Monday, May 15, 2017

VUHS Student Earns State Math Honor

Congratulations to Kai Williams who was honored on Thursday, May 4th for earning the 3rd top score in the 2016-17 Mathematics Talent Search sponsored by the Vermont State Mathematics Coalition. He was invited to a dinner, presented one of his solutions to a problem, and received a book award and graphing calculator. Congratulations Kai for earning this honor! 

Congratulations VUHS Future Farmers of America (FFA) Members

They made us proud at this year’s state convention.
·       Howie Vander Wey earned 4th place and Raymond Vander Wey 1st place in the safe tractor operation competition.
·       Tianna Riviat earned 3rd place and Brody King earned 2nd in the dairy handling competition.
·       Andrew Woods scored 2nd place in the extemporaneous public speaking event.
·       Emily Jackson submitted the best FFA secretary’s book in the state and earned $50.
·       Our Parliamentary Procedure team gave the best demonstration seen at the state level in years and earned the right to compete nationally. Great work Andrew Woods, Robert Verburg, Emily Jackson, Brianna Vander Wey, Breanna De Smit, Howie Vander Wey, and Tianna Riviat.
·       Our Ag Mechanics team won the state competition for the first time in several years and each member earned a $7,000 scholarship to the University of Northwestern Ohio. Congratulations Grady Devoid, Michael Davis, Jacob Barnes and Cody DeVries. Michael also won 3rd place individually and Cody won 1st place individually.
·       This past year the majority of the state officers were VUHS alumni: Nick Jackson, Shawnna Vander Wey, and Nicole Stearns.
·       Breanna DeSmit, our chapter President, earned her state degree and was also elected Vermont FFA Vice President.

Amazing job Vergennes FFA!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

LOCAL YOUTH PARTICIPATE IN VERMONT HISTORY DAY

Montpelier - On April 8th, over 300 students from around the state gathered at Montpelier Union High School to participate in the state's annual Vermont History Day. Students were tasked with researching and presenting a topic relating to this year’s theme, “Taking a Stand”.

Vergennes Union Middle School students Adam Clark and Jarret Muzzy came in first place in the junior group exhibit category for their exhibit, "Lucy Terry Prince". The two were also awarded the Deborah Pickman Clifford Vermont Women's History Prize for an outstanding entry focusing on a Vermont woman. Clark and Muzzy will represent Vermont at National History Day in Maryland on June 11-15. Vergennes Union High School student, Ian Gramling, will also represent Vermont at National History Day for his second place win in the senior individual exhibit category for his exhibit, "The Winter War: Finland defies the Soviet Juggernaut". Also taking home a prize were Ferrisburgh Central School students, Sam Michaels and Henry Anderson, for their exhibit on Bernie Sanders. Michaels and Anderson won the Vermont History Award for demonstrating outstanding use of primary sources.

Other local students competing at History Day were Vergennes Union Elementary School students Evan Rakowski, Carlyn Rapoport, Morgan Hurlburt, and Vergennes Union Middle School student, Ryley Olsen. These students all competed in the junior individual exhibit category and their topics were as follows: "Theodor Geisel's Fight for the Environment and Against Nazi's" by Evan Rakowski, "Benedict Spinoza: Crusader of Free Beliefs", by Morgan Hurlburt,  "Helen Keller: Champion of the Disabled" by Carlyn Rapoport, and "Joan of Arc: Fighting the French", by Ryley Olsen. The adult advisors for the students included Rebecca Coffey, Melissa Muzzy, Josh Brooks and Kathy Douglas.


Vermont History Day is open to Vermont students in grades five through twelve and home study students ages 10 to 18. This educational program is designed to encourage students to develop research and critical thinking skills through the study of history. Students spend months researching their project, writing a process paper, and creating their exhibit. On the day of the event, the students are interviewed by a panel of judges and their exhibits are scored based on a combination of the interview and how well their exhibit visually represented their research while addressing the year’s theme. Students can also chose to enter a research paper, performance, documentary or website.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Congratulations to the VUHS Symphonic Band & Concert Choir

The VUHS Symphonic Band and Concert Choir traveled to Philadelphia, PA April 6-9, 2017 to perform in the World Strides OnStage Music Festival. Each ensemble performed on April 8th for a panel of three collegiate music educators. They received comments and rankings from each adjudicator. The Symphonic Band received a 1st Place Gold ranking, and the concert Choir earned a Silver ranking. The entire VUHS music group was awarded a trophy for the Festival Spirit Award, given to a group that best represents their school and community at the festival. Bravo Vergennes!

