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Leadership Greater Hartford Celebrates With Polaris Awards

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Seems it’s a season of anniversaries around Hartford including one that was silver plated at the Hartford Marriott Downtown Tuesday.

There, Leadership Greater Hartford celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Common Ground leadership program and it was an impressive list of recipients who received the program’s Polaris Awards at the celebratory dinner.

They were former UConn basketball star Jennifer Rizzotti, the evening’s keynote speaker and head coach for the University of Hartford Women’s Basketball Program.  

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Receiving Polaris Awards for their completion of the ‘Common Ground’ program were Glastonbury High School Spanish teacher Joceyln Tamborello-Noble, Hartford attorney, DeVaughn Ward and UConn sophomore David Rifkin.

“I wasn’t the model child but I was involved in a lot of programs growing up in Hartford,” said Ward. “I am proud to receive this award,” he said. “I’ll probably hang it at my mother’s house.”

The three were gracious as they received congratulations as the honored celebs for the night.  So the Java question of the night for the successful trio was “Who will play you in the made-for-tv movie documenting your success?”

The answers came easily.

“I’d like to think Selma Hayek,” said Tamborello-Noble. Ward thought Denzel Washington would certainly capture his essence on screen while Rifkin tapped Daniel Radcliffe as his on-screen double.