St. Johnsbury Academy's Faculty Speaker Series continues on Monday, December 1, at 7:00 p.m. at the Library in the Mayo Center. SJA Headmaster Tom Lovett will speak on language and power in contemporary culture. 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 past two weeks have been busy. I traveled to Portland to a Student Life Conference on Inclusivity with a team from Campus Life, visited alums in DC, and helped host a conference on learning differences in New Hampshire. In between, I came back to a school overflowing with good news and good people. On the various drives and flights to my external obligations, I had a chance to reflect on how thankful I am for the gifts that are everyday occurrences within this community.
The St. Johnsbury Academy culinary team of seniors Monica Zuk, Cameron Cloutier, and Brandon Locke won first place in the seventh annual Culinary Classic, sponsored by New England Culinary Institute. The Academy's team has won the contest, which involves prepping and serving a three-course meal for two in 80 minutes, for the past three years.
SJA senior Sydney Benjamin of Peacham won the 2014 Calvin Prize for Vermont Youth, sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. She was honored at the Foundation's 2nd Annual Dinner in New York on November 6 and won $1,500. Jay Tilden, also a senior at the Academy, won the $500 second-place prize. Three of the top five finalists among the 100+ entries from across the state were St. Johnsbury Academy students. SJA alumna Robin Vincent '14 placed second in the contest last year.