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Operation Happiness

Operation Happiness

Brianna Pelkey, Writer

December 20, 2019

Operation Happiness takes place every year around the holidays to help families in Northwestern Vermont who need some help. The effort started in 1990.  On Saturday December 14, 2019 in the BFA Cafeteria from 8 a.m. to noon, Operation Happiness will be collecting clothes, food and any other donations. Th...

“Board Games?” Not Hardly; It’s Serious Business

“Board Games?” Not Hardly; It’s Serious Business

Mercury Staff, Staff

December 20, 2019

  The Maple Run Unified School Board (MRUSD) will be holding a meeting at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.   The meeting will be hosted by Saint Albans City School.  All of the MRUSD schools rotate as a location for the twice monthly meetings.    As some Mercury re...

Student Council in the Running of the Bells

Student Council in the Running of the Bells

Owen Biniecki, Editor

December 18, 2019

29 members of BFA’s Student Council participated in St. Albans’ 7th Annual Running of the Bells on Thursday, December 5, 2019.   The event, hosted by the St. Albans Messenger, is a brief one mile long jog around downtown St. Albans that goes to benefit Operation Happiness, an organization that ...

Awarding the Volunteers of America

Awarding the Volunteers of America

Dylan Lamson, Writer

December 17, 2019

Volunteer work is a quintessential part of the high school experience and can do more for students than most expect. The Prudential Spirit of Community Award is an excellent opportunity for students to gain money towards college and add to their resumes.  Acquired through completing extensive volunt...

Journey to the North Pole with the BFA Improv Team!

Journey to the North Pole with the BFA Improv Team!

Kaia McKenzie, Writer

December 17, 2019

St. Albans or the North Pole? Last weekend December 7, 2019  there was a mile long community adventure on St. Albans’ Main Street. The event was opened to children of all ages with nine different locations throughout the city. There were face paintings, sleigh rides, and performances by BFA’s...

Excite for Vermont Young Playwright!

Excite for Vermont Young Playwright!

Kai Hemingway, Assistant Editor

December 17, 2019

On May 19, 2020, Vermont Young Playwrights offers an amazing and one of a kind opportunity for students!  Vermont Stage, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Weston Playhouse, and a collection of professional theatre artists are putting together a festival with the largest youth playwriting pro...

The Tradition of the Holiday Assembly

The Tradition of the Holiday Assembly

Xain DeMont, Writer

December 17, 2019

It’s finally that time of year again.  The time to watch Hallmark movies, Holiday throw up all over the house, and blankets upon blankets of fresh snow on the ground.  It is also time for the traditional holiday assembly at BFA, which takes place on Monday, December 15th.  Each year, stud...

Supercharge your self-esteem

Supercharge your self-esteem

Brianna Pelkey, Writer

December 6, 2019

Many students worry about their self-esteem and health problems while going through high school. Whether they struggle with the way they look, or they just do not feel confident about themselves as a person.    The SuperKids Nutrition Website (https://www.superkidsnutrition.com/) talks about ho...

Making and Remembering Legacies at BFA

Making and Remembering Legacies at BFA

Owen Biniecki, Editor

December 5, 2019

Chris Mosca, former BFA Principal, announced his resignation to the student body on October 22, 2019, one day before he left the position. Mosca’s decision to resign comes in light of the need to reconnect with his family in Maine. “It was a difficult decision. The fact that I live in Maine (a...

What we know about BFA’s water

What we know about BFA’s water

Owen Biniecki, Editor

October 31, 2019

This article reviews information from past editions, specifically Faith in our filters and What’s in your water? While reading these articles is not necessary to understand the information presented, the Mercury encourages you to read these stories for wider context. The Mercury has reported on the state of the drinking water at BFA twice before, ...

The hook of free books

The hook of free books

Kai Hemingway, Writer

October 17, 2019

The issue of students and teachers lacking access to good, personal books has now been solved by the free bookshelf, located just outside the library. The shelf is placed directly outside the entrance to the library and consists of two separate cases for the free books.  Peter Jones has been the librarian at BFA fo...

Cell phone usage in the classroom

Cell phone usage in the classroom

Brianna Pelkey, Writer

October 17, 2019

Over the years many new studies have shown that without cellphones in the classroom, students are more productive. This year, the MRUSD School Board has instituted a new policy regarding cell phones.  Dr. Dirth, Superintendent of Schools, helped develop the new phone policies.  “We are find...

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