respectful and civil community. The school's 650 students represent 39 countries and 26 U.S. states, with 33 percent of the student body receiving financial aid.

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