While in Philadelphia, the 82 music students and 16 chaperones took a historic walking tour of the Old City, and saw a production of "Freedom Rising" at the National Constitution Center. They heard an incredible concert at the Kimmel Center by the Philadelphia Orchestra, and shivered through a baseball game between the Phillies and the Nationals. The group also spent time at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Many thanks to the VUHS music parents for organizing an amazing welcome home from the festival complete with signs, Main Street lined with supporters, and lots of fire trucks and police vehicles with flashing lights! The buses were filled with students and adults smiling, shrieking, and crying!


Mrs. O'Daniel and Miss Fitt are filled with pride for the way that the Symphonic Band and Concert Choir performed at the music festival. The hard work and practice of every student showed in the confidence they had as they performed in the adjudicated concert. Their attitudes and behavior were exemplary. VUHS is a wonderful school where every student can experience success!

Friday, April 7, 2017

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Hello from your resident Student Assistance Professional, Suzanne Monzel. Since April is Alcohol Awareness Month, it is my hope that providing information about key actions parents and caregivers can take to prevent underage alcohol abuse will support healthy conversations and strong communication about the risks of alcohol use.

The following information is taken from the “Family Resource Guide” developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. SAMHSA talks about 6 key actions parents and caregivers can take to prevent childhood alcohol abuse.

·         Establish and maintain good communication with your student.
·         Get involved, and stay involved in your student’s life.
·         Make clear rules and enforce them with consistency and appropriate consequences.
·         Be positive role models.
·         Teach your student to choose friends wisely.
·         Monitor your student’s activities.

Some of the tips SAMHSA suggests to start a discussion with your student about alcohol include:

·         Discuss family rules about alcohol (clear expectations to not use alcohol, consequences if they do).
·         Discuss the laws about underage drinking (make sure it is clear that drinking alcohol under the age of 21 is illegal).
·         Teach your student about the dangers of underage drinking.
·         Monitor alcohol in your home (make sure alcohol is not available at parties given by your student).
·         Think carefully about what to tell your student.
·         If you drink yourself, be sure to drink responsibly around your student (don’t drink and drive, consider no alcohol parties that include your student).
·         Help your student find ways to have fun that don’t involve alcohol.
·         Help your student get professional help (if you think they may be using alcohol).

SAHMSA has a guide with activities available to help you talk about alcohol with your student on the Too Smart to Start website.

Please remember that “students are less likely to drink and have fewer alcohol-related problems when their parents/caregivers set clear expectations about alcohol use” (Nash, McQueen, and Bray, 2005).

VUHS Students Inducted into the National Technical Honor Society

The following students from VUHS were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Congratulations!

Lillian Clark – Design & Illustration
Adelaide Cushman - Cosmetology
Norah Deming – Design & Illustration
Breanna De Smit – Engineering Design
Malcolm Donovan-Cook – Addison Repertory Theatre
Emma Duprey – Medical Professions
Kayla Gevry - Cosmetology
Melina Myers – Medical Professions
Alyssa Saunders – Medical Professions
Will Wormer – Engineering Design

The mission of the NTHS is to honor student achievement and leadership in career and technical education, promote educational excellence, award scholarships, and enhance career opportunities for the NTHS membership. The induction ceremony recognizes deserving technical center students and increases community awareness of the talents and abilities of the young people and adults who choose technical education pathways to a successful future. Criteria for induction is: no marking period average below a 92%, semester average of at least a 93%, no more than 3 absences, at least a B- in any companion classes, and teacher recommendation.

CONGRATULATIONS 2017 BOYS’ STATE REPRESENTATIVES

Vergennes American Legion Post #14 will sponsor five VUHS delegates to the Green Mountain Boys’ State held June 18-23 on the campus of Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont: Lance Bergmans, Mason Charlebois, Casey Kimball, Ben Praamsma, Aaron Premont. The boys were nominated by faculty and staff based on leadership, character and honesty, cooperativeness, community participation and service, and scholarship.
Green Mountain Boys’ State is a leadership laboratory for rising high school senior boys. The main focus is Vermont town, county, and state government, and its organization, policies and procedures. They will work on issues relating to Vermont, and debate and discuss these issues during a session at the State House in Montpelier.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Congratulations Vergennes Junior Iron Chef Competitors!

