Beneath blue skies and towering pines the Vermont Academy community gathered to celebrate the commencement of fifty-eight members of the Class of 2022.
Longtime faculty member and director of the Program in Outdoor Education Christine Armiger delivered the invocation followed by welcoming remarks from Vermont Academy Student Association representatives Leighton Geragthy, Danielle McCarthy, and Riley Walsh. Each of the students spoke of the impact their time at VA made on their lives. Danielle shared, “I am saying goodbye to a place that has given me more than I ever thought possible.” Leighton described the experience as transformative and credited the faculty and staff for their tireless work during the pandemic. “I’ve grown so much as a person over the last four years due to the challenges I faced and the opportunities I was given,” added Riley.
The 2022 Boys’ Varsity Baseball Team started on a mission last fall that they wanted to win the Lakes Region Championship. The team worked hard over the winter with pitchers getting their arms ready, and the rest of the team hitting off the tee in the back room. That mission was completed when we traveled to # 1 seed St. Paul's on May 20 and came home with a 6-3 win in 8 innings to capture the Lakes Region Championship. The team finished with a 13 - 2 record.
The Spring Sports and Activities Awards were presented at Community Meeting on Monday, May 16. Coaches took the stage to read out the names of the 32 notable athletes for the season. This tri-annual tradition provides a time for the community to recognize the dedication required from all athletes and those committing to activities such as rock climbing and theater arts. We offer heartfelt appreciation to the many coaches, directors, teachers, and staff whose dedication makes these activities possible. And a big wildcat cheer to the award winners.
This past Thursday, Vermont Academy held its year-end award ceremony. Department chairs, advisors, and class deans presented awards to students from all grades. The members of the Class of 2022 also received their bricks for Long Walk, a long standing and favorite tradition.