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spring 2014

Lyndon Institute

alumni newsletter

Richard D. Hilton

Letter from the Headmaster......................................... 1


Adam A. Norwood


Robert G. Heath, Jr., ’88


Mary Ellen “Mel” Reis


Charles W. Bucknam


Twiladawn W. Perry, ’77

Vice President secretary

Norman R. Messier Treasurer

Elaine A. Smith ’63

member at large

Meredith R. Feltus ’87 member at large

Cover photo: Steve Legge

David R. Stahler, Sr. ’65

David B. Aronoff ’82 Laura P. Ashton Linda H. Bishop Marlin W. Devenger ’67 Jeanne A. Elliott ’64 Patricia B. Emery ’70 Joseph C. Flynn T. Michael Flynn James C. Gallagher ’63 Stephen A. Gray ’65 Daniel D. Heath ’68 Peter C. Hopkins ’74 Elizabeth P. Koenig ’01 Lorraine C. Matteis ’65 James A. McDonald ’66 Amy M. McGarry ’86 Randall D. Northrop Emery J. Noyes ’62 Thaddeus G. Richardson Sara J. Simpson



Alumni Weekend 2014.....................................................12

Thank You, Rick Hilton....................... Back Cover

Dr. Gregory J. McCormick ’91



Winter Carnival................... Inside Back Cover

Richard D. Ashton ’61


New Headmaster........................................................................... 8

In Memoriam..................................................................................24



Athletics Update............................................................................. 7

Class Notes.........................................................................................16



On Campus............................................................................................. 2




Alumni Newsletter

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It is the policy of Lyndon Institute not to discriminate on the basis of a student’s or his/her family member’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, creed, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, age, military/ uniformed service or veteran’s status, disability, or other legally protected classification in the provision and administration of its educational programs, activities, services, and access provided to the public, in accordance with and to the limits of applicable requirements of state and federal laws. Lyndon Institute complies with the American Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as other applicable state and federal laws with respect to accommodating individuals with disabilities. Lyndon Institute provides special education to eligible students in accordance with the School’s special education approval from the State of Vermont, state and federal legal requirements, the School’s policies and in coordination with the student’s school district. Lyndon Institute Alumni Newsletter is published twice a year by the Development Office. We welcome submissions for publication and letters in response to articles. Please send submissions to Melissa Hall, Director of Development,

From the Headmaster Richard D. Hilton

Dear Alumni and Friends of Lyndon Institute,

To look back over fifteen years of teaching and administering at Lyndon Institute is really to look forward into the lives of more than two thousand students who have been part of this academic community during that time. Schools are about the future, not the past, and the work we do teaching, coaching, advising, and supporting our students is always focused on their futures, their aspirations, their dreams. And those dreams do come true. All the work seems worth it when past students return as happy, healthy, successful adults. Some return wearing college warm-up jackets, full of stories about life after LI and opinions about how well they were prepared. Some come back with spouses and children to show them “the old school” where they grew from childhood into adulthood. Others report new careers, new achievements, new plans, and new senses of purpose in life.

Thank you for your support and your suggestions during my fifteen years as headmaster. I hope to see you on the sidelines at The Game next year.

When they come back, it is the people they want to see, not the buildings or the bulletin boards or the curricula. Those teachers, coaches, advisors, and support staff became part of their lives during high school, and their influences last a lifetime.

Often, the returning adult is immediately recognizable as the edited and revised version of the child who started here in ninth grade—like an essay submitted, critiqued by a teacher, rewritten, and turned in for a better grade. Wordsworth wrote, “The Child is Father of the Man,” and anyone who teaches in a high school can see the future adult emerging from the child through adolescence. In fact, the very word education means the “drawing out” of the adult who will be from the child who was.

