No. 6 — The Nutmeg State

Posted: 26 December by Brett Hoover in Announcement
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What do you get when you have one of the highest rates of population density and a neighboring metropolis with oodles of employment opportunities? How about traffic snarls, even at times that don’t make sense. For those who don’t live there, that is the story of Connecticut. But many in New Haven are breaking free of the cars that bind them and resorting to pedal power, making it one of the top bicycling cities on the East Coast.

Of course, Nutmeggers have been showing athletic prowess for a long time, but it might be a surprise that when it came to scoring points at Outdoor NCAAs, none of the Ivy states fared as well as Connecticut. Fairfield’s Craig Kinsley of Brown won the national championship in the javelin throw while Glastonbury’s Donn Cabral was second in the steeplechase and sixth in the 5,000 for Princeton. This fall Columbia sophomore Caroline McDonough, a Darien native, missed All-America status in cross country by less than a half-second.

Getting to know Connecticut a bit more:

The Nutmeg State might be the only state with an official state hero and heroine. The hero — Nathan Hale — is probably someone with whom you are familiar. The former Yalie famously uttered, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country,” before being hanged by the British. But the state heroine, Prudence Crandall, deserves more attention. She started a private school in Canterbury, Conn., in 1831 and raised a stir by admitting an African-American student. Instead of giving in to the backlash, she instead transformed it into Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color.

The 36 Ivies from Connecticut:

Branford (Branford) — Matthew Casey (Columbia ’12)
Brookfield (Brookfield) — Lauren Tanz (Cornell ’11)
Cheshire (Cheshire) — Irene Kalbian (Columbia ’13)
Darien (Darien) — Caroline McDonough (Columbia ’13)
Darien (Darien) — James Wyper (Yale ’11)
Fairfield (Fairfield Prep) — Craig Kinsley (Brown ’11)
Gales Ferry (Ledyard) — Andrew Esposito (Yale ’12)
Glastonbury (Glastonbury) — Donn Cabral (Princeton ’12)
Glastonbury (Glastonbury) — Robert Dugger (Penn ’11)
Glastonbury (Glastonbury) — Jamie Olson (Harvard ’11)
Greenwich (Greenwich) — Maggie McKeever (Princeton ’13)
Greenwich (Horace Mann) — Kisho Watanabe (Yale ’12)
Guilford (Hopkins) — Max Walden (Yale ’11)
Hartford (Conard) — Sophia Harrington (Columbia ’14)
Monroe (Masuk) — Erika Mansson (Yale ’12)
Monroe (Masuk) — Amanda Snajder (Yale ’14)
Mystic (Robert E. Fitch) — James Shirvell (Yale ’14)
Naugatuck (Naugatuck) — Andrew Corridore (Cornell ’11)
Norwich (Norwich Free Academy) — Sarah Eagan (Columbia ’14)
Orange (Amity Regional) — Ryan Laemel (Yale ’14)
Storrs (E.O. Smith) — Ben Nollet (Dartmouth ’14)
Unionville (Farmington) — Jared Sawyer (Harvard ’14)
Vernon (East Catholic) — Brendin Beaulieu-Jones (Dartmouth ’13)
Waterford (Waterford) — Nathan Molina (Yale ’13)
Watertown (The Taft School) — Kristen Proe (Yale ’14)
West Simsbury (Simsbury) — Meaghan Werle (Cornell ’14)
Weston (Weston) — Steve Piscatelli (Penn ’14)
Westport (Staples) — Paul Chandler (Yale ’14)
Wethersfield (Choate) — Caroline Bazinet (Princeton ’14)
Wilton (Wilton) — Chris Collins (Brown ’11)
Wilton (Wilton) — Cara Costich (Cornell ’13)
Wilton (Wilton) — Phoebe Gaston (Yale ’13)
Wolcott (Wolcott) — Chris Bendtsen (Princeton ’14)
Woodbridge (Amity Regional) — John Cocco (Yale ’14)
Woodbridge (Amity Regional) — Annelies Gamble (Yale ’13)
Woodbridge (Amity Regional) — Adam Trofa (Cornell ’13)

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