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Exchange opportunities

Exchange opportunities

Katharina Spöth, Writer

December 14, 2018


Filed under Features, Opinion, Showcase

Exactly one year ago I submitted a formal application to a German exchange organisation. I was fourteen years old and didn’t seriously think about what I was doing. After half a year full of meetings, essays, surveys, even doctor appointments I had one of the most special days in my life so far. Whe...

The five minute façade

The five minute façade

Haley Seymour, Co-Editor

November 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

For many years at BFA, the time of the doors opening on Tuesdays and Wednesdays has been 8:00 a.m. in the South Building, and 7:00 a.m. in the North Building. As of Nov. 5, 2018, students are not allowed in the South Building on Tuesdays and Wednesdays before 8:05. Another provision made is that th...

Singletons sacrifice students’ schedules

Singletons sacrifice students’ schedules

Haley Seymour, Co-Editor

October 12, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

When the student schedules came out last June, many students were confused to find that many of their AP course requests were not met. Thinking they simply had to move around a few classes, students met with their counselors only to find out that there were five different classes, many of which only...

Everything wrong with “Walk Up, Not Out”

Everything wrong with “Walk Up, Not Out”

Haley Seymour, Editor-In-Training

April 19, 2018


Filed under News, Opinion, Showcase

As an argument against the Student Walk Out, which occurred on March 14 across the country, many people have been posting on social media that students should “Walk Up, Not Out.” The Student Walk Out took place to honor the lives of those who were tragically killed in Parkland, Florida, as well...

Speaking out about school safety

Speaking out about school safety

Julia Scott, Editor-in-Training

March 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Generation Z -- the generation born from vaguely 1998 to now -- have lived in the looming shadow of violence. We are the post-Columbine children and it is clear in our culture, interactions, and attitudes. The invariable response to mass violence by parents, teachers, and administration is that they...

Survey Results Show More Female Depression

Sophia Venturo, Writer

December 20, 2016


Filed under Opinion

The Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a survey administered statewide to all high school students. The results can be broken down by county. The county survey results reflect indulgence in “risk behaviors” of Franklin County high school students.  The responses from the community’s girls reveal...

Not “A” Distraction?

Not “A” Distraction?

Sophia Venturo, Mercury Writer

October 11, 2016


Filed under Opinion

The clothing restrictions defined by the 2016-2017 BFA student handbook are designed to limit the sexualization of students. However, it does the contrary in its process of execution that is unfairly enforced on the student body’s female population. BFA Director of Guidance Preston Randall howeve...

Parking Predicament

Julia Remillard, Writer

February 22, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Despite the endless amount of cars lining the streets and filling the parking lots of local businesses, Bellows Free Academy (BFA) has still not addressed the problem of school parking. “What's the big deal?” you might be wondering.  Well, BFA students are driving to school to get an education,...

Books: cornucopia of knowledge

CJ Brown, Writer

January 12, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Books are one of the oldest ways of sharing knowledge between all humans. Since the Sumerians wrote the first text down on clay tablets, this has been a life changing invention. The convenience of having endless knowledge at one’s fingertips has changed the world by not only the stream of wisdom, ...

Speaking poetry: needed or no

Ben Stoll, Editor

January 12, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

  It’s that time of year again, when students all around the country gather in their individual schools and begin putting poems to memory for Poetry Out Loud in hope of making it to the finals. But what is Poetry Out Loud? Why do students practice putting poems to heart? Poetry Out Loud is...

Delay the start of the school day

Sierra Hernandez, Writer

January 12, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Schools all around the country are coming to the same realization. Teenagers need sleep. As a result of this realization, many schools are pushing back the start of the school day to after 8 a.m. Many schools in neighboring states (New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire) start the school day late...

Cell phones: a blessing or curse?

Colin McGovern, Writer

December 30, 2015


Filed under Opinion

In recent years, the accessibility of portable devices, like cell phones, has skyrocketed to the point where most everybody has one. A study made by the Pew Research Center in 2013 has shown that roughly 78% of teens have cell phones. Obviously, since then the percent of people owning cell phones ha...

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