Congratulations Vergennes Junior Iron Chef Competitors!

About 200 middle and high school students from across Vermont competed on March 18, 2017 at the 10th Annual Vermont Junior Iron Chef Competition in Essex. Junior Iron Chef VT is a statewide culinary competition that challenges teams of middle and high school students to create healthy, local dishes that inspire school meal programs.

We are proud to announce that the Vergennes Middle School Fusion after school program was represented by a group of 5 very talented and creative students. Audrey Delp, Olivia Wyckoff, Abigail Goodyear, Antonio Socinski and Audrey Tembreull, also known as the “Jalapeno Hotties”, were coached by JoAllen Vincent from Cafe Services and Basin Harbor Club Executive Chef Christian Kruse.

100 lbs of chopped onions, potatoes, carrots, and determination and hard work guaranteed the team a spot in the final 3. The Vergennes Jalapeno Hotties also won the “Mise en Place” award, one of the highest honors at the competition, given to the team that shows exemplary teamwork, order and professionalism, both during the competition and in the registration process.


The winning dish “Vegetable Pot Pie with Mashed Potatoes” was made with organic ingredients from Pete's Greens Organic Vegetable Farm and will be served during school lunches on Thursday April 13th. The Vergennes Jalapeno Hotties are one of six winning teams chosen to prepare their winning dish for legislators at the Vermont State House in Montpelier, Vermont on April 11th.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

VUHS Math Team Finishes the Season Strong

Congratulations to the VUHS Math Team for placing 3rd at the last meet of the year! We edged out Colchester by 2 points and beat BFA St. Albans, Burlington, CVU, Milton, Missisquoi, Mt. Abe, Mt Mansfield, Rice and U-32.

Our Top Category winners were the following:
Arithmetic: Kai Williams
Geometry: Erin Lawrence & Dylan Rapoport
Algebra: Brandon Cousino
Adv. Math: Kai Williams

Our Top 5 Scorers for the Meet:
5th: Taylor Bresnick & Kylie Comeau
4th: Erin Lawrence
3rd: Dylan Rapoport
2nd: Brandon Cousino
1st: Kai Williams

Special shout out to Kai Williams for coming in 1st in the arithmetic category for the year for the Greater Burlington Math League and placing 5th overall for the year for GBML. Congratulations Kai!

Thank you to my seniors for their dedication to Math Team. Wishing you much happiness and success with your future endeavors. I hope your future includes Math. :) - L. Kayhart
Special thanks to our senior captains Sadie Kass and Aliya Hugo. Good luck to Alyse Beauchemin, Lexi Brace, Taylor Bresnick, Brandon Cousino, Charlotte Haigis, Agon Hasani, Caroline Johnston, Eva Kamman, Sadie Kass, Shay Pouliot, Max Ratti-Bicknell, Sophie Rippner-Donovan, Megan Rooney, Alyssa Saunders, Lauren Scott, and Annika Vorsteveld.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS 2017 GIRLS’ STATE REPRESENTATIVES

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.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

VUHS Math Team Has Best Finish of the Season

The VUHS Math Team placed 4th out of 13 teams at our last meet on 2/8/17.  They earned a victory over BFA St. Albans, Burlington, Colchester, CVU, Milton, Missisquoi, Mt. Abe, Rice, and U-32. Congrats Team!

Top Scores for Categories:
Arithmetic: Kai Williams
Geometry: (tie) Ian Brons, Bess Gramling and Alyse Beauchemin
Algebra: Kai Williams
Adv. Math: Sadie Kass

Top Scorers overall:
5th: Dylan Rapoport
4th: Ian Brons
3rd: Bess Gramling
2nd: Sadie Kass
1st: Kai Williams

Special shout out to Kai Williams for 2 perfect papers and to the team test members for placing 2nd. The team members were Kai Williams, Ally Atkins, Erin Lawrence and Sadie Kass!!


Our final meet is at Mt. Mansfield on Monday, March 27th :)

VUHS Varsity Basketball Player Reaches Milestone

Congratulations to Adam Gill, who surpassed 1000 career points in the game against Missisquoi on February 16, 2017. Nice work, Adam!

