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Posted Friday, May 27, 2016 
This week Student Government President Patrick Amadon stepped down from his leadership position, handing over the leadership of the student body to Michele Leblanc. Patrick stepped into the position early this year, when Ronan Johnston-McWilliams stepped down in order to pursue other personal goals, among them becoming an EMT. Since taking the helm, Patrick has shown uncommon maturity and thoughtfulness, winning him the affection and admiration of faculty, staff, and peers alike.
Posted Friday, May 20, 2016 
St. Johnsbury, VT – Auditions for William Shakespeare's tragedy "King Lear" will be at 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, May 23 and 24 in the Stuart Black Box Theatre at St. Johnsbury Academy.
Posted Friday, May 20, 2016 
One of the best things about the current academic calendar is the chance to start fresh each fall; students experience the sense of optimism and excitement that comes with a new set of goals and a clean slate. It's important for students to learn how to start something new. Likewise, one of the most valuable lessons we can teach young people given this calendar is how to leave. At the end of each school year, students, faculty, and staff are given a chance to practice leaving a community; this experience is especially important for today's graduates who are more likely than ever to transfer from college to college and who are likely to have as many as seven jobs after graduation. Learning to leave gracefully, graciously, and gratefully is a life skill that, if learned well, will not only make us better people, but make the world a better place.
Posted Friday, May 20, 2016 
St. Johnsbury Academy Fine Arts students were honored at the Vermont state house in Montpelier recently for awards they won in the 35th annual Congressional Art Competition. Of the five students who submitted art, two won prizes: Senior Katherine Gray won the Judges' Choice Award for her print "Deer Me, A Self Portrait" and Junior Qinbin "Eden" Liu won Third Place for his self portrait in oil. The other students who submitted their work were Seniors Jasmine Wood, Desiree Taylor, and Chairin Yoon. Vermont Congressman Peter Welch attended the ceremony and congratulated the students.
Posted Friday, May 20, 2016 
The Fine Arts department will host a year-end Gala from Monday, May 23 through Friday, June 3rd. The building will be brimming with student artwork and the lobby exhibit will be curated by our own Maria Navas. Please join us for our opening night, Thursday May 26, featuring the Performing Arts. Dance classes will perform 3:15 to 3:45; acting classes from 3:45-4:30; Hilltones from 4:40-5:00; and filmmaking classes wrapping the evening up in the Stuart Black Box Theater from 5:00-6:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and all are welcome.
Posted Friday, May 13, 2016 
Like many people around the country, I was shocked when I heard the story of Marques Gaines. Gaines, a 32-year-old bartender in Chicago, left work at around 3:30 a.m. and went to a nearby 7-Eleven to buy some snacks after his shift. On his way out, he passed some men hanging out around the doorway, and for no apparent reason, one of the men ran up behind him and hit him in the back of the head. Gaines fell into the street, bleeding and unconscious; seconds later a passerby went through his pockets and robbed him. All of this was caught on surveillance video.
Posted Friday, May 13, 2016 
Ten St. Johnsbury Academy juniors have been selected to represent the school at this summer's Boys and Girls State gatherings. The students were chosen because of their interest in government and politics and demonstration of leadership skills inside and outside of the classroom.
Posted Friday, May 13, 2016 
The award winning St. Johnsbury Academy Theatre will present Almost, Maine, John Cariani's quirky romantic comedy in nine vignettes, at Fuller Hall on the campus of St. Johnsbury Academy for three performances on May 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m. and May 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Posted Friday, May 6, 2016 
St. Johnsbury Academy has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2016. Bettina Hammer of Monroe, New Hampshire, was named valedictorian; Mckenna Cisler of Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, was named salutatorian.
Posted Friday, May 6, 2016 
Every parent or grandparent knows the feeling: watching your child or grandchild step into some arena to perform some difficult task without you, and amidst your nervousness and anxiousness, you watch them do something wonderful—all on their own. Your heart jumps into your throat, disabling your vocal chords, and you are filled with a combination of pride, gratitude, and joy. Whether it is watching a little one's first steps, watching a Little Leaguer hit a home run, or watching a teenager sing a solo, parents and grandparents relive these moments over and over, just to feel their hearts rise again, even just a little bit.
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.


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