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February 11, 2017

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Championship Moments

Almost exactly 11 years ago in a school outside of Rochester, New York, Jason McElwain stood at the center of one of the best sports moments of all time. Diagnosed with autism at age two, Jason became a "high functioning" student with autism in high school. Sports was his equalizer, and he loved to play, but by his sophomore year, at 5'6", he didn't make the JV team at his school. Instead of letting that get him down, he became the team manager, a position he kept for the Varsity team in his junior and senior years. Over those three years, Jason only missed one game, and as he described his job, he set up for practice, made sure the team had water, and most importantly, he was always enthusiastic.

 

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Can't Top This: Hilltoppers Sweep Indoor Track and Field Titles
(from the Caledonian-Record)

 

Junior Katherine Cowan and senior Ian Clough combined to win seven individual events and the St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltoppers boys and girls swept the team titles at the Division I state track and field championships...

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Phil Holland to Speak about MOMIX Founder and Director Moses Pendleton

 

SJA's Faculty Speaker Series welcomes a special guest speaker: professor, writer, and voice actor, Phil Holland, who will present a talk entitled "Moses, MOMIX, and More," just days after the MOMIX performance at Lyndon Institute.

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2016-2017 School Calendar

Tuesday, January 31, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Photo retakes for underclassmen. If seniors have not had a senior photo taken, they should do so at this time.

 

Wednesday, February 15-Saturday, February 18

Winter One-Act Plays

Schedule


Monday, February 20
Faculty Speaker Series presents Phil Holland 
Moses, Momix, and More 


Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Stuart Black Box Theater

Acting I, II, III, and Advanced Art in Acting Performance


Thursday, February 23 - Friday, February 24
Winter Carnival 

 

Sunday, February 24
Yearbook Senior Ads are Due


Follow the Hilltoppers Live on NSN Sports.
Missed a game? Check out the Past Games.

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Both boys' and girls' track teams won the state meet, a first in Academy history. Senior Ian Clough (center above) was a stand-out. The quotes below the photos are from the Caledonian-Record: "Clough won long jump (20-9), the 55 meters, 55 hurdles and was second in the 300. His repeat victory in the 55 dash was a special moment as he tied the state record in the 55-meter dash (6.50 seconds), first set by Rutland's Eric Groce in 2002. Groce, one of Vermont's best-ever sprinters, ran his mark at New Englands that season, taking second by .01. Prior to that, Clough won the 55 hurdles in a school-record 7.80 seconds."

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Junior Katherine Cowan also had a great day. Again from the Caledonian-Record: "Cowan won four events, the 55 dash, 55 hurdles (8.82) 300 meters (43.96) and high jump (5-3), giving the most decorated SJA track and field champion 15 state titles, 14 as an individual. She broke her own school record by .08 seconds in winning the 55 meters, topping Essex's Sade Hankey with a time of 7.52 seconds."

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Quinnae Outerbridge also excelled: "Senior Quinnae Outerbridge delivered four victories. Her first individual wins came in the 1,000 meters and 1,600. She was also part of St. J's winning 4x400, 4x800 teams. Junior Hannah Wescott broke her own school record by 6 inches in winning the pole vault at 9-6. She was also fourth in high jump, part of the winning 4x400 and part of the runner-up 4x200 squad." Quinnae was also named the Caledonian-Record's Athlete of the Week.

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As usual, the fan support was incredible.

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It was a great team effort, and everyone contributed.  

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The team posed for a photo after the medals were awarded at 1:30 a.m. Please take a look at the article above for further details. More photos of the meet are available here.

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In other news, Rodney Reis' students worked on still-life paintings

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They then received critiques on their work. 

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Chorus warmed up with Mr. Rowe. 

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Keb (Logan Samuels) and a friend (Jimmy Rust) rush to the aid of Kev (Trey Armbrister), Keb's street-dancing friend after he has been felled by an air conditioner in Things Fall (Meanwhile), one of St. Johnsbury Academy Theatre's Winter One-Act Plays to be performed February 15-18 in the Stuart Black Box Theatre. Schedule

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Electricity teacher Jeremy Roberts and his student senior Zachary Simpson presented a check for $3,500 to Chef B, a donation from Alta Enterprises in recognition of Zach and other electricity students' excellent work on the installation or our new pool cover. The donation will be used to help fund this year's trip to SkillsUSA. 

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