Education Notes

L&G Honor Society completes service projects

TOWNSHEND >> The Leland and Gray chapter of the National Honor Society has recently completed its first three service projects for the 2015-2016 school year.

The 21-member group collected winter bedding and clothing from both teachers and students in our school community. Clean and in good condition, these items filled over eight 33-gallon bags. NHS members Vincent Polhemus, Evan Daigneault and Max Cramp delivered the items to Brattleboro's drop-in center in mid-December.

The NHS has also wrapped up its winter fundraising campaign through which it donated nearly $200 to the Cancer Patient Support Foundation which specifically helps teens cope with cancer — either their own or a friend or loved one's.

Finally the NHS once again led the campaign to raise funds and collect food and personal items for Project Feed the Thousands. Nearly 600 items and over $300 in cash contributions were collected.

The 2015-2016 Leland and Gray NHS members are: Ashley Hescock, president; Miranda Wilkins, vice-president; Nick Morrow, treasurer; Lindsey Vachon, secretary, and Sabin Litchfield, Allison Williams, Benton Winrich, Caitlin Garry, Emily Cutts, Erelyn Griffin, Julian Plumadore, Keltsey Rushton, Logan Hazard, Owen Beattie, Owynn White, Susan Francy, Tammy Post, and Skyler Nupp, in addition to Cramp, Daigneault and Polhemus.

The chapter recently contributed its reflections on Martin Luther King, Jr. to an all-school assembly and then launched another fundraiser to benefit Vermont Children's Trust Foundation.

Quinnipiac University names local students to dean's list

HAMDEN, CONN. >> The following students were named to the dean's list at Quinnipiac University for the Fall 2015: Saleh Rashed and Matthew Schultz, of Brattleboro, and Gregory Goulet, of Chesterfield, N.H.

Subaru awards grant to AAUW scholarship fund

BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro branch of the American Association of University Women recently received a $1,000 grant for its scholarship fund from Brattleboro Subaru's "Share the Love" campaign.

The grant will provide a scholarship for a local woman who is beginning or continuing her college career. The AAUW annually awards three scholarships to graduating female high school students and one to a mature woman returning to college. Funds are also raised through an annual summer used book sale.

"We're grateful to Subaru for including AAUW on its recent list of local charities," said AAUW president Vivian Prunier, "and we thank the 10 customers who chose AAUW to be the recipient of the $100 grants Subaru made in each of their names."

The AAUW is a national organization that advances education and equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The Brattleboro branch was founded in 1926 and is open to women and men who hold an associate's or higher degree from an accredited college or university and support the AAUW mission.

Further information is available by contacting Prunier at 802-387-5875 or on the AAUW Brattleboro Facebook page.

University of Maine announces fall 2015 Dean's List

ORONO, MAINE >> The University of Maine recognized the following New Hampshire students for achieving Dean's List honors in the fall 2015 semester: Heather Lowry, of Alstead, David Idelkope, of Chesterfield, and Levi Frye, Faith Gardner and Hope Gardner, all of Walpole.

Trendell wins Vermont Academy's poetry contest

SAXTONS RIVER >> Jocelyn Trendell. class of 201, won Vermont Academy's fourth annual Poetry Out Loud recitation contest. This was an especially satisfying victory for Jocelyn who has participated in the contest for three years running and has been a semi-finalist twice.

Vermont Academy implements the Poetry Out Loud curriculum in its 10th-grade English classes and includes an intense study of poetry, focused on extracting meaning and emotion from the poets' words and images. Each 10th grader worked tenaciously to commit two poems to heart and memory. Upperclassmen, especially previous winners and finalists, were invited to participate in POL. As a special treat, both Jeffery Hewitt, local poet, and Adeem, local hip-hop artist, led engaging and invigorating workshops in which students explored the vocal qualities of their poems and performance.

Trendell won the finals with an emotional and inspiring recitation of "Trees," by Joyce Kilmer and "To Helen," by Edgar Allen Poe. She said that she has memorized every Edgar Allen Poe poem on the POL website, competing with a different one each year. Although Trendell is a seasoned performer, participating in vocal ensemble, black box, and musical productions on Vermont Academy's stage, she is a scientist at heart and planning to major in engineering next year. Trendell is not sure where she's going to college yet, but states, "Wherever I go, it's what I make of it. I need to find my niche."

In addition to Trendell, finalists included sophomores Paul Acello, Will Svensson, and Dariel Echanis. Additional semi-finalists included sophomores Brian Kim, Brandon McDonald, Karl-Antoine Girard, Ji-Woo Lee, Brian Anderson, Harry Mayer, and Nick Johnson

As Vermont Academy's Poetry Out Loud Champion, Trendell will represent Vermont Academy at the Vermont State competition in Barre, Vermont on March 9. The POL 2016 National Finals will take place May 2 to 4, at George Washington University, in Washington, DC. First runner up, Paul Acello, will accompany Trendell, studying the competition for next year when he is sure to place again.

For more information about Poetry Out Loud, visit

Marlboro College hosts board leadership forums

MARLBORO >> The Center for New Leadership at Marlboro College has announced the 2016 Board Leadership Institute, a collection of workshops that introduce board members to the most important knowledge and skills for successful board service.

BLI workshops are attended by local board members and Get On Board Windham County Fellows who are interested in board service. The cross-generational learning environment benefits both groups as they learn how to work together while deepening their understanding of key aspects of board service. Board participants report being being more knowledgeable, active, and effective members of their boards as a result of their participation in the BLI program. Fellows are energized and can jump into board service with knowledge and skills that make them valued board members from their very first board meeting.

Boards can sign up for a 'Through Pass' which allows them to send any two members to each of the 8 workshops. Individuals may choose to attend the sessions on an a la carte basis.

For more information and a complete list of topics, visit or contact Kim Lier


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