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Shookenhuff with friends abroad.
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Ada Shookenuff’s (’23) Experience with International Learning

Rachel Ledoux, Writer March 30, 2022

COVID-19 has put many students in an interesting position over the past few years. Many students spent a year learning online or in a hybrid system, and there are some aspects of school life that still...

Chef Adam Monette in the kitchen at the Northwest Career and Technical Center. Photo credit: Asher Ballantine

Holiday Baking Champion: Adam Monette

Adelyne Collin, Editor January 16, 2022

After receiving a DM (Direct Message) on Instagram from head hunters who scour the internet looking for participants for the Food Network, Adam Monette, culinary instructor at the Northwest Career and...

Darin Dezotelle, wife Katie and their son, Gus

“One of the Greatest Experiences”- A Story of Adoption

Rachel Ledoux, Writer October 13, 2021

For the past few months, Bellows Free Academy social studies teacher Darrin Dezotelle has been having, “one of the greatest experiences of [his] life.” After adopting his soon-to-be-three-year-old...

Martin Kattam’s journey begins, with a truck full of gasoline cans in the back. At one point, some of the gasoline started to leak.
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A Journey of Resilience

Olivia Belrose, Writer June 3, 2021

Maple Run Unified School District’s Director of Technology, Martin Kattam, and his wife, Sara, started working internationally about 10 years ago. First, at an American international school in Almaty,...

An NCTC Medical Professions Classroom
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How Covid has Changed Hands-on Learning within NCTC’s Programs: Part IV

Lianna St. Francis, Writer April 20, 2021

Part IV Human Services/ Curiosity Corners  According to the NCTC program website, Human Services “[helps] others...through...community involvement, and classroom instruction.” The students work...

Students in Mike Antoniaks Public Safety and Fire Services Class.  Photo credit:  Dino Patsouris

How Covid has Changed Hands-on Learning within NCTC’s Programs: Part III

Lianna St. Francis, Writer March 30, 2021

Part III Cosmetology According to the NCTC program website, in Cosmetology “students learn practical skills, such as hair cutting, braiding, coloring, highlighting, and various hairstyling techniques,”...

NCTC culinary instructor Adam Monette works with Hailey Hatin (22).
Photo credit: Dino Patsouris

How Covid has Changed Hands-on Learning within NCTC’s Programs: Part II

Lianna St. Francis, Writer March 9, 2021

Part II Culinary Arts According to the NCTC program website, the Culinary Arts program is focused on “food service,” “workplace readiness” and “restaurant management.” Students gain knowledge...

NCTC instructor Ross Lavoie gives students instructions.
Photo credit: Dino Patsouris

How Covid has Changed Hands-on Learning within Northwest Career and Technical Center’s Programs: Part I

Lianna St. Francis, Writer March 3, 2021

Editor's note:   Lianna St. Francis is a NCTC student in the Building Trades program. Career and technical education centers around the country have had to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic, such as...

BFA Nurse Valarie Lipka stands in the former English Department Office-Turned- Isolation Room
Photo Credit: Helen Simmons

Behind the Scenes at BFA: Adapting to a Global Pandemic

February 6, 2021

On July 23, Superintendent Brigid Nease published Harwood Unified Union School District’s reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Nease introduced the plan with a statement on the effects the COVID-19...

Larissa Hebert during her semester abroad at the University of Heidelberg, Germany at the Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg, Austria.
Photo Credit: Woodrow Thompson

A Drastic Turn for UVM’s College of Arts and Sciences: A Series of Perspectives from Professors, Current Students and Alumni Part IV

January 28, 2021

Larissa and Phillip Hebert, brother and sister-in-law, both studied German at UVM with Larissa Hebert graduating in 2000 and Phillip Hebert graduating in 2001.  Larissa Hebert’s undergraduate degree...

Katherine Brennan
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A Drastic Turn for UVM’s College of Arts and Sciences: A Series of Perspectives from Professors, Current Students and Alumni Part III

Olivia Belrose, Writer January 26, 2021

A Student’s Perspective Katherine Brennan is a senior majoring in religion at UVM. For Brennan, she particularly enjoys the people aspect and examining the ideas of society’s politics through the...

Woodrow Thompson mineral collecting in Connecticut in 1968.
Photo credit: Woodrow Thompson

A Drastic Turn for UVM’s College of Arts and Sciences: A Series of Perspectives from Professors, Current Students and Alumni Part II

Olivia Belrose, Writer January 23, 2021

A Geology Alumni’s Perspective Woodrow Thompson, an alumnus of UVM’s graduate Geology program, 1971, emphasized the need to have a Geology department in the state of Vermont. Aside from working full...

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