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Posted Wednesday, May 4, 2016 
Representatives from St. Johnsbury Academy participated in a ground-breaking ceremony at the site of St. Johnsbury Academy Jeju on Jeju Island in South Korea on April 29. President of the Board of Trustees Jay Wright '87, CEO of Kingdom Development Company (KDC) Bradley Ashley, and Associate Headmaster for Admissions and Advancement Jack Cummings were present at the formal ceremony. St. Johnsbury Academy Jeju is expected to commence classes in the fall of 2017; a number of administrators have been hired and inquiries are already being received from prospective students.
Posted Friday, Apr 29, 2016 
On the day before our April Break, Katherine S. Newman and Hella Winston published an article in the New York Times, entitled "Straight from High School to a Career". They opened their piece with a reflection that "there are hundreds of thousands of 'middle skill' jobs in the United States that are—or soon will be—going unfilled because of a dearth of qualified workers." Like others before them, they called for using career and technical education (CTE) centers as training grounds for these jobs, jobs which Newman and Winston state, "provide a middle-class wage without a traditional four-year degree." They argued for more funding for technical training in high school—never a bad thing—but I think by pushing so hard against the "college for all campaign", they overlooked another option.
Posted Friday, Apr 29, 2016 
The Environmental Stewardship Program at St. Johnsbury Academy received a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence by the Vermont Agency for Natural Resources at the State House yesterday. Vermont Environmental Excellence Awards have been given since 1993 to recognize efforts and actions of Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote environmental sustainability.
Posted Friday, Apr 29, 2016 
Academy math students tied for the top-two Vermont regional scores in Region 2 on the UVM High School Prize Math Examination; First and Second Prizes were awarded to Seongmin Choo '17, Hanzhang Yu '19. Yaojia Huang '16 placed seventh in the state overall. Utkuhan Genc received Honorable Mention (Statewide). The top-scoring student in the school for the second year in a row was senior Yaojia Huang. Twenty-three students from the Academy, the highest number for a high school in Vermont, were awarded Certificates of Merit, recognizing their ranking in the top-ten percent of all students from across the state that took the test. They were: Seongmin Choo '17, McKenna Cisler '16, Ethan Forster '16, Utkuhan Genc '16, Ziqi Gong '18, Bettina Hammer '16, Yaojia Huang '16, Matthew Hunton '18, Yuqing Jiang '16, Yutong Lei, '16, Jingyi Liang '16, Jin Lin '16, Yichen Lu '18, Michael Thomas Miller '17, Lintaro Miyashin '17, Worabun Romtrairut '19, Fiona Sweeney '19, Zeou Wei '19, Jianing Wu '19, Xinyi Yang '17, Hanzhang Yu '19, Junjie Zhang '17, and Shynggys Menglibay '17.
Posted Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 
This week we observed a Day of Silence, sponsored by the GSU, honoring those whose voices are silenced by fear, oppression, intolerance, and violence. Students, faculty, and staff who chose to participate took a vow of silence for the day, remembering those who have been silenced in the past and showing solidarity with those who are silenced still. Some voices have been silenced by bullies who target minorities—whether defined by race, religion, or sexual identity. In some of the most tragic cases, these voices are silenced forever through suicide. Perhaps the most prevalent silencing of voices happens when those dedicated to civil discourse are shouted down by those who are not.
Posted Friday, Apr 15, 2016 
Twelve St. Johnsbury Academy students won medals at this year's Vermont SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Competition. The team won six gold medals, five silver medals, and one bronze medal. The six students who won gold medals will go on to compete at the annual national-level SkillsUSA Competition and Conference this June in Louisville, Kentucky.
Posted Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal had the following assessment of the current political climate: Historically, Americans like to think they carry a sunny spirit of can-do optimism, one that says that, despite its problems, life in the world's greatest democracy will always be better for their children and grandchildren. That spirit usually is reflected in the chicken-in-every-pot, audacity-of-hope rhetoric of presidential campaigns. Not this year.
Posted Friday, Apr 8, 2016 
The St. Johnsbury Academy chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America competed recently at the FBLA Spring Leadership Conference, which took place at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont. The annual conference is an exciting two-day event filled with competition, leadership training, charity events, movies, dance, swimming, and officer elections. Over $76,000 in scholarships and awards were handed out to over 140 competitors at the conference. Each member of the Academy team is now eligible to travel to Atlanta, Georgia for the FBLA National Convention taking place June 28 to July 2.
