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October 2014

Posted Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 
Posted Friday, Oct 17, 2014 
The Board of Trustees of St. Johnsbury Academy elected two new board members at their meeting earlier this month. They are Martha Cavanaugh of Peacham and Peter Hammer of Chicago, IL.
Posted Friday, Oct 17, 2014 
St. Johnsbury Recreation Department announced today that it will re-open the former Club at Old Mill as the St. Johnsbury Recreation and Fitness Center. The center, which will be known as RecFit, will open on Saturday, November 1, followed by a grand opening celebration on Friday, November 14, 5:00-8:00 pm.
Posted Friday, Oct 17, 2014 
In Thursday's Chapel, in front of a student body decked out in themes of rockets, road crews, and a range of SNL characters, I offered my top-ten reasons for loving Spirit Week: #10—I get to wear my Gumby tie that features a green and white Gumby raising his hands to signal another Hilltopper touchdown.
Posted Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 
The St. Johnsbury Academy Math Club was recently invited to compete in a new nationwide mathematics competition, Interstellar Math Madness, sponsored by the Mathematics Association of America. After three weeks of round-robin competition against similar Division I teams, SJA is ranked 27th, based on the average score of the top-ten scorers, among thousands of high schools in the US. The school most recently defeated the Liberal Arts and Science Academy of Austin, TX by a score of 6.2 to 5.8.
Posted Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 
One of my pet peeves is people walking across Colby lawn. I don't know why, but the sight of someone taking a shortcut to get to the front door of Colby bothers me—no, it downright irritates me. I realize that my response is irrational and maybe neurotic, so I temper my requests, simply asking the offenders to please use the crosswalks, but inside I am thinking (to quote senior leader Kaylee Sanville) "Don't kill the baby grass," and actually, to honor the hard work of our custodians to make us look good—"Don't kill any grass!!" As I said, I am well aware that my grasidiphilia is perhaps excessive, so I started to ask myself, "why do people cut across our lawns and why don't I?"
Posted Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 
The first speaker of the 2014 Fireside Speaker Series, Academy faculty member Bill Vinton, will discuss the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation's observatory, located in Peacham, VT.
Posted Friday, Oct 3, 2014 
Four SJA students were named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Katherine Keenan of Lancaster, NH, William Jones of Waterford, VT, Patrick Lawlor of West Glover, VT and Isaac Woods of St. Johnsbury, VT placed in the top 5% of students taking the PSAT in 2013. Isaac Woods was further recognized as a 2014-15 National Hispanic Recognition award recipient.
Posted Friday, Oct 3, 2014 

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