New Canaan Country School has named Christopher Santa, Maria Flores and Amira El Hattab as the 2017-2018 Horizons Scholars. They will attend New Canaan Country School this fall as fifth, sixth and eighth graders, respectively, and have been participants in the Horizons Program at New Canaan Country School for several years.
Horizons was founded on the campus of New Canaan Country School more than 53 years ago as a summer program and now has grown into a year-round program that serves more than 400 students, primarily from Stamford and Norwalk each year. Horizons builds brighter futures for K-12 students through academic and enrichment programs – nurturing potential, cultivating a safe and supportive community, and inspiring individual dreams.
In naming Horizons Scholars, the school looks for Horizons students who combine a strong commitment to academic work with an equally strong commitment to character skills.
“This means a lot to me,” said Amira, who has attended Stamford’s Scofield Magnet School. “This will prepare me for my future and open many new doors. I am excited to start!”
Executive Director of Horizons Kerry Stevens announced the awards during a special event this summer, which was attended by a large audience of Horizons students, faculty, parents, special guests and colleagues. "We are so happy to have Christopher, Maria and Amira joining our Country School community. They have each demonstrated a real passion for learning. We are so fortunate to have such dedicated and engaged students this fall.”
Head of School Dr. Robert P. Macrae also congratulated the students and emphasized the school’s partnership with Horizons. “Horizons and New Canaan Country School share so many of the same values of teamwork, creativity, curiosity and resilience,” he said. “These three students embody those values and we are delighted to welcome them to Country School.”