As a result, any veteran teacher has seen the character of the future forming before his or her very eyes—in the classrooms, in the hallways, in the cafeteria, on the fields, on the stage, and everywhere on campus. Watching our students emulate our teachers as their role models—learning about dedication, discipline, responsibility, respect, compassion, and other virtues through lessons taught be example as well as by advocacy— gives one hope for the future of our region and our nation. If only all American high schools cared so well for their students. Our mission as a school is our students’ “excellent preparation for success in school, college, careers, and life”—no mean feat in this age of consumerism, instant gratification, and social media. But we are succeeding against the odds, as anyone who watched our athletes’ and our community’s historic achievements this winter can attest. On the basketball courts, in the stands, and elsewhere on campus, our school’s positive energy, camaraderie, and commitment to a shared purpose were pleasant surprises to onlookers, who praised our uncommon quality and solidarity as a community. When I give Headmaster Houck the keys to O. D. Mathewson’s old office on July 1 and begin my retirement, it will be with a light heart and a sense of optimism regarding the future of these students. The more abstract educational issues like demographics, economics, and politics pale in comparison with the very real joy of seeing our students and our graduates thrive in a world for which they are well prepared by their school, your school. Sincerely, — Rick

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On Campus

Lyndon Institute Presents the Musical Into The Woods

The award-winning Lyndon Institute Theater Company performed the Tony Award winning musical Into the Woods. The play featured musical direction by Susanne Norwood, and choreography by Rebecca McGregor and LI junior Lizzy Vinton, the production brought together a brilliant cast of student performers, musicians, and technical extravaganzas.

One Billion Rising

Lyndon Institute junior Katie LaCourse (second from left) organized a flash mob during assembly that included students, faculty and staff to bring attention to the event One Billion Rising. On February 14th, five thousand global organizations and one billion men, women and children danced as one to raise awareness of violence towards women. The group gets its name from estimates that one in three, or one billion women, will be raped or beaten in their lifetime.

Lyndon Institute Obtains First Virtual Welder in the Region

Students in Lyndon Institute’s welding program, and adults in the school’s Continuing Education program, have received a new tool to improve their skills. The school has installed a virtual welder that provides students the chance to refine their technique without the expense of gas, wire or other raw materials. The only other similar machine is at the Burlington Technical Center. Manufactured by Lincoln Electric, the VRTEX 360 virtual welder allows students to refine their technique with numerous configurations for flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead situations using flat plate, tee joint and groove joint coupons. The unit also offers a variety of pipe options. The machine is currently set up to simulate welding with carbon metals (steel). Upgrades to the system could offer aluminum and stainless steel and tig welding.

The operation of the welder is similar to a common video game. A welding helmet offers a virtual display and speakers in the helmet offer audio cues to the welder. The display also helps students set the proper work angle, travel angle, and travel speed. All of these factors are displayed as a final grade. A tolerance-to-load factor is also available. Adults with no gaming experience, or welding experience, can easily work the machine.

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Lyndon Institute Welcomes New Members of The Board of Trustees Richard D. Ashton, President of Lyndon Institute Inc., is pleased to announce the following new members of the Board of Trustees. They are former LI teacher and coach, T. Michael Flynn, lawyer and alumna, Amy McGarry and area bank executive, Thad Richardson.

The new trustees were elected during the Annual Meeting of Trustees and Corporators held at Lyndon Institute on September 28, 2013. “I am pleased that Mike, Amy and Thad are willing to serve as trustees of Lyndon Institute, and I am looking forward to working with them. Each brings a unique background that will be helpful as the school takes advantage of the opportunities ahead,” said Ashton.

T. Michael Flynn, was born and raised in Springfield, VT. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1964 and afterwards received his BA in History from Lyndon State College in 1970. After graduation, Flynn worked at Burke Mountain as a ski coach and ran the NASTAR ski racing program. He attained his certification from the Professional Ski Instructors of America.

While at LSC, Flynn met his future wife Larissa and together, they became members of the faculty at Lyndon Institute. In 1973, he was hired as a social studies teacher and head ski coach for LI where he coached the Vikings to three state titles and two New England titles. He ran the LI boarding program from 1977 to 1980 and returned to the classroom as a member of the faculty. He was the President of the LI Faculty Association for ten years and assisted with Student Council. Flynn also served as the President of the LSC Alumni Council from 1990 to 1992 and is currently a member of the LSC Foundation.

Flynn has been an instrumental member of the LI Development Committee, spearheading several significant fundraising projects for the school. He was named LI Teacher of the Year in 1999 and retired with his wife, Larissa in 2005 to spend summers at their home in Martha’s Vineyard.

