Both Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity Basketball teams are having seasons worth celebrating this year. Both teams' season is culminating in a journey to the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Championships happening this upcoming weekend.
As the winter trimester comes to a close, and Vermont Academy looks ahead to the spring, the snow begins to melt, and all of the hard work during the trimester flowers into colorful displays of Wildcat talent. These talents came together for one evening to present VA’s annual Winter Performing Arts Night.
On Monday, February 26, Vermont Academy held its annual Winter Athletics and Afternoon Activities Awards during Community Meeting in the Nita Choukas Theater in Horowitz Performing Arts Hall. It was a time to gather and celebrate the hard work of the coaches and athletes on a successful end of the 2023-24 winter season. Each coach had a moment to step up to the podium and honor their teams. The following are the award recipients.
Congratulations to talented Vermont Academy basketball player Cecilia “MC” Coldwell ’24, for signing her National Letter of Intent to play Division III Women’s Basketball at Lesley University (MA) next fall. During her time at VA, MC has left an impact as a valued athlete and student.
On Thursday, February 8 through Sunday, February 11, twenty-two Vermont Academy student-athletes headed to Montreal, QC for a soccer showcase put on by FMS (Football Matching Services) Pro Sports Management, a soccer agency that helps guide athletes through networking with training camps, combines (skills assessments) and showcases, and other sports networking events.
On February 8, 2024, Vermont Academy held its annual National Honor Society (NHS) induction ceremony at the Warren Chivers Ski and Outdoor Education Center. NHS is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. VA has been inducting members since 2005. More than an academic honor roll, NHS serves to honor and recognize those students who have demonstrated exceptionalism in its four pillars: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
Four of Vermont Academy’s gifted musicians, Sofia Bianconi ’24, Suki Lambert ’25, Caitlin Masure ’25, and Oliver Norkun ’26 were accepted into and performed at the Vermont Music Educators District VI Music Festival (VMEA DVI) on Saturday, January 27 at Green Mountain Union High School. Sofia, Caitlin, and Suki, participated in the District VI High School Choir, with Oliver participating in the District VI High School Jazz Ensemble.
The tour guide program at Vermont Academy is an integral and critical part of our admissions process. Currently, 40 of VA’s 216 students are tour guides. Their backgrounds and interests vary, but all share one thing in common: their love for VA.
A Forest Management Plan (FMP) develops and implements long-term efforts to care for and improve forestland. The near-universal, but elusive goal is "leaving the land better than we found it." According to Vermont.org, “Your forest management plan is the written story of your woodlands. It contains the hopes and dreams you have for your land and chronicles change to your woods over time. Forest management plans are important because they list goals and outcomes, whether you are building a trail or cutting enough firewood to heat your home every year.”
One of Vermont Academy’s strengths is in the quality of its curriculum, and the institution’s ability to tailor a highly specialized academic experience for each student. VA’s approach to teaching Humanities, for instance, exemplifies this strength. At VA, Humanities represents reading, writing, and research, with an emphasis on critical thinking, analysis, written expression, and presentation. Both literally and figuratively, students are encouraged to “speak up” in Humanities courses, says department chair Dr. Greg Martin. “We strive to give students the framework to understand their world by teaching them how to ask questions, evaluate sources of information, and make connections to other people and communities.”
Gather for the third annual northern New England independent school networking series including a virtual Alumni of Color Panel and in-person gatherings in Boston and New York City. These educational networking opportunities bring alumni from up to 9 schools together to encourage connections and career exploration. Alumni volunteers at each event represent an array of industries and class years.
As part of this year’s programming made possible by the Bob ‘37 and Beth Campbell Endowment for the Arts and Lecture Series, on January 15, 2024, spoken word poet Rajnii Eddins visited our campus, bringing with him powerful messages that will surely have lasting resonance with the VA community. The day of special programming began when Rajnii led students in a creative writing workshop in our Class of 2011 Great Room. Twenty-two students participated, along with four faculty members, creating personalized written pieces under Rajnii’s guidance. They received two writing prompts, one in which they wrote to America as if it were a child, and the other which challenged the writers to start pieces with the phrase, “I will not be silent.” Some brave students shared what they wrote after receiving eight minutes to write each piece.
On January 7, 2024, Vermont Academy Performing Arts presented the 11th Annual 24 Hour Play Festival, a VA tradition in which students assemble small teams to write, direct, compose, create props for, and perform an original play, all within 24 hours. This year, 14 students participated, several of whom made their VA stage debut. Theater Arts Director Jonathan Barron ’96 says this was the most special part of this year’s festival. “For some of those students, English is their second language. It's always great to see people step out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves in that way.”
Congratulations to talented Vermont Academy lacrosse player Maxwell Biondi ’24, for signing his National Letter of Intent to play Division III Men’s Lacrosse at Clark University (MA) next fall. During his time at VA, Max has made a significant impression as a valued athlete and student.
On Sunday, January 7, 2024, during Saxtons River’s first major snowstorm of the season, the Alumni Hockey Game went off without a hitch after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We were thrilled to once again bring alumni and students together for this special event.