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Words for the mind

Words for the mind

Mariah Clogston, Writer

October 26, 2017

The brain is a muscle that needs exercise- just like the rest of the body- and the best way to get that exercise is to read, whether it be independently or as a group. Independent reading, however, is not an activity enjoyed by many students. “I’m a busy person so I don’t always have the time to read...

The nationwide battle: arts VS sports

The nationwide battle: arts VS sports

Haley Seymour, Writer

October 26, 2017

Sports vs. arts: an age-long dispute in schools all over America, so which do the teachers and students at BFA think are more important? There is a debate of whether sports or arts are more important for future life skills; therefore the Mercury interviewed Geoff Murray and Eric Bushey, two members of t...

Annual Flu Vaccination Clinic

Annual Flu Vaccination Clinic

Ambyr Wagner, Editor-In-Chief

September 18, 2017

BFA St. Albans, VT., Sept. 18 /BFA Mercury/ ― On Thursday, September 21 Bellows Free Academy will be holding their Annual Flu Vaccination Clinic from 2:45-3:45 in the afternoon in the principal’s conference room. Anyone over 19 years of age is invited, and all types of insurance- including thos...

An unsung BFA hero

An unsung BFA hero

Ambyr Wagner, Asst. Editor

June 9, 2017

In the topsy-turvy era of technology, it was only natural for BFA to seek out a person to take up the role as Technology Integration Facilitator. That person was Stephen Davis... Facilitating the integration of Canvas, PLP’s, SBAC, IEP, 504, AU support and IT support -all programs that the BFA c...

Student parking: the call for action

Ashley LaBelle, Mercury Writer

June 9, 2017

Sixty-three empty spots is what students see, on average, when they walk in between buildings to get from third to fourth period each day. The next day sixty-two; the day before April break, seventy-four empty spots. Yet some get here at 6:30 a.m. to get a spot in front of the school, which still is n...

New school resource officer named

New school resource officer named

Ambyr Wagner, Asst. Editor

June 8, 2017

Out with the old and in with the new, goes the old expression.  Starting with the 2017-18 school year, a new School Resource Officer (SRO) will join the faculty. Corporal William “Will” Furnari will be taking Corporal Paul Talley’s position. “Cpl. William Furnari has been a Police Officer with the S...

A Catamount Lectures at BFA

A Catamount Lectures at BFA

Alek Wolfe, Writer

February 21, 2017

Elizabeth Fenton (Liz) recently spoke to Mrs. Larissa Hebert's English classes on as to whether or not the "n" word should be allowed in the American classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Fenton, a literature professor at UVM, has been delivering an annual speech for Hebert's classes, for now,...

New “Kicks” for School Faculty…

New

Ambyr Wagner, Writer

February 17, 2017

Put yourself in someone else’s shoes.... That decade-old phrase now can be practiced by school leaders throughout the United States. A new initiative, Shadow A Student Challenge, is challenging local school leaders in every community across the country to shadow a student attending a school f...

Vermonters Give a Hoot

Vermonters Give a Hoot

Alek Wolfe, Writer

February 13, 2017

Vermont is a prominent destination for people who live to hunt... What happens when hunting goes from a seasonal activity to a killing contest? On Saturday, Feb 11, in Bristol VT, seventy-five people gathered for a peaceful protest to stop a coyote killing contest. This planned contest was ...

One BFA Program Unites All

Laura DeMarse and Gabby Gamache -two Young Athletes coaches- pose for a picture.

Alek Wolfe, Writer

February 10, 2017

BFA has an abundance of programs that are offered.... Whether it be athletics, digital video production, culinary, etc. Each class offering consists of students who are more than willing  to make a difference in their schooling environment The BFA Young Athlete Program is a prime example of this.. Sarah...

BFA Buzzing with Text Messages

BFA Buzzing with Text Messages

Ashley LaBelle, Writer

February 9, 2017

Stumbling and bumbling through the halls, high school students frequently find themselves causing hallway “traffic.” Is cell phone usage a problem today??? -YES!- Teens today have grown up in an age where they have been exposed to technology since grade school. Many believe that this e...

Musical Magic

Musical Magic

Ambyr Wagner, Writer

February 9, 2017

Music bellowed through the halls of Bellows Free Academy on Friday, Jan 23 and 24. Students from all of the high schools north-western Vermont came together those two days to practice and prepare several pieces to play for the crowd. However, each student had to go through a long and nerve-wrackin...

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