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Advantageous AP?

Advantageous AP?

Dan Gregory, Writer

May 8, 2016


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“I like my life, I don’t need any more chaos,”  Branden Mays (‘16) said. He was referring to Advanced Placement class, and why he chooses not to take them. Many BFA  Sophomores and Juniors are currently contemplating taking AP classes next year. When applying to college, having an AP...

How much time is left

How much time is left

Gabe Friz-Trillo, Writer

May 6, 2016


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Being a student is always tough. There is always that one more essay, that one more question, that one more minute until the bell. All those ones can pretty quickly add up until they start to pile up. Aside from the tasks that are given out during the school day, what about after school? Where st...

BFA alumni return

BFA alumni return

Ben Stoll, Editor

May 6, 2016


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With only a few weeks left until graduation, BFA seniors will be finishing up class credits and community service hours with the hope of walking down the aisle at the Collins Perley Sports Center to receive their diplomas and become BFA alumni. Everyone, however, knows that part. They know what happens durin...

Dr. Randall: BFA’s Newest Guidance Director

Dr. Randall: BFA’s Newest Guidance Director

Amber Cooper, Writer

March 21, 2016


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Dr. Randall, a well known guidance counselor at Bellows Free Academy St. Albans, is known for his sparkling personality that enables a certain ease in a conversation. Not only is he a guidance counselor but he also owns the title of BFA’s “Guidance Director.” To find out more, BFA Principa...

Should Schools Be More “Uniform”

Should Schools Be More “Uniform”

Julia Remillard, Writer

March 21, 2016


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Over 49 percent of public schools in the U.S. require uniforms or formal dress codes as of 2013, and this percent continues to rise. School uniforms are often associated with private schools. As of the year 2000 numerous public schools are changing their policies. Bellows Free Academy...

AWOD Effectiveness Questioned

Dan Gregory, Writer

March 21, 2016


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All freshman at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans VT have to participate in A World of Difference, or AWOD. The sponsored activity meets in freshman advisories every Wednesday and attempts to teach about diversity and unity. However, the message does not always get across. A representative grouping...

2,500 hours+ of Community Service

CJ Brown, Writer

March 21, 2016


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BFA seniors have numerous things to focus on at once. Among these things to focus on, seniors have to meet the requirements for class credits and final exams. However, there is one that is less recognized than the rest. Community service is vitally important for graduation. As a matter...

PLP’s: Possible or Pointless?

Ben Stoll, Writer

February 22, 2016


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This year, the freshmen class of 2019 will be the first set of students from Bellows Free Academy that will set up Personal Learning Plans (PLP’s). Under the Act 77 Flexible Pathways bill, which was signed by Governor Peter Shumlin on June. 6 2013, PLP’s were to be implemented for all students...

Run Hide Fight

Colin McGovern, Writer

February 22, 2016


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In life there are some situations we cannot fully prepare for. Over the last ten decades, active shooter situations has become more and more common. A protocol issued by the Department of Homeland Security may be the best precaution to date to deal with this sort of situation. The protocol run, hide,...

Farmers feeding the local community

Levi Stanley, Writer

January 12, 2016


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On Friday Dec. 4, 2015 the second annual Holiday Tractor Parade took place. The Saint Albans Co-op store created this event in late 2014, for the local farmers who wanted to highlight VT dairy, and that would thank the general public for their support of dairy farmers. The parade took place in Saint ...

Operation Happiness: a gift to the less fortunate

Colin McGovern, Writer

January 12, 2016


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The December holidays are a time of giving, peace, and fun. Unfortunately, some members of the community need an extra hand of support to get them and their families through the holidays. The generous people that volunteer their time at Operation Happiness are willing to help out. Operation Happi...

Great coaching; what makes it possible?

Emilie Linstedt & Mercury Staff, Writer

December 30, 2015


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Many BFA athletes recall a former coach with great fondness.  “Coach X was the BEST!”  But what was it about that coach? What are the qualities that make up a good coach, anyway?  Is it just the coach’s personality, or did she or he learn specific skills along the way? According to Bill ...

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