Seniors Cap off Their Careers

Mssrs. Cameron Longchamp & Brennen Whitcomb

Now graduation brings tons of different emotions to the table but one thing to keep your mind at ease is decorating your cap. Seniors around the school have decorated their caps with an inspirational quote or something funny that reflects on the students… this is what we found.

Jack Lyman is participating by decorating his cap with UVM stickers to show how much he likes the UVM Catamounts.   

Sophie Boyer has a long lasting love with the autobots and is only fitting when she says she wants to make her cap have an autobot symbol and the redhawks logo with the phrase roll out on it  

Cameron Howe, a gamer at heart and all around a good friend, decorated his cap as a Dungeons and Dragons reference and says, “D20 roll for initiative”.  

Eli sanchez is not much of an artistic soul but a very warm hearted kid who loves to look back on the golden football days and the love for the game as he will put his number #70 to remember his days as a gladiator of the gridiron.     

Brittany Wright is always willing to go the extra mile and has always been a princess when doing so. she decorated her cap saying “usually I wear a crown but today this will do”.   

CVU graduation is right around the corner and the anticipation is high. To all seniors around the school… looking forward to the caps on graduation day.  

CVU graduation is scheduled for 1:00 on Friday at UVM’s Patrick Gym.

No Kidding: Goats are on Grounds as Part of Natural Resource’s Permaculture Project

Ms. Sophie Boyer

HINESBURG– On Thursday June 1st, Champlain Valley Union High School’s Natural Resources class received goats as a part of their permaculture project. Permaculture projects are ones that will, according to Wikipedia, “develop agricultural ecosystems to be sustainable and self-sufficient.”

The goats will be cared for by students who signed up through a program called the Norman Fund which will also provide pay for those who participate. Six to seven students have been selected for that role. They will be responsible for providing care for the goats, garden, and also chickens which will be arriving at CVU on June 8th.

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The overall goal for these projects is that they will provide benefits for CVU. The goats play a very important role for the CVU community. They represent a natural way to get rid of invasive species such as poison parsnip… by eating it! Goats eat grass, herbs, tree leaves and other plant material. With this, they will help get rid of the unwanted plants.

The goats are expected to be around for about six months, potentially longer. The decision is based off when the students and Dave Trevithick, the Natural Resource teacher, intends on slaughtering the goats to provide food for CVU’s Cafe.

The garden of CVU is also a project of the Natural Resources class, and that as well will be providing food for the cafe, including vegetables and fruits like raspberries, and blueberries.

Freshmen forgo comfort zones

Mr. Damon Proulx

Recently at CVU there has been a challenge that was bestowed upon the freshman. The idea is to get the individual to not do something for 30 days. For example, not eating candy for 30 days. The point of this challenge is to push students to do something out of their comfort zone, and in turn make them grow as a person.

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A Little Artistic Competition

Drawing Contest

By Ms. Jam Giubardo

CHAMPLAIN VALLEY UNION HIGH SCHOOL, HINESBURG, VT–On Tuesday, May 17, 2017 during W1 a group of CVU students, including Seth Emerson, CVU campus supervisor, enjoyed a friendly drawing contest during their free block that resulted in Sophomore student, Cole Otley, taking the win.

The drawing contest was between Seth Emerson, Cole Otley, Eryn Erdman, and Tim Trevithick. Their drawing prompt was to draw a phone. After they finished their drawings, multiple students voted for their favorite and Cole won by a staggering 11 votes, followed by Eryn with 8 votes, and Seth and Tim with a combined total of 5 votes.

When asked what he thought about the contest, Cole replied with, “The drawing competitions allow me to express my creative side during my free block when I have no work to do…also winning feels great.”

Eryn also said, “The drawing competition spices up our free block”. This demonstrates just how these competitions give light to a boring morning at school. On the other hand, the students involved in voting are also having fun.

Seth Emerson was asked how the drawing contest helps him make relationships with the students. He replied saying, “ I think the drawing contests are cool because we get lots of kids to vote and meeting kids that are going to vote is a cool way to make someone new acquaintance. It’s less awkward then just saying “Hey what is your name”. This shows how much good is coming from the contest and its positive effects on the CVU students and staff.

According to Eryn, there have been approximately 14 contests since second semester started and it’s fun to look at the leaderboard and compare the drawings from the beginning to now.

