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Women of Distinction Awards 2014

Six women to be honored at Women of Distinction Luncheon

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Sloane Bessey

Young Woman of DistinctionSloane Bessey

The six scholars living in the A Better Chance (ABC) Darien House know they’re exceptionally lucky to have Darien High School (DHS) senior Sloane Bessey at their side. Sloane is the lead volunteer tutor at ABC, which provides scholarships to academically talented minority girls from underserved areas living in Darien and attending DHS.

A National Honor Society student for the last two years, Sloane is well-positioned to tutor the students in subjects ranging from English to Chemistry, and she also coordinates four volunteers to ensure the scholars’ academic needs are met. “Sloane is kind, hard-working and an excellent example of a well-rounded young woman. She has been an absolute dream to work with,” says Katie Egan, a resident director at ABC Darien House.

In addition to her academic achievements, Sloane is a talented starter on DHS’s varsity field hockey team and was named an All State Scholar-Athlete in 2013 as well as an All-FCIAC East athlete in 2012. She also participates in the Fairfield County United Field Hockey Club and is on the DHS track team. On weekends, Sloane serves as a Sunday School teacher at Noroton Presbyterian Church, where she teaches the third-grade class.

ABC Darien House’s students say they are grateful for the opportunity to have Sloane as a peer tutor and mentor. “All of us have been impacted by Sloane’s positive attitude and commitment to our success. Her dedication shows itself in her ability to always do for others regardless of any personal reward in the end,” says Mahoghany Dolberry, a sophomore at ABC Darien House.

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