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A Covid test swab.  Photo credit:  Lyla Rouleau

Covid Surveillance Testing at BFA

Georgia Casavant, Writer October 25, 2021

COVID surveillance testing is well underway at the Maple Run Unified School District.  Theresa Callan, Executive Assistant to Bellows Free Academy's Principal Brett Blanchard, said that, at BFA, staff...

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Northwest Nightmares Returns In-Person

Brooke Holland, Editor October 18, 2021

According to Northwest Access Television’s press release, the  Northwest Nightmares Film Festival is a festival sponsored by Twiggs restaurant and the Vermont Surrogacy Network, where local filmmaker...

Outside a gender-neutral bathroom at BFA.
Photo credit:  Brooke Holland

BFA’s Moves Toward Inclusion

Adelyne Collin, Editor October 14, 2021

Bellow Free Academy has made some steps to create a more inclusive classroom and school environment by designating certain bathrooms as gender-neutral and by providing pronoun updates in PowerSchool. Nicole...

BFA teachers participate in Fridays event.
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BFA Teachers Stand Strong Against Racism and Hate

Claire Johnson, Writer October 12, 2021

In the early morning of Oct. 8, Bellows Free Academy teachers and students banded together in a display against hate. Holding signs made the night before by students in BFA’s Social Justice Club, students...

Cast rehearsing for Into The Woods. 
Photo Credit: Susan Palmer

Into the Woods Fall Production Preview

Teresa Collins, Contributor September 29, 2021

This school year Bellows Free Academy’s Theater program is putting on a production called Into The Woods, directed by Susan Palmer, BFA’s drama teacher. According to Palmer, students are getting...

BFAs refreshed cafeteria
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BFA’s Refreshed Cafeteria

Kaylee McKenzie, Contributor September 29, 2021

The bright green and yellow walls have been retired as new improvements have taken place in Bellow Free Academy's cafeteria, with fresh shades of grey and neutrals taking over.  The remodel was done...

Keith Carlton instructs his Sports Literature class.  Photo credit:  Larissa Hebert

Booming Class Sizes at BFA

Jacob Holmes, Writer September 27, 2021

According to Theresa Callan, Executive Assistant to Principal Brett Blanchard, this year Bellows Free Academy's student body grew from 845 to 926, increasing by a whopping 9.6 percent.  This sizable...

People marching down Church St., Burlington Vt. during the pride parade. 
Photo: Jasmine Duncan (23)

A Hug from Everyone

Jasmine Duncan, Writer September 26, 2021

“You spend so long hiding to make other people who are straight and cis feel comfortable...but at pride, you don’t have to worry about that,” said Bee Swan (‘23) with a smile on his face.  Swan,...

NCTC students and staff celebrate the end of their community scavenger hunt at Taylor Park.
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The Hive at NCTC

Adelyne Collin, Editor September 25, 2021

Northwest Career and Technical Center started their year with The HIVE, a series of events that exposes students to resources both in school and around their community. This event was developed by NCTC’s...

Angela Riley at her desk.
Photo credit:  Georgia Casavant (22)

A Farewell to Riley

Georgia Casavant, Writer September 24, 2021

Angela Riley is the attendance monitor here at Bellow Free Academy and has made a positive impact on the student body.  Riley is known to students as “Angela,” “Ms. Riley” or even “Kaylie’s...

Aerial view of BFAs football field.  Photo credit: Dino Patsouris

BFA Homecoming Preview 2021

Cassidy Audette, Contributor September 24, 2021

With Covid-19 being a huge factor in school, the Bellows Free Academy student body is all probably wondering, how much will it affect our beloved homecoming? What really is homecoming, and why is it...

BFAs 2021 outdoor graduation ceremony at the Collins Perley Complex.  Photo credit:  Larissa Hebert

BFA Graduation 2021

Rachel Ledoux, Writer June 22, 2021

After four years of hard work, a pandemic and struggles by the score, Bellows Free Academy's class of 2021 walked across the stage and accepted their diplomas on June 12. This event, despite the turmoil...

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