May 31, 2013 

Headmaster’s Message

Academy 2013 Commencement speaker Oscar Tang (seen here mountain-biking)

Oscar Tang

Every year, we try to pick a Commencement Speaker with a connection to either the graduating class or one of the reunion classes gathering over the weekend.This year’s speaker, Oscar L. Tang, is the brother of Nancy Tang Francis, a member of the class of 1953, holding their 60th reunion this year. This connection to Nancy and the Academy, however, was not the first way I had heard of Mr. Tang.

I first encountered Mr. Tang in an article celebrating his service and generosity to Andover, his alma mater where he served as Chairman of the Board and established a fund that allows any qualified student to attend Andover regardless of family income. The journalist recounted his life story, a story that connected him to St. Johnsbury. Mr. Tang was born in Shanghai. In 1949, at the end of the Chinese civil war, his parents fled to Hong Kong and tried to reestablish themselves. He was sent to school in the United States at the age of 11—to St. Johnsbury! CLICK HERE

The Academy Commencement Ceremony on Monday, June 3, will be streamed live online at

The Ceremony will also be broadcast live and streamed at WSTJ Radio 1340 AM. To connect online to WSTJ Radio click here.

Click the logo here on June 3 at 10:00 a.m. for a link to NSN Sports.


Academy Students Recognized for National Latin Test

Academy 2013 National Latin Exam students: front row (L to R) Alexander Grech, Madison Wood, Sophie Martin, David Duong, Stephanie Hammer, Bettina Hammer, and Jasmine Young; back row (L to R) Luke Jackmauh and Wesley Clements.

Academy students were recognized recently for their performance on the 2013 National Latin Exam. In Latin I, Sophie Martin earned a Cum Laude certificate; in Latin II, David Duong earned a Magna Cum Laude certificate and Jasmine Young earned a Cum Laude certificate; in Latin III-IV, Madison Wood and Alexander Grech earned Cum Laude certificates, Wesley Clements and Bettina Hammer earned Magna Cum Laude certificates, and Luke Jackmauh and Stephanie Hammer earned Maxima Cum Laude certificates and silver medals.
SJA Students Excel in Spanish

Academy students recognized for their performance on the National Spanish Exam, taken by more than 140,000 students nationally, are (L-R, from top row) Anastasia Denina, Paulina Reyelt, Rose Breen, Isaac Woods, Aren Tulp, Kara Downing, Katherine Keenan, Camille Tsalik, Sarah Lynch, Quinn Bornstein, Nora Gair, and Robin Vincent; front row (L-R) Patrick Lawlor, Callum Henig, Anna Steesy, Justin Carpenter, Molly Mulchahy, Katelynn Bean, Daniel Byford, Holly Brown, Brennan Smith, Jessica Remick, William Kyle, Abbigail Palmer, Evangeline McCann, Gavin Harpin, Viktoria Fisher-Weth, and Keith Casa.


Dear Hilltopper Families,

Every week in this space we will publish the link for the Academy athletic schedule for the upcoming week. We are finishing spring play-offs in most sports. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Athletic Calendar on the school's Website or contact David McGinn, Athletic Director, at 802-751-2121 or

Note: The Green Dorm and Sheepcote Dorm will be open for students participating in Athletics. Please check in with your dorm proctors for more information, or check in at the Campus Life or Resident Life offices. 

To view the Spring Athletic Schedule, please click hereWeekend Activities

Saturday, June  1

- 9:30 a.m. Division 1 Track & Field Championships, away—get updates at

- 11:00 a.m. JV girls' lacrosse, at Oxbow HS

- 11:00 a.m. JV softball, away, North Country

- 11:00 a.m. JV baseball, away, North Country

- 2:00 p.m. Varsity lacrosse, home

- 3:00 p.m. Varsity baseball, home

- 3:00 p.m. Varsity softball, home

- 5:00 p.m. Alumni Reunion All-Class Social at the Academy

- 6:30 p.m. Alumni Reunion Banquet, Academy Field House

Sunday, June 2

- 1:00 p.m. Class Day in the Academy Field House

- 4:00 p.m. Senior Recital featuring Hilltones and Jazz Band, South Church

- 7:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Service in Fuller Hall

Note: Parents who need rides to campus on Sunday and Monday can use a shuttle service making rounds between Brantview Drive and various motels. Each local motel should have the number—(802) 535-7083.

Monday, June 3

 - 10:00 a.m. 2013 Commencement, Academy Field House

Scenes of the Week

Academy sophomore Ayame Yazawa won the Vermont Girls' Tennis Singles Championship last weekend. For more, CLICK HERE

Students in the Academy Marching Band performed at the May 27 St. Johnsbury Memorial Day Parade on Main Street in St. Johnsbury.

(Standing, L-R) Academy Athletic Director David McGinn, Headmaster Tom Lovett, and Assistant Head for Campus Life Beth Choiniere celebrated the Class of 2013 athletes at Senior Sports Recognition on Wednesday, May 29. 

SJA students enjoyed a wonderful night for the Commencement Ball at Mt. Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, on May 30. For a gallery of 2013 Prom Photos on the Academy's Facebook page, please CLICK HERE Connect with us!



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