Observer photos by Marianne Apfelbaum
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) held a roundtable discussion on Feb. 18 with finalists in the second annual State of the Union essay contest at the Vermont Public Television studios in Colchester. More than 300 students from 30 Vermont high schools entered the contest and shared their thoughts on the major issues facing the nation. Each child’s essay was made part of the permanent Congressional Record, and each was given a plaque by Sen. Sanders with their essay on it. Among the essay contest finalists from Champlain Valley Union High School, which had the largest number of essay finalists, were Kate Raszka, Alden Fletcher, Zach Holman, Julienne DeVita, Hannah Apfelbaum, Emma Hamilton and Erin Clauss.