Mount Abe


TIGER GUARD GABE Dunn tips the ball away from Mount Abe forward Lucas Jensen in the second quarter of Tuesday’s game in Middlebury, won 58-44 by the visitors from Bristol. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The visiting Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ basketball team used tough defense, transition offense and ball movement to surprise host Middlebury on Tuesday, 58-44. The 2-2 Eagles forced 20 turnovers in both man defense and a 1-2-2 press they turned into a dozen fast-break points. Mount Abe received at least four points from seven players, led by senior forward Quincy Cook’s game-high 16, including a breakaway dunk. Most importantly, said Coach Martin Clark, they bounced back from two vacation-week losses by moving their feet and playing hard. “That’s the biggest thing. We...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes topped rival Mount Abraham to highlight local girls’ high school basketball action in the past week. In other games, Mount Abe won on the road, Middlebury lost on the road, and Otter Valley dropped a pair of contests to tough competition. This was the first week of winter sports in Vermont. High school sports competitions at indoor venues have been on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Scott recently lifted the ban on all but wrestling as of Friday, Feb. 12. EAGLES-VUHS On Feb. 12 the host Commodores broke away from a 24-24 halftime tie to top the Eagles...
ADDISON COUNTY — As the local high school boys’ basketball season opened, Middlebury and Mount Abraham each split a pair of games, while Vergennes and Otter Valley came up short. Vermont high school sports competitions at indoor venues have been on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Scott lifted the ban on all but wrestling as of Friday, Feb. 12. TIGERS On Saturday the Tigers got a big game from sophomore Max Alberts in outlasting visiting Missisquoi, 67-63. Alberts scored 27 points and grabbed 10 boards. Senior Karic Riche contributed 13 points and five steals. Patrick Walker...
BRISTOL — The Black Lives Matter flag that flew at Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School for 30 days last November and December will be re-raised on Friday, Feb. 12 — this time indefinitely. The move, which has support from the Mount Abraham Unified School District board and district administration, was approved unanimously last month by the school’s Community Council, after Mt. Abe Student Activism (MASA) collected more than 600 signatures from school and community members, including those of Addison-4 State Reps. Mari Cordes and Caleb Elder, and former Rep. David Sharpe. “This organization...
BRISTOL — Fifty days, it turns out, was not enough time for the Mount Abraham Unified School District board to come to a decision about Superintendent Patrick Reen’s long-range facilities plan, which he unveiled on Dec. 7. The school board had originally hoped to make a decision no later than this week, thus beating the deadline for warning any necessary Town Meeting Day votes, but last Wednesday it pushed its timeline back to August. As discussions continue, “it’s going to be important to be respectful of our communities and seek out community thinking and innovation, and consider it in our...

MICHAEL DENNISON, A mentor through the Lincoln Mentors program, plays lacrosse with his mentee Brigham Kirchhoff, age 10, during a “physically distanced” mentoring meeting earlier this fall.
BURLINGTON — A portion of the $347,850 in grants that Mentor Vermont recently announced will support five agencies or school districts serving youth in Addison County. The Burlington agency publicized the recipients of the 2020-2021 Vermont Mentoring Grants, which provide funding for youth mentoring programs throughout the state. The 24 grants will support more than 100 new and existing program sites, and nearly 1,500 adult-to-youth mentor pairs in communities across Vermont. Among the bequests are a $30,000 grant to the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) to support the Bristol...
I read in the Addison Independent that some students from Mt. Abraham Union High School were uncomfortable with their high school flying the Black Lives Matter flag. And that some of those students were “excused” and did not have to physically attend school. I am a white woman of Irish, Scottish and Dutch descent. I am 71 years old. I have had many years to develop my discomfort, my awareness, and my acknowledgment of the racism that is bound up in our country’s history. One-hundred-sixty-seven years after Frederick Douglass gave his speech in Rochester, N.Y., July 5th, “What to the American...

SILAS DOYLE-BURR, FRONT left, poses with the crew at Monkton’s Last Resort Farm. At the top of the stack are his parents, Eugenie Doyle and Sam Burr. Doyle-Burr in 2017 signed a lease-to-own deal with them and now runs the farm, while his parents still live on the farm and help him operate it. Photo courtesy of Silas Doyle-Burr
MONKTON — It took a productive, but challenging, two years in the Asian business world for 2005 Mount Abraham Union High School graduate Silas Doyle-Burr to find his true calling — running the Monkton organic farm he grew up on. Along the way, Doyle-Burr, a member of the 2004 Eagle boys’ soccer Division II championship team, found that sports and the lessons they offered helped him along his path.   “There are so many similarities between farming and sports, because failure is pervasive in farming as well. There are so many things out of your control,” said Doyle-Burr, now 33. “You get lucky...

ANGELITA PENA, A 10th-grader at Mount Abe, told Governor Phil Scott and other state officials at a briefing last November, “A majority (of students) feel like (hybrid/online) learning this fall is worse or much worse than last fall’s learning.”
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School student Isadora Beck doesn’t miss anything from the spring 2020 semester, when schools were shut down because of the pandemic and students went fully remote. “Spring was very hard,” the Bristol 11th-grader told the Independent in December. “Every day felt the same. Plus there was anxiety about the pandemic and what would happen.” At the same time, Beck added, “with not being around other people, I felt like I was able to grow in a different way. People I’ve talked to said that they felt more introspective.” It’s better being back in the school...
I am incredibly disappointed by the discussion around the BLM flag at Mt Abe, and feel compelled to speak up. This is about holding our institutions accountable. This is about taking responsibility for our words and actions. And while it may seem extreme to some to draw a line between little old Mt Abe and insurrection in our Capitol, it’s not. Every person who acted as terrorist in D.C. on Wednesday was once a child who was given messages about how to treat others. And when we tell our children and youth that if they are uncomfortable acknowledging that black lives matter they can stay home...

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