July 10, 2017
Pictured: Joel Lemieux, John E. Janco, President & CEO, and Emily Whaley
2017 Torrington Savings Bank Scholarship Recipients
Joel Lemieux and Emily Whaley, both Torrington residents, are the recipients of the Torrington Savings Bank Scholarships for 2017. The program offers two graduating seniors in Torrington Savings Bank's deposit area a 4-year $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 per year).
Joel is the son of John and Renee Lemieux and will be starting his college career at Northwestern Connecticut Community College where he plans to study computer engineering. He is ranked 3rd in his graduating class at Oliver Wolcott Technical High School with a weighted cumulative GPA of 105.372, and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has been a member of the Mayor’s Committee on Youth since 2011 and has held various elected seats, including President, Vice President, and Treasurer. Joel has also participated in the HOBY CT (Hugh O’Brian Youth) Leadership Seminar, Torrington Catholic Youth Ministry, and Skills USA where he recently placed first in the statewide Customer Service competition. He will be going to Kentucky to participate at the national level.
Joel served as a tour guide for incoming students at Oliver Wolcott Tech his junior and senior years. He also helped organize numerous fundraisers as a member of the Mayor’s Committee on Youth, the OWTHS Student Council, and other organizations. Joel also finds time to work at Big Y Supermarket in Torrington.
Emily Whaley, daughter of Victor and Gina Whaley, will be attending Gordon College in Wenham MA, where she plans to major in English. Emily graduated in the top 10% of her class at Torrington High School with a 95.0283 weighted cumulative GPA. Over the course of her high school career, she took several UConn level courses and received numerous awards and recognitions such as the Student Sage Award, which recognizes the characteristics of academic excellence, student leadership and community involvement.
Emily is a member of the National Honor Society and member of Rho Kappa, a Social Studies Honor Society. She has also participated in Model UN, the high school orchestra and served as a student ambassador for the THS Guidance Department. She was elected to a 4-year appointment on John Larson’s Congressional Youth Cabinet, which is comprised of students from all the high schools in Congressman Larson’s congressional district. Emily has participated in the Inter-District Strings Project, performed with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. She has also attended the McCardle School of Dance since the age of 10 and has been a member of their Dance Performance Team for the last 5 years.
Emily is an active member of her church community and has participated in numerous volunteer endeavors. She is currently employed at Market 32 as a cashier.
As you can see from the lists of accomplishments of both Joel and Emily, the Scholarship Committee has chosen two very deserving recipients. We wish them well in their future endeavors.