 

Bringing Back the Bats

Mr. Justin Olson 

From the time it was first documented, in the winter of 2006 in the state of New York, up to now, White Nose Syndrome

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

(Pseudogymnoascus destructans) has been decimating the North American bat populations. In 2012, it was estimated that approximately 5.5 million bats had been fatally affected by the fungus.

White Nose Syndrome (WNS), is a fungus that survives and thrives in caves and cold, including bat hibernacula, hibernating locations. This fungus can often times be prominently seen on the nose, wingtips and other hairless areas of infected bats.

Scientists hypothesized that it was killing bats by causing them to use up their energy reserves before the end of their winter hibernation. USGS (United States Geological Survey) tested this and found that bats with WNS used twice the amount of energy compared to non-affected members of the same species. During winter months, bats will hibernate in caves, attics and other dry, dark places. Throughout this time, these bats have slowed their metabolism, this allows the bats to survive for several months without having to eat. WNS causes these bats to wake, and increases their activity.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife asks people to watch for any bat activity during winter months, as this is a sign of WNS. They also ask people to be observant of any bats they come across. WNS is not always visible, but if observed, report it to VT Fish and Game.

 

 

Cafeteria Side Door: Logical Yet Somehow Confusing

Mr. Josh Bliss & Jaime Vachon

HINESBURG– This past Friday, a CVU student was caught entering the cafeteria through the exit line doors instead of the side door.

For the past few months, the CVU cafeteria has enforced a new rule that students must enter the side door of the cafeteria, rather than the door that is closest to the hallway.  

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Regarding the change, CVU Cafeteria Staff Member, Barbara Georgi, stated “We made the change because the door closest to the hallway was right next to the coffee creamer and other ingredients, which caused people to crowd around the door.  It was a matter of traffic flow.”

Many students do not like the new change because the old door was much closer and more easily accessible.  CVU student, Nate Shanks, said, “It’s inconvenient.” 

However, many students are probably unaware of why the cafeteria made the change in the first place.  CVU senior, Abby Thut, had this to say, “I personally don’t understand why they changed it.  I don’t think it was beneficial because it makes it one less entrance into the cafeteria.”  

Although students may find the new way inconvenient, the change does help traffic flow and prevents crowds of people.  

Slovenly Students Cause CVU to Close Tables by Main Office

Mr. Colin Lach & Steven Nicolai Blood 

HINESBURG – It was recently released that CVU would be temporarily shutting down the tables near the front office, making them off limits to students during lunch time. This is happening because of the dirty dishes and trash that has been frequently been found there recently.

The CVU community is divided on their response to this change.

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The tables in question. Image by Colin Lach

CVU Staff member Tim Albertson explained the reasoning for this temporary shutdown “People weren’t being responsible cleaning up plates, trays and utensils.”

This is not the first time that CVU has decided to shut down a public area due to this reason, during winter of this year the faculty made the tables near the mini gym off limits. Faculty decided to shut down this areas because the believe they are a privilege students need to earn to keep and leaving trash there isn’t the way to do that.

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The Scoop on Poop

Mr. Christopher T. O’Brien and Mr. Zachary O. Toensing

On May 4th at Champlain Valley Union High School, students walked out at the end of their day with small presents on their cars. These presents were the droppings from many ring billed gulls (seagulls) that had been around the school all day. The timing of the bird poop is no coincidence. Like many birds, the ring billed gulls head from the parking lots in the north, down to the parking lots in the south for the winter and then return when the weather gets warmer here in Vermont.

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New Instant Runoff Voting Leads Flad and Koutras to be 2017-18 Student Body President and Co-President

Mr. Christopher T. O’Brien and Jacob C. Griggs 

In the 2017-18 CVU election, seven 11th grade candidates ran for the student body president and vice president for their senior year of high school coming up this fall.

In years past it was common for four or five pairs of students to run for president and vice president; however, this year there’s been more interest, leading to a new voting system.

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The candidates mug for Instagram, appeal for insta-votes.

 

The new voting system is common in France, and is called Instant Runoff Voting. Opposed to selecting the candidate with the most overall votes, the students ranked the candidates from their favorite to their least favorite. Once all the votes are in, the candidate with the least amount of votes are eliminated, and the votes that were for the eliminated candidate are now changed to their second choice and the results are looked at again. The next, least voted group is eliminated, and anyone who voted for them gets their vote changed to their next choice until it’s down to the final two. If one of the candidates has a majority amount of the votes, then that group will win the election on the spot.

