2014 Wilburn Fellows Named

Published Tuesday, July 22, 2014
by Nick Depuy

The Wilburn Fellowship celebrated its third year at the New Canaan High School, coming to a successful close at the Awards Assembly held May 19, 2014.  The assembly was attended by the five finalist applicants, teachers, department heads, members of the Guidance Department and other school officials, as well as several members of the community interested in the legacy of Reverend Gary Wilburn which the Fellowship celebrates.

Unfortunately, Gary Wilburn’s widow, Bev Wilburn was not able to attend this year, but she sent her best wishes to all the applicants and the Fellows that were announced that day.

All applicants were awarded Certificates of Participation for their work and commitment to the ideals for which Reverend Wilburn and the Fellowship stand.

Following recognition of the students involved, for the very first time the Fellowship Committee recognized two finalists by naming both the 2014 Wilburn Fellows, Stephen Mettler for his submission for his insightful project “Global Viewpoint” and Tessa Piontkowski for her compelling Fellowship project, “Women in the Workforce Wednesdays”.

The Wilburn Fellowship Committee was greatly influenced by the fact that both Stephen’s and Tessa’s projects have “legs”, in that both Wilburn Fellows intend to pursue the goals of their projects in the years ahead; Tessa Piontkowski, during the next several years at New Canaan High School through the Club established for purposes of understanding women’s issues in the workforce; Stephen Mettler, during what will no doubt be a distinguished academic career at Yale University.

Both Fellow’s works can be reviewed by clicking on the following LINK, and a summary video of the awards presentation shot and edited by Fellowship Student Advisor, Charlie Hoffman, can be viewed by clicking HERE.

It is hoped that our 2014 Wilburn Fellows will be able to present their work and findings at the World Communion Service to be held at the First Presbyterian Church in New Canaan later in October 2014.

The Fellowship Committee cannot be more pleased with the progress of and enthusiasm generated for the Wilburn Fellowship at New Canaan High School through its first three years of existence.  It looks forward to the wonderful projects that will be submitted by motivated students in the coming school year as the 2015 Wilburn Fellowship program gets underway.