Posted Friday, Apr 8, 2016 
St. Johnsbury Academy's Civil Engineering and Architecture class competed last week in the 2nd Annual Vermont Popsicle Bridge Competition at Vermont Technical College. Three teams competed, each with distinct bridges. The team of Ryan McGee '16, Matthew Emery '17, Malcolm Larocque '17, and Bianca Deng '16 won 1st place in Actual Load Carrying Capacity with a load of 185 lbs, 1st place in Aesthetics and Originality of Design, and 3rd place overall. The team of Liam Fangman '16, Tucker Bouffard '16, and Syrym Seksenbayev '16 won 1st place in Predicted Load and 2nd place over all. The winning students brought back $8,500 in scholarships to Vermont Tech.
Posted Friday, Apr 1, 2016 
The American Culinary Federation named St. Johnsbury Academy chef Jerry Prevost the best culinary educator in the Northeast. Prevost received the ACF Northeast region Chef Educator of the Year award at ChefConnect: Atlanta, held March 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The event was attended by over 450 chefs, students, and foodservice professionals.
Posted Friday, Apr 1, 2016 
St. Johnsbury Academy's Colwell Speaker Series welcomes Dan O'Bryant, a Fellow at Harvard's Weatherhead Center. Mr. O'Bryant will speak about his involvement in the ongoing effort to eradicate child sex trafficking. The presentation will take place on Thursday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mayo Center and is free and open to the public.
Posted Friday, Apr 1, 2016 
Most of the time, when I hear a speaker begin by promising me that I'm about to learn "how to change the world", I skeptically wait for some enumerated list of action items or attitudes that have some value but that fall far short of being "world-changing". When I heard Bryan Stevenson speak these words during my recent trip to California, however, promising me a way to create more hope and justice in the world, I was ready to listen and take note.
Posted Friday, Mar 25, 2016 
Earlier this week I was having a hard time sleeping. I had spent the day poring over articles about the terror attack in Brussels, the facelessness of the perpetrators, the as-yet-unknown identities of the victims, and what Pope Francis condemned as the epidemic of "blind violence" that is spreading across the globe. Then, just as I was about to go to bed, I got news of the car accident that sent two Lyndon Institute students to the hospital, one of them airlifted to Dartmouth. I subsequently spent the night thinking about our student from Belgium and what she and her family and friends must be feeling, about what all of our students must be feeling as they watched the devastation of yet another attack less than a week after Utku gave his passionate speech about the attack on his native Turkey. I was also thinking about the LI faculty and administrators and the families and friends of the students who were injured, but whose names were yet unknown to me. I was left with a deep sense of how precious, fragile, and interconnected our lives are.
Posted Friday, Mar 25, 2016 
St. Johnsbury Academy senior photography student Tomoki Nomura earned a national Silver Medal in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for his photograph entitled "Hideous". Nineteen students won regional awards last month for their work in printmaking, photography, drawing, painting, and digital art receiving 11 Gold Keys, 12 Silver Keys, and 17 Honorable Mentions.
Posted Friday, Mar 25, 2016 
St. Johnsbury Academy welcomes Marzena Rogalska, a Fellow at Harvard's Weatherhead Center. Ms. Rogalska will speak about trade agreements and the European Union among other topics. The presentation will take place on Friday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. in Mayo Center and is free and open to the public.
Posted Friday, Mar 25, 2016 
The Model UN makes its debut in the Northeast Kingdom next Saturday, April 2 at St. Johnsbury Academy. Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, or other multilateral body, which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision-making. Over 80 delegates from 12 schools will meet to represent UN countries and debate current issues on the organization's agenda. Students will prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate, and resolve conflicts.
Posted Friday, Mar 25, 2016 
Hockey Coach Dick Emery was selected to coach the Harris Conference Team in the 32nd Essex Rotary All-Star Classic Hockey Game for the second year in a row. Also representing the Academy at the Essex Rotary All-Star game was Jared Rutledge '16.
Posted Friday, Mar 25, 2016 
St. Johnsbury Academy's speaker at the school's 174th Commencement taking place on Monday, June 6th, will be Robert Ford, Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. and former U.S. Ambassador to Syria.