Lacey Richards, a CVU history teacher, is a proponent for instant runoff voting, “It allows for more third party involvement. It also is cost effective because there is no need for a secondary election which can be very expensive.” She added, “this voting system allows for people to vote for who they want elected versus voting against a candidate.”

Roarke Flad, from Shelburne, has been elected by the Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors at CVU as the President of the student body for the upcoming school year. Flad says, “My enthusiasm and charisma was what it took to convince the students to vote for us.” Flad’s co-president, Lydia Koutras from Williston says, “We plan on putting a couple of trees in the library and fixing the bell system to not go off radically.”

With the new voting system in place for the first year, it didn’t seem to have much of an impact on the elections, “The new voting system did not play a role in the results, however, it was helpful information and if it were to be a closer race than it would have had an impact.“ says current student body president Annie Bedell.

Whether or not the instant runoff voting helped out for a more fair election this year, with many close elections to come in the future, the new voting system will be able to have a more direct impact on who will becoming the next student body president and co president.

 

 

 

Chittenden Core Gets their Wands Ready for the Tri-Wizard Cup

Ms. Jam Giubardo 

Photo By Jam Giubardo

Photo By Jam Giubardo

 

Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, VT – In the spring of 2017,  the Chittenden freshmen core will compete in an annual tradition, the legendary Triwizard Cup. The Triwizard Cup is a series of strenuous, individual and paired events that challenge the students physical and mental ability to solve tasks. Trevor Mead, Personal Adventure and Health teacher of the Chittenden core, has been holding this annual competition for seven years.

When asked why he created this challenge, Trevor said “I did the Triwizard Cup because most P.A. (Personal Adventure) activities are group tasks, and I think students appreciate the opportunity to do tasks that are geared toward the individual. That being said, most of the Triwizards that are on the trophy say that they only got there with the help of their peers.”

The challenge is predicted to start shortly after CVU’s spring break in 2017 and is located in the backwoods of CVU on a rope course. The course is composed of three challenges: the Fidget Ladder (a rope and wooden dowel ladder), the Wild Wobbly Woozy (a task consisting of two wire cables and partners), and the Long Walk (a cable and rope balance task).

Upperclassmen students previously in the Chittenden core, were asked what the challenge was like for them. Sophomore, Eryn Erdman said, “The Triwizard Cup was super fun. I unfortunately didn’t complete the challenge, but the tasks were very exciting and brought the students in my class closer together, which was a good way to end the year.” Senior Wyatt Hoechner also added, “It’s extremely challenging but the activities were designed in a way that really helped with communicative skills and mental and physical tasks solving. I also felt like a badass after completing the challenge because they were actually very hard.”

Mead was asked how he thought the current Freshman class would do in the challenge. He replied by saying, “based on their pre-assessments, which would be the current activities we have been doing, I think that this group will do pretty well. Although I don’t think they can beat the current Junior class record which was the most Triwizard champions in the history of the Triwizard Cup.”

 

 

UVM Releases Plans for New Events Center

Mr. Colin Lach

Photo from Vermont Business Magazine

Photo from Vermont Business Magazine

BURLINGTON – Patrick Gymnasium has been home to the UVM men’s and women’s basketball program for more than 50 years. The hardwood inside Patrick has witnessed UVM’s basketball program move forward and change drastically in the last half century. However, a change in scenery may be coming for the fast improving basketball program.

UVM recently announced plans for a new events center adjacent to Gutterson Ice Rink that would replace Patrick Gym. The proposal also calls for expanded space for student recreation and wellness facilities.

According to the Burlington Free Press, the new arena would be placed in the area adjacent to the ice rink which is currently being used as a parking lot. The new basketball venue would have 3,200 seats and could accommodate nearly 4,000 for other events. The proposal also calls for expanded space for student recreation and wellness facilities.

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Mud Season Brings Trash and Dirty Language to the Bus Stop

Mssrs. Isaac Cleveland and Thomas Daley

HINESBURG — As spring rolls around, CVU students become more rowdy at the bus stop while waiting for the buses to roll in. The change in the attitude of the students is a clear sign of “spring fever” and their behavior is less than mature.

