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Priorities for Minorities

Priorities for Minorities

Karen McDaniel, Writer

October 12, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Hispanic Heritage Month runs annually from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The question is, how many BFA students know this? Many schools, especially those with more diverse populations, celebrate months like these schoolwide, and typically incorporate them into their curriculum somehow. So, since BFA is not d...

Never gonna give you up…

Never gonna give you up…

Isaiah Cline, Writer

October 12, 2018


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Here at Bellows Free Academy, music is played during passing time. The music is constant and has been the same for awhile.  Why no change? Jennifer Konrad is a human services teacher for the Northwest Technical Center.  Mrs. Konrad has been here at BFA for two years and loves it. “I like ...

They’re poets, and they know it

They’re poets, and they know it

Elizabeth Pietras, Writer

October 12, 2018


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Poetry is to the mind as a warm bowl of soup is to a chilled soul; it nourishes us, revives us, and prepares us for the road ahead. In a 2006 study from the University of Liverpool, researchers observed the human brain in response to Shakespeare. Their data suggests that the language of poetry creates ...

“An apple a day…”

“An apple a day…”

Katharina Spöth, Writer

October 12, 2018


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Grabbing a family size pack of Goldfish and opening a can of Red Bull takes maybe twenty seconds of work to “prepare” something that some people may call a “meal”. At the same time, two out of three persons in the United States are diagnosed overweight or obese according to the National D...

Spanish equals Salemno

Spanish equals Salemno

Morgan Heth, Writer

October 2, 2018


Filed under Features, Profiles, Showcase

Kat Salemno, a young and energetic woman, is the newest member of the world languages department at BFA St. Albans. Salemno is teaching Spanish I and Spanish II at BFA, and in addition, is teaching sixth through eighth grade Spanish at Fairfield Center School. Salemno lives in Milton and says: “T...

Science with Mr. Brown

Science with Mr. Brown

Isaiah Cline, Writer

October 2, 2018


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Paul Brown is a new teacher in the science department, teaching biology. He has been teaching the subject for one year. In between the years of 2016-2017, Brown had the opportunity to become a long term substitute teacher for two schools in the science department: Connecticut Valley High School ...

Dezo”tell”e me about it

Dezo”tell”e me about it

Aliviah Bechard

October 2, 2018


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Darrin Dezotelle is a new staff member here at BFA. He is a Vermonter. “I grew up in the Cambridge/Waterville area, so I went to high school at Lamoille Union,” Dezotelle said. He explains that one of the teachers at Lamoille had a long term influence on him. “Ms. Cooney was the rea...

Guiding the way: a new intern in guidance

Guiding the way: a new intern in guidance

Karen McDaniel, Writer

September 28, 2018


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BFA welcomes some new additions to the faculty and staff. Mrs. Ashlie Olio is a new intern in the guidance department as a social worker. Mrs. Olio is not a native Vermonter, and in fact comes from somewhere drastically different. “I was born in Detroit, but I grew up on Long Island,” Olio sa...

Thank You Josh Kaufmann!

Thank You Josh Kaufmann!

September 24, 2018


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The Mercury thanks Josh Kaufmann, Sports Editor of the St. Albans Messenger for coming and talking to us all about Journalism!

Into a new broadcast of life

Into a new broadcast of life

Alek Wolfe, Assistant Editor

June 13, 2018


Filed under Features

When I was a junior at BFA, I got involved with the BFA Mercury as a reporter. I had previously been commentating and announcing basketball and hockey. I wanted to get experience in journalism and news reporting. Being with the Mercury has taught me a lot about writing, reporting, and getting the correct...

Onto the next drive

Onto the next drive

Ambyr Wagner, Editor-In-Chief

June 13, 2018


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The thought of leaving high school is a strange and exciting one. Strange for the fact that I will indeed be leaving a place I have grown comfortable in. I know the hallways and have made many friends with the teachers... Some of whom have admitted to wanting to adopt me, as strange as that is. It is...

Senior pranks: not all it’s quacked up to be

Senior pranks: not all it’s quacked up to be

Owen Pelkey, Writer

June 13, 2018


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In the last couple weeks remaining, BFA faculty has had one impending doom lingering in their mind: the senior prank. As the days to graduation wound down, it was only a matter of time until the senior class pulled their prank, leaving their final mark on the hallways of BFA. On Wednesday, June 6,...

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