POULTNEY-Poultney High School student Kelly Festa won the Rutland Area Guidance Counselors' Scholarship. Festa was congratulated by teachers and classmates last week.
Vermont History Day
The seventh graders represented PHS at Vermont History Day. Calvin Brooks won the individual document in the junior division. Although they did not place, Marissa Constantine and Rachel Cook should be commended for their research and enthusiasm efforts. They entered the most competitive category, which is group exhibits, and did extremely well against tough competition. Both students are determined to see the Equal Rights Amendment passed since it was recently reintroduced to Congress and needs three more states to ratify to be a part of the Constitution. Their project is currently displayed at the Poultney Town Library. Three other students, Brockton Corbett, Tommy Bacher, and Daniel Hein came in second in the group documentary junior division.
Martin VanBuren became a finalist in the student Opus competition, which is part of the Vermont MIDI Project. For ten years, the Vermont MIDI Project has fostered a community of music educators, professional composer mentors, and pre-service educators who encourage and support music composition for students. Addressing composition in the curriculum for classroom music, theory and composition courses, and instrumental and vocal ensembles is being achieved through a variety of activities.
Using specific instrument guidelines, Martin composed a piece of music in four months. He worked on the piece, and submitted it online to have other teachers, students, and composers give him feedback. He had a choice to accept the suggestions or write back why he did not want to use the advice. Martin submitted the final version on March 30. Out of 65 pieces, Martin was one of the 24 students selected to have his piece performed by professional musicians at a live concert. Martin will be able to work with the professional musicians in a rehearsal giving his thoughts and reflections on how he wants his piece to sound.
His piece along with the other 23 student pieces will be performed on Thurs., April 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, Vt. The performance is open to the public, and a small donation is recommended to attend the concert.
Gabriella Bruso took a bronze medal in Applied Technology at the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America Spring Conference held March 31 and April 1. Students competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition).
Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
Rutland County Parent Child Center & Community Partners invite you to the 2nd Annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration. Meet the Cat in the Hat with plenty of games, food, music, storytelling, movies, door prizes, raffle, and more. The event will be held at Middletown Springs Elementary School, 15 Schoolhouse Rd., Middletown Springs, April 22 from 4-6:30 p.m. For further information, call 802-775-9711 or 802-235-2365.
Ms. Cioffi, science teacher, is starting a lacrosse team club at PHS. The club will be for any 7-12 grade students and no prior experience is needed. Please stop by Room 301 to sign up.
Mt. Holly Fire Dept. plans benefit supper
MT. HOLLY/BELMONT-The Mt. Holly Volunteer Fire Department will host a roast-pork supper, Saturday, April 30, at 5 p.m. at Odd Fellows Hall in Belmont. Proceeds from the supper will benefit the Mt. Holly Fire Department Auxiliary. The dinner will be all-you-can-eat style: adults $10, children under 12 $5. For details, call 802-259-3445.
Partridge in academic showcase
ORWELL-Keene State College student Michelle Partridge of Orwell participated in the college's 11th Annual Academic Excellence Conference recently. The student professional conference is designed to showcase the academic work of students and the collaborative work between students and faculty. Partridge's project focused on Infinite Products.
Vendors can sign up for Town Wide Yard Sale
POULTNEY-Vender spaces along historic Main Street for Poultney's 2011 Annual Town Wide Yard Sale events are available for rent now. They are available on a first-come, first serve basis. The yard sale event dates are Saturday, June 4 and Saturday, Oct. 8. The space rental prices are $20, payable to Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce. One may sign up for both the June and October events for $30. To select and rent a vendor space, call Mary Lee Harris, 802-287-4114 at Stitchy Women or stop by the shop at 144 Main St., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.