A written experience

A written experience

Alek Wolfe, Asst. Editor

September 19, 2017


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Everybody has a poem to tell and write (although it may be a dying art-form). Vergennes,  Montpelier, Bellows Free Academy (BFA), and Rockpoint school is no different. On the day of Sept 14, 2017 high school students from BFA, Montpelier, Vergennes and Rockpoint gathered at the Bishop Booth cent...

The ‘Dancing Does’

The ‘Dancing Does’

Alek Wolfe, Reporter

June 9, 2017


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Many varsity BFA sports have the support of some type of cheerleading team. Whether it be shaking pom-poms as a cheerleader, or dancing for the BFA Dance Team, these groups are a big part of what makes BFA games fun and entertaining. "It's a life-long activity that can be used to create a user friendly...

Being Black in Franklin County, Vermont

Keiona Fulton, Writer

June 9, 2017


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“Oh hey, there's watermelon today, you want some?” This comment is followed by snickers and laughs. Hearing this kind of comment is something that has happened regularly at BFA, to me.  Being black in an almost all white state can be very hard sometimes. For me, I was born and raised in Vermont, s...

Coyote hunting: “Who the howl cares?”

Coyote hunting: “Who the howl cares?”

Alek Wolfe, Writer

March 16, 2017


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When you mention “Vermont,” many people think of deer camps and maple syrup and cows.  Imagine having to help Vermonters find the ideal balance between the wild part of Vermont, with the domesticated parts that go together to make Vermont special.  This is one of the reasons the Vermont Department...

Upward Bound provides opportunity at BFA

Ambyr Wagner, Writer

March 16, 2017


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High school students have a tough time when it comes to college. Some worry about the process and how they are going to get into college, while others are afraid that they will not have the money to pay for a higher education. Upward Bound, a program run by Johnson State College and other New England sc...

Snow days; a blessing or a curse?

Snow days; a blessing or a curse?

Keiona Fulton, Writer

December 20, 2016


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Every student, from their first days of school till graduation, loves having a snow day. The white cold snow covering all that is in sight. But what happens after that? Do you have an extra day of school on top of that now? Is it just an extra, added day of school during the blistering hot summer? That...

Leaders are made, not born

Leaders are made, not born

Ambyr Wagner, Writer

December 20, 2016


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Many people have a wish to be more confident in themselves and become a leader. Either in their friend group, home, community or elsewhere. BFA’s Leadership class, with their teacher Mary Brouillette, provides students the opportunity to reach these goals. The leadership class builds up a student’s...

Dynamic DECA Explored

James Konrad, Writer

December 20, 2016


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What in the world is DECA? To be honest with you, I had no idea until earlier in the year when I faintly heard an announcement about it over the loudspeaker as I shuffled through the cluttered hallway. DECA. It had a nice ring to it and I wanted to learn more. Turns out DECA isn’t just a program...

AWOD; Changing the World

Reace Baker, Writer

December 20, 2016


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For years, members of society have been faced with the ugliness of discrimination and forced to endure all the hate and neglect that comes with it. In October of 1913 an organization was founded to help stop discrimination, mainly to try to stop discrimination against Jewish people. But it grew into...

Homework: Necessary?

Homework: Necessary?

Isaac Bittner, Amira Derbala, Isaac Shover & Caleb Smith, BFA Students

November 14, 2016


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This investigation and story was submitted by Ms. Jacqueline Kaufman's freshman English class: We all know homework can’t kill us, but it sure gives us a lot of stress. We surveyed 6% of the freshman class and 11 of our teachers.  Students know homework isn’t going anywhere except home with us. Te...

Generation Why?

Generation Why?

Ambyr Wagner, Mercury Writer

November 14, 2016


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What is a generation? Have you thought about the generations? What generation are you? Let’s start off relatively simple and build up your understanding of generations. Dictionary.com defines a generation as “a group of individuals, most of whom are the same approximate age, having similar ideas...

Martin Fills The Void

Martin Fills The Void

Alek Wolfe, Mercury Writer

November 1, 2016


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BFA has a boatload of people ready to give their time, dedication, and effort at any instant to make the school a safer and better environment for students and staff. Scott Martin is one of those people. Martin keeps the school safe and clean for all the community to use as the Facilities Manager of ...

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