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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury-area secondary school-age students on Monday, May 3, will begin attending in-person classes four days a week, instead of the current two. Addison Central School District Superintendent Peter Burrows announced the transition in a Wednesday, April 15, email to the school community. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, middle- and high school students have been attending in-person classes on either Mondays and Tuesdays, or Thursdays and Fridays, with the balance of their studies conducted online. Now those students will attend in-person classes each day of the week...

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MIDDLEBURY — Three Middlebury Union High School students have been named finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program: Benjamin Graham of Bristol, Sarah Nicolai of Weybridge and Sofia A. Stefani of Middlebury. The trio are among the roughly 15,000 finalists throughout the nation who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million, which will be offered later this spring. Each student will receive...
MIDDLEBURY — Three members of the Division II champion Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team were named D-II all-stars, as was one member of the MUHS boys’ hockey team. From the girls’ team, senior goalie Abby Hodsden, senior defender Audrey Schnoor, freshman forward Ella Tucker, and 8th-grade forward Channing Brush were named D-II all-stars. No distinction was made between first- and second-team players. From the Tiger boys’ team, senior defender Tucker Stearns was named a D-II first-team all-star. In addition, Stearns, Hodsden and Schnoor were all named to teams for the annual...

ANNE SEVERY, RIGHT, poses with MUHS choral teacher Liz LeBeau and members of the Tiger marching band at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City in 2017. After four decades bringing out the best in young musicians, Severy will retire at the end of this school year. Photo courtesy Anne Severy
MIDDLEBURY — Legendary Middlebury Union High School music teacher Anne Severy is playing the final notes of a 40-year career symphony — but don’t be surprised if she returns to the stage for an encore in a substitute role. She’s decided to retire this June and has this to ponder: She’s been in school — as either a student or educator — every year of her life since 1964. Severy, who grew up in Connecticut, comes from a family of teachers. Both her parents were educators — her mom at the college level. Her oldest brother was an art major who became a phys ed instructor, and her sister recently...
RUTLAND — Middlebury Union High School students won two of the top three prices in a regional NAACP essay contest. February’s Black History Month educational outreach by the Rutland Area NAACP has shown considerable impact on local schools and students, with many submissions in the first annual essay contest and substantial interaction from some teachers. The branch sponsored the contest for high schoolers and distributed a comprehensive packet to all schools in Rutland, Bennington, and Addison counties for teaching Black history. Three winners of cash prizes and certificates have been chosen...

South Burlington goaltender Taylor Tobrocke saves a shot from Tiger forward Channing Brush in the second period of Wednesday's Vermont Division II final in Barre. Independent photo/Steve James
BARRE — A lot of things go into a championship season. Skill, grit, chemistry, brains, and sometimes a dash of extra motivation and unforeseen circumstances. The 2021 Division II Champion Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team checked all those boxes. The score read: No. 6 seeded MUHS 2, No. 4 South Burlington 1, in a game played at Barre’s B.O.R. municipal rink last night, Wednesday, March, 24. The story read: The Tigers’ roster included only 13 athletes — four goalies, and nine skating up and down the ice. That means two forward lines of three skaters each, and three defenders...
HARTFORD — The sixth-seeded Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team on Saturday pulled off its second straight road victory over a higher seed, this time blanking host Hartford, 3-0, in a Division II semifinal. The Tigers were scheduled to take on No. 4 South Burlington (6-4) in the final, which was set to be played in Barre’s municipal rink on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. after the print deadline for this edition. Head online to addisonindependent.com on Thursday for the Independent’s coverage of that game with photos. The Wolves defeated the Tigers this season, 4-3, on March 10, taking a...
WATERBURY — Undefeated top seed Harwood on Saturday defeated the No. 5 Middlebury Union High school boys’ hockey team, 3-0, in a Saturday semifinal. Harwood improved to 8-0 by topping the Tigers, the Highlanders’ second victory in two outings over MUHS this winter. Highlander Finn O’Hara scored a hat trick, including two shorthanded breakaway goals. His first shorthanded strike came early in the first period, and his second shorthanded goal came late in the third and made it 3-0. Harwood also got outstanding goaltending from Liam Guyette, who stopped 29 MUHS shots. Goalie Giles Heilman made...

MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School senior Paige Williamson is the only Vermont student to win a Horatio Alger Association scholarship this year. It’s a reward for her academic persistence in the face of hardship. During her junior year at MUHS, Williamson, 17, lost her mom to cancer. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School senior Paige Williamson was thrilled to learn she’d won a $25,000 college scholarship through the Horatio Alger Association (HAA). The only thing missing was the ability to share the moment of euphoria with her chief motivator and best friend — her mom, Cheryl Rose Kirby, who died in December of 2019 following a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer. “I know she would be ecstatic to hear I won this award; she would probably be screaming if she heard about it and would be talking about it all the time,” Paige, a diminutive dynamo, said tenderly as a late-...
MORETOWN — The No. 6 Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team pinned a 2-1 loss on No. 3 Harwood on Tuesday in a Division II quarterfinal. The Tigers got goals from McKenna Raymond and Ella Tucker, two assists from Channing Brush, and an assist apiece from Raymond and Audrey Schnoor as they took a 2-0 lead in the second period. Goalie Abby Hodsden made 24 saves as those two goals stood up for the victory. The Tigers improved their record to 4-4 and dropped the Highlanders to 4-5. The Tigers will next take on No. 2 Hartford at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in a semifinal. The D-II final will be...

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