Chittenden County EMS are AOK

Mr. Aidan Bundock

 Vermonters in Chittenden County are fortunate to have services that cover every town at every hour of the day. Whether it’s a first responder, rescue, fire or police department, someone will be there for you when you are in a time of need.

 The Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is a refined system that provides acute out-of-hospital care to patients with illnesses and injuries, according to the Prehospital Emergency Care textbook. The tasks required of EMS providers span from emotional support to Physiological First Aid (PFA), to full resuscitative efforts. So, how does someone become an EMS provider?  

 Christine McCarthy, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) professor at the University of Vermont and an Advanced EMT (AEMT) for over twenty-nine years, stated that her career in EMS wasn’t something she’d ever thought of doing before.

 McCarthy stated, “I had never expressed an interest in EMS. The idea of helping people like that was not on my radar, and I wouldn’t have even thought I’d be good at it.” McCarthy recalled that it was a friend who randomly signed her up, which McCarthy reflected had forever changed her life.

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 However, not everyone gets involved unexpectedly. Gavin Cote, a senior at CVU and soon to be EMT said, “I became interested in EMS around a year ago when I took my wilderness first aid class. It’s a very rudimentary class designed to help in backcountry emergencies, but after I took it, I became hooked on the idea of helping people.” Cole suggested that others can really bring out the best in oneself, and add an aspect to life that is truly fulfilling.

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CVU Provides a New Course for Aspiring Artists

Ms. Haley Vespa

The Chittenden South Supervisory Board once again gives their support to students’ creative and flexible pathways for learning by signing off on a new course, allowing the freedom for students to excel in their individual artistic passions.

Beginning in 2019, the CVU Art Department has been given the go-ahead to provide a new course for all types of art media, according to Jen Bickel-Hayes, a CVU Nichols House Guidance Counselor.

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Studio Block is offered during second block on red days and is taught by Jason Fearon, an art teacher of four years at CVU. Three of the four art rooms are available for use during that time. “I think we were really lucky, it just happens that the photography room and the ceramics room are open at the same time. Having all three of the spaces is really fantastic!” said Fearon. He explained that the class is designed to give students the freedom to work on independent projects based on their personal artistic goals, not goals set by the instructor.

Students should understand that this is not only open to those enrolled, but for any CVU artists in need of a space to work. “I also like that students are coming into the class who aren’t assigned to the class, but are using it as a time to be in a room where they can ask a teacher questions and that teacher isn’t going anywhere, that I’m dedicated to helping them. I hope that also grows!” Fearon assured. He sees the value in providing space for student learning without whole class instruction involved.

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CVU Gathers Garments for Clothing Swap

Ms. Rayona Silverman

On Thursday, November 29, 2018, CVU hosted its first successful free clothing swap during school hours in the mini gym. The purpose of the swap was to allow others to share used clothing and gain access to clothes they may need, as well as encourage the reuse of resources. Who wouldn’t want to walk out of a room with free, gently used or brand new clothes, normally retailing at a high price when bought new? Not many would pass up on that offer.

“It was a big hit for faculty and kids,” said Dana Poulsen, Wellness Teacher in the Snelling Core at CVU. “It did what we wanted it to do, reached everyone and not just those who need it. In terms of the clothing quality, there was a wide range, from very expensive well-named clothes, such as Patagonia, to nursing scrubs, [and] formal attire to casual leggings.” Students and faculty were able to locate clothes they needed for free. By not charging money for the clothes, everyone was able to have access to the articles of clothing laid out across the tables.

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Poulsen initially proposed the idea to Robin Lauzon, the Fairbanks and Chittenden House Director at CVU, who then put the idea to a group who figured out the details and gathered up donations for the swap.

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Vaping: a total Drag at CVU

Ms. Rayona Silverman

 HINESBURG VT– Over the past year, there has been a drastic rise in the number of students who are vaping on school grounds, as a result of the new phenomenon known as the ‘Juul.’

 Taking hits on the bus, taking drags in the bathrooms; these are now common phrases used around CVU when referencing where vaping occurs. Unlike smoking cigarettes, vaping flavors range from neutral to bubble gum, cremes, and cucumber. As a result, teens are intrigued.

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“When people see others doing something, they are naturally curious. There is this internal pressure with wanting to fit in within social groups,” said Tim Trevithick, Student’s Assistance Program Counselor at CVU. “This trend has come on extremely fast and hits all of the social groups. I don’t see the trend dying down anytime soon at the moment.”

Trevithick mentioned that it is difficult to gather specific data on just how many high school students are currently vaping or have vaped in the past. “Current data does not represent correctly what is happening now, as it is such a fast trend.” Trevithick voiced his concern regarding long term effects, mentioning the lack of studies that have been done and the lengthy time period that is required to gather evidence.

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CVU Lax Bros Extend Winning Streak to Four

Mr. Zachary Hark, Sports Correspondent

Hinesburg, VT — On April 17th the Champlain Valley Varsity Boys Lacrosse team won the fourth game of the season 16-8 against Middlebury on Wednesday night at home.

The Redhawks again started off very strong in the game with Max Gorman, attackman for CVU, scoring the first goal of the game.

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The Middlebury Panthers quickly adjusted following Gorman’s goal and trucked down the field to tie it up 1-1.

The Redhawks doubled down to score 3 more points before the end of the first quarter, which was closed out by Jake Schafer scoring to put the Redhawks up 4-1.

“We played a great game. We talked well, passed well, and when it comes down to it, we made most of the shots we took on goal,” said Kyle Cahn, of the CVU Redhawks.

The Redhawks continued to play strong throughout the rest of the game, scoring 12 more points and only allowing 7.

“It was one of the more entertaining games to watch,” said Zane LaDuc, a student at CVU, “there was a lot of movement which made it enjoyable to watch”.

The Hawks’ next feast is Woodstock Union High School on Monday, April 22nd at CVU.

Redhawks Defeat South Burlington Wolves 10-3 in Wednesday Night’s Blow-Out

Mr. Zachary Hark, Sports Correspondent

SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT — Champlain Valley Union High School’s Varsity Lacrosse team won their 2nd game of the season 10-3 over South Burlington High School on Wednesday, April 10th.

The Wolves started off strong with the first goal of the game, but it wasn’t long before the Hawks made it 1-1.

The Wolves’ quickly regained the lead after the 9th minute making the score 2-1.

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“I knew that we were perfectly capable of coming back,” said Kyle Cahn, CVU Junior and #20 for the Hawks, “It wasn’t if we were going to come back, it was when.”

While the teams were pretty evenly matched up in the first half, the Redhawks excelled in the fourth quarter. They scored 5 goals to secure the win.

The Redhawks had a total of 27 shots on goal while the Wolves only had 11.

CVU Varsity starting goalie, Bobby Spencer, made 8 saves during the game as the ball was mostly on the SB side of the field.

“It was a great game. SB started strong, but we just had what it took for the win,” said Nate Cuttitta of the CVU Redhawks after the game.

Jake Schafer, CVU senior had an outstanding game with 5 goals and an assist by the end of the game.

The Hawks’ next feast will be Monday, April 15th at 4pm. They will be away playing at the Alumni Field against Rutland High School.