Mount Abe

02/27/2020
BRISTOL — Residents of the five towns of the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) will be asked on Tuesday to say yea or nay to a $31,399,182 spending plan to fund the district’s six schools for the 2020-2021 school year. The budget, if adopted, would increase the five-town district’s spending by 1.45%, and, according to MAUSD officials, maintain all current programs. Residents are expected to face increases in their towns’ school tax rates ranging from about 5.8% to 8.2%; see below for details. However, only about a third of district and Vermont taxpayers pay education property...
02/27/2020
BRISTOL — Officials with the Bristol-area schools have pared back possible options as they plan for a future with continued declining enrollment. With state allotting education funds based on number of pupils, the projected loss of more than 200 students between 2015 and 2024 means that Mount Abraham Unified School District will have less money to spend on education unless voters agree to raise more in property taxes. After Jan. 25 and Feb. 11 meetings the MAUSD board members and administrators agreed to narrow their focus to four scenarios for the future organization of the district that...
02/27/2020
NEWPORT — In first-round high school boys’ basketball playoff action this week, Middlebury advanced, but Mount Abraham and Vergennes were eliminated. The Tigers, seeded No. 6 in Division II, ousted No. 11 Lamoille, 66-58 on Wednesday. The 10-11 Lancers erased the Tigers’ 35-26 halftime advantage to take a one-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but Coach John Howe said “strong defense and a few heads-up plays” allowed the Tigers to prevail. Senior Tyler Buxton sparked MUHS with 31 points, 15 rebounds, four steals, and three assists, and classmate Tim Goettelmann added 10 points and five...

PAUL CARLILE, AN American Canoe Association certified instructor, executes a technical roll in his whitewater kayak in a style commonly used by sea kayakers during a Vermont Paddlers Club workout at the Mount Abraham Union High School pool on Feb. 12. Independent photo/Abagael Giles
02/24/2020
BRISTOL — On a recent Wednesday night, Paul Carlile of Burlington sat in his blue whitewater kayak in the swimming pool at Mount Abraham Union High School, nose plugs engaged and ready to demonstrate the perfect roll. Designed to help whitewater kayakers navigate the sort of steep, technical stream that runs cold and fast from Vermont’s Green Mountains in the spring, his boat showed the signs of wear and love. A network of scratches ran along its sides, battle scars from past adventures running streams at high water. On that snowy night, Carlile, an American Canoe Association-certified...

THE ADDISON COUNTY District Free-Throw Champions are, from left: Zoey Johnston, Ashtin Stearns, Adrienne Smits, Dustin Abbott, Bowen Lutz, Oliver Cogswell, Hayden Lutz, Safi Camara and Mike Sayre. Photos/Dave Lathrop
02/20/2020
BRISTOL — This past Saturday, the Mount Abraham Union High School gym was filled with the sounds of bouncing balls and swooshing nets. The cause for all the noise? The Knights of Columbus held the Addison County District Free-Throw Championship. Ten free-throwers left the event as district champions in their age groups. Each qualified to compete in the state-wide free-throw competition at Winooski High School on March 15. The girls and boys district champs were: •  9-year-old division: Dustin Abbott. •  10-year-old: Zoey Johnston and Bowen Lutz. •  11-year-old: Adrienne Smits and Oliver...
02/17/2020
BRISTOL — The following Mount Abraham Union High School students have been recognized academic and works habits efforts for the first semester: GRADE 9 HABITS OF WORK Summa Cum Laude: Natalie Adams, Sadie Alderman, Gavin Bannister, Morgan Barnes, Olivia Campbell, Kamryn Clodgo, Isabella Currier, Sean Davison, Madison Gile, Rachel Gracie, Cassandra Guillemette, Maia Jensen, Dakota Larocque, Jake Lucarelli, Ryan Marcotullio, Addison Mayhew, Even McCormick, Patricia McNerney, Lucy Parker, Angelita Pena, Eliza Preston, Isabella Robideau, Evan Russell, Abigail Sturtevant and Samuel Tropp. Magna...
02/17/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham defeated visiting Vergennes in double overtime to headline local high school girls’ basketball play late last week. In other action the Eagles picked up two wins, while the Commodores, Middlebury and Otter Valley lost road games. VUHS-EAGLES The Eagles finally shook off the Commodores at the end of the second overtime period, 43-47, when Chloe Johnston and Abby Reen sank clinching free throws. The Commodores led by 18-10 in the first half, but a 9-0 Eagle run put them up by 19-18 at the break, and the teams traded the lead the rest of the way. It was 31-31 at...

EAGLE JUNIOR FORWARD Koby LaRose gathers himself between Commodore defenders Gage Lalumiere and Jake Russell before going up for two points during the Mount Abe boys’ hoop team’s win over VUHS on Saturday. Independent photo/Steve James
02/10/2020
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ basketball team on Saturday used tough defense and full-court pressure to limit visiting Vergennes to 25 points through three quarters on the way to a 57-46 victory. The 8-8 Eagles were not always crisp in their set offense, but they were more effective than the Commodores — who also played well defensively — in creating points from turnovers. Ten Eagles scored, four between nine and the team-high 11 points tossed in by senior Liam Kelliher. A surge early in the fourth quarter pushed their lead to 25 points, enough to withstand a late surge...

ADMINISTRATORS, TEACHERS AND students from Mt. Abe braved the cold and took the Pengiun Plunge on Saturday to raise funds for Special Olympics. Pictured are: Front, Ashka Violi; middle, Jessica DeBiasio, Shannon Warden and Justin Bouvier; back, Ryan Corniellier, Zoe Grade-Wedge, Emily Davis, Devin Wendel and Noah Hoffman. Photo courtesy of Jessica DiBiasio
02/06/2020
BURLINGTON — A group of Mount Abraham Union High School administrators and students braved the cold and took the Penguin Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 1, in order to raise funds for Special Olympics VT. The group raised $2,000 to donate to Special Olympics with the hope that it will help them create a full-fledged Unified program at Mt. Abe.  The school ran a pilot Unified basketball program this year. Unified sports are a part of the Special Olympics program. Students with and without intellectual disabilities play together on teams — basketball, soccer, bocce and snowshoeing. The three...

EAGLE SENIOR GUARD Chloe Johnston goes high over Tiger defenders Cady Pitner, left, and Hannah Turner to get a shot off in the lane during Tuesday’s basketball game at Mount Abraham. Johnston scored 15 points in the Eagles’ victory Independent photo/Steve James
02/06/2020
BRISTOL — Pressure defense by the host Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team proved to be too much for visiting Middlebury on Tuesday, when the Eagles forced 17 first-half turnovers and 28 total in a 45-21 victory. The 8-5 Eagles also showed signs of the more balanced scoring that Coach Connie LaRose has been seeking to support senior guard Chloe Johnston, especially now that it is official that sophomore forward Grace Harvey will not return from a Jan. 23 knee injury. Johnston still led the way with 15 points, but four other Eagles contributed between five and nine points...

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