May 24, 2018

Education briefs

Geo whiz

Isaiah Lawlor

Isaiah Lawlor












Williston Central School sixth grade student Isaiah Lawlor displays his participation certificate from the 25th annual Vermont Geographic Bee, held April 5 at Middlebury College. Isaiah, representing WCS, answered five of his nine questions correctly.


CVU seeks grad challenge panelists

Champlain Valley Union High School is looking for panelists for graduation challenge presentations on Friday, May 24. Seniors make formal presentations about their graduations challenges to panels composed of community members and CVU faculty.

The day is divided into three sessions. During each 1.5-hour session, more than 25 classrooms are filled with students, panelists and audience members to listen to three to four seniors each make presentations about their grad challenge projects.

Panelists listen to presentations, ask questions and evaluate student presentations. All panelists are asked to attend a brief orientation immediately prior to an assigned session. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

CVU recommends that parents of seniors not participate as panelists to leave them free to watch their child’s presentation.

To volunteer as a panelist, visit and click on the link on the home page.


WCS students present at New England Youth Congress

Students in Williston Central School’s A World of Difference peer leadership program—Max Hamrell, Ben Carnahan, Cat Belanger and Julia Cronan—were invited to Boston to present at a workshop at the annual conference of more than 1,400 students from around New England.

The workshop’s goals were to explore individual differences and understand different kinds of hurtful behaviors that are often directed at people who are judged because of their individual differences. The workshop also focused on what students can do to support each other and build alliances to combat bullying and other socially cruel behaviors in their schools.

WCS’s A World of Difference is an anti-bias education program that has been part of the school’s anti-bullying efforts for the past 10 years and is a component of the Anti-Defamation League. It works to mobilize students to challenge bigotry and to promote a prejudice-free, inclusive school climate in which all people are appreciated for their differences.


Video festival open to high school students

Castleton State College, in partnership with Vermont Public Television, is inviting Vermont high school students to enter the 18th Annual Castleton Videofest.

Students can submit DVDs in any of four categories: documentary; experimental/animation; narrative fiction; and public service announcements/advertisements.

Scholarships of $500 will be awarded for first place in each category. Video professionals will judge the entries on creativity, content and execution.

Submissions must be postmarked by April 22. A public screening of the winning videos and an award ceremony will be held at Castleton State College on May 10.

For more information and contest rules, contact Samantha Green at 468-6156 or

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