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St. Johnsbury Academy Theatre and Friends will present Shakespeare's The Tempest on August 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. and August 9 at 2:00 p.m. The evening shows will take place at the amphitheater on the St. Johnsbury Academy campus or, in case of rain, in the Stuart Black Box Theater in the Morse Center; the matinee will take place in the Stuart Black Box Theater. Tickets are available at Catamount Arts (catamountarts.org) or at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.
Operation Creation wrapped up a very successful third year last week in St. Johnsbury. Teenagers in black t-shirts served lunch and sold hardwood cutting boards at the Hilltopper Cafe, visited area businesses, and volunteered three afternoons each week at the St. Johnsbury Community Farm.
The Academy sent six students to compete in the national 2015 SkillsUSA Leadership & Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Ethan Bernier '16 of Sheffield, who travels to the Academy from Lyndon Institute to participate in SJA's award-winning Culinary Arts program, won a Silver Medal in Commercial Baking; Patrick Schoolcraft '15 of Peacham placed 5th in Fine Woodworking. More than 6,000 technical education students from across the U.S. travelled to Kentucky to compete in 99 different events after winning gold medals in their respective states.
The Summer Youth Corp (Operation Creation) kicked off its third year on July 6th. Thirty rising ninth graders from St. Johnsbury were selected to take part in the three-week program based on an application and interview. The program is designed to teach job-related skills and simultaneously develop self-confidence and a sense of pride in their work that will help prepare students for the rigors of high school and eventual career success.
Academy math students earned the top three Vermont regional scores in Region 2 on the UVM High School Prize Math Examination; First Prize was awarded to three students from China: Seongmin Choo '17, Zi Jian Song '15, and Leyi Li '15. Thirteen students from the Academy were awarded Certificates of Merit, recognizing their ranking in the top 10% of all students from across the state that took the test. They were: Seongmin Choo '17, Bettina Hammer '16, Yaojia Huang '17, Matthew Hunton '18, Yuqing Jiang '16, Yutong Lei '17, Jingyi Liang '16, Leyi Li '16, Jiaqin Lu '16, Zi Jian Song '15, Ruishi Tao '18, Harper Wallace '17, and Chaokang Wu '15. The top-scoring student in the school was sophomore Yaojia Huang. Regional winners were honored at the annual Math Day awards luncheon hosted by the UVM Department of Mathematics and Statistics on May 19, at which SJA alum and current UVM mathematics graduate student Dylan Kylie was the keynote speaker.

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