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Daily Bulletin | Monday

February 20, 2023

Green Day


Chef Hale’s E block study hall needs to go to the Dining Hall for study hall today.


Attention International Students — any student wanting to take the March 18th TOEFL must register by this Thursday, February 23rd. A link to register for the March TOEFL has been sent to your stjlabs email. See Mrs. McCaffrey in the Guidance Office with any questions.


Maya Torres needs help with her capstone. She wants to make it a conversation, an outlet, and a question to be answered: “How does exposure to a PWA (Predominantly White Area) affect Latino Social identity in the St. Johnsbury Community?” If you fit within these criteria and are willing to share your story and experiences as a Hispanic day student, email maya.torres@stjlabs.com. Your contribution to this study will be greatly appreciated and will also function as a reminder and reassurance that although there are few, you are not the only one. 


Calling all folks with a research project that includes a science investigation to a meeting Tuesday and Wednesday (your choice of day) in Street 241. Have you been using the tools of math, science, computer simulations, or psychology to research a question that honors your priorities? Would you like to connect with potential mentors for the next step in your research? The Vermont Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Fair in March may be that opportunity. The VT-STEM Fair showcases the work done by high school researchers and provides access to both expert feedback and peers as interested as you in seeking your own answers. Current research or research conducted during the last 12 months is eligible. This includes Capstone, AP Seminar, and Field Semester research along with independent projects. Come to a meeting either Tuesday or Wednesday inn Streeter 241 and learn about entering and preparing for the March 25 Vermont STEM Fair.  Questions to Mr. Eckel.


Spring Practice for Hilltopper Football will start after break. There will be a meeting for all returning players and new interested players tomorrow, Tuesday, February 21 at 3:30 in Alumni Gym. This meeting and spring practices are open to all St. Johnsbury Academy students. This is a great chance to learn more about the sport and experience a football practice first-hand. Even if you do not plan to play in the fall but have interest in the sport, we encourage you to come be involved. At the very least you will get a good workout in preparation for spring sports. We are Hilltoppers!


Calling all actors! Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat auditions will be in the Black Box today and Tuesday at 3:30pm. You do not have to come to both days of auditions. Bring something to sing, be prepared to move, and have a blast with this high-energy musical. The audition info is on the Academy Theatre Canvas page and in front of the Black Box. Go, go, go Joe!


Are you interested in working tech crew for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat? We need you! There will be a meeting at 4:00pm Tuesday in the stagecraft room with Mr. Duncan. Please attend if you are interested in helping with set construction, props, costumes, rehearsals, or just want to be part of this fun show. 


The Science Olympiad team attended the University of Massachusetts Invitational on Saturday, placing 23rd in a field that included some of the best teams in New England. Among the 15 SJA Science Olympians competing, notable accomplishments include Uma Chirkova earning 6th place in Remote Sensing while working without a partner. In Bridge Building, the team of Ashley Chen and Misumi Matsudo finished 9th while the team of Yubo Zhang and Yueqi Liu earned 10th place. In Experimental Design, Zetong Wang, Dolma Sherpa, and Uma Chirkova together earned 10th place. The traveling team included juniors Estelle Kokernut, Ayan Hasanova, Kanan Gasimov, and Muzaffar Hussein, and seniors Lily Weber, Hanson Tsai, and James Wai Bong Wong. The team is now preparing for the Vermont State tournament, their next opportunity to demonstrate the ability of Academy students to research and address challenging questions in science, math, and engineering. 


Boys Varsity Basketball beat BFA-St. Albans, 59-50, on Thursday night. 


Over the weekend, Sisu Lange and Ruth Krebs raced at the U16 Dublin Double Eastern Cup race in Dublin, New Hampshire. Sisu finished in 14th place overall and Ruth 21st place in Sunday’s 6k Classic race. In the sprint race the day before, Sisu finished 4th overall while Ruth finished in 1st overall. An impressive weekend for two!  And on Saturday at their home race in Walden, the girls were led by Mary Fowler in the 4k skate race, followed closely behind by Siri Jolliffe, and 9th grade-powerhouse Anya Moriarty. The boys were led by impressive efforts from Nathan Lenzini, Krane Davis, and ninth-grader Isaac Lenzini, in one of his best races of the season. Ninth grader Camryn Reimert saved her best race of the year to win the JV race. Charlie Vaal won on the JV Boys side. The varsity team will race this Thursday at the Vermont State Championship at Craftsbury and again next week at Rikert Nordic Center.  Congrats to the entire team for an impressive regular season. Go Hilltoppers!


The SJA varsity gymnastics team had their State meet at Essex High School on Saturday, Feb. 18. Once again, Lydia Ruggles’ had an impressive performance in her first high school State Meet holding her own against upperclassmen and deep teams placing 5th on vault, 7th on floor, 1st on bars with a 9.30, and 3rd all around with a 35.475. Ximena Mayorga Santana had had her best meet of the season placing 8th on beam, 2nd on bars with an 8.675, and 5th all around with a 34.225.  Ruggles’ and Santana’s efforts, along with performances by Zoe Glentz Brush, Faith Lawton, Aniela Thompson, Emily Counter, and Katy Noonan earned the team 4th place with a total score of 127.025. 


Congratulations to the Junior Varsity wrestlers for a good showing at the JV state tournament on Saturday.  Alyana Mass placed 6th, Amos Colby 5th, Da’quan Lowery 4th, and Tyler Demas Champion in their respective weigh classes.


On Sunday the Indoor Track and Field team competed at the USATF NE championship meet at Harvard. The boys 4×400 relay of Andrew Bugbee, Jaden Beardsley, Gerardo Fernandez and Andrew Thornton-Sherman set a new Vermont State record. The relay also qualified for the Nike National Championships to be held March 10-12 in New York City. The 4×800 relay of Andrew, GErnardo, Nathaniel Bernier and Carson Eames also qualified for the National Championships. Diego Perez set a PR in weight throw to add to the day. Brooke White set a PR in triple jump to make Nationals as well. Brooke, Willa Kantrowitz, Peyton Qualter and Wisteria Franklin ran a season’s best time in the 4×400 relay. Willa also set PRs in the 800 and 60 m hurdles. 


Happy Birthday today to Lily Garey-Wright, Mylo Robertson, and Thomas Vance!


BOYS HOCKEY @ U-32 4:00, please dismiss the team at 1:30

VARSITY/JV BOYS BASKETBALL @ MT. MANSFIELD 5:00/6:30, please dismiss the team at 2:15


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