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October 2014

Posted Friday, Oct 24, 2014 
St. Johnsbury Academy's Faculty Speaker Series continues on Monday, October 27, at 7:00 p.m. at the Library in the Mayo Center. The series, created by Assistant Headmaster for Academics Jeffrey Burroughs, is designed to showcase the extraordinary talents, interests, and expertise of the St. Johnsbury Academy faculty and staff. The second speaker of the season, entrepreneur Ed Vilandrie, will discuss his consulting company's approach to analyzing businesses and how that relates to Michael Lewis's book Moneyball.
Posted Friday, Oct 24, 2014 
Earlier this week a jury convicted Alan Prue of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and aggravated kidnapping, finding him guilty of kidnapping and killing Melissa Jenkins. This news, no doubt, hit us in different ways. Some felt a sense of relief that one part of our open wound was partially closed and a sense of gratitude to the law enforcement officers and state attorneys that continue to work hard for justice. Some felt a sense of closure that one perpetrator of this horrible crime had been brought to justice, a sense of gratitude that the jury got it right and our justice system worked. To some, the verdict was a reminder of just how chilling and horrific the crime was and how much we miss Melissa. I felt all of these things.
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 
Top-Ten Reasons to Love Spirit Week 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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