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CONSTRUCTION WORKERS SPENT a good part of May and June demolishing the downstairs varsity locker rooms at Mount Abraham Union High School, in preparation for a complete renovation. Upstairs, similar work was happening in the junior varsity locker rooms. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — With school buildings emptied out this spring because of the pandemic, Mount Abraham Unified School District officials have taken the opportunity to jump-start some long-planned renovations at their Bristol high school, and accomplish some emergency fixes. Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School students will see a change as soon as they approach the front door. Work will soon get underway on the building’s entrance, which will feature both improved security and accessibility, as well as provide a more welcoming environment, said MAUSD Facilities Director Joel FitzGerald during a...

STARKSBORO RESIDENT GRETA JENNISON, 14, has wanted to be a lawyer “since about third grade.” For her Eighth-Grade Challenge at Mount Abraham Union Middle School, she researched criminal law and discovered the Innocence Project, which works to free people who have been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
STARKSBORO — When Mount Abraham Union Middle School student Greta Jennison began work on her Eighth-Grade Challenge last winter, she had no idea that her interest in the legal profession would evolve into a project that would enhance her neighbors’ understanding of racial injustice. As millions of people all over the world gathered last month to protest the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man in Minneapolis, Jennison was planning a Zoom presentation by Huwe Burton, a Black man from the Bronx who was recently exonerated after serving 19 years in prison — for a murder he did...
I personally want to say thank you to the administration and faculty for everything they did for the graduation on Saturday, June 6. They were so very organized, they all cheered on the graduates as you passed them by, which made them feel special, as they all are special. In these times with the social distancing requirements, graduation seemed like it could be another bleak moment, one these seniors have had to endure, so many times in the last few months of their senior year, missing their last prom, spring sports, academic recognition night, signing yearbooks, and enjoying the last...
BRISTOL — There have been days over the past two months when Mount Abraham Union High School senior Maizy Shepard would catch herself looking at a clock in her Bristol home, trying to remember what class she would have been in at that moment, if school hadn’t been disrupted by a global health crisis. “I started to miss my old schedule, even if that meant getting up three hours earlier than I have been,” Shepard told the Independent in a recent email. “It has been a very confusing time.” Being a senior has only added to that sense of confusion, she said. One by one, since Gov. Phil Scott...

Mount Abraham Union High School senior John Bent chose an iconic form of transportation for graduation on Saturday. Bent and fellow members of the Class of 2020 received their diplomas, to great fanfare, in a socially distanced drive-up ceremony that treated every senior like a rock star. Photo by Buzz Kuhns
BRISTOL — Eighty-one days after their school building was shut down to help prevent the spread of a deadly pandemic — 81 days of remote learning, separation from their friends, canceled extracurricular activities, and anxiety over the fate of their communities and indeed the world itself — the Mount Abraham Union High School Class of 2020 made a triumphant return to campus on Saturday to participate in what will turn out to have been one of the most memorable graduation ceremonies in the school’s history. In addition to the family and friends who accompanied them in the one vehicle they were...

BRISTOL — Four graduating Mount Abraham Union High School seniors have been awarded scholarships by the Tari Shattuck Education Foundation, which gives scholarships to students planning to pursue a degree in Education. Owen Darling of Bristol, Addy Harris of Starksboro, Alexis Kouwenhoven of Bristol, and Mae Peterson of Bristol were all recipients of this year’s award. Owen Darling is planning to attend the University of York in England, and looks to use his study abroad to enrich his understanding of the world. This year, Darling took a class at Castleton University, and while there,...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School Class of 2020 will graduate on June 6, but because of the pandemic their ceremony will look a lot different than those of years past. “(We have been working) to design a graduation format that is within the state guidelines, will keep folks safe and allow for our graduates to walk across a stage and be recognized while receiving their diploma, as opposed to a virtual graduation,” wrote Mount Abe Principal Shannon Warden in a recent letter to students and families. “In the end (we) needed to make a decision on a format that was accessible for all...
LINCOLN — Lucinda Guy, a Mt. Abe senior, is this year’s winner of Lincoln’s second Walter S. Burnham Award. In addition to participating in athletics and musicals at Mount Abe. Guy has worked with children at the Lincoln Community School. For two summers she volunteered at the Lincoln Library organizing and checking books in and out for patrons. She’s long participated in Green Up Day with her family. After graduation, Lucy hopes to attend a New England college and study zoology, occupational science, or athletic training. Walter Burnham’s 1919 will allocates funds for “rewards of merit...

MAUSD EMPLOYEES DRESS in costume as they help out with the MAUSD meals delivery program.
Editor's note: This is a project of the Mount Abraham Unified School District's Community Engagement Committee (CEC). The Addison Independent is hosting this content as a service to the community. Names of the interviewees have been withheld in accordance with the commitments made by the CEC for the project. (Click here to read more about this project.) Part 5: Is there anything else you’d want people to know about what this shift has been like, so far? Kindergartener It’s been sad and also exciting. It’s been exciting because in the wintertime, when we go to school in the morning, we have to...

STAFF FROM THE MAUSD Essential Persons Childcare Program show off their masks.
Editor's note: This is a project of the Mount Abraham Unified School District's Community Engagement Committee (CEC). The Addison Independent is hosting this content as a service to the community. Names of the interviewees have been withheld in accordance with the commitments made by the CEC for the project. (Click here to read more about this project.)   Part 4: What have been the biggest surprises or discoveries you’ve made in shifting the way you work? Kindergartener Well, at first I didn’t even know what the coronavirus was. I thought this might be something good. Now I know it makes...


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