Students Make Lemonade

Mr. Ryan Eaton

During the Current COVID-19 pandemic, the CVU community has experienced new and diverse experiences. These experiences have given people opportunities to do and try new things.

This video shows the various things some CVU students do when dealing with quarantine. There’s everything between throwing rocks and playing sports, to new hobbies and shopping online. Everyone deals with quarantine differently, and these are just some things people do to stay occupied.

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2020 Graduates Honor Connor Lewis’ Memory

Ms. Sabine Foerg and Ms. Lauren Kovacik

CVU’s 2020 senior class chooses to honor their former classmate, Connor Lewis, with a memorial scholarship for two deserving seniors,  keeping Connor Lewis in their hearts as they graduate from high school. Students and teachers voted for two recipients of the scholarship on May 15th.

On June 2nd, 2017, our community unexpectedly lost a beloved classmate, student, and friend. Connor Lewis, remembered by his community as a kind, nurturing, and lighthearted student, has remained in the hearts and minds of his classmates, CVU’s graduating class of 2020. As a 9th grader, Connor entered the CVU community in the Nichols core. Years later, a committee of his classmates and friends have chosen to honor him as they graduate high school by creating a scholarship in his name.

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Students and faculty were asked to nominate “a classmate who embodies these values: kindness, inclusivity, and dependability”, says Principal Adam Bunting who addressed the community.  “Two $1000 scholarships will be awarded to CVU High School seniors who have demonstrated these values over the course of their four years of high school.”  These scholarships are to be given in honor of Lewis, and the students who receive them should have and portray some of the characteristics that Lewis is remembered most for.

The committee is led by Connor’s friend and classmate, Garrett Gruendling, alongside several other seniors. Originally, this group was organizing a ping pong tournament to raise funds for the scholarship, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event was unable to take place. Instead, the group turned to their classmates and came up with the idea of the scholarship in Lewis’ name.

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Community Has Your Back

 

Ms.  Lexi Anderson

Over the course of the past month, the world has drastically changed. The normal day to day rituals have transformed in the light of a new global crisis, COVID-19. This pandemic has touched every aspect of everyday life, eating away at normalcy, and proving a threat to millions of people globally. The news is bleak, and often disheartening. Once bustling streets have now gone silent. Classrooms sit unused. Hospitals are struggling as supermarket shelves sit empty, ghostly reminders of life before lockdown.

However, the bolstered sense of community is anything but depressing. Towns are rallying, people are protecting each other by staying inside despite it’s difficulty, and a new initiative has begun; having those who know how to sew in the community create and donate masks for people in need. 

Since COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, breathing masks are essential for people on the front lines of fighting the pandemic, as well as those most at risk. As the cases in the United States grow exponentially, the number of available masks is plummeting. According to Business Insider, the United States only has 1% of the necessary number of masks, which is 3.5 billion. 

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The masks that are most effective for hospital workers treating coronavirus patients are the scarce N95 respirators, a mask that helps filter and facilitate healthy airflow. These masks are imperative for those on the front lines of the virus; unfortunately there aren’t enough to go around. Though they are the most effective, they’re also the most rare, and so citizens have stepped in to help. 

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) “CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.” Though they do not have the quality of the N95 masks, these homemade cloth face coverings are imperative to slow the spread of COVID-19 among the community. “[recommend] the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others” The CDC says. 

In Shelburne, as you drive down the street, or walk into the grocery store, there are colorful, patterned, homemade masks adorning everyone’s face, a subtle stand against the virus sweeping the state, country, and world.

Virginia Coolidge, a resident at the Wake Robin retirement community, made homemade masks for her and fellow residents. “We’re the ones who need to be the most careful, I’m happy to use my skills to help out the community.”

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Asha Reviews CVU Musicmakers

 Ms. Asha Hickok

It’s no secret that quarantine has brought out the creativity within many people. Our CVU community is no exception to this. Across all four grades, the silence of the halls of CVU has been replaced with the music of students. Across SoundCloud, YouTube, Spotify and more, CVU students have released music to keep our spirits up. 

  In early April, CVU Junior Ezra Brown released his first official EP, Third Block Saved My Life. Filled with a unique but joyful blend of songs, Brown’s music has a distinctly indie pop sound to it, with lyrics that appeal to the core emotions of many teenagers. Brown’s EP has five total songs on it. The songs range from speaking to the melancholic loneliness that can be felt even when one is surrounded by their closest friends, teenage love, pure joy, the vulnerability of being honest with another human, and longing. The songs range from slow and dreamy to upbeat and dance-inducing. Overall, the EP has professional production quality and should definitely make space on your late night driving playlist. Check out Brown’s most recent single, Plants, out now. https://open.spotify.com/artist/38ERXTcJrpEW4bwUiUAXJs?si=9HMk_S_HQ1-4_qAN7lqhrg

