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Comcast NBCUniversal Awards $53,000 In Scholarships To Connecticut High School Seniors

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HARTFORD, Conn.┬ Comcast NBCUniversal today announced that it has awarded $53,000 in scholarships for the 2017 18 school year to Connecticut students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers┬ Scholarship Program. The program, funded by the Comcast Foundation, recognizes the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills.┬

"Our Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners exemplify leadership and are committed to academic excellence and community service," said Michael Parker , senior vice president of Comcast's Western New England Region, which is headquartered in Connecticut . "We are honored to recognize their achievements, and excited to support them as they continue their educational journeys."

Comcast recognized the students at a special event held today at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford. The 44 recipients from Connecticut each received $1,000 scholarships. One student, Natasha Marrero , a resident of New Britain and student at New Britain High School, was selected to receive an additional $9,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship - instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts , Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation. In total, Comcast awarded $53,000 worth of scholarships in Connecticut this year. "Leadership comes in different forms. From hard work in the classroom to active service in the community, these students have demonstrated incredible attributes for all of us to applaud and celebrate," said Connecticut State Senator Terry Gerratana . "Thank you to the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Program for recognizing these young role models and emphasizing the importance of civic involvement and service."   The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their full potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.

This year, the program will award more than $2 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students across the country to help them pursue higher education. Visit here to learn more.

In Connecticut , the following students were awarded Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarships:

Student Name Hometown High School Name Smeilyn Abreu Danbury, CT Henry Abbott V-T School in Danbury Brandi Andrade Westbrook, CT Westbrook High School Thomas Arbeiter Ellington, CT Ellington High School Brea Austin Hartford, CT The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury Alyssa Baldyga Wallingford, CT Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford Kelly Barry Portland, CT Mercy High in Middletown Kara Boninsegna Berlin, CT Berlin High School Allison Butkus Waterbury, CT W.F Kaynor Tech School in Waterbury Spencer Buzdon Farmington, CT Farmington High School Victoria Chong East Lyme, CT East Lyme High School Alexandra Church Clinton, CT The Morgan School in Clinton Gina DePasquale Manchester, CT Academy Of Aerospace And Engineering in Windsor Kiwon-Paul Dionne-Jee Old Saybrook, CT Old Saybrook Senior High School Katherine Flaherty Watertown, CT Holy Cross High School in Waterbury Dante Frazer West Haven, CT Cooperative Arts & Humanities Magnet School in New Haven Shivam Gandhi Derby, CT Notre Dame High in West Haven Shane Hartunian Plainville, CT Plainville High School Brian Henderson New Haven, CT New Haven Academy Josie Hill Milford, CT Hill Regional Career High School in New Haven Miracle Hyde Bloomfield, CT Bloomfield High School Robert Larese Wallingford, CT Xavier High in Middletown Edwina Lorient Norwich, CT Norwich Free Academy Natasha Marrero New Britain, CT New Britain High School Gabrielle Martin Madison, CT Daniel Hand High School in Madison Blake Musumano Plainville, CT Avon Old Farms in Avon Tu Anh Nguyen Wolcott, CT Wolcott High School Jennifer Nguyen Shelton, CT High School In The Community in New Haven Nathaniel Nguyen Bridgeport, CT Hopkins School in New Haven Garrett Puchalski Middlefield, CT Coginchaug Regional High School in Durham Cassandra Quintiliano Seymour, CT Seymour High School Anna-Allegra Ranelli New Haven, CT Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven Grace Reinard Tolland, CT Tolland High School Kevin Rode Portland, CT Portland High School Jarelyn Sandoval Wallingford, CT Mark T. Sheehan High School in Wallingford Madison Schettler Bethel, CT Bethel High School Lauren Schillawski Lyme, CT Lyme-Old Lyme High School in Old Lyme Judith Suffrard New Haven, CT Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden Travis Terry Hartford, CT High School Inc. Insurance Finance Academy in Hartford Joshua Vallera Bloomfield, CT Northwest Catholic High in West Hartford Casey Walters Bristol, CT Bristol Central High School Elaire Ward Sprague, CT Academy of the Holy Family in Baltic Justin Wiles Bolton, CT Bolton High School Tyriq Woodson New Haven, CT James Hillhouse High School in New Haven Lijie Wu Danbury, CT Immaculate High School in Danbury

