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Orange Key Society

Our 40+ tour guides may have a wide range of backgrounds and interests, but they all have one thing in common - they love VA. The 18 members of Vermont Academy's Orange Key Society (profiled here) are student leaders particularly dedicated to representating Vermont Academy. In this leadership position, students work with the Admissions Office to plan campus visits, mentor new tour guides, and of course give tours.

We hope to see you on campus soon!

List of 18 items.

  • Tanner Dalton ‘17

    Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

    Activities: Orange Key Society Coordinator, Student Body Co-President Emeritus, Varsity Ice Hockey, Golf, JV Soccer

    Fun Fact About Me: I had such a great first year at VA that my younger brothers (Hayden & Conrad) followed me here.
  • Francis "Mackey" O'Keefe '17

    Hometown: Walpole, NH

    Activities: Varsity Soccer (Captain) Nordic Skiing, Lacrosse, Orange Key Society Coordinator, Jazz Ensemble, Model UN (President), National Honor Society (President), Head Writing Center Tutor, Day Student Proctor

    Fun Fact About Me: I traveled to Norway for Nordic ski team
     
    Most Influential Faculty: My advisor, Mr. DeLaney. He has helped me truly pursue my passions while at VA. He has also instilled in me a love of learning.
  • Brianna Wood '17

    Hometown: Lake Villa, IL

    Activities: Field Hockey, Varsity Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Orange Key Society Coordinator, Proctor

    Favorite Dining Hall Meal: Sausage, egg & cheese croissant breakfast sandwiches

    Best VA Moment/Memory: Making the call with Coach Boulay to commit to my college hockey team.

    Advice to Prospective Students: Get out of your comfort zone!
  • Frederique Creighton '18

    Hometown: Montreal, QC

    Activities: Junior Class Co-President, Orange Key Society Coordinator, Varsity Soccer, Varsity Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, International Resource Center Tutor, Proctor, National Honor Society

    Fun Fact: I went to the Canadian kayak championships this summer
     
    Why I Chose VA: I chose VA because it felt like home - the community is strong and welcoming. I knew VA would inspire me to be my best self. I could find my voice and become a leader here.
  • Oliver Annson '17

    Hometown: Northfield, MA

    Activities: Varsity Soccer, Day Student Proctor, National Honor Society, Model UN

    Favorite VA Tradition: Winter Carnival

    Fun Fact: I've studied abroad with VA Global Programs twice – to Chile and Spain
  • Hayden Dalton ‘17

    Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

    Activities: Varsity Soccer, Varsity Ice Hockey, Varsity Tennis, Proctor

    Fun Fact About Me: I have a twin who also attends VA.

    Favorite Dining Hall Meal: Chicken Parm

    Advice to Prospective Students: Ask as many questions as possible on your tour!
  • James Gallagher '17

    Hometown: Londonderry, VT

    Activities: JV Ice Hockey, Varsity Lacrosse, VA Fire Education Club (Founder & President)

    Favorite VA Class: Journalism with Mrs. Hodgson

    Advice to Prospective Students: Take your time in the school selection process – carefully look at the community vibes on each campus you visit. It makes all the difference!
  • Guy Piccolo ‘17

    Hometown: Fairfield, CT

    Activities: Student Body Co-President, Varsity Ice Hockey, Varsity Lacrosse, National Honor Society, Proctor

    Favorite Class: Physics or Robotics

    Most Influential Faculty: Mr. & Mrs. Frey

    Biggest Accomplishment at VA: Being elected Student Body President last spring and winning the Harvard Book Award
  • Delaney Stokes '17

    Hometown: Watertown, CT

    Activities: Field Hockey, Varsity Ice Hockey, Proctor

    Favorite VA Tradition: Mountain Day

    Favorite Weekend Activity: Shopping Trip to Manchester Outlets
  • Karina Vital '17

    Hometown: Clarkston, GA
    
    Activities: Crew (fall & spring), JV Ice Hockey, National Honor Society, Proctor

    Favorite VA Tradition: Freshman Trip. Going back on it this year as a four year senior brought back a lot of memories.

    Most Influential Faculty: Mrs. Hodgson has been one of my biggest supports on campus – ever since I stepped on campus in 9th grade. From the moment I met her, we formed a connection together that has remained strong these four years.
  • Kofi Asante ‘18

    Hometown: New York, NY

    Activities: Varsity Soccer, Proctor, Jazz Ensemble

    Fun Fact About Me: I'm first generation American. My family is from Ghana.

    Favorite Class: Pre-Calculus

    Why VA?: You feel very supported at VA – especially when things get tough. Teachers and faculty are always there to lend an ear and your peers are there for you. At VA, I am home.
  • Karl-Antoine Girard ‘18

    Hometown: Sherbrooke, Quebec

    Activities: Varsity Ice Hockey, JV Soccer, Lacrosse, Proctor, National Honor Society, International Resource Center Tutor, V-8s

    Favorite Dining Hall Meal: Taco Day!

    Advice to Prospective Students: Be yourself on your campus tour.
  • Ava Hill ‘18

    Hometown: Andover, VT

    Activities: Crew (fall & spring), Dance Team, National Honor Society, Writing Center Tutor

    Where have you found support at VA?: I have the best advisors, Ms. Wilkins and Ms. Schneider. I know that they care about me so much and I have made some of my best friends at VA through my advisory.

    Best VA Moment: Learning to row with the crew team. I never expected to find so much strength in myself (mentally and physically).
  • Peiru “Mike” Li ‘18

    Hometown: Beijing, China

    Activities: International Resource Center Tutor, Golf

    Favorite VA Tradition: Mountain Day

    Favorite Weekend Activity: Dinner at Panda North

    Why I Chose VA: I am able to gain an advanced education here while connecting with people from all different backgrounds and cultures. I also get to try new things – like golf!
  • Yujie "Juno" Li '18

    Hometown: Hangzhou, China

    Activities: Cross-Country Running

    Favorite VA Tradition: Kurn Hattin Christmas Dinner

    Most Influential Faculty: Mr. Wang
  • Brandon McDonald ‘18

    Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA

    Activities: Varsity Soccer, Varsity Ice Hockey, Baseball, Proctor

    Favorite VA Tradition: Alumni Hockey Game

    Advice to Prospective Students: Don't step on the school seal!
  • Holly Meredith '18

    Hometown: Saratoga Springs, NY

    Activities: Field Hockey, Varsity Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Proctor

    Why I Chose VA: I chose VA because of Vermont's beauty and the ability to play hockey at a high level. I toured in the summer when students were gone. The first day of fall pre-season, I knew I made the right decision - everyone was so friendly and fun.
  • Danny Williams ‘19

    Hometown: Wilton, CT

    Activities: Sophomore Class President, Ice Hockey, Tennis

    Favorite VA Tradition: Winter Carnival

    Favorite Dining Hall Meal: Chicken Cordon Bleu