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The uncertain future of Vermont schools

The uncertain future of Vermont schools

Kai Hemingway, Editor

May 16, 2020

As Covid-19 continues to spread across the United States, everyone is affected in some way. Vermont is no exception to this pandemic and its colleges are being hit hard. Vermont’s status as a less populated, rural state, Vermont colleges and universities depend on the money that students bring in t...

Summer Vacation in: COVID-19 the Musical

Summer Vacation in: COVID-19 the Musical

Owen Biniecki, Editor

May 6, 2020

Due to the current pandemic and its effect on all of our lives, I thought a more light-hearted, casual story would be more appropriate for this cycle. This story will contain many of my personal opinions, so I recommend you take them with a grain of salt… after all, what do I know? So, without further...

Engineering a feel good moment

Engineering a feel good moment

Dylan Lamson, Writer

March 5, 2020

Many students across the country ask themselves when school classes will play into the real world. Liam Rocheleau (‘20) was one of many students who asked themselves this very question. When the parents of a MapleRun preschooler from Saint Albans City reached out to BFA, Rocheleau had an answer to...

Matilda is a story for all ages!

Matilda is a story for all ages!

Kai Hemingway, Assistant Editor

December 9, 2019

Matilda the Musical is an amazing show about Matilda Wormwood, a miracle child, and her journey through a troubled family life, a frightful headmistress, an exceptional teacher and the emergence of strange, new powers.  The musical follows not just Matilda, but the other children present, Matilda’s own fami...

Screen Time on Your Mind?

Screen Time on Your Mind?

Kaia McKenzie, Writer

December 5, 2019

You’re at home, feeling stressed, doing your homework. Your phone vibrates. Feeling a ridiculous urge you check the fresh notification. The screen reflects a message from social media which puts you at ease. Just checking your phone brings you happiness? Huh?  Lately, the discussion has swarmed...

Halloween Creeps Into BFA

Halloween Creeps Into BFA

Xain DeMont, Writer

November 5, 2019

Ever since we were little kids, Halloween has been that one night a year where we dress up as someone other than ourselves, and gorge on endless amounts of candy.  Now that we’re older, Halloween is all about pranks, parties, causing trouble, and just spending time with friends.  Americans s...

The Secret Harm of Dab Pens

The Secret Harm of Dab Pens

Dylan Lamson, Writer

November 4, 2019

Note: The Mercury rarely uses anonymous sources in stories. The editor felt it was appropriate for this story.   With the rise of student vaping in schools, one would expect nicotine and tobacco offenses to rise at a similar rate as marijuana. However, Marijuana offenses have significantl...

Matilda, the musical miracle comes to BFA

Matilda, the musical miracle comes to BFA

Kai Hemingway, Writer

October 17, 2019

As another year of school commences, this year’s school play, the musical Matilda, does as well!  The original musical was first performed on December 9, 2010 by Musical Theatre International, MTI for short. The playwright was Dennis Kelly with Tim Minchin as composer and lyricist.  BFA’...

Calling All Students!

Calling All Students!

Kaia McKenzie, Writer

October 17, 2019

Monday morning. You walk into your enrichment classroom and sit down  to listen to the announcements with your fellow advisees. You then are dumbfounded to find that you missed an awesome extracurricular school activity over the past weekend. Talk about Mondays!! Bellows Free Academy has and hosts...

1,2,3… PLC?

Julia Scott, Co-Editor

June 10, 2019

Teacher collaboration is vital to school cohesion. We see this cooperation in Freshman teams and department collaboration that help to unify curriculum and aid students. These groups, called Professional Learning Communities, or PLCs are designed allow teachers to meet, share, and work together ...

Mercury through the years

Mercury through the years

Haley Seymour, Co-Editor

June 10, 2019

The BFA Mercury has been published regularly at BFA since 1930, when the school first opened. This student publication has covered many topics over the years from school safety to start times. So how many times has history repeated itself? 20 years ago, in 1999, students were talking about many of the s...

Optimism for journalism: what you didn’t know

Optimism for journalism: what you didn't know

Katharina Spöth, Writer

June 10, 2019

If you're still thinking about your class schedule for next year, this article could have an impact on your choices and thus, an impact on your life. This article is based on interviews with a student journalist, an editor and the media advisor for BFA’s journalism class, as well as the reporte...

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