“Snow always makes kids juvenile,” stated bus stop supervisor Cynthia Erwin, “spring makes students get a little wacky.” In nice weather, students stand outside to wait for the bus, which provides them with an opportunity to let off some steam.

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“They’re loud. They’re yelling. There’s a lot of inappropriate language,” Erwin explained. She has even seen students try to jump and swing from the rafters of the covered bus stop walkway.

It is evident that students are more rambunctious in the spring season and with more energy, comes dirty language. Erwin commented on the issue of the profanity, saying that the bus stop supervisors have to remind the students about their language all the time.

Additionally, other instances of bad behavior is when students bring an after-school snack outside, eat it, and leave the wrapper on the ground. Erwin sees an abundance of this behaviour mainly during the turn of the season.

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CVU Natural Resources: Baby Goats, Not Just about Cuteness

 

Ms. Jaime Vachon and Mr. James Keenan

HINESBURG– This Friday, CVU’s wood shop started to build a goat and chicken enclosure. In the following weeks, three weathered bucks will be arriving at CVU.

According to CVU student body president, Annie Bedell, “The idea really came from Dave [Trevithick]. A group of us knew livestock was an option for a project so we joined in!” CVU has rallied together to finish the project. Other students involved are Paige Niarchos, Shianne Jimmo, Sophia Bolivar-Adams, Jamie Monty, and Drew Major.

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Baby goat! Try not to go “aww” — we dare you.

Jake Evans and Hayley Hallack are leading the building process. At the moment, only the base of the enclosure is completed. The enclosure will be mobile and travel around the CVU grounds.

Tech education teacher, Jeff Tobrocke stated, “This is a big project right now. It has to be done in the next few weeks because we have the baby goats coming.”  

These goats won’t just be for show, they will be helping CVU with invasive species. It is an excellent alternative to other chemicals and harmful ways of destroying invasive species.

CVU will also be raising chickens from eggs. When it comes to taking care of the new members of the CVU community, the students have it covered. “There will be a job offer for the summer to take care of the chickens, goats, and the gardens,” says Bedell.

In the meantime, the CVU community excitedly awaits the arrival of the baby goats.

 

 

Commons Area Beat: Direction Center Benches Continue to be Controversial

Mssrs. Isaac Cleveland and Damon Proulx

HINESBURG, VT – Recently, the students at CVUHS have regained their bench privileges in the Direction Center after losing it due to class disruption. Students may lose the bench outside Duncan Wardwell’s office once more if they continue to cause a disruption in the commons area.

The students who hung around the Direction Center had the bench taken away initially due to noise complaints, issues with profanity, and leftover garbage from lunch.

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Image by Damon Proulx

“Admin decided to give another chance [to the students]” stated Tim Trevithick, a guidance counselor located next to the Direction Center.

According to the hall monitor, Jamie Hayes, “[When they get the bench back], the respect for the benches is a little greater, but that goes away fairly quickly.” Jamie stated that soon after the students got their bench back, she was seeing food left around and she also had to deal with the noise complaints.

As of now, the only way for the administration to deal with the disrespectful behavior in the Direction Center is to take the benches away.

Alyssa Lemay, one of the students who sits at the bench regularly, commented on the issue, stating, “In the morning I don’t want to sit in a crowded area. At the benches I can relax and be with friends, all while being comfortable in my surroundings. [When they take it away] I get more irritated and therefore more disrespectful.”

It is a downward cycle when the bench is taken away. Garrath Higgins, the administrative assitant outside the Direction Center, commented that the disrespect was “worse” because more people can then sit on the floor than on the bench.

The issue has yet to be resolved.

Chittenden Core Health: Students Learn about Addiction

Mssrs. Josh Bliss & Cameron Longchamp

HINESBURG – CVU health teacher from Chittenden Core, T.J. Mead, spent last Wednesday teaching his students about the painful realities of drug addiction. The students took action, working on the simulator that T.J. designed to help students understand what addiction was and how it affects teens.    

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Mead started his class by asking the students to define what they thought addiction meant. The lesson he was teaching was about the effects of drugs and the kind of effects they had on the underdeveloped teenage brain.

Mead stated, “the students wrote down on pieces of paper three people important to them, three passions they have, three attributes, and were given a scenario.  The students had to pick one card out of each category to lose as a consequence for their actions. After each scenario the next one would get more complicated.”

