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...

  • YMCA of Greenwich Harvest Art Week

    2014.10.18
     @ YMCA of Greenwich

    YMCA of Greenwich Harvest Art Week October 18 - 26, 2014 Join us for a week-long celebration of local art! Showcasing established and emerging...

  • Exhibit Ira BARKOFF

    2014.10.11
     @ Canfin Gallery

    “The beauty of the physical world becomes a metaphor for the capacity of the spirit to reveal itself". Ira Barkoff Evocation of...

  • 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...

  • Oktoberfest 2014 Greenwich United Way

    2014.10.24
     @ Loading Dock

    Greenwich United Way’s sixth annual “Oktoberfest” fundraiser is set for Friday, October 24 at Stamford’s Loading...

  • 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...

  • SPLURGE Matches Scarf Donations for Cancer Patients

    2014.10.01
     @ SPLURGE

    SPLURGE and the Cancer Institute at Greenwich Hospital are partnering to bring comfort and encouragement to cancer patients.  From October...

  • IMAGINE CANDY- SWEET TASTINGS!!!

    2014.10.24
     @ Imagine Candy

    Imagine Candy located in Scarsdale Village- Winner of 2014 Best West of Westchester by Westchester Magazine- holds a Belgian Chocolate and Candy...

  • Flower Power

    2014.10.08
     @ SM Home Gallery

    SM Home Gallery show featuring two Greenwich based artists: Margaret Bragg and Penny Putnam. The art show runs thorough November 22nd....

  • The Food Network Open Casting Call for Home Cooks

    2014.10.25
     @ My Cooking Party

    FOOD NETWORK’S TOP CELEBRITY CHEFS ARE SCOURING THE NATION IN SEARCH OF AMAZING HOME COOKS! You’ve watched them on TV, bought their...

  • Greenwich Hospital Gala

    2014.10.25
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    It will be a Gala worthy of a doge when retiring Greenwich Hospital president and CEO, Frank A. Corvino, will be presented with the...

  • The Wilton Fall Antiques Market

    2014.10.26
     @ Wilton High School Field House

    Barnstar Productions and the Wilton Historical Society will present the Wilton Antiques Market. More than 80 exhibitors are expected to...

  • Trunk-or-Treat For UNICEF

    2014.10.26
     @ Island Beach Parking Lot

    U.S Fund for UNICEF Greenwich Committee invites you to the 1st annual Trunk-or-Treat for UNICEF Join friends and neighbors for an afternoon of...

  • La Soirée d’ Automne at Bistro Versailles

    2014.10.27
     @ Bistro Versailles and Patisserie

    Wine dinners at Bistro Versailles are entertaining social events held on a regular basis. Socialize with friends and mingle with other attendees...

  • Explore the Bruce Museum

    2014.10.28
     @ Stamford JCC

    Join us at the Bruce Museum for a private tour of the inaugural showing in the U.S. of “Northern Baroque Splendor: The Hohenbuchau Collection...

  • Educational Seminar - Effective Resume Writing & Interviewing Skills

    2014.10.29
     @ Greenwich Library

    Are you sure you are putting your best foot forward in your job hunt?  What will make employers pick your resume and ask you for an interview?...

  • Meet Bestselling Author Ayelet Waldman

    2014.10.30
     @ Organic Planet

    On October 30 at 10am, JCC Greenwich will present New York Times bestselling author Ayelet Waldman, who will discuss her latest novel Love and...

  • Flinn Gallery Art Opening

    2014.10.30
     @ Flinn Gallery 2nd floor

    FLINN GALLERY Opening Reception 'IN FOCUS' Thursday October 30, 6 - 8pm Seven artists share their visions - Carolyn Conrad,...

  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...


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