Wednesday, March 22, 2017


The Vergennes American Legion Auxiliary has selected two junior girls from Vergennes Union High School to attend Green Mountain Girls’ State this year. The Auxiliary will sponsor Peighton Duprey and Nora Hatch as they spend the days of June 17-22 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont. Four alternates were also selected: Norah Deming, Ally Atkins, Anya Sonwaldt and Anneke Boelens. Congratulations to all six young women.

The purpose of Girls’ State is to provide citizenship training for girls of high school age; to afford them an opportunity to live together as self-governing citizens; and to inform them about the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship, in order that they may understand and participate in the functioning of their government.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

VUHS Senior Receives DAR Good Citizen Award & Continues Wrestling Success

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) presented senior Brandon Cousino with the plaque for the DAR Good Citizen Award on March 12th in the VUHS Library. He met many members from the community who are past winners, including a family with three generations of good citizens.

The weekend prior Brandon took 3rd place, going 5-1, at the New England High School Wrestling Championships in Providence, RI. In the semi-finals, Brandon lost 3-2 to the eventual champion out of Concord, NH. With the 3rd place showing, Brandon has qualified for the Senior National Championships in Virginia Beach, March 24-26.

Congratulations Brandon and good luck at the national championships.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Two VUHS Orators Earn State Titles

On Saturday, March 11th, VUHS orators were at their very best, securing two state titles and tying a record. VUHS senior Alyse Beauchemin earned her third state championship in the American Legion Oratorical, which was held at the Veterans Hospital Complex in White River Junction. Alyse will compete against 49 other state champions in Indianapolis, Indiana in April. Alyse is only the second high school orator in 64 years to accomplish three championships in this difficult contest. Congratulations Alyse!

At almost the same time on March 11th, Sophia Parker won the Lions Club International Speak Out Contest, bringing home the state championship for the Vergennes Lions Club. Sophia has also been very successful in the Rotary and other speaking contests as well. Congratulations Sophia!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Vergennes Rotary Club Recognizes VUHS Sophomore Leaders

Congratulations to Wade Mullin & Sarah Peterson who were selected to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference on June 23-25, 2017 at Lyndon State College. Kylie Comeau is the alternate. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an international program that was created by Rotary International to encourage strong leadership in youth. Young people chosen for their leadership potential attend an all-expenses-paid camp to develop and enhance leadership skills through activities conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

VUHS Orators and Writers Shine

Every year VUHS students participate in a host of oratorical and writing contests involving local civic organizations including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Daughters of the American Revolution, American Legion, Lions International, and Rotary International. This year was no exception. Congratulations to the following students.

Lions Club International Speak Out Contest theme "New Mountains to Climb" saw competition from both VUHS and Northlands Job Corps. Speaking for seven minutes on the topic were VUHS students Alyse Beauchemin, Sophia Parker, and Brandon Cousino, and NJCC student Sarah Dee Webber. Each speaker was articulate and expressed with words and imagery their own stories and active participation in the lives of others through service. At the end of the contest, VUHS senior Sophia Parker was declared the winner and will compete at the state level in March. (First photo)

The American Legion Oratorical is not for the faint-hearted and asks each student to memorize and deliver a prepared oration on some facet of the US Constitution for 8-10 minutes. Then one of four assigned topics is selected and the student has five minutes to prepare a second address of 3-5 minutes. All in all, it is a total of about 100 hours of preparation, writing, memorization and rehearsal. This year on the local level there were three competitors, Addie Brooks, Alyse Beauchemin, and Mason Charlebois. Alyse was chosen the winner and will represent Post #14 at the divisional and state level in March. Alyse is the current two time defending Legion State Champion. (Second photo)

Competing at the local level of the Rotary International Speech Contest, VUHS students Addie Brooks, Michael Davis, Mason Charlebois and Sophia Parker competed. The theme of the speech was "The Rotary Four Way Test or Growing Community Service". Each student spoke for five minutes about the topic and how they reflected on it. Subjects including the cost of college, direction of education, political polarization, hands and heart, and how to be a light for others were all discussed. At the end of a close contest, senior Sophia Parker was declared the winner and will represent the Vergennes Rotary Mavericks at the district level in March. (Third photo)

Junior Mason Charlebois essay was selected out of over 600 statewide as one of the 20 finalists in the Senator Sanders State of the Nation essay contest. Traveling to Montpelier and participating in a roundtable discussion with the Senator and the other finalists was a highlight of Mason’s year. Mason plans on attending college with a major in political science. (Fourth photo)

The Veterans of Foreign Wars offers two contests for grades 7-12. The first is for middle school students and is an essay based on the assigned topic of “The America I Believe In.” This year’s local winner was Olivia Brooks, a seventh grader at VUHS. Her winning essay was sent on to the state level and the results are not known at this point and time. The high school version of the contest "The Voice of Democracy" was won by Addie Brooks and her recorded essay is currently being judged at the state level.

The American Legion Post #14 has selected Mason Charlebois to deliver the Gettysburg Address in the park this year at the Vergennes Memorial Day festivities.

And a big thank you to Cookie Steponaitis for her coaching and support of these VUHS students.

VUHS Students Earn State Titles in Cheerleading & Wrestling

While we were away on February break, Vergennes Union High School hosted three state championship events.

On Saturday, February 18th, the state dance and cheerleading championships took place with over 3000 people going through VUHS and into the Vergennes community.

In the cheerleading competition, Vergennes coach and alumnus, Jennifer Johnson, led her team to the top spot in D2 with an impressive performance. With a spirited crowd of supporters taking up much of the bleachers in the gym, the cheerleaders put on quite the show and jumped, tumbled, flipped and cheered their way to a state title. The team will now take the next couple weeks to prepare for the New England Championships in Rhode Island.

On Friday & Saturday, February 24th and 25th, VUHS hosted 26 schools and another 1000 visitors during the state wrestling tournament. The conclusion of the wrestling event was highlighted by a raised 48' x 44' stage in which the championship matches took place. It was quite impressive.

In the state wrestling tournament, Brandon Cousino captured his 2nd consecutive state title. Brandon went 3-0 during the two day event, never being pushed past the 1st period in any of his matches. With the championship victory, Brandon concludes the regular season with a 41-1 record (92-1 over the past two seasons). Brandon heads to the New England championships in Rhode Island this weekend where he looks to improve on his 6th place finish from a year ago. Of note, our wrestling team is also coached by Vergennes alumni, Nate Kittredge and Scott Bissonette.

Congratulations to the varsity cheerleading team, Brandon, and their respective coaches on a great season and good luck to all in Rhode Island.

Pete Maneen
VUHS Athletic Director

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Walden in the News

Motivis Learning in Salem, NH recently published an online article about Vergennes Union High School's Walden Project. Be sure to check it out here.