Making Their Mark



When I was in high school, a few AP classes, a couple of roles in some school plays and a spot on a varsity team was considered overachieving. My, how things have changed. Our annual list of teens to watch has elicited two responses here around the office: “These kids are amazing!” and “Thank God I’m not applying to college now!” 

These teens excel in more than just academics. They are trailblazers in philanthropy, technology, the arts, science and humanitarianism. And while some may refer to them as the leaders of tomorrow, that’s not 100 percent accurate. They are the leaders of today. Whether it’s by developing local policy with international ramifications, uncovering scientific breakthroughs, or discovering ways to monetize a tech arena that has remained largely untapped, these kids have already achieved greatness. We can only imagine what the next twenty years will bring.

Not every kid who is destined for greatness makes a “Teens to Watch” list. We know this. Our completely fascinating interview with the modern master Chuck Close brings that home. As a child, Close was diagnosed with severe dyslexia, a neuromuscular disorder and a rare condition that prevented him from remembering faces. He was so “impaired” that a teacher once told him to consider a career in body and fender work.

Today his paintings are priced in the multimillions. We were lucky enough to catch up with Close this past summer as the Bruce Museum prepared its exhibit of his stunning work, on display now through January.

There is no appropriate segue to tell you about our cover story, “Innocence Lost”. Here, through the eyes of survivor Kaitlin Roig, we explore the day that twenty-six lives were taken in Newtown. The young teacher was first introduced to the world in an interview with Diane Sawyer just hours after the shootings. I remember being amazed by the poised twenty-nine-year-old who tearfully, yet eloquently, explained on national television how she hid her students in a bathroom and told them that she loved them, as the shooter passed by. Her presence of mind was awe-inspiring.

Soon after I saw that interview, I came to find out that Kaitlin lives in Greenwich. And although the editor in me really wanted to contact her for a story, I felt we should respect the privacy of someone who was most certainly picking up the pieces of her life. In a serendipitous twist of fate, a mutual friend introduced us just a few months later. We met at l’escale for coffee and chatted about her life—where it’s been, but more important where it’s headed. We are honored that she has entrusted us to tell her story.

As disparate as the lives of our teens, artist and teacher are, they are bound by one common theme: perseverance of the human spirit. Each of these twelve people shows us that no matter your circumstances, you can indeed achieve greatness.

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20
     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • SoulCycle GWCH for Make-A-Wish CT

    2014.09.20
     @ SoulCycle

    Make-A-Wish Connecticut is thrilled to be partnering with SoulCycle's Greenwich location for a charity ride on Saturday, September 20th!...

  • Wall Street Tennis Challenge

    2014.09.20
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    The goal of The Wall Street Tennis Challenge is to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s efforts while spreading awareness...

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Isaia Fall Trunk Show

    2014.09.19
     @ Richards

  • Nam Cho Trunk Show

    2014.09.20
     @ Richards

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • Arts & Crafts on Bedford

    2014.09.20
     @ Bedford Street

    Shop at over 100 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk...

  • Puttin’ On The Dog Festival

    2014.09.21
     @ Roger Sherman Baldwin Park

    Puttin’ On The Dog Festival Greenwich, Connecticut the place to be on September 21st for dogs and their owners...

  • Candy Fairies Book Reading

    2014.09.21
     @ Imagine Candy

    SCARSDALE, NY, Imagine Candy brings the acclaimed children's author Helen Perelman, the writer of the wickedly sweet Candy Fairies book...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • "Israel and the U.S."

    2014.09.22
     @ New Canaan Library

    The public is invited to attend a World Affairs Forum Great Decisions event featuring Seth Anziska, Columbia University. Mr. Anziska will speak...

  • Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese

    2014.09.24
     @ Meli-Melo

    Meet Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese & Take Home a Signed Copy of His New Book! Kevin is a holistic health practitioner,...

  • Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.25
     @ Milbrook Club

    Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon will be held at Milbrook Club. Registration 11:30am; start at...

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • Aaron Henry Trunk Show & Personal Appearance

    2014.09.26
     @ Richards


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