Student Name

Hometown

High School Name

Smeilyn Abreu

Danbury, CT

Henry Abbott V-T School in Danbury

Brandi Andrade

Westbrook, CT

Westbrook High School

Thomas Arbeiter

Ellington, CT

Ellington High School

Brea Austin

Hartford, CT

The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury

Alyssa Baldyga

Wallingford, CT

Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford

Kelly Barry

Portland, CT

Mercy High in Middletown

Kara Boninsegna

Berlin, CT

Berlin High School

Allison Butkus

Waterbury, CT

W.F Kaynor Tech School in Waterbury

Spencer Buzdon

Farmington, CT

Farmington High School

Victoria Chong

East Lyme, CT

East Lyme High School

Alexandra Church

Clinton, CT

The Morgan School in Clinton

Gina DePasquale

Manchester, CT

Academy Of Aerospace And Engineering in Windsor

Kiwon-Paul Dionne-Jee

Old Saybrook, CT

Old Saybrook Senior High School

Katherine Flaherty

Watertown, CT

Holy Cross High School in Waterbury

Dante Frazer

West Haven, CT

Cooperative Arts & Humanities Magnet School in New Haven

Shivam Gandhi

Derby, CT

Notre Dame High in West Haven

Shane Hartunian

Plainville, CT

Plainville High School

Brian Henderson

New Haven, CT

New Haven Academy

Josie Hill

Milford, CT

Hill Regional Career High School in New Haven

Miracle Hyde

Bloomfield, CT

Bloomfield High School

Robert Larese

Wallingford, CT

Xavier High in Middletown

Edwina Lorient

Norwich, CT

Norwich Free Academy

Natasha Marrero

New Britain, CT

New Britain High School

Gabrielle Martin

Madison, CT

Daniel Hand High School in Madison

Blake Musumano

Plainville, CT

Avon Old Farms in Avon

Tu Anh Nguyen

Wolcott, CT

Wolcott High School

Jennifer Nguyen

Shelton, CT

High School In The Community in New Haven

Nathaniel Nguyen

Bridgeport, CT

Hopkins School in New Haven

Garrett Puchalski

Middlefield, CT

Coginchaug Regional High School in Durham

Cassandra Quintiliano

Seymour, CT

Seymour High School

Anna-Allegra Ranelli

New Haven, CT

Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven

Grace Reinard

Tolland, CT

Tolland High School

Kevin Rode

Portland, CT

Portland High School

Jarelyn Sandoval

Wallingford, CT

Mark T. Sheehan High School in Wallingford

Madison Schettler

Bethel, CT

Bethel High School

Lauren Schillawski

Lyme, CT

Lyme-Old Lyme High School in Old Lyme

Judith Suffrard

New Haven, CT

Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden

Travis Terry

Hartford, CT

High School Inc. Insurance Finance Academy in Hartford

Joshua Vallera

Bloomfield, CT

Northwest Catholic High in West Hartford

Casey Walters

Bristol, CT

Bristol Central High School

Elaire Ward

Sprague, CT

Academy of the Holy Family in Baltic

Justin Wiles

Bolton, CT

Bolton High School

Tyriq Woodson

New Haven, CT

James Hillhouse High School in New Haven

Lijie Wu

Danbury, CT

Immaculate High School in Danbury

About Comcast Corporation: Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.   About the Comcast Foundation: The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities-expanding digital literacy, promoting service, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $195 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.

About Comcast in Connecticut : Comcast is committed to providing an unparalleled entertainment and communications experience to residents and businesses in the 83 communities the company serves in Connecticut. Comcast's Western New England Region, which includes five states, is headquartered in Berlin, Connecticut , and customers are served by a team of more than 1,300 Connecticut employees. Comcast also boasts a call center in Enfield, Connecticut , service centers throughout the state, and seven state-of-the-art Xfinity Service Centers where customers can experience Comcast's Xfinity products and services firsthand. Comcast's popular Xfinity brand is also featured on the Xfinity Theatre, one of Hartford's premier music venues. The company helps to strengthen the communities where its customers and employees live and work by supporting local nonprofit organizations. 

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