School Notes: Vermont Names Scholarship Candidates

Valley News Staff Writer
Monday, January 15, 2018

Woodstock Union High School senior Grace Vollers and Rivendell Academy’s Baylie Ordway will represent Vermont in the nationwide competition for 161 slots in the U.S. Presidential Scholars program.

The Vermont Agency of Education announced the state’s nominees during a ceremony at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Jan. 8. Ordway, who also attends the health-science program at River Bend Career and Technical Center in Bradford, is one of five Vermont seniors eligible to compete for a top-20 national ranking for vocational students.

Vollers is one of 20 nominees from college-preparatory programs in Vermont.

Presidential Scholar candidates are nominated for combining excellence in the classroom with leadership at school and in the community. The federal Department of Education will announce its winners in May. To learn more about the program, visit www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html.

By Degrees

Vermont Technical College recently awarded degrees to five Upper Valley students who completed their studies during the fall 2017 semester.

Earning degrees in business technology and management were West Fairlee resident Jason Paronto and Randolph’s Brent Perry.

Tara Ruby Collins, of Fairlee, graduated with a degree in agribusiness management technology.

White River Junction resident William Whatley received a degree in landscape design and sustainability.

Noah Miller, of Randolph, earned a degree in computer software engineering.

Continuing Education

The Cabin Fever University program is inviting residents of Strafford and surrounding towns to submit ideas for teaching pop-up courses in March and April at the Newton School in South Strafford.

Courses during the 2017 semester included creating cakes for special occasions, guided meditation, chair-caning, certification in CPR, Indian cooking, guitar finger-picking, composting with worms and a primer on health insurance. To propose a course and learn more, email info@cabinfever.org or call 802-333-4303. A course brochure will be available in late February at cabinfever.org.

Meg Brazill, director of technology at Woodstock’s Norman Williams Public Library will hold three classes over the coming month for people seeking help in use of their laptops, tablets and other mobile devices.

Brazill will lead all sessions at the Thompson Senior Center in West Woodstock. The next is scheduled for Monday afternoon from 12:45 to 3:45. Subsequent sessions will take place on Feb. 6 and Feb. 20. To sign up for a 45-minute slot during any of these sessions, and to learn more, visit thompsonseniorcenter.org or call 802-457-3277.

Education Policy

Three members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives will outline education-related laws working their way through the state Legislature, during a roundtable discussion next Tuesday night at the Upper Valley Senior Center in Lebanon.

The panel of legislators includes House Education Committee members Linda Tanner (D-Sunapee) and Mary Heath (D-Manchester) and House Judiciary Committee member Brian Sullivan (D-Sullivan). While the Upper Valley Democrats group is sponsoring the forum, voters of all persuasions are welcome.

Pre-School Registration

The Hanover-based Toddler’s Morning Out program is accepting applications for its 2018-2019 academic year for students ages 16 months to three years.

Feb. 1 is the deadline for students new to the program. Enrollment for the summer of 2019 opens on March 1.

To learn more about the play-based pre-school, email tmoregistrar@gmail.com or toddlersmorningout@gmail.com.

Service Academies

Each of New Hampshire’s senators recently nominated an Upper Valley high school student for appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Senior Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) nominated Preston Parsons, of Hanover, and Sen. Maggie Hassan (D) nominated Charlestown resident Caitlin Beneat.

On Stage

Iroha Shirai played violin and fellow Hanover High School students Catherine Han and Patrick McDevitt sang during the All-National Honor Ensembles concerts that the National Association for Music Education held at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Han performed as a soprano and McDevitt as a tenor with the All-National Mixed Choir.

With the All-National Symphony Orchestra, Shirai performed a program that included Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and the overture to Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.

The Hanover students qualified for the concerts based on their scores during New Hampshire all-state competitions in the spring of 2017 and on subsequent auditions. To learn more about competing for the 2018 ensemble gathering, visit nafme.org/programs/all-national-honor-ensembles.

Fifth- and sixth-graders of the Prosper Valley School, in Pomfret, will perform Dreaming: A Speak Chorus, at the nearby ArtisTree Community Center for the Arts on Jan. 30.

The school’s performance is based on Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson’s prose poem about her upbringing in the South and in Brooklyn during the 1960s and early 1970s.

ArtisTree, in South Pomfret, will host a Memory Quilt Workshop at 6 on Thursday night, to which area residents who have read the Woodson book are welcome to bring squares. Copies of the book are available at Pomfret’s Abbott Memorial Library.

Grantham resident Samantha Jones performed during the recent fall dance festival at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in western Massachusetts. Jones, a 2017 graduate of Lebanon High School, is a sophomore.

Collegiate Recognition

Vermont Technical College named three Upper Valley residents to its president’s list and 50 area students to its dean’s list for their academic performance during the fall 2017 semester.

President’s list, for maintaining grade-point averages of 4.0: Kyle Rigali, Woodstock; Roslyn Parker, South Royalton; and Carrianne Knight, Springfield, Vt..

