October 21, 2018

Around Town

Williston resident is ‘student of the year’

A Williston resident was named Outstanding Student of the Year at Essex Technical Center last month.

Elizabeth Goddette graduated from Champlain Valley Union High School and Essex Tech this year. She took professional food courses at Essex Tech.

“She is one of those students that just makes your day when you walk in,” Essex Tech Principal Kathy Finck said. “She is always pleasant and always respectful and always a very happy student.”

Staff from each of the 15 programs at Essex Tech choose a student of the year, then one student is selected for the school-wide award.

“It made me feel like I was awarded for my hard work and all of my hard work was worth it,” Goddette said.

Goddette said she plans to take six months off, then attend the Culinary Institute of America to study culinary arts management.

Free fitness at CVU

The fitness center at Champlain Valley Union High in Hinesburg will be open to residents in all towns that send students to the school, including Williston.

Rahn Fleming will oversee the fitness center when it is open to the public. Fleming is a certified personal trainer, coordinator of the Learning Center at CVU and a two-sport coach at the school.

Residents can use the fitness center, free of charge, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The hours will run through Aug. 20.

“I’ve tried to select hours that will serve the most, best,” Fleming wrote in an e-mail.

Red Cross seeks blood type O negative

The American Red Cross needs to boost its supply of type O negative blood, which has dropped to “critically low levels,” according to a press release.

The Red Cross said type O negative is always in high demand, as it can be transfused to patients with any blood type.

Spokesperson Donna M. Morrissey encouraged donors to contribute to the Red Cross.

Eligible volunteer blood donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive and to make appointments.

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