Amy (Morrissette) McGarry, an alumna from the Class of 1986, is a current resident of Kennebunk, Maine. She received a BA in Sociology from Bates College and went on to study law and received her Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, MO. She worked for a large law firm specializing in securities litigation in New York before moving to Boston where she continued her corporate litigation practice. In 2000, she moved to Maine working for a small law firm and eventually opening a solo practice specializing in criminal defense, family law, and small business formation. She is currently a member of three state and Federal bars, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. She enjoys jui jitsu, coaches little league, and is a member of the Sweetser Board of Corporators. She was recently named to the Katahdin Counsel for her pro bono work. McGarry is married to her husband Daniel and they have an eight year old son.

Thad Richardson is the Vice President of Asset Liability Management for Community National Bank, headquartered in Derby, VT. He received his BS in Accounting and MBS from Clarkson University. He worked in the financial services industry for over 10 years, first in corporate finance for Bombardier, a leading global manufacturer of aircraft and rail transportation, and in 2005, he changed careers to commercial banking. He serves on the board of directors for Northern Counties Health Care, Northeast Kingdom Human Services, and the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce. Richardson lives in Lyndonville with his wife Alissa (Smith) Richardson, LI Class of 1996, and their two children. The departing members of the Lyndon Institute Board of Trustees include Ed Bushmann, Ryan Noyes, and Tiffany Young.

New Corporators elected during the Annual Meeting are Brian Ball, Joe Benning, Lawrence V. Cippolone, Stephan R. Guy, Annie K. Guyer, Kelly Harris, Barry Hertz, Stephen Hopkins, Bill Laramee, Carol Moore, Michael Moore, Heather Pulver-Gaillard, Harwant S. Sethi, and Tim Tierney. Lyndon Institute is an independent school governed by 27 Trustees elected by up to 150 Corporators.

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On Campus

China Welcomes Students from Lyndon Institute

Our sister school in Fuzhou, China welcomed seven LI students for two weeks to participate in an immersion program on their campus. Our students attended classes in academics, calligraphy, Chinese language and fencing. The trip included stays with host families to experience family life and Chinese culture. It was the first time LI students had the opportunity to visit one of our campuses in China. We look forward to welcoming their Chinese friends to our campus in Lyndon Center this summer. LI has three campuses in China, Fuzhou, Shaoxing, and Hefei.

Students participating in the China trip enjoyed a lesson in Chinese calligraphy. Pictured from (left to right), Jake Blankenship, Ian Guay, Samantha Stanton-Fitzgerald, Maya Gershun-Half, calligraphy instructor, Matthew Walker, Dalanna Newton, and Haillie Mesics.


Freshman, Logan Abbott’s performance of “Give Me Something To Believe In” earned a standing ovation during Talent Night. Check it out on the Lyndon Institute You Tube Channel. Other performances include Poetry Out Loud and Airband!

Lyndon Institute Student Attends Oceanography Program Lyndon Institute Freshman, Terra Plocic attended the Intermediate session at the Acadia Institute of Oceanography (AIO) during the summer of 2013. AIO is a summer program in marine studies located in Seal Harbor, Maine next to Acadia National Park. Students who attend AIO are accepted upon recommendation of their Terra Plocic science teacher. During their stay, they learn about all aspects of oceanography through hands-on work in the field, on board boat, and in the lab. A component of the program also includes evening lectures, morning laboratory activities and mapping, a study of a fjord, navigation, tank set up and maintenance, coastal transects, the geology of Mt. Desert Island, snorkeling and hiking. AIO staff consists of qualified educators from classrooms, colleges, and environmental education programs throughout the United States.

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Art Exhibit at Norwich University

The artwork of senior Allison Windhausen (l), juniors Nick Aiken and Stephanie Bonnett was on display at Norwich University as part of the juried High School Arts Competition. Fifty-six artists from 16 high schools in Vermont and New Hampshire had 105 pieces of work on display at the Chaplin Hall Gallery. Over 200 pieces were submitted.

Students Inducted Into the National Honor Society

20 students (10 seniors and 10 juniors) were formally inducted in the National Honor Society. Established in 1921, the National Honor Society (NHS) is the oldest and most respected student recognition organization in the United States. Membership in NHS distinguishes students who have committed themselves to the pursuit of academic excellence, community improvement, and personal development.

