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April 2015

Posted Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 
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.
Posted Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 
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.
Posted Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 
Two weeks ago I attended a workshop by Edward Clapp from Harvard University's Project Zero that has the potential to completely transform the way I teach, lead, and work. Entitled "Expanding Opportunities for Creative Participation: Reframing Creativity in Education as a Distributed and Participatory Process", the workshop provided a view of creativity that I had not really considered before. If I had not spent hours contemplating what I learned in the workshop, much of which I will hold for another time, I would not have fully appreciated what I saw during our 11th annual Fashion Show.
Posted Friday, Apr 24, 2015 
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.
Posted Friday, Apr 10, 2015 
Earlier this week, Glenn Ehrean, in his role as Director of the Colwell Center for Global Understanding, spoke to our student body about next year's international travel opportunities. As he spoke, a group of students and faculty were on their way to Florence, Italy, as part of our Intaglio Society's on-going partnership with Il Besante printmaking studio, in which our student printmakers study and work alongside some of the best intaglio printmakers in the world.
Posted Friday, Apr 10, 2015 
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.
Posted Friday, Apr 10, 2015 
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.
Posted Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 
The news from Kenya hit me hard. Masked gunmen from a terrorist group stormed a university in Kenya, killing at least 147 people, targeting non-Muslims and choosing a massacre site that would allow them to kill the most people and attract the greatest media attention. I had just received word that Leila de Bruyne ('04) had accepted my invitation to speak at our Commencement; Leila is the founder of a non-profit, Flying Kites, that operates a school and refuge home for children in Kenya.
Posted Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 
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.
Posted Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 
Several Academy students won top honors in the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference in Burlington on March 26 and 27. Kaylee Devenger '15, Stephanie Beltran '15, and Katelynn Bean '15 took first place in the Social Media competition; Stephanie Beltran and Maya Whitney '15 won the Hospitality Management competition; and Maggie Olivares '17 was elected to State Parliamentarian. All first-place teams are eligible to compete in the National Leadership Conference taking place in Chicago in July.
Posted Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 
A team of four students, Valeriya Adamkovych '16, Skyler Gilbert '15, Katherine Hunton '16, Jacquelyn O'Brien '16, competed in a new competition for middle and high schools: the 3D Vermont, Town History in 3D Competition. They placed second of 18 teams, successfully presenting on their project last Friday at Vermont Technical College in Randolph.
Posted Friday, Apr 3, 2015 
The Academy theater group won the statewide One Act Drama Festival competition, and will be one of two schools from Vermont moving on to the New England Drama Festival taking place at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport, ME on April 23, 24, and 25. Seniors Sydney Benjamin, Morgan Sulham, and Jay Tilden won awards for excellence in acting, and the ensemble as a whole was recognized for its ability to immerse the audience in the world of the play. This win marked the seventh time in 14 years that the Academy's one-act play has won the state competition.
Posted Friday, Apr 3, 2015 
Congratulations to senior Gavin Harpin and junior Bettina Hammer. Gavin was named the Caledonian Record's 2014-2015 Boys' Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year and Bettina was named Girls' Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Photos courtesy of Paul Hayes/Caledonian Record.
Posted Friday, Apr 3, 2015 
The Academy cleaned up at this weekend's film competition put on by Catamount Arts. Alum Jeb Burroughs '14, with help from his brother Andrew, a junior, won the $1,000 first prize in the Film Slam part of the competition for the second year in a row with their entry In Due Time. Another team from the Academy was the high school runner-up in the Film Slam with a comedy called Rubber. Additionally, Academy senior Zack Dickenson won the best drama film category in the High School Film Makers Showcase with his film Hide and Seek.

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