Meet the 2021-2022 Officer Team!

President:Ella Cognetti

Hi! My name is Ella Cognetti and I am super excited to be serving as the 2021-2022 Chapter President. I am a senior at Westhill High School and my SAE is both creating a hydroponics system in my house and volunteering in Stamford Ag building. Outside of the Agriscience Program, I play soccer, basketball, and track for Westhill. I am also a part of the clubs Interact and Future Medical Professionals (FMP). I can’t wait to see what our officer team achieves this year!

Vice President: Isabella Caracciolo

Hi guys! My name is Isabella Caracciolo, and I am the 2021-2022 vice president. I am a senior at Westhill High School, and my SAE is hydroponics. I am also an ag building volunteer, and I often work in the animal lab. Outside of Ag, I play volleyball for Westhill and Chelsea Piers. When I am not playing volleyball or volunteering, you can catch me binge watching Criminal Minds or surfing tik tok. I am looking forward to see what our team will accomplish!!

Secretary: Claire Chasanoff

Hey! I'm Claire Chasanoff, I'm in 11th grade, and I am the secretary for the 2021-2022 school year! This year, my ag classes are Floral Design and Intro to Companion Animals. I also have multiple SAEs this year, such as volunteering at a rabbit rescue called Hopalong Hollow,  making a food science cookbook, and maintaining a home garden. Outside of school and after school, I of course am involved in after school activities in ag and I enjoy partaking in singing and theatre at Westhill. I recently became a part of the team at Stamford Florist as well. I enjoy cooking and baking, especially with others. I also love seeing and spending time with my family, friends and my rabbit, Oreo. 

Treasurer: Sebastian Bernhard

Hi, my name is Sebastian Bernhard and I am the 2021-2022 chapter treasurer. I am currently a junior at Westhill and for my SAE, I manage the marine lab inside the Stamford Ag building, as well as managing my own saltwater and freshwater tanks at home. You will often find me after school, working in the marine lab. Outside of school, I hold a leadership position in the Boy Scouts of America and I am working towards Eagle Scout. I am so excited to be an officer and can't wait to see what our team can accomplish this year.

Parliamentarian: Lucia Vigo Pigueiras

Hi! My name is Lucia Vigo Pigueiras and I’m a senior this year and the current Parliamentarian. My main SAE is working at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, but I do some volunteering around the Agriscience building as well. I love our haunted house fundraiser, although sadly our underclassmen haven't had the chance to participate in it. The seniors and juniors know it is so much fun when the Halloween season hits. I can always be found planning with PC. Outside of school, I like to read, draw and listen to music.

Reporter: Grace Tolla

Hi! My name is Grace Tolla and I am your 2021-2022 chapter reporter. I am a junior at Westhill, and for my main SAEs, I run a home bakery called The G.E Baking Company, train my dog and publish articles about environmental activism. At school, I love to help with agriscience events, and I’m techie with the Northstar Playmakers, a racer on the alpine ski race team, as well as a writer for the Westword school newspaper! Outside of school, I’ve been a city of Stamford girl scout for 11 years, I volunteer with the Stamford Food Scrap Recycling Program, and I work at Lucky Penny Pottery Studio. I have a seven year old rescue pup named Shadow. I love rock collecting, baking, drinking coffee, traveling, painting and retail therapy. I am so excited to be an officer and I can’t wait to get to know you all :). 

Historian: Erin Pacifico

Hey! I'm Erin Pacifico, I am a junior and I'm one of the historians on the 2021-2022 officer team. My ag classes this year are Floral Design and Agribusiness Management and Marketing. I have multiple SAEs, including ag volunteer, working at my job Carvel, and managing and taking care of my chickens. I play soccer for the girls team here at Westhill. Outside of school, I like to hangout with friends and family and I love spending time with my two cats. 

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Historian: Alexandra Tobiasiewicz

Hi, my name is Alexandra Tobiasiewicz. I’m a junior and I’m this year’s historian with Erin Pacifico. I’m also this year’s Animal Lab manager with Keon. I have a dog at home named Kasper, and a guinea pig named Meatball. I have a couple SAE’s as I like to be really active in helping my community. I work at a farm in North Stamford called, Further Land Farms. I also walk dogs in my neighborhood and have my own garden in which I grow a variety of fruits and vegetables to use less resources in order to obtain my meals. At Westhill I am the vice-president of the Feminism club and a member of our Cross Country team. Outside of school I love to hike with my dog and explore the great outdoors, and I love to be with my friends and family.

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Junior Student Advisor: Julietta Kuri

Hi, my name is Julieta Kuri, and I am the 2021-2022 junior student advisor or JSA for short. I am a junior at Westhill, and I actually have two SAEs. The first one is training my dog, Frida, and helping my second dog loosing weight. For the other SAE, I own my own sugar scrub business and sell them on Etsy! Outside of school, you can find me in rehearsal at my dance studio, or at home sleeping. In all seriousness, I love music and my favorite artists are Rex Orange County, SZA, and Lorde. I love horror movies, my favorites are The Shining and Midsommar, and I even like baking even though I'm terrible at it.

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Sentinel: Miles Leslie

Hello, it's Miles! I am a senior in high school and I am the sentinel. I create all the slideshows and posters and make sure everyone is happy and comfortable in the program. I do ag volunteer work which includes staying after school, participating in fundraising, and assisting the teachers. I am in Floral Design and Hydroponics class. Hydroponics is a new class where we will be creating micro-greens for the program and starting a CSA. Outside of school and in school, I hold various leadership positions. I am secretary for student government, a member in Future Medical Professionals and Kids Helping Kids, president for the Jewish youth group in Stamford, and I play travel soccer. 

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Sophomore Class Representative: Charlotte McDonald 

I am Charlotte McDonald. I am a sophomore and the sophomore class representative for the FFA officer team. I volunteer at Getner Barn in Norwalk. There, I work with horses, chickens and kids. I personally think chickens are awesome. I am also a certified therapy dog handler for both my dogs, Lulu and Dudley. I have Lulu and Dudley, but I also have a bird named Rosie. I have only volunteered at the ag building a handful of times, but when I am there I really like helping out in the aquaculture lab and spending time in the small animals lab. I love hanging out with my friends and family.

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