Dean’s list, for averages of 3.5 and higher were, by hometown:

Bethel — Elizabeth Farrell, Angela Gaudette, Jenna Harrington, Johnathan Lazo, Philip Zoppo

Hartford — Jonathan Alvin, Alexander Bryan, Laura Cooley, Nicholas Gray, Alex Head, Curtis Steins, Heidi Underbakke

Woodstock — Jordan Camp, Curtis Lessard, Emory Richardson

South Royalton — Nicole Cyr, Hannah Kilburn, Jacob Mayer, Erin Tortolano

Lyme — Isabella Wilmott

Thetford — Lisa Atkinson

Hartland — Katie Nordman

Hanover — Liza Augustinowicz

Randolph — Haytham Alabdrabalnabi, Jacob Bartlett, Peter Bartlett, Jada Billow, Ama Conde, Collin Fordham, Stephanie Herring, Diora Kania, Alexa Oifer, Sean Palmer, Christopher Sabatino, Louise Terwilliger, Erin Terwilliger, Jocyndia Turinetti

Bradford, Vt. — April Scott

Enfield — Jessica Desilets

Tunbridge — Madison Distel

Perkinsville — Emily Antonivich

Bridgewater — Dune Mayberger

Newbury, Vt. — Lauren Tomlinson, Allan Wheeler

Chelsea — Solenne Thompson

Reading — Ann Kobylenski-Sanderson

Springfield, Vt. — Michael Gurney, Bryn Hemmings

Stockbridge — Anthony Burke

Pittsfield — Payton Veilleux

Norwich resident Noah Huizenga earned a place on the dean’s list at Hamilton College, for the fall 2017 semester at the liberal arts school in Clinton, N.Y.

Lebanon resident Renee Bellinger, Sunapee’s Abigail Downey and Springfield, Vt., residents Lillianna Moore and Benjamin Tubbs were named to the president’s list at Husson College during the fall 2017 semester at the Bangor, Maine, school.

Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Penn., recently named Hanover resident David Stocken to its dean’s list during the fall 2017 semester.

Champlain College named four Upper Valley students to its president’s list and 17 to its dean’s list for their academic performance during the fall 2017 semester.

President’s list, for maintaining the maximum GPA of 4.0 at the Burlington school: Colton Orr, Lebanon; Sophie Seace, Canaan; Christopher Suursoo, Windsor; and Hannah Warren, Randolph.

Upper Valley students averaging 3.5 or better were, by town:

Woodstock — Sierra Lyn Rowe, Logan Smith

Hanover — Kevin Roberts

South Royalton — Kristie Rouleau

Bethel — Scott Nickerson

Fairlee — Matthew Harrison

Bradford, Vt. — Tyler Longmoore

Newport — Corrie Dickman

New London — Charles Dalgleish, Charlotte Nye

Randolph — Nicholas Bennett, Samuel Hopper, Aidan Patterson

Chelsea — Amos Byrne

Charlestown — Erik Baker

Springfield, Vt. — Joshua Sherman, Margaret Stevens

Nine Upper Valley students earned places on the president’s list at Southern New Hampshire University while 10 others qualified for the dean’s list with their academic performances during the fall 2017 semester.

President’s list, for averaging between 3.7 and 4.0 were, by hometown:

Canaan — Sarah Bailey

Hartford — Breanne Bomhower

Lebanon — Rachael Townshend

South Royalton — Brian Barnard

Grantham — Colin Filault

Perkinsville — Erin Wierzbicki

Claremont — Ryan Tanguay

Newport — Madeline Reno

Springfield, Vt. — Kyle White

Dean’s list, for a GPA between 3.5 and 3.699:

Canaan — Joshua Emerson, Catherine Ferland, Wyatt Wheeler

Lebanon — Austin Daniels, Adam Tremblay, Yazmin Zamora

Woodstock — Jordan Allard

Claremont — Matthew Reed

Corinth — Shania Thurston

The State University of New York at Potsdam named Haverhill resident Chris Sarkis to its president’s list for the fall 2017 semester.

Cornish resident Sophia Bertolami was named to the dean’s list at Belmont University in Nashville.

Enfield resident Mhairi Holmes and Springfield, Vt.’s Lyndsie Cammarata earned places on the dean’s list at Elmira College in upstate New York.

Plainfield resident Kuda Muhlauri was named to the dean’s list at Curry College in Milton, Mass.

Lebanon resident James Weatherly and White River Junction’s Matthew Lucke earned places on the dean’s list at Iowa State University.

Bob Jones University in South Carolina named Newport resident Cathryn Gallione and Charlestown’s Jane Beck to its president’s list, and Victoria Lyons, of Claremont, to its dean’s list.


Students at Vermont Technical College are eligible for the president's list if they have a 4.0 grade point average. To make the dean's list, a GPA of 3.5 or higher is required. An earlier version  of this story misstated the president's list requirement.