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Bartie studied merchandising fashion and interiors and dance management and earned two bachelor’s degrees. The commencement ceremony took place in December on the university’s campus in Youngstown, Ohio.
In the world of business
Waterbury-based Webster Bank has hired Westport resident Brian Runkle as senior vice president of transformation and operational excellence. Runkle previously worked at GE Capital. He has a bachelor’s degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary.
Sally McCoy has been appointed to Westport-based Compass Diversified Holdings’ board of directors. She previously was CEO of CamelBak Products and was a co-founder of Silver Steep Partners. McCoy has served as president of Sierra Designs and Ultimate Direction and as vice president at North Face. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Stamford-based First County Bank has hired Wilton resident Beth Canizares-Brucker as a residential mortgage loan originator in Norwalk. Canizares-Brucker was a branch manager and managing director in the Westport office of Luxury Mortgage. She has a bachelor’s degree in finance and management from Fairfield University.
Westport resident Jeremy Deutsch was named chairman of the corporate group in Anderson Kill’s law office in New York, where it is based, joining the firm as a shareholder from Norris McLaughlin & Morris. Deutsch’s case experience includes representing the largest limited partner in one of the Madoff feeder funds. Deutsch has a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and a law degree from Tulane University.
Two Staples High School graduates have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. Students who receive at least a 3.6 grade-point average for seven or more graded hours in a single semester are named to the dean’s list.
Manning attended Staples High School and is the son of James and Kimberly Manning . Manning earned a semester grade-point average of 3.75 or higher to be included on Colby’s highly selective dean’s list.
Georgia Nicklin, of Westport, was named to the dean’s list at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, for the fall semester for achieving a 3.5 or better grade-point average for the semester. Nicklin is majoring in strategic communication and sociology.
Three Westport natives — Taylor Hawes, Jacob Sussman and Benjamin Lovewell — have been named to the fall 2016 dean’s list at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a grade-point average of 3.4 or higher are placed on the dean’s list that semester.
Annual youth leadership conference
Wilton Youth Council and C.O.D.E.S. and the town’s Teen Awareness Group at Staples High School are hosting the sixth annual Youth Leadership Conference at Trackside Teen Center in Wilton on Sunday, from 2 to 5 p.m. The conference is open to high school students.
The three-hour event will feature keynote speaker Tracey Masella, program manager at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan. She has worked at Silver Hill for more than five years as a social worker and has treated patients with a wide range of diagnoses, including substance abuse disorders, personality disorders and mood disorders.
Hill will share real strategies to cope with stress and to help change the culture of stress within relationships and communities. Student leaders will participate in breakout sessions and team-building activities to help develop leadership skills.
The cost is $15, including lunch and snacks.
Trackside Teen Center is at 15 Station Road in Wilton.
Youth Citizens’ Police Academy
The Westport Police Department will be offering a Citizens’ Police Academy for Westport teens beginning on March 1. Participants will establish a better understanding of the role of the police department in the community and laws affecting teens.
The academy can accommodate up to 24 Westport high school students who will participate in classes designed to take them through the various aspects of law enforcement. Academy instructors consist of highly trained and experienced Westport police officers.
In addition to the classes, participants will have the opportunity to experience a “ride-along” with an officer from the patrol division.
Class participants will meet every Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for five weeks to learn about the different divisions and specialized units of the department, as well as how the department operates. The class provides participants and officers an opportunity to get to know each other and discuss issues that affect the community.
To inquire about participating in the academy and/or to receive an application, contact Westport D.A.R.E. Officer Ned Batlin or Detective Cmdr. Lt. Jillian Cabana at 203-341-6000. Applications can also be found in the lobby of the police department and are due Feb. 20.
TEAM Westport and The Westport Library are co-sponsoring the fourth annual Teen Diversity Essay Contest for students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 who attend Staples High School or another school in Westport, or reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere.
The focus of this fourth essay contest is the issue of “white privilege,” which surfaced as a topic during the recent presidential election.
This year’s invitation states, “In 1,000 words or less, describe how you understand the term ‘white privilege.’ To what extent do you think this privilege exists? What impact do you think it has had in your life — whatever your racial or ethnic identity — and in our society more broadly?”
Applications for the contest are available on the TEAM Westport website. Essays are due Feb. 27.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Westport Library on April 3. Subject to the volume and caliber of entries received, at the discretion of the judges up to three prizes will be awarded. The first prize is $1,000, the second is $750, and the third prize is $500.