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Nonnewaug freshman baseball player Ashton Elsemore bats during an April 8 game against Shepaug. Elsemore and most baseball players do not travel for spring break because the team has games and practices that week. (Courtesy of Noreen Chung)
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From right to left; Kaylee Jackson, Arabella Rosa, Christopher Pelletier, Lana Manganello, and Karisa Cizauskas setting up their new saltwater aquariums and learning how to control their coral lighting.
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NHS Dramas production of Once Upon a Mattress runs April 11-13 in the NHS auditorium. (Conor Gereg)
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Gianna Lodice '24 and Layla Coppola '24April 11, 2024

At Perfect Imperfections, Being Imperfect is Loved (VIDEO)

WATERTOWN — Perfect Imperfections is a non-profit organization based out of Watertown, Connecticut. As stated by their website, their mission is to “rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome dogs with disabilities and to educate people about living with a dog with disability.” 

Founded in 2016, Trisha Mafitano’s business has expanded greatly, to which she now has over 30 dogs under her care. This could not be possible with the help from her husband, her volunteers, and donations to the rescue. Perfect Imperfections isn’t just important — it’s life-saving. 

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Emma Cummings '24
Emma Cummings '24, Senior Editor
Emma Cummings is a senior at Nonnewaug and is a senior editor for the NHS Chief Advocate, focusing on ag/FFA stories. She is from Oakville and has three dogs, a cat, and two guinea pigs at home. She is also an active member of the Woodbury FFA program at Nonnewaug. Within the Woodbury FFA, she is serving as the chapter treasurer, is a captain of the Woodbury FFA Timber Team and Milk Quality CDE team, and she shows sheep and rabbits for 4H. After high school, she plans to continue her education in the animal science field. She is very excited to partake in the Chief Advocate program as it allows her to stay engaged in the school community and what interests her.
Abegail Diezel '25
Abegail Diezel '25, Reporter
Abegail Diezel is a junior, a first-year writer with the Chief Advocate, and an active FFA member. She is an older sister to a brother who is a freshman. Abegail loves to participate in the aquaculture program with Ms. Leanne Golembeski. Abegail is excited to write and interview, and plans to study marine science in the future. While most of her interests include her family, she really loves her friends and spends her free time with them as much as possible.
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    Wendy Martel ScalzoMar 16, 2024 at 12:54 pm

    Thank you for doing this. I’m a huge dog lover. To read this story fills me with hope for our canines.
    Dogs are family, all they want/need is love. Would you destroy a human family member because of their handicap?
    Of course not.