CVU student wins essay contest
A Champlain Valley Union High School junior took home the top honors in Sen. Bernie Sanders’ State of the Union essay contest for Vermont high school students.
A panel of four Vermont teachers judged the essays and chose Caroline Braun as the winner.
“There is no simple cure for the abundant issues plaguing our nation,” Braun wrote in her essay. “Not only are we recovering from a recession, but we also are confronting challenges related to climate change, health care, and education. As a world leader and role model for democracy and peace, we need initiatives that not only connect people and communities, but also ones that will act as catalysts for change.”
More than 300 students from across the state submitted essays on what they consider to be the major issues facing the United States and how they view the state of the union.
“I am pleased that we had more students participating this year than last,” Sanders said in a press release. “I hope, in the years to come, the number of students and schools that participate continue to grow. We need our young people to be engaged, to help find solutions for the problems that confront us, and to think about the future of our country. This is what democracy is all about.”
Braun’s essay—along with those of second-place finisher Emily Ellsworth of Colchester High School and Mt. Abraham Union High School student Genevieve Chiola, who took third place—will be entered into the Congressional Record. The three winners will also take part in a roundtable conference with Sanders, set for March.
Several CVU students were also selected as finalists, including Jeannine Bissonette, Emma Davitt, Taryn Druge and Sonia Lowen.
To read the essays, visit www.sanders.senate.gov/stateoftheunion/.
Swarm Party at Allen Brook
Allen Brook School students earned a “swarm party” on Jan. 31. When students practice safe, kind and responsible skills, they earn pom poms, “known as buzzies” to go into the school beehive. When the beehive is full, the school earns a swarm party.
On Jan. 31, Senior State Police Trooper Michelle LeBlanc and K-9 police dog Casko—an 8-year-old German shepherd—visited the school, along with two other troopers. Allen Brook School became Trooper LeBlanc’s and Casko’s biggest organized K-9 demonstration in their eight years together.
“We are proud to have local police officers and state police troopers visit our school during morning entry, lunch, recess and for special events,” said Shari Carr, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports universal coordinator at Allen Brook. “It is a special treat for students to see these brave men and women who serve our communities and be able to ask them questions.”