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


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.