The class was very helpful, as many of the freshman were unaware of much of the information that he taught.  Freshman student, Stewart Robinson, commented on the new material, stating “It was very helpful. People may not know that if you do drugs it can cause addiction, which is why it’s a very important class to teach.”

Freshman student, Jordan Halverson, added “Most of it was new info. I only knew a little about addiction before the class but now I know a lot.”

Both students agreed that Mead should continue teaching the class in the future. He hopes that his class will help keep students on the right path moving forward, and that they will remember his class as a valuable lesson.

 

Student Makes Skateboard in School and Skates on It

Mr. Thomas “The Mayor” Daley

HINESBURG , VT — CVU junior Sam Crites used school resources to construct a longboard in late March.  He hopes the product will prove useful through the rest of high school and beyond.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to use it in college to get around to my classes,” Crites explained, referring to his longboard.

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Photo by Thomas Daley

There is a catch, however: “I don’t know how to skate” Crites told a reporter. “I made this hoping to learn on the board that I make,” he clarified.

This is the first time Crites, a seasoned engineer and captain of the CVU robotics team, has made an object for recreational use.

Jeff Tobrocke, CVU Design and Technology Educator, stated “what separates one board from the other is the finishing process.” He described the actual board construction as straightforward, but, referring to Crites, commented “he really took the time in the finishing process.”

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Sam Crites carves his new creation. Photo by Thomas Daley

“It took more coats of finish than I expected,” noted Crites, “but it should be pretty durable now.”

For this project, Crites learned many new skills, such as how to operate the vacuum bag—the tool used to create a curve in the wood. This technique applies to more than just recreational items, though, and can also be used to design furniture.

Another accomplishment for the aspiring engineer and another marvel of technology education at CVU.

 

CVU Hires New Full-Time Math Teacher

Mr. Josh Bliss

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Courtesy of Williston Observer

HINESBURG — CVU teacher, Jason Weischedel, was hired to be a full-time teacher this past Monday.

Weischedel is currently in his second year as a part-time teacher. This year he is teaching Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus and Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry courses.  

CVU student, Laura Gerry, who is in Weischedel’s Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry class, had this to say about his teaching style, “He lets us think individually and make connections by ourselves which is very helpful.”  

Math colleague, Mark Pogact, also stated, “Jason went to Essex high school which was how CVU knew of him. When [math teacher] Hannah Carey needed a long-term sub, Jason filled in and he has been at CVU ever since.”  

Chris Hood, another colleague, shared, “Jason is really passionate about mathematics. He finds different ways to connect to his students to help them make meaningful insights on math.”

Weischedel was officially hired by the School Board of Education this past Monday evening.  

The Perfect Book for Sophomores

Mr. Cameron Longchamp and Mr. Chris O’Brien

HINESBURG, VT – This year’s Sophomores at CVU are assigned the same book that many of the previous students have read before them. The book The Lord of the Flies is one of the most popular books for the Sophomores to read, but why is it read year after year?

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Two weeks ago, the book was assigned by Cydney Craft and Stacy Wulff to their humanities classes. This is the case not only for Craft’s and Wulff’s students, but for many other Sophomore teachers around the building.

When asked why this book is read year after year by 10th graders, Craft says, “The book allows for students to understand human nature and human dynamics. The students are able to connect the characters in the book to people in real life. For instance they can find out who are the leaders in a small group during class, and why do they rely on certain to be the leaders.” It was these qualities that convinced Craft to teach this book this year instead of choosing another.

It is clear that the teachers back up the purpose of this book 100%; however, that doesn’t mean that all the students agree. CVU Sophomore, Graham Walker says, “So far we are halfway through the book and I actually am enjoying the book. It tells the classic story of a group of people working together to stay alive on an island.”

The story of Lord of the Flies follows the lives of several boys as they are stuck on an island and must survive until they are rescued. An intriguing storyline for the students, paired with a strong connection to the lives that the Sophomores live acting as guides the teacher’s curriculum makes The Lord of the Flies a perfect fit for every Sophomore to read for years to come.

Intro to Art Class Conveys the Character of Color

Ms. Sophie Boyer & Mr. Jacob Bouffard

CVUHS- Tim Duvernoy’s W1 Intro to Art class (Room 150) currently attempts to distinguish the color wheel and use complimentary colors by tracing previous work and applying various shades and tones to further express its personality.

