Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner

Save the Date for the 20th Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner

Thursday, May 16, 2024 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Honoring Henry Cadett III, Dominic Ferrie, Brynn Gingras, Jane Haffner, Ronnell Higgins, and Stacey McPherson-Ranciato

Further Details including Ticket Information to be posted in March 2024


The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually to individuals who have attended Wallingford Public Schools and who meet one or more of the following criteria:

– Recognized excellence in their chosen vocation on a local, regional, or national level

Outstanding leadership in their vocation or in a local, regional, or national organization

– High achievement in one or more field of cultural endeavor such as music, theater, dance, literature, or the arts

– Significant contributions to the community at large through volunteer work or charitable giving

The final selection of honorees is made by the Distinguished Alumni Committee and endorsed by the Board of Directors of the Wallingford Education Foundation.

In May 2023, the Wallingford Education Foundation held its nineteenth awards dinner at which Dundee Benson, Anthony Cassella, Jane Fisher, Gloria Adriana Rodriguez, and Thomas Wachtelhausen were honored. These individuals bring pride and inspiration to our community and the Wallingford Education Foundation (WEF) is proud to recognize and celebrate them.


Distinguished Alumni


Dundee Benson

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Anthony J. Cassella, II

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Jane Fisher

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Gloria Adriana Rodriguez

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Thomas Wachtelhausen

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For a list of previously recognized alumni, please visit: