Champlain Valley Union High School held its 47th commencement exercises at the University of Vermont’s Patrick Gymnasium on June 17. More than 330 CVU students received their diplomas.
(Observer video by Kelsey Walters)
The Williston Central School celebrated its eighth-grade graduation on June 16. One hundred and thirty-three students received their diplomas. Megan O’Day and Leah Sargent were student speakers. Dustin Peters wrote and performed a song.
June 16, 2011
CVU GIRLS BOW IN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
Even though they had lost twice to top-seeded 17-1 South Burlington during the season, Champlain Valley Union girls tennis coach Amy deGroot believed her second-seeded Redhawks (14-2) had a good chance of bumping off the Rebels for a third straight Division I title on June 10 in South Burlington.
The upset did not happen.
South Burlington bumped off the ‘Hawks, 6-1. But the overall contest was much closer than the score indicated.
The Rebels took four of five singles matches, along with both doubles battles. The lone CVU win came from sophomore Claire Stoner, who scored a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over the Rebels’ Heather Dean.
While South Burlington’s Samantha Wulfson won the battle of No. 1 players in straight sets, defeating CVU’s AnnaClare Smith, 6-2, 6-4, there were two other singles matches that turned into grueling struggles.
The Rebels’ senior veteran Rachel Crews finally prevailed over Emily Polhemus, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8. South Burlington’s Anna Young had to dig deep to get past Andrea Joseph, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.
South Burlington’s doubles team of Nicole Sala and Amy Simendinger got a serious challenge from CVU’s Kristen Donaldson and Laura Andrews but prevailed, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.
In its regular season meetings, the Rebels won, 4-3 and 5-2, in what deGroot called close games.
GIRLS’ RELAY TEAM LEADS CVU IN NEW ENGLAND MEET
A ninth-place finish for the Champlain Valley Union girls 4-by-800-relay team led all Vermonters at the New England Track and Field Meet at Burlington High School on June 10.
The CVU team of Adrienne and Julienne Devita, and Summer and Taylor Spillane finished 21 seconds behind the winning time of 9:16.67, posted by Bishop Guertin (Nashua, N.H).
CVU’s 4-by-100 girls’ relay team came in 21st behind the winning South Burlington runners, who posted the lone Vermont victory in the meet that attracted many of the best athletes in the six-state region. Abby and Emma Eddy, along with Emma Riesner and Marion Albers, comprised the 100 team.
High individual finishers for CVU included Abba Eddy’s 23rd in the 100 dash, Taylor Spillane’s 14th in the 1600, James Pieper-Lococo’s 24th in the boys 100 hurdles, and Dale Conger’s Vermont-leading 25th in the shot put.
CSSU BUCCANEERS SIGN-UP DEADLINE APPROACHING
The CSSU Buccaneers youth football program is conducting sign-ups for students entering third through eighth grade. Students from Williston, St. George, Hinesburg, Shelburne, and Charlotte are eligible. The season starts August 15 and goes through November. The registration deadline is July 1 and cost $115. A limited number of scholarships are available. To sign-up, go to www.eteamz.com/CSBuccaneers. For more information, e-mail Jill Lowrey at [email protected] or call 238-0797.
June 16, 2011
Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the appointment of Williston high school student Laura Harris to the state Board of Education on Tuesday. Harris, who just completed her sophomore year at Champlain Valley Union High School, will serve a two-year term on the board, according to a news release.
“As a student, I look forward to experiencing our education system from a different point of view,” Harris said in the release. “I hope to bring a fresh perspective to the Board and look forward to working on policies that benefit both students and teachers.”
She will serve in a non-voting capacity for one year and become a voting member as a high school senior during her second year on the board.
“Laura Harris brings a great academic background and a commitment to activism to the board, and she is ready to bring her unique ideas and perspective to the debate,” Gov. Shumlin said in the release.
Harris has received academic recognition in English, Chinese I, and Project Adventure. She attended last year’s Governor’s Institute of Vermont on Current Issues and Youth Activism, and worked on student construction teams with Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity in West Virginia.
June 16, 2011
• Christopher D. Sanders, 26, of Essex was arrested on June 8 on an outstanding warrant for “failure to appear,” according to police reports. He was taken to Chittenden County Correctional Center as “there were no judges available at the courthouse,” according to the report. No other information was released.
• Suzanne M. Bevins, 38, of South Burlington was arrested on a “fugitive of justice violation out of New York State” on June 8, according to police reports. She was lodged at Chittenden County Correctional Center on $5,000 bail, the report notes. She was cited to appear in court.
• A red 15-horsepower generator was stolen from 3385 Boyer Circle on June 9, according to police reports. Anyone with information is asked to call Williston Police at 878-6611.
• The Pet Lodge of Williston on Avenue D was burglarized on June 12, according to police reports. Cash and donation money for Golden Huggs Rescue were taken, according to the report. Anyone with information is asked to call Williston Police at 878-6611.
• Joanna Komulainen, 30, of Ludlow was cited on a charge of retail theft from Wal-Mart on May 25 after allegedly stealing more than $360 worth of merchandise, according to police reports. She was cited to appear in court.
A home on Governor Chittenden Road was burglarized on May 25, according to police reports. Jewelry and change were taken, the report notes. The investigation is ongoing.
Driving with license suspended
• Eric J. Gokey, 23, of South Burlington was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license-criminal on June 5 after police stopped him for driving a vehicle without a front license plate, according to police reports. He was cited to appear in court on Aug. 1.
• Louis A. Huelsman, 32, of Lincoln was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license-criminal on June 11, according to police reports. He was lodged at Chittenden County Correctional Center “as he was on furlough,” the report notes.
Two men found “lighting off fireworks” on federal property at 237 Harvest Lane were issued no-trespass orders on June 12, according to police reports. Police also seized the fireworks, the report notes.
Police notes are written based on information provided by the Williston Police Department and the Vermont State Police. Please note that all parties are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.