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Irresponsible electorate?

Irresponsible electorate?

Julia Scott, Co-Editor

March 15, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

On March 5, the voting population of the Maple Run Unified School District approved the BFA connector project budget of 5.7 million dollars. The first Town Meeting in Vermont was held in Bennington in 1762, before Vermont was even a state. Since then the practice has grown to an annual event, held on the first Tuesday of March each year. ...

From Mercury to Pluto?

From Mercury to Pluto?

Owen Biniecki, Writer

February 22, 2019


Filed under Features, Opinion, Showcase

The future of journalism is of concern, especially in the “Age of Media Distrust,” as The Atlantic has called the current relationship between the worlds of journalism and politics in the modern era. This wave of attacks on the legitimacy of the press have even been spouted from current US pr...

Stars, Stripes and Stereotypes

Stars, Stripes and Stereotypes

Katharina Spöth, Writer

February 12, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

For nearly half a year I've had the opportunity to develop my observations about (part of) the U.S. American culture. Living in a host family, travelling to some other places besides Vermont and attending BFA has been, and still is, a great for me way to kind of get to know what is going on here. ...

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, ...

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