SJA News - May 24, 2023


Science Olympiad Team Travels to Kansas

Fifteen students attended the National Science Olympiad Tournament in Wichita, Kansas, May 19-20. The team experienced the highs and lows of demonstrating their preparation and talents at the national level, working among the leaders of the next generation of science researchers and innovators. Over 1600 high school students were invited to perform in 26 challenges, including demonstrations and main competition events. Front row (l-r) Ashley Chen '24, Ava Massoni '24, Lily Weber'23, and Estelle Kokernot '24. Second row: Misumi Matsudo '23, Maaike Dam '24, Dolma Sherpa '24, Uma Chirkova '24, Zetong (Lydia) Wang '23, Yubo Zhang '25, Hanson Tsai '23, Ed Eckel (coach). Back row:  Kanan Gasimov '24, Muzaffar Hussein '24, James Wai Bong Wong '23, and Zhi Howes '23. 


CTE Students of the Quarter

Front row (l-r): Warren Kingsbury '24 (Culinary Arts - American Cuisine), Alyana Mass '25 (Intro. to Electricity), Ernest Roy '25 (Woodworking), Nate Anti '25 (Electricity II), Daniel Brennan '23 (Personal Finance), Abigail Aiken '23 (Entrepreneurship), Connor Decker '26 (Career Exploration), Kaylee Weaver '23 (Electricity). Middle row: Corbin Johnson '25 (Automotive Technology), Avah Ward '25 (Intro. to Human Services), Gideon Pearson '25 (Intro. to Business), Oleksandra Tsiva '25 (Sales & Marketing 2), Liam Paquette '26 (Career Exploration). Back row: Justin Langmaid '24 (Advanced Welding), Aidan Kimball '23 (Professional Baking), Emily Greer '24 (Professional Baking).


Missing from photo: Andrew McReynolds '24 (Auto Technology), Noah Choiniere '23 (Welding), Ben Morse '23 (Work Based Learning), Nya Jewell '23 (Human & Professional Services 2), Hillary Deschamps '23 (Intro to Baking), Liam Carberry '24 (Intro. to Culinary), Brayden McKinstry '25 (Intro. to Construction), Saige Coons '23 (Construction), Paula Vera Gabilondo '25 (Sales & Marketing).

Track and Field Athletes Compete

Members of the Track and Field team competed over the weekend at the 80th William F. Eddy Meet in Schenectady, NY. The boys 4x800 Relay team of Gerardo Fernandez, Charlie Krebs, Nathaniel Bernier, and Andrew Thornton-Sherman started the day with the win and a new Vermont State Record of 7:51.35.

Jaden Beardsley won the 200m and ran with Andrew Bugbee, Alex Orozco-Kuri, and Gerardo to a new School Record as they took the win in the 4x100 relay.

Carson Eames placed 3rd in the 1-mile run, and Ozzy Alsaid Ahmad placed 6th in the 400 hurdles during the day. The 4x400 relay of Andrew Thornton-Sherman, Andrew Bugbee, Alex, and Gerardo capped the day with the win and another Vermont State Record of 3:24.08! Cian Nott placed 7th in the Triple Jump as well.

On the girl's side, Fernanda Bustamante placed 17th in the discus, and Brooke White placed 25th in the Triple Jump.

Celebrating their achievements are (l-r): Fernanda Bustamante '25, Cian Nott '25, Ozzy Alsaid Ahmad '23, Andrew Bugbee '24, Jaden Beardsley '23, Alex Orozco Kuri '23, Gerardo Fernandez '23, Andrew Thornton-Sherman '25, Nathaniel Bernier '24, Charlie Krebs '23, Carson Eames '24, Brooke White '24.

Senior Donates Surgical Gowns to NVRH

For her senior Capstone project during the Spring semester, Erin Langlais researched the different non-pharmaceutical methods of minimizing preoperative anxiety in children. Erin was inspired to pursue this subject because of her childhood experiences in hospitals. She created and donated five surgical gowns for local pediatric patients at NVRH. Going forward, children at NVRH will get to choose their own surgical gown. These gowns feature engaging and bright patterns to give the children positive encouragement before surgery. 

Throughout this project, Erin was advised by Albert Fisher, CRNA, Deane Rankin, MD '86, and Pete Tomczyk, RN. On May 11, Pete Tomczyk accepted Erin's gowns on behalf of NVRH. She honed her sewing skills as a student in Fashion I, II, and Advanced Fashion with Ms. Flo Darling '05.

