Education Briefs

Williston student competes in spelling bee

Williston Central School student Natalie Durieux was among 43 students across Vermont to compete in the Vermont State Individual Spelling Bee on March 13 at St. Michael’s College.

Elementary and middle school students under the age of 16 were eligible to participate in this competition.

Durieux qualified for the state meet after winning Williston Central School’s SCRIPPS spelling qualifying test in February.


Student wins essay contest

Williston resident and Williston Central School student Jackson Guernsey took top honors among 10- to 13-year-olds in “The Road Not Taken” essay contest, held in conjunction with the Vermont Flower Show earlier this month.

A total of 66 essays were submitted by students from throughout the state.

Youths, ages 6 to 18, were invited to describe a personal road not chosen and where it might lead or end in a 250-word essay. Entries were judged on uniqueness, creativity, use of descriptive language and passion for the topic.


Applications accepted for student awards

Applications are being accepted for the 2013 Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award, given to one Vermont student in grades 3 through 6 who has distinguished himself or herself in academics, leadership or the arts.

The winner will receive a prize from The Vermont Council for Gifted Education and free admission to a future On the Road Enrichment program.

Application packets—which require an essay and letter of recommendation—may be requested from Alice Maurer at Completed applications must be postmarked by March 31. The winner will be announced in April 15.