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.
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands..." By my rough calculations, I have said these words well over 5,000 times in Fuller Hall since joining the Academy in 1984. While I always say them with intention, there are times when a confluence of events causes me to think more deliberately about them and to ask that our students, faculty, and staff who are United States citizens do the same. Such was the case when, within the span of three days, I saw signs on the local, state, and national level that this idea of pledging allegiance was ripe for discussion.
St. Johnsbury Academy Fine Arts students won a total of 43 regional awards in this year's Scholastic Art & Writing competition. 19 students won regional awards for their work in printmaking, photography, drawing, painting, and digital art receiving 11 Gold Keys, 12 Silver Keys, and 17 Honorable Mentions. Those students winning Gold Keys will be considered for a national Gold Key over the coming weeks. All work will be on Exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center February 19 – March 12th. Students will participate in an Awards Ceremony on Saturday March 12th at Noon. The reception and Ceremony is open to the public.
I recently came across an article by John Pavlovitz in which he described his experiences while leading a group of 40 students and adults in what he called "a four-day destination-less, meandering journey to love and care for people as we met them, wherever we met them." During this "spontaneous mission", they encountered hundreds of strangers over hundreds of miles, and they had only one desire: "to help and give hope" to each one they met. One of those people was Kat, a woman in her mid-forties. Kat was a germophobe and suffered from agoraphobia, and her fears had made her a recluse, living a life fraught with personal demons and intense emotional trauma. During the days the group spent with Kat, she gradually opened up about her struggles and finally broke down, sobbing, "I am trying! I promise I am trying so hard!"