Monday, February 13, 2017

VUHS Students Accepted to the Vermont All-State Music Festival

Music Department News!

Congratulations to Eva Kamman (Alto Sax), Courtney Morin (Bass Clarinet) and Lauren Scott (Bari Sax) for being accepted by audition to the Vermont All State Music Festival!! The festival will take place on May 11-13 at Brattleboro Union High School. Quite the accomplishment!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mathcounts Team Takes First Place at Regional Competition

On Saturday February 4, 2017 the VUHS Middle School Mathcounts Team took first place at the Southwest Regional Competition. Some notable accomplishments were:

Audrey Delp’s notable mention in the alternate countdown round.
Anna Rakowski’s 3rd place finish in the countdown round.
Anna Rakowski’s 3rd place finish overall.
Xander Deblois’ 2nd place finish overall.
And, in case you missed it the first time, Vergennes finishing first in the region overall!
Congratulations Team!

On March 25th Vergennes heads to Vermont Technical College to compete for the state title of math champion.

Pictured below are team members Una Fonte, Anna Rakowski. Reagan Kayhart, Audrey Delp, Xander DeBlois, Ryan Baringer, Keaton St. Martin, and in the back, Coach Sean Nary.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

VUHS Student Photographer Receives Award

Lauren Scott was selected as a finalist in the Photographer's Forum “Best of College and High School Photography” Contest for 2017. Her photograph will be published in the November 2017 Photographer's Forum magazine and in a hardcover book! This is a very impressive accomplishment! Nice work, Lauren.

Basin Harbor Tree

Monday, February 6, 2017

VUHS Students Venture to Quebec City

Last Friday February 3rd, 43 French students from Mt. Abe and VUHS traveled to Québec City to experience 3 days of fabulous French culture, cuisine, art, history and winter fun! This was the first time to Québec for most students and the first time visiting Canada for others. It was a voyage of many first time experiences, including: ordering food in French, visiting an 11th generation sugar shack complete with evening dogsled runs, observing the parade and participating in other activities as part of Carnaval de Québec (Winter Carnival), touring the Hotel de glace (Ice Hotel), eating traditional French foods, acting as soldiers in the British Army circa 1758 and visiting a winter tubing park where many students had the opportunity to speak in French with the local population! Madame Clayton and Mr. Wyckoff were the VUHS chaperones, and would like to thank all students for their responsible, kind and outstanding representation of our school this past weekend!
One picture is the group in front of le Chateau Frontenac and the other picture is Bonhomme Carnaval (in the parade).

Friday, January 27, 2017

VUHS Student is State of the Union Essay Contest Finalist

State of the Union Essay Finalist
Senator Bernie Sanders’ annual State of the Union Essay Contest is designed to engage Vermont’s high school students on the major issues facing the country. Over the past six years, students from schools throughout Vermont have written essays to the senator about important issues such as the declining middle class, climate change, health care reform and the rising cost of a college education. Of the more than 650 submissions to the State of the Union Essay Contest, Mason Charlebois, VUHS Class of 2018, was selected as one of the top 20 finalists! He will join Bernie Sanders and the other finalists at the State House for a roundtable discussion on February 4th. Congratulations Mason!

Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Ambassador Selected

HOBY Youth Leadership Ambassador – Congratulations Cyrus Devine!  

Every year, each high school in the United States may choose one sophomore to represent them at their state’s Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) Conference. This year, Vergennes Union High School’s HOBY Ambassador is Cyrus Devine.


Cyrus was nominated and selected for this honor based on his demonstrated and potential leadership skills and traits. Cyrus will attend the HOBY Conference on May 25-28, at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT, where he will participate in seminars and meet with leaders in the fields of education, government, and other professional careers to discuss present and future issues. Cyrus is the son of Vernon and Hillary Devine of North Ferrisburgh.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

VUHS Students Accepted to The New England Young Writers Conference

Congratulations to the following students who have been accepted to represent Vergennes Union High School at The New England Young Writers Conference at Breadloaf in May 2017.

Orion Chabot
Sierra Chamberlain
Silas Goldman
Ian Gramling
Kayla Hoffman
Wade Mullin
Relief Quinn
Megan Rooney
Grace Smart
Rebecca Unger