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.
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.
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.