July 31, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Opponents of the Vermont Gas pipeline staged a sit-in protest at the Williston staging area Wednesday morning, attempting to stop work on the pipeline extension project. Look for the story in tomorrow’s Observer.
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Academic Honors

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Rice students named to honor roll
The following Williston students were named to the Rice Memorial High School honor roll for the fourth quarter, according to results released last week.

First Honors
Laura Durkee, Cooper Norton, Elizabeth Sartorelli

Second Honors
Michelle Bolger, Hannah Durkee, Matthew Krause, Madeline Limanek, Erin Scott

Local graduate
Williston resident Joseph Wiles was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Students named to deans’ lists
The following Williston students were named to the dean’s list at their college or university.
Griffin Brady, University at Albany
Taryn Druge, Fairfield University
Noah Scott Lieberman, Washington University
Alex Arsenault, Norwich University
Wren Arvanetaki, Norwich University
Jonathan Zittritsch, Norwich University

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Grant to help expand work-based learning

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Observer staff report

Navicate, a non-profit working as a school-to-careers organization, recently received a $60,000 grant from the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation for the 2014-15 school year to help expand the opportunity of work-based learning activities to more Vermont students.
Navicate, formerly called Linking Learning to Life, partners with schools throughout the state to deliver programs that prepare youth with skills necessary for successful employment and continued learning.
“We all know that more students need opportunities to explore careers, especially while in middle and high school,” said Lindsey Lathrop, assistant director of Navicate. “We are interested in making this happen in a quality way. However, two things need to happen: teachers need the time and resources to excite students about career prospects and know how to create exploration activities. The second is that businesses and professionals need training on creating meaningful experiences in the workplace like job shadows and internships. These two areas are at the heart of this project.”
Navicate will partner with its sister organization, the Upper Valley Business & Education Partnership (UVBEP), on this project. The organizations have been working closely with the Vermont Agency of Education. The project will play into the statewide move toward an education system where all Vermont youth have equal opportunity to explore careers in addition to having adequate guidance with connecting academic learning to hands-on work-based learning experiences and post-secondary pathways.
The J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation collaborates with educators, organizations and philanthropists to improve and promote postsecondary and career education opportunities within the state with the conviction that through this work Vermont’s most important resource—its people—will become more fully empowered.