Posted Friday, Mar 18, 2016 
Marcus Buckingham speaks around the world on areas of leadership and business, and one of his more inspiring messages focuses on leading through personal strengths. He has conducted extensive research trying to answer the question of why some organizations and teams succeed while others underperform. As part of his work, he and his colleagues studied numerous stores within the same business, and not surprisingly, they discovered that those stores in wealthier communities earned higher profits on average than those in poorer communities. However, when they looked at the specific data points, they found that some stores in wealthy communities performed far worse than those in communities that were less well off. In coming to understand why, Buckingham came to understand what makes any team, organization, classroom, or community great.
Posted Friday, Mar 18, 2016 
The St. Johnsbury Academy Science Club competed recently in the New Hampshire division of the National Science Olympiad held at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. The team of 13 students placed in the top five in six events. They also won first place among out-of-state teams, and first among small school (fewer than 1,000 students), and was the top-finishing Vermont team. It was the first time they participated in the competition.
Posted Friday, Mar 11, 2016 
St. Johnsbury Academy has named its 2016 inductees to the National Honor Society.
Posted Friday, Mar 11, 2016 
I am an introvert. So are at least one-third of those reading this right now, if we are to believe the research. Until very recently, I have scored very high on the introversion scale in every personality test I have ever taken. A couple of years ago, I scored closer to the extroverted range, probably because of spending over a decade doing alumni events and meeting new people around the world. At my core, however, I am an introvert. What does that mean?
Posted Friday, Mar 11, 2016 
The Harlem Superstars are returning to the SJA's Alumni Gymnasium to take on the Academy Dream Team in a fundraising game benefitting the Class of 2017. The game will take place on Thursday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Posted Friday, Mar 11, 2016 
The SJA dance department will host New York Times dance reviewer Siobhan Burke from March 14-18. Ms. Burke will conduct writing workshops for dance students and teach a master class in Irish step dancing on St. Patrick's Day.
Posted Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 
Winter Sports Highlights The winter sports season drew to a close last week. Here are some of the highlights:
Posted Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 
While traveling over February Break, visiting alumni from Florida to California, I had plenty of time in airplanes and airports to catch up on reading. One article I read was by Dr. Ronald Fraser, who claimed that schools were failing to teach students how to participate in a democracy. He wrote, The bottom line: we are, in effect, setting kids up for failure as citizens. Schools do not give their students the personal civic convictions and real-world skills citizens need to make self-rule work. To carry out their schoolbook role, citizens must develop an array of civic skills including the ability to carefully research public issues; to speak out on and write about these issues; and to join reform groups and political rallies...
Posted Friday, Feb 19, 2016 
One of my favorite parts of my job is to observe classes. As a teacher, I enjoy watching other teachers engage students in learning and lead them through activities that result in moments of insight—sometimes through achievement and sometimes through failure, sometimes individually and sometimes as a group. Some of my most memorable observations have happened in the Morse Center for the Arts, as I have watched our faculty, all of them practicing professional artists themselves, guide and inspire their students to some amazing works of art. I am not artistically or musically gifted, and my ability as a dancer or actor is nothing to brag about either, so when I can watch another person learn how to unlock their artistic talents, I am enthralled.
Posted Friday, Feb 12, 2016 
Two St. Johnsbury Academy Seniors have been selected as Finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Bettina Hammer of Monroe, NH and Elizabeth (Kisa) Lopez of Lyme, NH are among approximately 15,000 students nationwide "determined to have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition," according to a letter from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
Posted Friday, Feb 12, 2016 
Langmaid and Lombardi Last week Hank Eaton, our Morse Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, gave me a biography on Vince Lombardi entitled When Pride Still Mattered and enclosed a note that referenced David Brooks' views on character (eulogy virtues versus resume virtues). Hank's dad gave him the book, and though I have yet to read it, the image of Coach Lombardi caused me to think back to my own dad, who as a football coach, always quoted Lombardi.
Posted Friday, Feb 5, 2016 
The award-winning St. Johnsbury Academy Theatre will perform three student-directed one-act plays on February 11, 12, and 13, 2016 in the Stuart Black Box Theater. The plays feature characters that include Batman and the Joker, the Grim Reaper, and Zombies.


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