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“Hoping For Sugar” reactions

By: Taylor Rock

I asked a few staff members to read and react to my poetry book Hoping For Sugar. I have been writing my book for about a year through independent study in the Nexus program. It contains poetry regarding relationships with others that I have experienced throughout my life, and the emotions surrounding them. It is meant to be an emotional roller coaster, and to let others know that they are not alone in what they experience. 


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Michelle Fongemie reading I hope you starve from Hoping For Sugar by Taylor Rock. Fongemie says, “Wow! That is a dagger straight to your chest!”

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Fongemie reading Monochromatic from Hoping For Sugar by Taylor Rock.


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Olivia Gatti reading from Hoping For Sugar by Taylor Rock. Gatti has been a major help with editing and inspiration for other books. 

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Gatti and I talked about several ideas for Hoping For Sugar. I enjoy the passion she has for all things literature, and she portrays them well through her body language. 

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As I am sure you can tell, we had a great time reading some of my work together. Gatti will continue to be one of my favorites as I move on to new books and places.


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Rex McCoy has also been a large supporter of my work. He always has something to say about any kind of work that I put before him. 

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McCoy is a bit camera shy; however, he graciously agreed to react to my book for me. We both could not stop laughing, and had a great time reading together. I appreciate McCoy’s cooperation and participation.



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.

Opinion: It is Time to Add YouTube Comments to the Cannon of Great Western Literature

Mr. Zachary Richardson

It’s time we admit as a society that YouTube comments are the pinnacle of literature. It is a medium, despite its large population of authors, that has been tragically ignored in favor of books, television, and literally anything else. So many hours of academic time have been wasted on the study of famous novels when they could’ve been spent on YouTube comments. I ask you, since when has “FIRST!!!!1!!” or “like this if u liked this video” held less meaning than the likes of Hemingway or Shakespeare?

Like any other medium, YouTube comments are as varied as they are numbered. For example, there are the comments below videos involving political or social movements; they are nigh-endless chains of arguments, each post fueled by the rage at the fact that someone on the internet had the gall to have a different opinion. As was said by legendary YouTube scholar CoolDude78, upon learning that a bunch of people had disliked a video he had agreed with, “1092 people are STUPD.” Truly, there are no other works that evoke such powerful emotion.


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