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March 2015

Posted Friday, Mar 27, 2015 
St. Johnsbury Academy welcomes poet Patrick Donnelly to the Fireside at the Mayo Center on Wednesday, April 1 at 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Donnelly will read from his books The Charge and Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin, as well as from his translations of Japanese poetry. His books will be available for purchase at the event.
Posted Friday, Mar 27, 2015 
The Future Business Leaders of America of St. Johnsbury Academy are holding a fundraising comedy show featuring comedian Glenn Strange on April 3 and 4 at 7:00 p.m. in Fuller Hall. The opening act will be local band The Endorsements. The show will be family friendly and feature comedy and magic. Funds raised will help to pay for members to attend the FBLA national conference in Chicago this July.
Posted Friday, Mar 27, 2015 
Every year at the beginning of mud season and in the middle of March Madness, we welcome 30 boys and two of their teachers from Kaijo Gakuen to our school. Kaijo is the premier boys' school in Tokyo, and our visitors are selected from among their classmates to come on this ten-day visit. I have hosted guests from Kaijo thirteen times as Headmaster (the trip was cancelled in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami three years ago), and each time it is a true joy.
Posted Friday, Mar 27, 2015 
The Colwell Speaker Series will feature German diplomat Ulrich Schlie on Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Library in the Mayo Center. He will present a talk entitled, "Between Order and Chaos: The Transformation of the Nation State and the World Ahead". Mr. Schlie is a fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard. He has worked in the German Ministry of Defense and has experience in and knowledge about issues of security, international law, and history.
Posted Friday, Mar 27, 2015 
The Academy will present its annual spring concert on Monday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Fuller Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Posted Friday, Mar 27, 2015 
The initial round of the FIRST Robotics competition in Springfield, MA, was a tough one for the Academy Robotics team. Jim Baker, science faculty member and Robotics coach, said, "Neither our robot nor our drivers were prepared to compete at an adequate enough level to provide any kind of pride or success. We were ranked 29 out of 33 teams." Given this disappointing first attempt, as well as the fact that the team is allowed very limited access to their robot outside the event, many would have given up. Instead, the team met frequently, strategized, and planned. Coach Baker said, "We knew we needed to make some changes if we wanted to do better."
Posted Friday, Mar 20, 2015 
I didn't get to speak in Chapel much this week as I spent most of it on the road, raising money for our Brantview Renovation and Restoration Project and interviewing teaching candidates who hope to join our faculty next year. As much as I love being in Chapel, I thoroughly enjoyed sharing our school's vision and accomplishments and hearing from others about how much they admire the Academy as a leader in education and the community.
Posted Friday, Mar 20, 2015 
Senior Cara Metivier traveled to the PBS television studio in Colchester this week to compete in the Poetry Out Loud finals. She was one of ten semi-finalists to be selected from across the state to compete in the final round.
Posted Friday, Mar 20, 2015 
The Academy theater team won the regional One Act Drama Festival competition, and will be one of ten teams moving on to the statewide final taking place at Castleton State College on March 27 and 28. In addition to winning the competition, Academy performers Jay Tilden '15, Sydney Benjamin '15, and Morgan Sulham '15 received awards for Excellence in Acting. Jeremy Baldauf '16 was also recognized for Lighting Design. The entire production received the award for Excellence in Acting Ensemble.
Posted Friday, Mar 13, 2015 
I didn't get to speak in Chapel much this week as I spent most of it on the road, raising money for our Brantview Renovation and Restoration Project and interviewing teaching candidates who hope to join our faculty next year. As much as I love being in Chapel, I thoroughly enjoyed sharing our school's vision and accomplishments and hearing from others about how much they admire the Academy as a leader in education and the community.
Posted Friday, Mar 13, 2015 
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 2015. The game will take place on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Posted Friday, Mar 13, 2015 
SJA junior and Advanced Creative Writing student Lillian Ilsley-Greene was accepted to the prestigious New England Young Writers' Conference taking place in May at Middlebury College's Breadloaf Campus. Students apply from across the United States to spend a long weekend working with accomplished writers alongside like-minded peers.
Posted Friday, Mar 6, 2015 
One of the highlights of my February Break each year is the chance to go to the Annual Conference of the National Association of Independent Schools. With over 5,000 professionals from around the country attending, the conference organizers are able to offer a wide array of high-quality workshops and world-class speakers on various educational issues. One of those speakers, John Maeda, got me thinking about a critical five months in my high school career.
Posted Friday, Mar 6, 2015 
Senior Dominic Hahr won the State Wrestling Championship in the 145-pound weight class. According to Coach Verge, this is the "toughest Weight Class in the State." Dominic overcame an injury and competed in the meet, pinning the #1 seed in the semis, and then defeating the #3 seed in the final. Coach Verge was named Coach of the Year. Photo courtesy of Michael Beniash/Caledonian Record.
Posted Friday, Mar 6, 2015 
James Bentley, Director of Environmental Stewardship at St. Johnsbury Academy, spoke recently at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) conference in Boston. He joined two other sustainability directors, Frank Barros of King Low Heywood Thomas School of Stamford, CT, and Katrina Linthorst Homan of Choate Rosemary Hall of Wallingford, CT to present on Measuring Best Practices in Environmental Sustainability on February 27.
Posted Friday, Mar 6, 2015 
Two St. Johnsbury Academy Seniors have been selected as Finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Sydney Benjamin of Peacham and Madison Wood of Kirby 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, Mar 6, 2015 
"St. Johnsbury is home to so many cultural treasures of which many students either have little knowledge or take for granted. We are working hard to change that through our Humanities program," says Denise Scavitto Freshman Capstone Program Coordinator.
Posted Friday, Mar 6, 2015 
St. Johnsbury Academy Fine Arts students won a total of 45 regional awards in this year's Scholastic Art & Writing competition. Three students received Gold Key awards, qualifying them for the national competition; five students won Silver Keys; 37 students received honorable mentions.


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