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  No stranger to the local music scene, senior Isaac Goldman has been a trailblazer as a CVU singer-songwriter. While Goldman started by playing lead guitar for The Fonies, a band made up of all CVU students, quarantine has inspired Goldman to release his own music on Soundcloud. Goldman has four total songs released. While the songs have a simple and honest sound to them, the lyrics are poetic and thought-provoking. Most songs are guitar focused with reverb-heavy vocals, although a few tracks feature percussion and even piano. Goldman’s music is perfect for a night of relaxing and reflecting. Feel like this isn’t enough? Don’t worry! Goldman has more music on the way, so keep an eye out. https://soundcloud.com/isaacgoldman

 If you’re looking to venture into a more heavy and less meditative genre, Grayson Moore began releasing originals and covers on his Soundcloud. Moore is a newcomer to the CVU music scene but not to making music. He first released a short, guitar instrumental that showed off his technical skills. It could easily be described as short and sweet. He then released a stand out piece called Satisfied?. With heavy guitar track and raw vocals, Moore emphasizes heartache and pain with this grunge-esque single. Moore’s music would be most fitting when you’re feeling particularly  scorned by life and all it’s thrown at you recently. https://soundcloud.com/grayson-moore-290909639

 These three musicians are just the tip of the iceberg. While these three have been advertised on social media, there’s bound to be more local CVU musicians out there releasing music to fit your every mood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opinion: Take Time to Escape the Pandemic

 Mr. Calvin Lord

When this pandemic first struck, there was an adjustment period of sorts. We all gathered our things, made sure our support systems were ready, and frantically tried to learn all of the safety measures that were so suddenly necessary to accomplish simple things, like going to the grocery store. But after a month or so, things started to fall into patterns. Coping methods became second nature. The new way of life that had felt so unreal began to feel habitual.

Now, a whole two months later, we’re all settling in for what looks like the long haul. The news and the government tip side to side, trying to provide us with hope and comfort without allowing us to put ourselves in danger. 

We’re able to see each other’s faces now, the top halves of them, at least. There are still heavy restrictions on social congregation, and this is, unfortunately, shaping up to be one of the longer-term effects of the virus. Many people, like myself, have surely taken up new hobbies and pastimes by now, to fill the solitude in their lives.

 

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It’s hard though, to ignore that lonely melancholy. Sometimes it just can’t be pushed down. When that happens, and this might seem counterintuitive, the best thing one can do is to bask in it. Find ways to bring it out and feel it through. One of those ways is exploration. Exploring your town, county, or local roads is one of the few ways to get out of your house and move without putting anyone else in danger. And it can have fantastic psychological effects.

It’s common knowledge, at this point, that going for walks can help you clear your head, and get your brain moving. But what about finding a pretty corner of the woods? When was the last time you had that childish sense of adventure awakened in you, that vison of the world that bends to your imagination, carving paths and stories around you as you walk and climb? It is a wonder that is so easy to forget.

 I assure you, it is equally easy to bring back. Everyone’s got that one road they always thought was so pretty but never walked down, or that cool path into the nearby woods with a bramble and weeds barring the way.

Go down that road. Let the little subtle world surround you, and breathe. You’ll find yourself in a place where it’s okay to be alone, even lonely, without it feeling so shocking, scary, or utterly fundamentally wrong. By introducing yourself to somewhere entirely new, you can break the painful cycle we’re all drowning in. You’ll find it’s easier to be in the moment, and stop thinking about the world and the future.

Some would call this escapism. And yeah, that’s exactly what it is. A little bit of escapism is okay right now. We have to get away from this pandemic, in whatever ways we can, to stay human. It’s not like the virus is something we can exactly rise up to and face head on, not any more than we’re already doing by just staying home all day. 

So, go for a walk. Escape with me.

 

Students RISE Independently

Ms. Lauren Kovacik

If you have ever wanted to teach yourself something new, or acquire a unique skill set, a RISE independent study was a way for CVU students to do that. Now, however, considering the current quarantine, many students are finding ways to participate in independent studies on their own time.

The second annual RISE at CVU was to take place at the very end of the 2019-2020 school year, during the last two weeks of June, before Senior graduation and all students headed off to summer.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott announced the closure of all schools had to be done by March 17th, which meant that RISE would not be able to happen for the 2019-2020 school year. 

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Many of these seniors were excited to take part in an independent study, and Mia Brumstead, one of the student body co-presidents provided an insight into why that may be. She says that seniors wanted to participate in independent studies “probably because they’re [seniors] in the mindset that they don’t want to be in school, and a lot of people didn’t like the RISE offerings because they are more based on teacher interest rather than student interest.” This mindset is seemingly a propelling force according to Brumstead, because seniors are ready to move on.

Bumstead also explains that an independent study allows students to explore opportunities that would truly interest them, “They [RISE leaders] are also being very lenient with the independent studies, so people can explore what they want and also can have the certainty of being with their friends.” These elements of an independent study made it attractive, because you could choose what you wanted to do and who you wanted to learn with.

Another senior, Madeline Love, explains why she was participating in an independent study, “I’m doing an independent project because as a senior in real high school and I’ve always been told what to do and what classes to take without much of a choice and I felt that with an independent [study] I’d be able to create my own learning, my own rules, and my own goals.” This personalized pathway is what an independent study is all about, allowing students to create a learning experience that would engage them.

