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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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....

  • Harvest Fair and Gift Show

    2014.11.01
     @ Second Congregational Church

    Event Will Include Hay Mazes, Games, Crafts, Food, Holiday Shopping The community is invited to a Harvest Fair and Gift Show on Saturday, Nov....

  • New Fitness Class: SalsaTone

    2014.11.01
     @ Latin Moves Dance Studio

    Starting November 1st ~ Every Saturday morning 10 to 11 AM Instructor: Melissa Lopez Start your weekend off right with this exciting cardio...

  • Lynne Scalo Design Opening

    2014.11.05

    Please join Lynne Scalo, Greenwich Magazine and athome Magazine to celebrate the Greenwich showroom opening of Lynne Scalo Design Cocktails...

  • Breast Cancer Alliance Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show

    2014.11.06
     @ Hyatt Regency Greenwich

    Breast Cancer Alliance to Host Branching Out, Coming Together, Aspiring to a Cure 19th Annual Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show: November 6,...

  • Free Screening of Documentary ' Children of the Inquisition'

    2014.11.06
     @ Bush-Holley House

    Join filmmaker Joseph Lovett as he presents his documentary film and multi-platform project of personal exploration and...

  • P.A.L.S. 2nd Annual Soarin' Soiree~ November 7, 2014

    2014.11.07
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    You are invited to join our State Senator, L. Scott Frantz and our First Selectman, Peter J. Tesei, for an awe-inspiring evening to benefit Patient...

  • John Hardy Event

    2014.11.08
     @ Bloomingdale's

    John Hardy One of a kind. One at a time. Each by hand. Bloomingdale's is inviting YOU to meet the head designer Guy Bedarida as he presents...

  • Olivine Gabbro Opening

    2014.11.08

    Olivine Gabbro invites you to join them for their Opening Party! DJ | Cocktails | H'Orderves | Gift Bags Made to Measure Beautifully...

  • Meet Joshua Safran, Author of "Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid"

    2014.11.11
     @ YWCA Greenwich

    Meet the author of this powerful memoir. Joshua Safran is an author, attorney, occasional rabbi, and nationally recognized advocate for...

  • Markham Roberts: Decorating the Way I See It

    2014.11.13
     @ Belle Haven Club

    Join us as Interior Designer Markham Roberts shares coveted design insights, key to creating the perfect home. The program will include...


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