Greenwich Hospital nurse leader honored for his fight against human trafficking

Anna Cerra, Chief Nursing Officer at Greenwich Hospital, was honored for her work in the fight against human trafficking on the sixth annual International Nurses Day sponsored by Nurses with Global Impact.

Cerra received the “Inspiring Global Nurses Award” for her work educating healthcare organizations around the world to identify victims of human trafficking.

“I feel a great sense of accomplishment that we have brought this critically important training to Italy where, unfortunately, human trafficking is rampant and will only increase given the ongoing war in Ukraine,” said Cerra, a resident of Greenwich.

The event took place on May 13 at the Hudson House in Port Liberty, NJ

Originally from Italy, Cerra offered to contact his health colleagues in that country after hearing that the United Nations needed additional sites for an international research study on training large health systems to identify the trafficking in human beings.

Two of Italy’s largest hospitals and universities – Sacred Heart University Hospital and University of Milan, GSD International Hospital – agreed to participate, but they requested that the training be done in Italian.

Cerra volunteered to translate and present the materials. Once completed, the Order of Malta’s ambassador shared the training worldwide for anyone in need of an Italian version.

A 23-year veteran of Greenwich Hospital, Cerra is chief nursing officer and senior vice president of patient care services. She serves on the board of the Connecticut Hospital Association for Quality Patient Care and chairs its Patient and Family Advisory Council.

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Greenwich Hospitalmember of Yale New Haven Health, is a major academic affiliate of the Yale School of Medicine.

Eastern CT honors Greenwich student

More than 300 students at Eastern Connecticut State University at Willimantic recognized for academic excellence at the end of the spring semester 2022.

Among those honored was Elvis Apuril from Greenwich, a senior who is majoring in communications. Apuril was honored for excellence in video production at the Department of Communication’s Celebration of Excellence on April 19 in the Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Teaching Center on campus.

Awarded by the University’s academic departments, recognitions included induction into 15 academic honor societies, scholarships, and departmental honors.

Thirty-one students were inducted into Lambda Pi Eta and several others were recognized for their excellence in radio, video production, journalism, news, sports and research.

Students receive honors at Harvey School

The Harvey School in Katonah, NY, honors many local students who achieved academic distinctions for the final grading period of the 2021-22 school year.

Honors include earning a Cavalier Scholar certificate for a GPA of 4.0 or higher, making the head roster with a GPA of 3.7 or higher, or earning a spot on the board of honor with a GPA of 3.3.

The following local students were named to the honor roll: Teddy Aaron, Grade 7; Gramm Bryant, 7th grade; Rachel Dickey, Grade 10 and Lily Hakim, Grade 9, all from Greenwich; and Daniel Lehman, Grade 7, of Old Greenwich.

The following local students made the list of heads: Brady Campos, Grade 9, from Riverside; Spencer Elkind, Grade 11, from Greenwich; and Lily Kutai, Grade 7, from Old Greenwich.

Wesley Elkind and Eleanor Florin, both Grade 10 students from Greenwich, each earned a Cavalier Scholar certificate.

Local students also took top honors for the first spring term grading period.

Students on the honor roll included: Isaac Akrongold, Grade 12; Rachel Dickey, 10th grade; Lily Hakim, 9th grade; and Emma Lederer, Grade 9, all from Greenwich; and Lily Kutai, Grade 7, and Lila Leibowits, Grade 9, both from Old Greenwich.

The Head’s List students were: Grahm Bryant, Grade 7, from Greenwich; Brady Campos, grade 9, of Riverside; and Spencer Elkind, Grade 11, from Greenwich.

A Cavalier Scholar certificate was awarded to Wesley Elkind, Grade 10, and Eleanor Florin, Grade 10, both of Greenwich.

Harvey School is an independent coeducational preparatory school for students in grades 6-12.

Greenwich PEN Woman wins global award

Barbara Ehrentreu received the Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Certificate of Literary Appreciation awarded in honor of the 161st birth anniversary of Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore.

The prize is awarded by Motivational Strips, the world’s most active writing forum on Facebook with 7.3 million visitors, and SIPAY Magazine, an international publication published by the Department of Culture of the Government of Seychelles.

The award was given to honor his contributions to world literature with his poems and writings. Only 240 people have been honored with the award.

Ehrentreu is a published poet, young adult novelist, and podcast moderator. She won the Indian Independence Day Award for 2020 and 2021. She is the Regional Director of Motivational Strips and sits on the board of Greenwich Pen Women.

A local student captures an image of birds

Mike J. Pastore, a permanent resident of Greenwich and student at Amherst, snapped a photo of a blue jay and a cardinal calmly sharing food and enjoying a misty evening together.

The image of the birds, in a handmade birdhouse the photographer built for them, is peaceful and inspiring in these turbulent times, according to his mother, who sent the photo.

Pastore snapped the photo on June 12 in Greenwich while at home on summer vacation before leaving for a summer job in music.