According to Devon, a CVU Freshman, “The purpose of this project is to trace over our previous drawings and to use color and reflect to our color wheel documents and use complimentary colors to give our pieces character.”

The steps taken to form these products teach the young artists patience, as it requires several drafts to create the final piece for the tracing portion. Once done with the tracing, students then use a color scheme to adapt the emotions behind the drawing.   hmDLRNA69C8k8cb9nwhlan4JxqEs-OBF72quvraadlAaLwXx6ko_aKSCkfLkR1JYK5oNK7roMqwvpttjzXZQCKiNj_c=s2048

Within art, color can be used for numerous applications, including the mood or the tone of the piece. It helps to create a focal point or draw the eye to different parts of the piece and can administer a warmth or give the spectator an idea of the piece’s physical climate.8cNcBnyqPwtAgnNSFWUIqOuYtK70u96VB8S9_kkSaDIqOUdIJCUH-iaJ-K54GfmwHdIUtkY7ov2nN8gFfNLmTSap7Ao=s2048

Intro to Art is a base level fine arts course that “introduces” all students to the world of art. It is a required class for students who are contemplating the art industry, or just looking to take more art classes. This course is also among those required for graduation for all students.

Will CVU Get Free Condoms?

Ms. Jam Giubardo

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HINESBURG, VT– On March 15th, 2017 a memo from the Vermont Health Department and Vermont Department of Education called upon the CVU administration and the student body to decide if CVU should make free condoms available to all students.

The VT Dept. of Health and VT Dept. of Education’s memo consisted of a list of facts regarding cases of STIs and STDs in recent years. The reports show that over 80% of the STI cases have been Vermonters 24 years of age or younger. This caused them to call upon Vermont schools to establish a free condom policy.

Freshman health teachers asked Freshmen to develop proposals about their thoughts on free condom availability and why. Students outside of the cores were also encouraged to state their position on the debate.

Freshman personal health teacher, Trevor Mead, was asked what he thought about the memo and he said, “I love that at CVU administration values student opinions so much, to basically place this in their hands. It is important that the students have a say on topics that most directly affect them.” He also added, “It is also great that Adam [CVU’s Principal] has left room for people who don’t think it’s a good idea to have a voice as well.”

Other teachers and administrators agree that the opportunity is an effective and progressive way to mitigate the presence of STI’s and STD’s among high schoolers and are ready to see what the school decides to do.

Fairbanks Freshmen Prepare to be Preached To

Ms. Jaime Vachon

HINESBURG– CVU Fairbanks Freshmen Core has begun their religion unit, taught by long  time teacher, Katie Kuntz.

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On Friday the 17th, students were asked to match symbols with the correct religion they are related to based on the their previous knowledge.

When asked if she enjoyed the activity, Freshman, Mekkena Boyd said, “It was a fun activity for the class but I personally hate humanities, but the activity was hands on so I liked it.”

The Fairbanks Freshmen will continue their research on religion into the month of April.

CVU Hoops: Boys Have First Championship in Sight

Ms. Jaime Vachon

If one were to look around Champlain Valley Union High school’s gymnasium at the 133 championship banners, one would notice that boy’s basketball is not one of them…yet.

With a record of 22-1 their team has never looked more ready for a championship. It’s no surprise the boys have had a successful season with many returning players and 8 veteran seniors leading the way. Senior captain, Josh Bliss addresses the team’s new discipline, “Having the experience that we do has benefitted us many times this year in late game situations where in past years we lacked the advantageous experience.”

Image by Max Schmid via the CVU Boys Basketball Instagram feed

Image by Max Schmid via the CVU Boys Basketball Instagram feed

For the past four years, the team has been coached by Michael Osborne, who was head coach at Johnson State College from 2006-2013. It is easy to see how his coaching has improved the team since his start as head coach at CVU, in the winter of 2013. “Not too much has changed. But this year he’s just let us play more. Coach recognizes we’ve played a lot together and he understands our players and what they need in order to respond positively,” says Bliss.

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Redhawkey on the road: Cvu vs Loyola

Mr. Max Schmid

The CVU Redhawks Hockey team went to Montreal to play Loyola High School. They lost 3 : 5 in a hard fought game. It’s their first loss on the season which pushes them into the number 2 seed in the state.


