Mount Abe

EAGLE SENIOR LIAM Kelliher attacks against VUHS while facing tough defense from Commodore senior Luke Bergmans. Kelliher’s scoring and all-around play earned him Lake Division Player of the Year Honors and helped a likeable Mount Abe team be competitive in almost every game. Independent file photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Ten area boys’ high school basketball players earned postseason recognition. Mount Abraham senior forward Liam Kelliher was named the Lake Division Player of the Year, and Middlebury senior swingman Tyler Buxton joined Kelliher as a Lake First Team All-Star.  Vergennes forward Kevin Jackson made the Lake Second Team.  Another seven players earned honorable mention.  Otter Valley’s Parker Todd and Dylan Gaboriault received honorable mention from the Southern Vermont League’s B Division.  Receiving honorable mention from the Lake Division were Tigers Gabe Dunn and Karic Riche...

Photo by Buzz Kuhns
BRISTOL — Students and staff preparing for Mount Abraham Union High School’s spring musical, “The Addams Family,” were in the final push of preparations, when something truly scary — coronavirus — stepped in and forced cancelation of the show.  The musical was due to run March 26-28, but instead everyone — actors and crew alike — dismantled the set on Saturday, March 14. The actors took some time to have a last run-through of the show.  Shown, clockwise from top left, are sign painters Olivia Campbell, Abby Johnson, Lily Roberts and senior Rosemary Thurber (described as a major driving force...

PAINTING BY ADRIEN Larocque, grade 12
BRISTOL — Bristol’s gallery Art on Main has the 12th Annual Mount Abe Emerging Artists exhibit on view now through March 25. In celebration of Youth Art Month this special exhibit will feature the work of 20 Mount Abraham Union High School students in grades 9-12. This is a great opportunity for these young artists to showcase their work in a professional gallery space. The student artists were invited to submit their work on the basis of their artistic talent and dedication to creating art as well as their potential as future artists.  The mediums represented will include painting,...
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...
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...
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
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
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...
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...
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...


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