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.
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.
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.
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.