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Redhawk Pride is Not Cancelled

Mr. Ryan Eaton

The class of 2020 was expecting to finish their last year of high school and begin a new and beautiful decade, full of great things to come; Everyone was ready to conquer the new decade with a bang, but unfortunately, this bang wasn’t going to be good.

Over the month of March 2020, CVU students have been on a roller coaster of events and emotions, starting with a two-week delay of school, then canceling school for the rest of the year, then postponing spring athletics. What’s next?

The VPA (Vermont Principals Association) gave athletes some hope early on, making a statement on the morning of March 27. “ At this time, we are not canceling the spring season. It may come to that. However, we feel it is important to gather further information and talk with some people about options, if any, that we may have. This situation has changed so rapidly in just the past week that it is hard to predict where we may be in another two or three weeks. It may be worse or maybe better. Time will tell. We feel that as an organization, we need to have more time before we can make a definitive decision. So again, the bottom line is that spring Sports have been suspended, but not canceled at this point.” Too many spring sport athletes, this is a blessing to hear; there is still hope for seniors to get their final season in. 

The VPA said they would make their final decision on April 30th. 

On April 30th at 10:55 a.m. CVU Athletic Director, Dan Shepardson, sent out an email to all athletes letting them know the devastating news. The email concluded in “…Bottom line, unfortunately, they (spring sports) are canceled.”

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College athletes that compete during the spring season weren’t as lucky. The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) canceled all spring sports and the remainder of all winter sports back in March, which includes one of the biggest sporting events of the year, March Madness. 

And it just keeps on going down from here

Professional sports began cancellations in March, starting with the NBA, due in part to several players testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. The first case of the virus we saw in the sports world was Rudy Gobert on the Utah Jazz. A couple of days before Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, he jokingly touched the mic and everything on the table at a press conference to mock the virus. ESPN talked about this issue and was talking about if Gobert had the Virus while playing a semi-contact sport, then most likely more cases will appear in the NBA. And that’s exactly what happened. NBA stars started to come out about how they have the virus and tested positive, and then the virus grew exponentially.

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Coach Trevithick Hands Off to New Coach, Garvey

Mr. Ben Vincent

The end of a CVU athletics era came upon CVU January 29, when Dan Shepardson the CVU Athletics Director announced by email the Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach, Dave Trevithick, would be retiring from his position the upcoming season.

 “It was time because I got a lot busier, new baby, and um it just seemed like the right time with all the busyness happening,” Trevithick states briefly. His 10-year tenure with the CVU Lacrosse program ended quietly after the 7th of 7 straight D-1 State Championships, the longest run in Vermont high school lacrosse record. 

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With the conclusion of such an impressive record, a new coach is named to follow up Trevithick’s record-breaking career. On January 29, ex- MLL player Tom Garvey was announced to be the Redhawks’ new head coach for the 2020 season. Garvey comes to CVU with an impeccable playing career, and he will soon transfer his knowledge of the sport to a coaching career. 

Garvey was born on October 29, 1983, in his hometown of Garden City, NY as Tomas G. Garvey. In high school, he played lacrosse, football, and indoor track. He was an All-American as a senior, then went on to attend Johns Hopkins where he was on the National All-Star team his last three years. Garvey now lives in Burlington. 

Trevithick has high praise for his replacement stating, “I know a lot of what Tom’s past is. Having him here will be pretty great!” Trevithick is beaming with pride, knowing the program will be in good hands for the years to come.

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Monty Python Edukational Show Goes On

Ms. Tiferes Simcoe

“I didn’t want to be a barber anyway; I wanted to be a lumberjack.” That’s not a line you hear everyday. Well, the CVU students who participated in the Spring play were tirelessly rehershing these unusual yet funny lines spoken by Monty Python actors. 

Monty Python Edukational Show was supposed to perform on March 13 and 14 at 7:30 PM as well as March 15 at 2:00 PM. However, because of the coronavirus they only got to perform one show on that Friday, March 13 at CVU. 

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Monty Python was a British surreal comedy group who created the sketch comedy television show Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which first aired on the BBC in 1969. Forty-five episodes were made over four seasons. The Python phenomenon developed from the television series into something larger in scope and impact. 

Sydney Hick’s, one of the senior directors, describes the play like this: “Monty Python is a comedy group, and the show is a bunch of their most famous sketches blended into one show.” This play is unique because five of CVU’s high school seniors are directing the play.

Hicks continues to say, “What they normally do is have the One Acts that are all completely separated. But this year a student directs a few different scenes in the show. One common thread throughout the show is the teacher. That is why they call it the Monty Python Edukational Show. The teacher tries to use these Monty Python sketches to teach life lessons which doesn’t really work out because it is Monty Python, which is immature humor.”

Interested in how immature humor contributes to the play, Cameron Hoff, an actor in the school play,  explains, “ it makes the play surface level funny, it’s easy humor for everyone to get and laugh at.  The immaturity makes the play inclusive and fun.” Humor adds to plays because it leaves room for all age ranges to enjoy the content. 

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