On May 3, 2020, the CIAC hosted a virtual ceremony on Fox 61 honoring Zaida Cotto and Abedin Abedini, and all the 2020 CIAC Scholar Athletes. The project was spearheaded by John Holt, and hosted by 4-Time Connecticut Sportscaster of the Year, Bob Picozzi.
Since 1984, this event has been held at the AquaTurf in Plantsville. Students from around the state were honored at this prestigious event.
This year, obviously, that wasn’t possible. But through the efforts of Holt, with the cooperation of principals, athletic directors, and the students themselves, they managed to have the event anyway.
The event began with a moving montage featuring the athletes themselves, sharing “stay safe, stay home” messages. The students were honored by keynote speeches from Connecticut Basketball Legend Rebecca Lobo and MLB veteran and 1987 CIAC Scholar Athlete Brad Ausmus.
Weaver High School’s Olivia Deleon-Gaston was featured in an on-air interview with Holt, representing scholar-athletes across the state.
There were many touching moments during this event, and we’re incredibly proud of the leadership Zaida Cotto and Abedin Abedini bring to Bulkeley High School, on the field and in the classroom.
Ayanna Mullings Third Prize - Art
First Prize - Poetry
Bulkeley High School students awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Grand Prize in Hartford Creative Contest.
The Hartford Creative Contest was founded by Tiana Hercules in 2014. Originally called the Hartford Youth Essay Contest, and focused mainly on the prevention of violence in the Hartford community. It was a way to provide a platform for students to get their creative voices heard through their writing and give ideas on how to eliminate violence in their communities. Participants were required to create entries based on this year’s theme “What would make my school or neighborhood better?” and submit a written essay to accompany their art.
Zaida Cotto won the Grand Prize ($500.00!)
Shineyla Romero won 1st prize for art (cash prize)
Jessica Snipe won 2nd prize for art (cash prize)
Ayanna Mullings won 2 prizes, 1st prize for Poetry and 3rd prize for art. (2 cash prizes)
Zaida Cotto and Abedin Abedini have just been named 2020 Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Scholar Athletes. These brilliant students were selected based on their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom. To earn this honor, a student must be a leader on the field and maintain a GPA at or above 3.5.
Zaida Cotto has been a member of the Girls’ Volleyball Team for two years, and has earned two varsity letters. In addition, she has been on the cheerleading squad. Cotto maintains a high GPA and takes multiple Advanced Placement classes.
Abedin Abedini has been a member of the Boys’ Soccer Team for the past 4 years, and has earned four varsity letters in that time. Abedin also made the CCC All-Conference Team and played in the CHSCA All-Star Senior Game. He is also a strong leader on the Boys’ Volleyball Team for the past three years, and was likely to assume a leadership role had the season not been cut short. He is a top student in the class, and maintains multiple Advance Placement and college-level courses.
Abedini and Cotto represent the Best of Bulkeley, and we’re very proud of their accomplishments.
Meet Shineyla Romero, our first ever Bulkeley Featured Artist. Shineyla is a senior currently enrolled in AP Studio Art with Ms. Lesser. An all-around creative soul, she is comfortable in both visual art and creative writing. Drawing is her favorite medium, but when we asked her what work she’s most proud of she remarked, ” I’m proud of my woodburning I made of my Grandma. I love that you get to express yourself and create many things in art. ” As you can see from the photos here, Shineyla is a young lady with talent for more than one medium.
She’s been making art since she was very young, she said. “I would just sketch whatever came to mind. I like to focus on artwork that shows nature, and my family.” That childhood passion has evolved into an academic focus here at Bulkeley, where she has taken Painting, Advanced Painting, Art History, and AP 2D Design. “My favorite Art class is AP Studio Art 2D because you get to bring your thoughts to life. For example I’m doing 10 projects that are about me and everything is coming out beautifully.”
She’s still finalizing her college plans, but it’s clear that whatever her path, she’s going to go far. When asked what she’d tell younger students thinking about taking an art course she said, ” I would say to do it and don’t ever hesitate because it’s something you’re interested in.”
Having scored 30 points in a big win over Bristol Central, Stevenson was nominated for Courant Athlete of the Week!
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Bulkeley High School Title IX Coordinators:
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District Title IX Coordinator:
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