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Kim Roy Hardison '91 will lead a free racquetball clinic on Wednesday, February 4 at RecFit STJ. Hardison has an impressive racquetball resume and her clinics, offered all around the country, are wildly popular. She has been both a coach and Junior Team USA player, is an AmPro Certified Instructor, a USAR-IP Certified instructor, is a HEAD/PENN sponsored player, the HEAD/Penn Regional Marketing Director, and the Tournament Director of the Florida Spring Break Pro Am. She is currently the Racquetball Director at the Harbour Island Athletic Club and Spa.
SJA's new Robotics Team coach, Jim Baker, described Robotics as, "the only high-school team where everyone can go pro." He has coached five teams to successful completion of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition and aims to do the same at St. Johnsbury Academy. His team is hard at work preparing for two district competitions in Springfield, MA, and Smithfield, RI, in March, perhaps then progressing to the district championship in Boston, MA, and the World Championship in St. Louis, MO. Jim also hopes to help extend the Robotics program to St. Johnsbury School next year with the SJA team members acting as mentors, forming a team that would compete in the First Tech Challenge or the First Lego League, both of which are aimed at younger students.
Thirty-five SJA creative writing students participated in the first of two day-long workshops this week, facilitated by professional actor and playwright Ethan Bowen of the Flynn Center's Vermont Young Playwrights Project.
St. Johnsbury Academy senior Jay Tilden's writing will be featured next week as one of four author-entrepreneurs selected by WREN (Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network) to participate in Eureka! Writer's Night St. Johnsbury. The event will be held at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum on Wednesday, January 21 from 6-9 p.m.
St. Johnsbury Academy's Colwell Speaker Series kicks off its spring line-up on Thursday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the Library in the Mayo Center. Local surgeon, Dr. Chris Danielson, will speak about his experiences working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), known in the US as Doctors Without Borders, treating patients affected by the civil war in South Sudan.