BRATTLEBORO -- Eighteen Brattleboro Union High School students were accepted into the nine highly competitive, summer Governor’s Institutes of Vermont which include the Arts, Asian Cultures, Current Issues and Youth Activism, Mathematical Sciences, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science and Technology, Farm Foods and Your Culture, and Information Technology and Digital Media. A record 24 students applied in March for these programs.

Generous grant support for all accepted students was awarded from Windham Southeast Supervisory Union as well as from the Governor’s Institutes scholarship fund. Additionally, two students received the Blomgren Award, established in former Fine and Practical Arts Department’s Chair and BUHS Governor’s Institute of Vermont coordinator, Gary Blomgren. This award provides additional financial support for one student in the Arts and one in Asian Cultures.

The following students were accepted in the Institutes: Arts: Casey Greenleaf, Deshaii Ward, Jordan Wright; Asian Cultures: Spencer Loggia, Daniel Villarreal; Current Issues and Youth Activism: Vanessa Brown, Edward Jablonski-Bigelow, Cullen Paradis, Rosalyn Pofcher, Keith Walsh; Mathematical Sciences: Tyler Clement; Engineering: Michael Forward, Leon Ogden; Environmental Science and Technology: Mitchell Redfield; Information Technology and Digital Media: Aiden Paradis, Gabriel Pofcher; Mathematics: Kimberley Bau, Dante Fernandez.

The Blomgren Award recipients are Casey Greenleaf in the Arts and Daniel Villarreal in Asian Studies.


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Emily Bau received an invitation from GIV to attend a second year in Mathematics as a junior counselor.