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BFA students looking for shell fossils on Isle la Motte.  Photo credit:  Larissa Hebert

“A Tale of Two Oceans” – BFA’s “Rocks and Writing” Field Trip

Rachel Ledoux, Editor August 5, 2022

On July 29, a group of Bellows Free Academy students got to witness the making of Vermont through geology.  Larissa Hebert, a BFA English teacher, and Woodrow Thompson, her father and retired Maine...

BFA students participate in a writing workshop with poet Suzanne Rancourt.
Photo credit: Larissa Hebert

“Celebrating Indigenous Poetry of New England” – The Sundog Justice and Poetry Event

Rachel Ledoux, Editor August 4, 2022

On July 22, for the first time since 2019, the Sundog Poetry organization was able to host their annual “Justice and Poetry for All” event at Kill Kare State Park.  The “Justice and Poetry”...

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The Struggle for Solar Power at BFA

Rachel Ledoux, Writer June 7, 2022

On a small section of the Bellows Free Academy roof, on top of the North building, there is a group of 60 solar panels that account for about five percent of BFA’s electricity Dan Plimpton, a science...

BFA to Remove Some Tracking in Courses

BFA to Remove Some Tracking in Courses

Rachel Ledoux, Writer June 6, 2022

Next year, Bellows Free Academy will be undergoing a series of changes, from a bell schedule to a new intercom system.  The way some courses are offered at BFA will change as well.  BFA students currently...

The senior cast of Junior Jam. Photo credit:  Rachel Ledoux

Junior Jam 2022

Rachel Ledoux, Writer June 3, 2022

On May 26, dozens of Bellows Free Academy students gathered for a night of competitive theatre.  According to BFA's drama teacher, Susan Palmer, this event, known as Junior Jam, is a staple in the...

A Two-Year Journey: The Black Lives Matter Flag

Rachel Ledoux, Writer June 3, 2022

On June 1, a two-year project finally came to fruition at Bellows Free Academy. After two years of petitioning, speaking and campaigning, the BFA Social Justice Club succeeded in getting the Black Lives...

Alayna Carpenters prom hairstyle 2022
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Stylist Valerie Longe on Prom Hair 2022

June 1, 2022

My mom, Valerie Longe, is a stylist and owner of Everything Grows Salon on Kingman Street, St. Albans. As a high school junior, I went to prom. My mom did my hair, obviously, and she did others too....

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BFA’s Summer Academy Breakout and Summer School Classes 2022

Cooper O'Connell, Writer June 1, 2022

“These are great opportunities,” said Sorel Chaput when asked about the summer programs going on at Bellows Free Academy. Chaput, BFA's 504 coordinator is one of the organizers BFA's Academy Breakout...

BFA Move Up Day
Photo credit: Larissa Hebert

BFA Move-Up Day 2022

Brooke Holland, Editor May 31, 2022

On May 27, Bellows Free Academy held this year's Move-Up Day for the incoming freshman.  According to BFA guidance counselor, Stephanie Hodgeman, who helped coordinate the event and shared a schedule...

Larissa Hebert and Christopher Moore. Photo credit: Asher Ballantine

Incoming AP Readers: BFA’s Larissa Hebert and Christopher Moore

Adelyne Collin, Editor May 30, 2022

According to Bellows Free Academy teachers Larissa Hebert and Christopher Moore, within a couple of weeks they will be heading off to score AP exams.  Hebert and Moore explained how, after many years...

Northwest Medical Center provides a presentation on job opportunities to BFA and NCTC students.  Photo credit: Liam Mahabirt

Career Connections for BFA and NCTC Students

Teresa Collins, Contributor May 27, 2022

Over the course of the 2021-22 school year, Bellows Free Academy has had 13 career connection presentations during Wednesday Enrichment periods. These presentations included local businesses like Green...

Members of Club Interact, Student Council and NCTC’s Outdoor Technology program put together a bench for the new outdoor classroom.
Photo credit: Stephanie Hodgeman

BFA’s New Outdoor Classroom Comes Into Shape

Logan O'Brien, Contributor May 26, 2022

Picture this, the connector was just built and it is a nice day to sit outside and catch some fresh air sitting at some picnic tables and hanging with friends. You go and find a picnic table…Wait a minute,...

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