January 19, 2022

A Place for Everyone

In December faculty member Allie Reed and several of our students attended the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference. As we returned to school for the new semester last week, a brave group of students, some of whom attended the conference and some of whom were inspired by those who did, spoke in Chapel to the whole community about the truly inclusive place they hope St. Johnsbury Academy can be for all students.

Seniors Named College Board National Recognition Scholars
Eight St. Johnsbury Academy seniors have been named College Board National Recognition Scholars. This distinction recognizes their academic achievements in school and outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, or AP® Exams. There is a special consideration for those students who identify as one or more of the following: African American, Hispanic American, Latinx, Indigenous, or attend school in a rural area or are from a small town.
Headmaster Dr. Sharon Howell said, “I want to congratulate these impressive students on being selected for this honor—we know that it represents a huge amount of work and dedication to scholarship.”
 The students are (front row, l-r): Rose Sullivan, of St. Johnsbury, Kayanna Burns, of St. Johnsbury, Madison Wilson, of East St. Johnsbury. Back row: Henry Heilman, of St. Johnsbury, Sam Begin, of Waterford, Haley Chen, of Franconia, NH, Ryan Thompson, of Atlanta, GA, Cecilia Sweeney, of Piermont, NH.

Are you interested in starting your own home childcare or working in a childcare program? Students in this program will prepare to enter the field as a Teacher Assistant and have the opportunity to earn at least $500 in paid internships at St. Johnsbury School District, Kingdom East School District, Little Dippers Doodle, or Cherry Street Playcare. This program includes CPR/first aid certification, Vermont Online Mandated Reporter Training, the online Vermont Orientation Training, the Primed for Success professional skills curriculum, and the 45 hour Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals all in one tuition. This program is made possible through the collaboration of NEKLS, NCCC, Northern Lights, and CCV.
Orientation: Tuesday, February 8 — Sign Up Today!
Tuition: $1,200 - Tuition support may be available through VSAC or DOL grants and scholarships.

For additional information on this course, or any through the St. Johnsbury Academy Adult Education Program: https://stjacademy.org/adult-education/
Vermont Symphony Orchestra Jukebox Quartet

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) Jukebox Quartet will team up with the string quartet players from St. Johnsbury Academy for an exciting evening of music-making on Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 in the Stuart Black Box Theater. Curated by VSO Special Projects Chair Matt LaRocca, a Jukebox concert is an innovative and singular experience which the VSO is proud to count as one of its core offerings.

Tickets can be purchased here.
Model UN Recognition

Senior Payton Molleur and sophomore Laura Ponoran were recognized for their efforts at the St. John’s Prep Model UN last month. Representing The Bahamas, Payton won the award for Best Orator in the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. Representing Team Mercedes, Laura won the award for Best Negotiator in the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) Formula One Committee.
Prevost Work Included in Photography Exhibits
Photos created by SJA Fine Arts Department Chair Rosie Prevost '84 are currently appearing in two shows around the state; the 2022 Vermont Center for Photography Members Exhibition in Brattleboro through February 27 and the 2021 Arts Connect at Catamount Arts Annual Members Juried Show at the Fried Family Gallery at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury through April 10. For additional information, click on these links: 

Thursday, February 17
Winter Carnival

Friday, February 18
Winter Carnival

Saturday, February 19
Vacation Begins

Wednesday, March 2
Classes Resume

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Evan Thornton-Sherman won the 2 mile run at the 8th Annual East Coast Invitational in Providence, RI on Saturday. His time bettered the school record and set a VT State Record. Evan also placed 2nd in the 1 Mile run in a new school and VT state record time.

Jaden Thomson placed 13th in the 55m and 14th in the 200m. Andrew Thornton-Sherman placed 14th in the 800m. The 4x400 relay of Jaden, Andrew, Wilder Thomas, and Evan placed 4th. with the fastest time in VT this season.

Brooke White placed 6th in the 400 and 7th in the Emerging Weight Throw to lead the girls. The 4x400 relay of Hazel Fay, Peyton Qualter, Willa Kantrowitz and Katie Ryan placed 12th.
Students in Mr. Driscoll's Biology class worked on a technique called Paper Chromatolgy this week.
Mr. Roberts' Electricity 1 Students are learning how to wire a fuse panel this week.
There's no crying in Chef Hale's Intro to Culinary classroom until it's time to perfect your knife skills on onions.
Photos from the Varsity Basketball team's win over BFA-St. Albans on Tuesday night can be viewed here.
Photos from the JV Basketball team's win over BFA-St. Albans on Tuesday night can be viewed here.