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A team from St. Johnsbury Academy won the first annual Vermont Tech Bridge Building Competition at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. The SJA team of Dylan Stetson '16, Gabriel Taney' 15, Patrick Schoolcraft '15, and Josiah Lundin '16 built a truss and beam bridge, which held 123 pounds, to win the competition. Another Academy team comprising Jimmy King '15, Zelda Dively '15, Ashley Bussiere' 16, and Abel Bushey '16, won the prize for lowest error of predicted failure point for their stay-cable suspension bridge.
Sixteen Academy teachers were presented with certificates this week recognizing their successful completion of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) School Based Teacher Certification process. The granting of this certification is based primarily on a portfolio, which must comply with stated standards. Academy teachers may apply to be certified through NEASC during the same year they reach the professional level of their career at the school. These 16 teachers were the first certified by NEASC in a program the Academy helped to develop, and which schools across New England may adopt in the future.
St. Johnsbury Academy's Colwell Speaker Series featured Matthew Denhart, Executive Director of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation this week. He discussed U.S. immigration policy. Denhart also spent a day at the Academy, speaking with a number of classes.
Five Academy math students were selected to represent Vermont on the 15-member statewide Vermont All Stars, which will travel to Pennsylvania State University in late May. The team includes the top-performing students on the Vermont Talent Search, American Invitational Mathematics Examination, Vermont Math Prize, and the New England Math League Competitions as determined by the Vermont State Mathematics Coalition. The Academy was the only school in the state with five students named to the team.
Thirteen St. Johnsbury Academy students won medals at this year's Vermont SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Competition, held April 1-2 at several sites in the Burlington area. Six students won gold medals and will go on to compete at the annual national-level SkillsUSA Competition and Conference this June in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Academy has welcomed a group of thirty competitively selected students from the Kaijo Gakuen boys' school in Tokyo since 1989. The boys stay with host families and follow host students through their daily school schedules during the 10-day trip. They also visit tourist attractions in the Northeast Kingdom and Boston. Several traditions have developed over the course of the 25-year program: the boys participate in a Welcome and Farewell Chapel each year and perform musically and dramatically for host families and faculty members at a Farewell Banquet.