POULTNEY - During a recent Tuesday evening, a special graduation ceremony was held for 16-year-old Poultney High School student Eliza Mauhs-Pugh. The ceremony was held during the PTSD Board meeting in the school's library. Mauhs-Pugh's parents, grandmother, and several PHS teachers attended the unusual ceremony.
Mauhs-Pugh graduated before the end of the first term because she is leaving for an extended trip to Spain.
During the ceremony, Principal Jean Oakman presented the new graduate with a framed letter of recommendation outlining Mauhs-Pugh's personal and academic accomplishments.
PHS teacher Mrs. Gallipo awarded the Lamp of Knowledge Certificate and pin to Mauhs-Pugh on behalf of the Poultney Women's Club. It is awarded to a student annually whose average is 90 percent or better during the school year. Another PHS teacher, Mr. DeBonis, presented Mauhs-Pugh with two certificates for exceptional accomplishments in the music and drama departments at PHS.
Mauhs-Pugh accepted the diploma from PHS superintendent Paustian and school board chairwoman Mary Jo Teeter. She was commended for exceeding the number of high school credits necessary for graduation, for designing her own high school curriculum, for graduating ahead of time and for her diverse and creative thinking.
At the end of the ceremony, a custom watercolor print of Poultney, created by local artist Peter Huntoon, was given to Mauhs-Pugh by Oakman and Mary Jo Teetor. Mauhs-Pugh would have been valedictorian in June for the PHS Class of 2010, but chose to graduate early; another student in the PHS Class of 2010 will win the honor.
Thank you,Hannah Garuti
A special thank you is offered to Hannah Garuti, sixth grader in Mrs. Hewes's class, for volunteering and consoling the younger children at both flu clinics held at the Poultney Elementary School (PES).
PHS Cheerleaders to Compete
The CVCC, Central Vermont Cheerleading Competition, takes place Saturday, Feb, 13, at 3 p.m., at the Rutland Middle School. The state cheering competition is on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Vergennes Union High School; the start time has not been announced.
Looking for input
PHS is looking for public input on any before, after and summer school programs and/or tutorials for students. If you have suggestions or recommendations, please contact school officials to incorporate this into the 21st Century Grant. Suggestions or recommendations can be sent to the main office at the high school.
Seniors and parents, there are numerous scholarships available in the PHS Guidance Office. Senior can earn $250-$7,500 for college by doing a few hours worth of work filling out an application. Few students are accessing these grants.
Andrew Cook wins STC Award
The Architecture Engineering Design Program at Stafford Technical Center has recently announced that Andrew Cook, a PHS junior, has been named STC Student of the Quarter.
PHS students attend
PHS students are attending 18 different college classes, (GMC, CCV, CSC) for the second semester: Congratulations to Dawn Sarli and Tracy Gallipo.
Collecting for Haiti
Scott Holliman, ELA teacher at PHS, is collecting donations for Haiti. If you would like to donate, call PHS at 287-5861, or e-mail Mr. Holliman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jenise Lemon wins award
Congratulations to Jenise Lemon for receiving the Poultney Rotary Club's Student Commitment to Service Award in recognition of her strong dedication to the Poultney community.
School ‘town meeting'
On Feb. 25, the PTSD Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the PHS Library to discuss the FY 2011 budget. This meeting is open to the public; learn more about why the school budget is 3.08 percent less than last year.
Crisis PreventionIntervention at PHS
A trainer for CPI or Crisis Prevention Intervention at PHS is Kathryn Bryne. She is a special educator from Wells. Bryne taught an inservice for PHS's IAs. She spoke about physical restraint, deescalation techniques, non-verbal cuing and a host of other important strategies to use with students. A certificate was awarded to each participant.
Davenport wins award
Corey Davenport has been selected as a recipient of the 2010-2011 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship. This award, funded through the Comcast Foundation, recognizes high school seniors from Comcast communities for commitment to community service, academic achievement, and demonstrated leadership. To acknowledge these accomplishments, recipients receive a one-time gift of $1,000.
Are you or your children uninsured? You may be eligible for Catamount Health, VHAP, or Dr. Dynasaur. For details, call Matthew Ennis at 453-5664 or 1-866-482-4723. If you have Internet access, see www.catamounthealth.org.
Sally Fennell Memorial Visual ArtsScholarship
The Sally Fennell Memorial Visual Arts Scholarship information is available in the PHS Guidance Office. Applications are due to Mrs. Kristiansen by April 30.