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Canton Girls Lacrosse Team Wins State Championship

June 11, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments


By John Fitts

MILFORD — In 8th grade, Emma Charron followed that time honored town tradition and wrote a letter to “older self” to open years later. Included was a goal – “win a state championship senior year, with my girls.”

On Saturday, Charron and her teammates did just that. They won the Class S State Championship with a 15-3 win over Somers in a game played at Jonathan Law High School.

“I knew we had a special team,” Charron said.

Sarah First, co-captain along with Charron, is another senior, ur – graduate, who came up through the Canton youth lacrosse program. The girls were two of the six starting seniors on this year’s team who did just that.

“That was the most incredible experience of my life with the best girls I could have possibly imaged to be with,” First said after Saturday’s win. “We’ve been waiting for this for so long and everyone just put their heart and soul out on that field today.”

“This is a special group,” added head coach Sean Cole. “It was super gratifying to see it through.”

Leading Canton in scoring was Grace Giancola with 6 goals, followed by Emma Charron with 3, Kaelyn Oliver with 3, Devon Daubert with 2 and Carly Atkinson with 1.

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Images of Canton: Hypnotized At Substance Free Graduation Party

FARMINGTON — Part of the fun at the Canton 2016 Substance Free Graduation Party included a session with Steve Wronker’s Funny Business. See some highlights in the above video. Additionally, a few photos from the party, which took place at Farmington Farms, can be seen in our graduation gallery here.

Images of Canton: CHS Graduation 2016

June 11, 2016 Photos, Schools No Comments

CANTON — The Class of 2016 graduation ceremony took place at Canton High School on Friday evening, followed by a trip to Cherry Brook Primary School where graduates enjoyed dinner, a class video and a visit from some former teachers. From there, the seniors spent the rest of the evening – and most of the morning – at the Substance Free Graduation Party at Farmington Farms.

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Readers can also help keep Canton Compass sustainable by donating at https://www.gofundme.com/canton-compass or via 15 Colony Road, Canton, CT 06019.

Images of Canton: Hopping off to Kindergarten

June 10, 2016 Photos, Schools No Comments

Stepping Stones Educational Center hosted its 2016 graduation ceremony Friday. 13 students in the four-year old classes performed skits and sang songs before receiving their certificates. Families also enjoyed post-event refreshments.

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Readers can also help keep Canton Compass sustainable by donating at https://www.gofundme.com/canton-compass or via 15 Colony Road, Canton, CT 06019.

Images of Canton: 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

June 9, 2016 Photos, Schools No Comments

Canton Middle School hosted its 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

With a patriotic theme courtesy of the school’s parent teacher organization, the night featured remarks by principal Pamela C. Hamad, Board of Education member Helen Treacy, Superintendent Kevin Case, Student Council President Julia Melton and grade 8 teacher Kelly Casorio. Additionally the 8th grade band, under the direction of Donna Corbett, performed Wood County Celebration.

The end of the ceremony featured a class video put together by Elizabeth Haynes and Jennifer Charron, followed by a reception in the school cafeteria.

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Images of Canton: Grade 6 Celebration 2016

June 9, 2016 Photos, Schools No Comments

Canton Intermediate School hosted its 2016 grade 6 promotion on June 8.

The festivities, which took place in the Parent Teacher Organization decorated gymnasium began with music by the CIS jazz band. The ceremony itself included remarks from principal Kevin J. Hanlon, Board of Education president Julie Auseré and PTO president Jennifer Rottkamp. The Grade 6 chorus sang “Humble and Kind,” a song popularized by Tim McGraw and grade 6 teachers presented diplomas. The evening ended with video highlights and reception in the cafeteria.

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Readers can also help keep Canton Compass sustainable by donating at https://www.gofundme.com/canton-compass or via 15 Colony Road, Canton, CT 06019.

Images: Canton Cabaret 2016

June 8, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

The Canton High School music department, National Honor Society and Canton Adolescents Taking Action (CATA) recently presented the 2016 Canton Cabaret at the senior center.

Festivities included performances by the Canton Jazz Ensemble, Canton Jazz Combo and Jazz workshop bands. Refreshments were also provided as students from the high school mingled with local seniors. A few even took the dance floor.

Musical performances focused on classic jazz music, particularly from the Big Band era.

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Readers can also help keep Canton Compass sustainable by donating at https://www.gofundme.com/canton-compass or via 15 Colony Road, Canton, CT 06019.

Canton Girls Lacrosse Team Headed to Class S Championship

June 7, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments


SOUTHINGTON – With a 15-11 win over number 1 ranked Old Lyme on Tuesday, the Canton Girls Lacrosse team advances to the Class S final on Saturday.

In action that took place at Southington High School, the girls started strong Tuesday evening but Old Lyme soon answered. The game remained close until the final several minutes when Canton pulled ahead and stayed there. Senior goaltender Amanda Gottlieb said a willingness to change defensive strategy was key in the win.

The girls will face Somers in the Class S final on Saturday – the day after graduation. The team has faced Somers three times this year, winning two of those decisions by a 14-4 in home games on April 15 and March 26 . On May 6 Somers, playing on its field, defeated Canton 12-11 in overtime.

Saturday’s game takes place in neutral territory – at Jonathan Law in Milford. Time is TBA.

A trip to the final is special for a group of girls that have been playing together for so many years – including six starting seniors.

“We love each other so much,” Gottlieb said. “With this team especially. It’s just like no other. I can’t believe it’s happening but it is and now we have to prepare. I’m really excited.”

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Readers can also help keep Canton Compass sustainable by donating at https://www.gofundme.com/canton-compass or via 15 Colony Road, Canton, CT 06019.

Images of Canton: CHS Senior Prom 2016

June 4, 2016 Photos, Schools No Comments

Photos by John Fitts 

The Canton High School Class of 2016 hosted its senior prom at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington Friday evening.

A total of 127 attendees enjoyed the festivities and Drew de la Vega and Rachael Schempp were crowned prom king and queen.

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Readers can also help keep Canton Compass sustainable by donating at https://www.gofundme.com/canton-compass or via 15 Colony Road, Canton, CT 06019.

Canton Girls Lacrosse Team Advances to Class S Semifinal

June 2, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

With a 12-6 victory over Weston on Thursday, the Canton Girls varsity lacrosse team advances to the Class S semifinal.

Fourth-ranked Canton will face number 1 seed Old Lyme on Tuesday. Time and place are to be announced.

“We’re going to have to be better than we were even today to win the semifinal game,” said coach Sean Cole. “There’s no doubt about that.”

There’s no doubt, however, that the girls are ready for the challenge and Cole knows he has some key goal scorers and a team that has continually improved its defense.

The team also learned from its game against Immaculate in first-round action earlier this week. Canton won that game 14-4 but the team felt it wasn’t at its best.

“We don’t ever want to feel that feeling ever again,” said junior Grace Giancola, who scored 9 goals on Thursday, a feat that brought her past the 100-goal mark for the season.

“All day in school I was thinking about this game,” Gioncola added. “My heart was racing. I kind of felt like I was going to throw up all day honestly. This team means so much to me.” … Continue Reading

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