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Celebrating Student Press Freedom Day!

Celebrating Student Press Freedom Day!

February 12, 2019


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BFA Journalism students celebrate Student Press Freedom Day on January 31st, 2019!

Plunging into action

Plunging into action

Haley Seymour, Co-Editor

February 11, 2019


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On Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, many students and community members around Vermont, including 11 members on the BFA team, did the Penguin Plunge in order to raise money for Special Olympics Vermont. According to the Penguin Plunge website, the purpose of the fundraiser is to raise as much money as possible for Special Olympics. "Funds ra...

New district string teacher at MRUSD

New district string teacher at MRUSD

Karen McDaniel, Writer

January 14, 2019


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The Maple Run Unified School District has been lucky enough to have a strong music program, with chorus and band and other music classes offered throughout the various schools. Until recently however, there was no strings program available at most of the elementary or middle schools within the distr...

Education or aggravation?

Education or aggravation?

Elizabeth Pietras, Writer

January 14, 2019


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As the holiday season comes to an end, exams are just around the corner, leading many BFA students, with the exception of the class of 2019, to wonder how semester exams will affect their proficiency-based scores. In 2016, as enforced by state law, BFA switched from a traditional grading system, consisti...

Poetry Out Loud: 2019 edition

Poetry Out Loud: 2019 edition

Owen Biniecki, Writer

January 14, 2019


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Poetry Out Loud is an annual contest in which students recite poems from a select pool of literature, which changes every year. The competition starts at the classroom level, then to the schoolwide and regional/statewide levels before advancing to the national finals. Each competitor is graded by ju...

Baby, it’s cold outside

Baby, it’s cold outside

Karen McDaniel, Writer

January 3, 2019


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It’s the season of giving, which lines up with the frigid winters of Vermont. As always, there are many people in need of warm outer clothing this time of year, and most people are guilty of keeping some that are no longer used. In order to remedy this issue, two coat drives were held at BFA this year...

A new priority: the writing prompt

A new priority: the writing prompt

Haley Seymour, Co-Editor

December 17, 2018


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The Maple Run Unified School District has implemented a new writing prompt, which was administered to freshmen at BFA on Dec. 5. The stated purpose is that this new effort will measure growth throughout elementary, middle, and high school. This writing prompt will take place three times a year during ad...

Can news give you the blues?

Can news give you the blues?

Owen Biniecki, Writer

December 14, 2018


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What we read affects how we think, from how we interpret it to how we relive what’s on the page in the theatres of our minds. The news that we consume as readers every day may be the most impactful. This takeaway we get from our daily sources of information, especially when sources are beginning to w...

Alumni in office

Alumni in office

Karen McDaniel, Writer

November 20, 2018


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Though national government gets more attention, local politics affect our daily lives more intimately. It’s especially exciting when people who are known throughout the community become involved in government. For BFA in particular, there are four alumni who have held positions in local government o...

Only fools juul in school

Only fools juul in school

Katharina Spöth, Writer

November 20, 2018


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Using prohibited and risky e-cigarettes is part of the many students’ everyday life. E-cigarettes aren’t just repudiated alternatives for obstinate chainsmokers anymore, they have become a dangerous trend among the “cool” reckless youth. Two out of 78 students who took part in a poll for this article,...

The Big Contro-fur-sy

The Big Contro-fur-sy

Elizabeth Pietras, Writer

November 2, 2018


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Do you identify as a furry? Last month, the BFA daily announcements asked this controversial question, fueling an enduring and heated debate amidst the student body. Tori Jessiman (‘21),  the student responsible for the idea of a BFA “Furry Club,” confesses that her only intentions were to ...

French on duty

French on duty

Isaiah Cline, Writer

November 2, 2018


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Here at Bellows Free Academy, officer David French is the schools new School Resource Officer.  He is replacing officer Paul Morits, who preceded French. One of the first student resource officers according to Blackfoot Police was in the 1950’s, in Michigan “In the late 1950's, the first S...

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