Culinary Students Complete Semester with Special Menu

Students taking the American Regional Culinary Arts class with Chef Andre and Mrs. Libbey display the results of their end-of-the-year project. Each student

researched and designed a menu featuring Southern Regional Cuisine, creating their own dishes. From left to right: Sarah Pennypacker '23, Elijah Hebert '23, Tanya Bedor '23, Warren Kingsbury '24, Isaac Kraft '23, Ellis Heaton '24, Jacob Gingue '23, Juno Plazek '23, Skye Campbell '23.

Tennis Court Dedication

On Saturday, May 20, we recognized the generosity of Dr. Jerry Rankin and Mrs. Judy Rankin for their support in funding the resurfacing of the Kiwanis Tennis Courts, home of the St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltopper Tennis Teams. Pictured L-R: Associate Headmaster John Lenzini, Jed Rankin ’92, Judy Rankin, Dr. Jerry Rankin, and Headmaster Dr. Sharon Howell. Photos from the event can be viewed here.

Make it Better Better Club Delivers Supplies and Clears the Road!

The Make it Better Club sponsored a fundraiser to collect donations for Riverside Animal Rescue in Lunenburg. Last week they delivered items to feed and care for the animals, and they had an opportunity to spend time with some of the rescue's kittens. On the way back, students moved a tree that had fallen across the road and removed all of the debris. Just another way the club "made it better!"

Photos: Ms. Anson, Elizabeth Dean '25, Jada Wood '26, Annie Alexander '26, Lily Call '26, Evelyn Zhao '25, Jason Zhang '26, Simon Chen '25, and Yubo Zhang '25. Missing from photo: Mrs. Morris and Mrs. Begin.

Registration is now open for Moving Minds and Muscles Middle School Summer Camp! 


Campers will play, learn, and exercise as they explore local and regional communities by engaging in authentic place-based learning activities. Featuring field trips to local organizations, state parks, and outdoor recreational activity centers, campers are challenged to expand their mind, confidence, and physical abilities. 


Moving Minds and Muscles is open to students entering grades six through eight in the fall. Camp operates Monday-Thursday. Drop-off starts at 8:00 a.m., and campers must be picked up by 4:00 p.m. Registration is a la carte, register for the weeks that work in your family’s summer schedule. Additional information can be found here.


Week 1, June 26-29: Park It! Vermont Edition

Week 2, July 10-13: Going Green

Week 3, July 17-20: Around the World in Four Days

Week 4, July 24-27: Park It! New Hampshire Edition


Contact Ilene Dickinson at [email protected] with any questions.


Wednesday, May 24

Commencement Concert, South Church Hall, 7:00 PM

Monday, May 29

Memorial Day, No Classes

Wednesday, May 31

Last Day of School

Last Chapel, Fuller Hall, 1:00 PM

Senior Sports Baquet, Brantview Lawn, 7:00 PM

Thursday, June 1

Senior Marching Practice, Fairbanks Field, 9:00 AM

Senior Breakfast, Brantview Lawn, 10:30 AM

Senior Parade, Brantview Drive, 7:00 PM

Prom, Brantview Lawn, 8:00 PM

Friday, June 2

Senior Tea, Headmaster's House, 1:00 PM

Sunday, June 4

Class Day, Fieldhouse, 1:00 PM

Senior Concert, South Church, 4:00 PM

Monday, June 5

Commencement Exercises, Fairbanks Field, 10:00 AM


Last week's performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat were a smashing success, with rave reviews and a full house every night. Copyright laws restricted our ability to record the performances, but stills can be viewed, downloaded, and purchased here.

Friday was a perfect day on campus and students and faculty all enjoyed the chance to be outside for Spring Day. The day included a Cultural Festival and plenty of games and activities, including some Mario Kart action. Photos from the day can be viewed here.

Chef Bystrzycki's Intro to Baking students displayed their wedding cakes in the dining hall this week. Photos of the cakes can be viewed here.

Mrs. Mackenzie and her AP Lit students enjoyed a day of croquet on Brantview Lawn. The event is a tradition every year to mark the end of classes.

The Girls' Ultimate team hosted Danville on Monday. Photos from the game can be viewed here.

Boys' Varsity Ultimate photos can be viewed here. JV Boys' Ultimate photos can be viewed here.

Photos from the Varsity Girls' Lacrosse game vs. Stowe can be viewed here.

Photos from Saturday's Varsity Boys' Lacrosse game vs LI and Senior Recognition can be viewed here.

Photos from Saturday's celebration of the Boys' Tennis Team's Seniors can be viewed here.

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