An outdated election update

By Ella Beauchaine

Image Courtesy of Kravisleadershipinstitute.org

Image Courtesy of Kravisleadershipinstitute.org

Election day is here, all 595 days in the race have gone by, and now it’s down to millions of votes to choose the president for this nation. The first polls open at 6 a.m. and voting in Alaska is open till 1 a.m.  “CBS This Morning” at 7 a.m. is covering the 2016 election, this is an update from 6 a.m. this morning. “The 2016 race that began 595 days ago and involved 22 major candidates is expected to end Tuesday as millions of voters head to the polls across the U.S. to cast their ballots for president, vice president, their representatives in Congress and other elected officials.”

On Monday, Clinton had a four percentage point lead according to a CBS News poll, but we’ll see what the electoral college thinks. Both candidates seem confident in their chances of winning the electoral college thus far.

The outcome of this election will decide America’s fate for the next four years.With very different people voting for each candidate, people have become very invested in this election. There will definitely be  an enormous disappointment for s large majority of Americans, no matter which candidate wins the majority of the electoral votes.  

Some Leaves continue to Cling to CVU tree, despite advancing seasons

Mr. Merrill Alexander

HINESBURG-  Clearly not all of CVU trees are ready for winter quite yet.  One CVU tree was still clinging to about 5% of its precious leaves even by mid November.

While most trees are completely bare of all leaves one tree in CVU’s parking lot is still clinging to a few leaves.  The leaves are brown and shriveled showing they are ready to come off.  The rest of the leaves are probably just one wind storm away from falling, like their comrades.

According to CVU student-arborist Nathaniel Mick, these leaves are the “oddballs.”    While most trees are completely barren the few remaining leaves are not that unusual.

Natural Resources: Leonardo DiCaprio slated to play Dave T. in upcoming Movie

By Mr. Declan Trus

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As of now, there is no movie in the works, but Dave Trevithick, a science teacher here at CVU, intends to create full sustainability program at school.   This includes growing vegetables for the cafeteria, and even the possibility of raising chickens on school grounds for the cafeteria. One possibility to create sustainability is growing plants such as raspberry bushes as a way to clean storm water draining into the fire pond so it can be used as a fishery.

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Dave T. states that CVU’s sustainability projects are “something that will affect everybody in the building for the rest of their time at CVU or maybe even their life.” Each project in Dave’s plan is connected to each other. The vegetation planted on the edge of the fire pond is called a riparian buffer, it filters dirt and other debris out of storm water being drained into the pond. This will make the pond cleaner and will allow more fish to live in the pond that students could catch by fly fishing. This water will also be pumped to the gardens where fruits and vegetables will be grown to be served at the school cafeteria.

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Football team gets new… Stickers! :)

By Mr. William Ravell

The CVU Football was forever changed this season with the introduction of new stickers for their helmets.

They got new stickers because the teams stickers last year were not easily seen. The new ones are white on red, as opposed to black and red.

The new stickers made their debut on September 3rd.

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Reactions are mixed. Senior, and member of the team, Nate Shanks says that they are “awesome” and a “great change of scenery”.

On the other hand, Senior Natalie Gagnon asks “Why isn’t there a ‘U’?”  

CVU is in Vermont’s Division 1 of high school football. The Redhawks lost in the semi-finals to St. Johnsbury.

CVU’s New Game: cornhole. Yes, cornhole

Mr. William Ravell

CVU’s Wellness Department just got a little bit bigger. Recently, the department purchased the yard game Corn Hole.

Corn Hole was purchased to be used for Life Team Sports classes. Wellness teacher Anthony Spagnolo says the purpose of the game is is “jump start the transition” from more active games to less active ones. Spagnolo says that there have been “rave reviews”. Senior Colin Monsey says that Corn Hole is a “great game for friends to have fun.” There is controversy about the new addition to the department though. Senior Hannah Munn says that she “hates Corn Hole” and that it is “frustrating”. Kiera O’brien says that the game is “Pretty lame”.

Spagnolo talks about how the game “brings people back to a simpler time” and that it is “like a family reunion” whenever people play.

The traditional game is played on wooden boards, the ones CVU bought, a much sleeker plastic design, which is much more durable than the original material.

Sept. 11th Barn Fire at Shelburne Farms