School Notes: Short-Handed West Windsor Team Fares Well at State GeoBee

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 5/15/2018 12:05:03 AM

Three students from West Windsor’s Albert Bridge School overcame the absence of two ailing teammates Saturday, and finished in a tie for second place in the finals of the Vermont Principals Association’s GeoBee competition in Northfield.

The squad of sixth-graders Nels Jones and Maggie Mello and fifth-graders Gerry Garrow, Latisha Gibson and Angelo Plausteiner had qualified for the state finals by winning the Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union district competition by four points over Windsor in April, and then the regional geography bee in Whitingham, Vt., on May 5.

Without Garrow and Gibson at the state final, Jones, Mello and Plausteiner rallied from 24 points behind to deadlock with Orleans for runner-up honors.

Only the state champions, from Albert Lawton School, in Essex, move on to the national bee, which starts Sunday.


Six students from Hanover High School recently received $2,500 each toward their college educations through the National Merit Scholarship program.

Hanover residents Molly P. Cook, Sarah A. Dunbar, Sofia C. Sacerdote and Catherine Wagner, and Lyme’s Jasper B. Mayer, made the grade among New Hampshire’s 12 merit scholars, out of the more than 1.5 million students nationwide who took the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors in the fall of 2016.

Norwich resident Brook P. Leigh earned one of the six scholarships awarded to Vermonters.

The Hanover students were among 15,000 students reaching the semifinalist round and 7,500 finalists nationwide.

Continuing Education

River Valley Technical Center in Springfield, Vt., is inviting Windsor County students who are finishing grades 6 to 8 to attend its Tech Camp during the third week of June.

Group activities during the camp, which runs from June 18 to 22, include geocaching, filmmaking, game design, cooking, first aid, animation, Shark Tank, a new escape room and construction of cars powered by carbon dioxide.

Tuition is $100 to the camp, which runs each day from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Some scholarships are available. Enrollment is limited to 60 students. For registration forms, visit or call 802-885-8346 or email

The Hanover Police Department is offering a self-defense class for up to 20 girls and women ages 13 and older in June.

The four-session Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) course is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m., on June 18, 20, 25 and 27, at the Richard W. Black Recreation and Senior Center. Admission is free. To register, call Lt. Scott Rathburn at 603-643-2222. To learn more, visit

College Prep

The Academic Skills Center at Dartmouth College is inviting Upper Valley high school students to take its five-session College Learning Strategies course in Hanover in July.

The course begins on July 6 with a session on Learning and Memory Strategies. Subsequent classes cover Reading Rate and Comprehension on July 9, Listening and Note Taking on July 11, Time Management and Stress Management on July 16 and, on July 18, Writing College Papers; Library and Research Skills; and Exam Preparation/Testing Skills.

Each session with instructor Carl Thum runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Dartmouth’s Baker Library. To learn more, call 603-646-2014 or email

Collegiate Recognition

The Rhode Island Police Officers Emerald Society recently awarded its Joseph J. McGarry Memorial Scholarship to Woodstock resident Ryan McLiverty. McLiverty is a sophomore majoring in international justice at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.

Colby-Sawyer College in New London recently named 16 Upper Valley students to its dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester.

Making the grade, by hometown, were:

Lebanon — Katie Shippa (majoring in communications studies), Sophia Sorci (public health) and Annaliese Volckaert (public health).

Lyme — Courtney Couture (exercise science).

White River Junction — Courtney Murray (nursing).

Wilder — Callan Rees (nursing).

Cornish — Francis Gibbs-Osgood (nursing).

New London — Colleen Clausen (biology), Jacob Pushee (nursing) and Samuel Pushee (nursing).

Grafton — Taylor Balla (studio art).

Claremont — Leah Dupuis (exercise science) and Natalie Wilson (nursing).

Newport — Kiana Blaine (health care management).

Springfield, N.H. — Alton Rorick (independent study).

Springfield, Vt. — Nicole Palmer (nursing).

Randolph resident Heather Robinson recently received an academic excellence award in multi-disciplinary studies from Castleton (Vt.) State University.

The Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf inducted Charlestown resident Signe Tarmey into its Delta Xi chapter of the Epsilon Pi Tau honor society on May 1. Epsilon Pi Tau recognizes students excelling in technology studies and aiming for careers in tech professions.

Newport resident Catherine Gallione and Charlestown’s Jane Beck earned place on the president’s list at Bob Jones University, for their academic performance during the spring 2018 semester at the Greeneville, S.C., institution.

Gallione is a senior majoring in biblical counseling and Beck is a sophomore focusing on elementary education.

By Degrees

Piermont resident Christopher O’Mara and Perkinsville’s Honor Klassen received bachelor’s degrees from Cedarville (Ohio) University, during commencement ceremonies on May 5.

O’Mara majored in biblical studies and Klassen earned a nursing degree.

White River Junction resident Jillian Carpenter graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bridgewater (Va.) College on May 5.

Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., recently conferred a bachelor of science degree in psychology on Springfield, Vt., resident Skyler Munson.

All the Valley’s a Stage

Crossroads Academy student Maxine Park is one of eight young musicians chosen to compete for a grand prize of $10,000 during the Alfred (N.Y.) University MostArts Festival in July.

Park, 13, is completing eighth grade at the academy in Lyme. She has previously earned prizes for her performances in her age group at the Chopin International Piano Competition, the Paderewski International Competition, the Steinway Society of Massachusetts competition, the New England Piano Teachers Association’s Mildred Freiberg Middle School Competition and the Granite State Piano Competition. She trains at the Mila Filatova Piano Academy.

David Corriveau can be reached at and at 603-727-3304. Education-related news and announcements also can be submitted to

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