Holiday Chorus

In front of a packed house, our annual Holiday Concert delighted all who attended. The performances featured world music, the Select Chorus, choral music, instrumental music and special guest performances from the Burke Town School K-3 students.

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On Campus

Lyndon Institute to Offer Free Bus Transportation and Free Lunch for Students

Beginning in August, families of students who choose to use Lyndon Institute’s express bus service will not have to pay the nominal fees now charged, which vary depending on the length of the route.

LI Taps Into Hydroponics

In the back of the True Building, Master Gardner Jerry Leonard is way ahead of Mother Nature. Tucked in a back room, just to the left of the traditional seedlings growing in dirt under grow lights, sits their latest project, hydroponics. A hydroponic system will grow plants in a soilless environment using nutrients suspended in water.

The type of hydroponic system is a flood and drain system. While the system was being assembled and checked for leaks, the class started romaine lettuce seeds in rock wool cubes under their new six-bulb grow lights. While the seeds were germinating, clay pellets were placed in the bottom of each grow container so the growing medium would not plug the system, causing the containers to overflow. Shredded coconut husks were placed on top of the clay pellets to serve as a soilless growing medium. After a number of trial and errors to handle minor flooding, the class is confident that the system will perform well.

Both initiatives stem from the school’s focus on improving the health and safety of each student, according to Lyndon Institute Headmaster Rick Hilton. “We want to help families to get their children safely to campus, and we want those children to be healthy, alert learners once they arrive,” said Hilton. “The fees charged for our bus service generated very little revenue, but they were an obstacle for some families. And the government’s restrictions for participation in the lunch program resulted in very low participation rates and very high rates of wasted food. We had to do better for the sake of our students.”

The bus service, which extends as far west as the Champlain Islands and as far east as Lunenburg, has been in service for over ten years. “It is a valuable service to our families and students, “says Jack Perry, manager of the bus fleet. “Transportation in the Northeast can be a challenge, and we have been encouraged with the continued increase in the number of students who use this service.” An average of 60 students utilize the bus service on a daily basis.

We had a great turn out for Crazy Holiday Sweater Day!


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A Year of Champions An update from Athletic Director, Paul Wheeler, ’74 After completing nearly two thirds of our athletic year, the 2013-14 results are terrific! Excitement filled the LI campus as our school year started off with excellent efforts from all of our teams. This past fall, field hockey and football garnered the most attention because of their success. Our field hockey team won an exciting playoff quarter-final game at Milton High School in overtime to get to the state semi-final where they played Bellows Falls on the artificial turf field at UVM. While this was a thrill for all involved, the slick surface proved to be a difficult adjustment for us and the team lost to our southern Vermont opponent. The football team went one step further, winning their semi-final game at home against Fair Haven which put them in the championship game against Rice Memorial. Unfortunately, seven turnovers in the title game were a few too many to overcome and our team fell 27-21. The title game loss was a disappointment, but it didn’t take away from the tremendous accomplishment of the season. In our annual battle with rival St. Johnsbury Academy, LI tied a national high school record by running 93 offensive plays in our 63-29 win. Our 41 first downs in that game set an all time Lyndon Institute record and senior kicker Travis Wilkinson set the single game extra point mark by making all nine kicks. spring 2014

The winter sports season proved to be as exciting with the history-making accomplishments of our boy’s basketball team. Finishing the regular season with a record of 15-5 and garnering the #2 seed in the state tournament, our Vikings charged through the playoffs and into the state title game against #1 U-32. The championship game was no contest as our team won the state title convincingly, 55-35. This was LI’s first state championship in basketball, boys or girls. Congratulations to Coach Pat Guckin, assistant Coach Fred Miller and our players for making history! The list of champions continues! Junior, Jack Brown set a Lyndon Institute indoor track and field pole vault record, by vaulting 12’ 0” at the state meet at Norwich University. This was the team’s first year as a varsity sport at LI since the mid 70’s. Sophomore, Tariyn Brooks was crowned Girls Slopestyle Skiing State Champion at the 2013-14 VT High School Snowboard Series State Championship at Killington. The results from the first two sports seasons have been outstanding. We expect the spring teams to bring us many highlights as well.


