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Student Vlog: Getting Past Old Rivalries at White River Valley Middle School

  • On the first day of school on Aug. 29, 2018, finishing touches are done on the newly-formed White River Valley Middle School in Bethel. Vt. Tim Poljacik on the school maintenance crew installs the school's new name on Aug. 29, 2018. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to Jennifer Hauck

  • Screenshot from Grace Collins vlog.

Published: 9/14/2018 1:11:10 PM
Modified: 9/19/2018 12:03:14 PM

Not too long ago, student Grace Collins, 13, expected that she would attend South Royalton School through the end of her public schooling. But because of the merger, the South Royalton resident started eighth grade Aug. 29 in Bethel. Grace has agreed to share her thoughts about the school year in a series of vlogs (short for video logs, or video diaries).

In her second submission, recorded this week, Grace answers the following prompt:

Some adults have wondered whether old school rivalries between South Royalton and Bethel might make it hard to get along. What is your reaction to that? How is it going as you try to get to know Bethel students? Is there anything that has made that process easier or more challenging? 

You can watch Grace’s first vlog, recorded after the first day of school, along with a full Valley News report about the new school’s debut, at this link

If you are a White River Valley Middle School student, or know of a student, who might like to record vlogs during the first few months of school, please email web editor Maggie Cassidy at

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