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Three Academy teachers will participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholars program this summer. Social Studies department chair David Eckhardt will travel to the lower Hudson Valley in New York to visit historic sites along the Hudson River; Social Studies assistant department chair Denise Scavitto will travel to Rome to study the effects of Roman government and public architecture on English culture; and English department assistant chair Angela Drew will travel to Siena, Italy to study Dante's Commedia.
Ten St. Johnsbury Academy juniors have been selected to represent the school at this summer's Boys and Girls State gatherings.
Three plays by SJA creative writing students were honored at the culminating event of the 2015 Vermont Young Playwrights Project, the Vermont Young Playwrights Festival, at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington on May 12. During the festival, professional actors performed Senior Morgan Sulham's play, Mt. Olympus Marriage Counseling; Sophomore Natalie Jones' play, My Truth, Your Truth, received a cold reading by professional actors; and Junior Jaime DeKett received an honorable mention for her play, Saving Goldilocks.
St. Johnsbury Academy Theatre will present a staging of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck on May 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and May 16 at 2:00 p.m. in Fuller Hall. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Kennametal, Inc., formerly of Lyndonville, donated several pieces of equipment to St. Johnsbury Academy, finalizing a process begun in December. The items, including a grinder, 40-ton press, lathe, abrasive cut-off saw, double drill press, several Fairbanks scales, and office equipment were delivered this week. The equipment will be used to enhance the school's maker space and allow students access to professional-grade machining tools for their work in engineering and CTE courses.
Twelve students from the Academy's AP United States Government and Politics class traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the We the People National Finals. They were: Daniel Byford of Barnet, Camden Beck, of St. Johnsbury, YuJin Lee of Seoul, South Korea, Kaylee Sandvil of St. Johnsbury, Ehlin Hansen of Rangsdorf, Germany, Maya Whitney of East Burke, Katherine Keenan of Lancaster, NH, Lindsey Kerr of St. Johnsbury, Luke Jackmauh of Barnet, Tyler Emerson of Lyndonville and Taylor Belknap of Waterford. Approximately 1,200 students from fifty-six schools from across the United States participated in the competition's hearings during which they are asked questions pertaining to the Constitution.