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.


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).