Recognized Luke Leaders 

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Luke Leaders Recipient 2020

Julia Schad

Graduate of Woodstock Academy


Freshmen at George Washington University.

Major: Security Studies

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Luke Leaders Recipient 2019

Liam McDermott 

Graduate of Woodstock Academy 

1st year at University of Colorado Boulder

Majoring in Aerospace Engineering

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Luke Leaders Recipient 2019

Jane Vongvirath

Graduate of Putnam High School

1st year at Worcester State University 

Majoring in Nursing


Luke Leaders Recipient 2018

Anna Murphy

Graduate of Woodstock Academy

2nd year at Elon University

Majoring in Business Management, Minor in Non-Profit Studies 

  • "Scholarships helped me purchase textbooks and contributed to the cost of travel to Sorrento, Italy, where I studied at the Sant' Anna

  • Currently working in the Advancement Office to help raise money for scholarships

  • Volunteers weekly at Newlin Elementary, a Title 1 school in Burlington, NC. 

    • "The life experiences these students have to struggle with at only 8 years old surmounts most of what I have deal​t with in my lifetime."

  • "I hope to impact their lives and inspire them to attain a higher education. That starts now, with a caring show and caring people."


Luke Leaders Recipient 2018

Doria Daviau 

Graduate of Putnam High School 

1st year at University of Connecticut

  • Salutatorian of her class

  • Awardee of Putnam Leos Excellence 

  • HS member of Students Against Drunk Driving

  • Met with Congressman Joe Courtney to address teen driving issues


Luke Leaders Recipient 2017

Jozzlynn Lewis 

Graduate of Putnam High School 

3rd year at Bay Path University 

Majoring in Legal Studies

  • Hospice: Tree of Life and Good Grief Volunteer

  • Future Business Leaders of America 

  • Putnam Leo Club President Award

  • Working on paralegal certification

  • Student Body President 

  • Promotes "Brave Space" for students to open up to one another

  • 3.8 GPA


Luke Leaders Recipient 2017

Collin Singleton

Graduate of Woodstock Academy 

3rd year at Boston University

Majoring in Biomedical Engineering

  • At Woodstock Academy founded a chapter of Sparrow, to aid medically challenged students with financial and emotional support

  • Works at Unified (Special Needs) Sports Program

  • Member of All Abilities Alliance

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Luke Leaders Recipient 2016

Bruce Sakindi

Graduate of Woodstock Academy 

2nd year at Loyola Chicago University

Majoring in Political Science and Economics

  • While at Woodstock Academy, began Grow Up Smart, an organization focused on educating needed children in his home country of Rwanda

  • Distributed school materials (books, clothing, and livestock) to 15 schools in the Rulindo District of Rwanda

  • "Collectively, we can make a change"

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Luke Leaders Recipient 2015

Kara Singleton

Graduate of Woodstock Academy 

Graduate of Central Connecticut State University

  • "Always be kinder than you feel"

  • Started the All Abilities Alliance at Woodstock Academy to help break down barriers between people with and without disabilities

  • "It is easy to be inclusive; sometimes people just need to see how easy" 

  • Passion for special education

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Luke Leaders Recipient 2014

Brittany LaFleur

Graduate of Woodstock Academy 

3rd year at Keene State College

  • A student leader committed to equal and adequate education for all children

  • While at Woodstock Academy, developed a project called "365 Days of Kindness"

    • "I will 'pay it forward' to at least one person every day"​


Luke Leaders Recipient 2013

Danielle Faires 

Graduate of Simmons College

Majoring in Nursing

  • Registered Nurse (RN) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

  • Patient Care Assistant

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Luke Leaders Recipient 2012

Elena DeLuca

Graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University

Majored in Communications, Music and Theater

  • Theater Teacher and Choreographer

  • Opened and runs a children theater in her hometown of Canterbury, Connecticut

  • Passion for arts as a therapeutic tool for children 

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Luke Leaders Recipient 2011

Andrea Plucenik

Graduate of University of Connecticut, Masters from Boston College

Majored in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with minor in Sign Language

Masters Program focused on Curriculum and Instructional Development, Special Education

  • Played on University of Connecticut soccer squad for 5 seasons 

  • Volunteer coach for Unified Soccer, Spirit Squad, and Swimming

  • Pursuing work as a Special Education Teacher (Severe disabilities and Autism)

  • Teaching assistant (Special Education) at Boston College Campus School

  • Actively engaged in Special Olympics

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Luke Leaders Recipient 2010

Danielle Strandson

Graduate of Clark University

Bachelor of Arts in International Development and Social Change

Masters in Community Development and Planning

  • Published a book, Layers of Life, a photography book of history buildings in Worcester, Massachusetts

  • Started an organization at Clark University to work with refugees

  • Lives in Portland, Maine where she works with the Council of International Education Exchange


Luke Leaders Recipient 2009

Mike Olm 

Graduate of Woodstock Academy 

Graduate of Springfield College

Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies 

Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies 

  • Prior to his service with the Center for Bone & Joint Care, he worked as an Orthopedic Physician Assistant for Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Keene, New Hampshire, focusing primarily in sports medicine. His current responsibility is evaluating patients and assisting surgeons in the operating room

  • In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, bass fishing, and politics. He is an avid fan and part owner of the Green Bay Packers.