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2018 Wilburn Fellows Named

Published Wednesday, May 8, 2019
by Nick Depuy

The 2018 Wilburn Fellowship program came to a close with the Awards Assembly held on May 25, 2018 in the Wagner Room.

As always, there were wonderful applications for the 2018 program…seven submissions provided by ten New Canaan High School students…all with great merit.

From this group, Alexa Pittaro was chosen as a Finalist for her Stressed and Depressed project, dealing with stresses that high school students face. Jack Oehmler was also a Finalist for his project Real, a film dealing with the psychological issues and prejudices associated with mental illness.

However the Committee picked Meera Srinivasan project, The Positivity Project and Kathleen Reeves and Chase Pellegrini de Paur’s submission, Fairfield County Youth Empowerment Conference as this year’s Wilburn Fellows, as both projects best embodied the mission of the Fellowship to bring people of difference together, around subjects of difference, for purposes of greater community and greater understanding. Both projects enhanced each other as the Fairfield County Youth Empowerment Conference was one which brought students face to face to deal with important and often difficult issues in our society, and The Positivity Project dealt with similar issues, but via social media.

It is the hope of the Committee that both projects will live together in their different spaces, with continuing efforts to bring people of difference together to discuss common problems the world faces in the years to come.

Congratulations from the Committee to all the students who submitted projects, to our Finalists, and to our Wilburn Fellows for 2018!