MIDDLEBURY — George Rooney, who teaches at Middlebury Union High School in Middlebury, is one of five driver education teachers from throughout the U.S. to be selected by their peers as Teachers of Excellence.  The honor, which carries with it a cash stipend, comes from the American Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA) and The National Road Safety Foundation, a non-profit group that creates driver safety education materials.   Rooney, who has taught at MUHS since 2012, says he became a driver education teacher after a close friend was killed by a teen driver who made one...

SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS for the COVID-19 pandemic forced a new kind of graduation ceremony at Middlebury Union High School and other secondary schools throughout the land. Students on Saturday rolled up in decorated vehicles to pick up their diplomas from a makeshift stage in front of the MUHS building. Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — Four fruitful years at Middlebury Union High School this past Saturday came down to one last meander down the horseshoe driveway fronting a building that had become home away from home for the more than 127 members of the class of 2020. It was a chance to drive off into the sunset, and each student took full advantage this past Saturday. One-by-one, they rolled up to a makeshift stage in sleek coupes, revving Jeeps, powerful trucks and classic autos, most of them decorated with the black-and-orange colors of MUHS and bearing bright signs announcing each matriculating senior....
MIDDLEBURY — Commencement ceremonies for the Middlebury Union High School class of 2020 on June 13 were unprecedented — not for being wild and ostentatious, but for being minimalist out of necessity. Due to social distancing requirements during COVID-19, each of the 131 graduating seniors were individually driven to a stage at MUHS, where they picked up their hard-earned diplomas. No teeming crowd, no group hugs, no conventional processional. But the lack of pomp and circumstance didn’t diminish the sense of pride and accomplishment that each graduate felt upon capping a high school career...

A group of supporters on Wednesday evening set up a display on Court Square of placards with every MUHS senior's name on them.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School officials were excited to announced to seniors last week that they had purchased caps and gowns for them. The plan is to have those wishing to take part in a limited graduation exercise to wear the typical commencement regalia in an outdoor MUHS graduation ceremony on June 13. The school has arranged for MCTV to videotape the event and then combine that with other images to create a keepsake video for graduates and their families. “While you can’t all be together physically for graduation, we know that you will be together in spirit on your MUHS...

LONGTIME MIDDLEBURY UNION High School Principal Bill Lawson will be retiring this June. While it’s been strange presiding over an empty school building during the coronavirus pandemic, Lawson leaves with many fond memories after 25 years of service. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — William Lawson has spent the last quarter-century leading Middlebury Union High School. He’s done it through changes to the state’s education funding formula, the transition to an International Baccalaureate curriculum, a substantial student enrollment decline and discussions about possible school closures in the Addison Central School District. Now add this: A coronavirus pandemic that’s emptied MUHS and all other schools statewide for the rest of the academic year. As a result, Lawson, 70, will mark another first in this, his last year as MUHS principal: Governing a school from...

TIGER SENIOR WILL Carpenter, seen here at Rikert Nordic Center in the classic championship race, earned Honorable Mention as a Division II Nordic All-Star after skiing to 10th- and 18th-place finishes at the two-day championship meet. Independent file photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Four Nordic skiers from Middlebury Union High School and one from Mount Abraham were named Division II All-Stars, and another three Tigers and one Eagle earned honorable mention. Those named all-stars earned the 10 best combined times for the freestyle and classic state races over the two-day state championship competition, and honorable mentions went to those with the next best five combined times.  Three Tiger boys earned All-Star status: Jack Christner, Zach Wilkerson and Elvis McIntosh. Christner won the classic race and finished fourth in the freestyle, and also anchored...
MIDDLEBURY — Four members of the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team received postseason honors. Junior defenseman Tucker Stearns was named a First Team Division I All-Star. Three Tigers, forwards Hale Hescock and Devon Kearns and goalie Zeke Hooper were named to the Rotary Senior All-Star Game. The game was not played this year.
MIDDLEBURY — A half-dozen members of the Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team received postseason honors.  Goalie Abby Hodsden was named a Tier II First Team All Star, and defender Audrey Schnoor and forward Bella Gale made the Tier II Second Team.  In addition, three seniors, forwards Merry Kimble and Taylor Moulton and Izzy Pistilli were selected for the Rotary Senior All-Star Game, although that game was not played. 
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District officials on Tuesday evening confirmed a new principal for Middlebury Union High School: Justin Campbell, who currently serves as top administrator of Hanover High School in New Hampshire. Campbell, 44, emerged as the lone finalist after fellow hopeful Rebecca Tatistcheff — a district leader and administrative coach in New York City — pulled her candidacy just prior to her scheduled on-campus interview late last month. “It is with incredible enthusiasm that I welcome Justin Campbell to ACSD as the next leader of MUHS,” ACSD Superintendent Peter...

CASTLETON — Middlebury Union High School senior running back and defensive back Tyler Buxton will be the area’s only representative in the 67th Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl.  Rosters were announced last week for the annual game, which will be played on Aug. 1 at the newly named Dave Wolk Stadium at Castleton University with kickoff at 5:30 p.m.  St. Johnsbury’s Rich Alercio will coach the Vermont team. The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl is played for the benefit of the Shriners Hospitals for Crippled and Burned Children and in its first 66 years has raised nearly $5 million. The game is one of 30...


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