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y a unanimous vote, the Lyndon Institute Board of Trustees has appointed Daren M. Houck as the new Headmaster, succeeding current Headmaster, Rick Hilton, who will retire in June 2014 after serving Lyndon Institute for 15 years.

Lyndon Institute Welcomes Daren M. Houck as New Headmaster

“It is with great humility, excitement and gratitude that I accept the position of Headmaster at Lyndon Institute,” says Houck. “Since my first visit to LI nearly a decade ago, I have repeatedly found myself drawn to being part of the Lyndon community and I look forward to adding to the already outstanding qualities of LI. The reasons are many: a proud past with a promising future; a historical mission with an innovative philosophy; and a strong independence while maintaining deep community connections. I understand the value, importance and opportunities that a “private school with a public mission” can bring to the children and communities of Vermont and the world.” Houck currently serves as the Head of School for The Mountain School at Winhall (MSW), an independent school for grades PK-8 located in Bondville, VT. He has served as Head of School since 2004.


Mr. Houck is pictured with his wife Suzanne and several of our students during a recent community dinner.

While at The Mountain School, Houck created a 5-STAR rated (highest rating in Vermont) Pre-Kindergarten Program and has maintained this rating for five years. He created a middle school international program (SEVP approved) that included a middle school summer camp bringing together students and educators from China and New England. In addition, he developed sister relationships with five schools in China to extend the MSW curriculum to their students.

He founded the OPUS project, a creative multi-disciplinary, arts and technologyintegrated thematic-based curriculum for all grade levels. The OPUS project led to the introduction of a unique Collaborative Problem-Based Learning (CPBL) model using Antioch University New England’s Center for School Renewal’s Critical Skills Classroom approach and research as a base, imbedding critical thinking and problem solving into the school-wide curriculum. As an active member of the Vermont Independent School Association (VISA), he worked with the leadership of the four traditional Vermont town academies to Alumni newsletter

further the missions of not only the individual schools, but also the founding ideals of town academies in general.

“Daren’s appointment is very good news for Lyndon Institute and the students we serve,” says Rick Hilton, current Headmaster for Lyndon Institute. “Both my predecessor Dwight Davis and I have worked with Daren Houck for years on the legal and legislative aspects of education. Daren has a national reputation as a champion of independent education, and he is respected throughout Vermont for his knowledge of current theory and practice as well as his leadership of a successful “town academy” that, like Lyndon Institute, includes a broad spectrum of students. Daren understands the importance of each student’s truly belonging to the community, with close attention paid to individual needs and goals.” Previous to his role at The Mountain School, Houck served as the Director of Special Programs and the 21st Century Community Learning Center Site Coordinator for the Booker Middle School in Sarasota, FL. The Booker Middle School (grades 6-8) is a diverse middle school of 1,400 students with 70% minority and 76% free/reduced lunch students. His chief accomplishments include overseeing and implementing a comprehensive Language Arts curriculum and elevating the ranking of the school to become one of eight Title 1 (300 Florida schools with over 40% poverty students) to receive an “A” grade. He participated in writing and receiving a $3 million grant to provide extended services to students through a 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program via a comprehensive before school, after school, and summer school program that included over 750 students, 50 staff members and an annual budget of $1 million from 2001-2004.

“To me, the position of ‘headmaster’ is the greatest job in the world; I am proud to now call Lyndon my home, the Institute my passion, and our students my life,” says Houck.

“Many of the ideals embedded in LI’s mission and principles are also my own,” says Houck. “These include a belief in the highest level of academic excellence and social equity for every child; an understanding that one never stops learning, and a sound education helps prepare an individual for a lifetime of growth and accomplishment; a philosophy that a school teaches the “whole child” by exposing that student to well-rounded, varied learning experiences for the good of self and society; and a conviction that each of us must have respect and responsibility at the very core of our being and at the foundation of all we do.” He began his career in education by serving as a language arts and social studies teacher at the Northwestern Middle School in Springfield, OH. spring 2014

Richard Ashton, President of the Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Mr. Houck to Lyndon Institute. “Daren embodies the energy, character, and vision necessary to lead Lyndon Institute to an exciting new chapter in its history. His educational, global, leadership and advancement experience will enable him to work well with our Lyndon Institute community to enhance and expand upon the school’s mission and strategic vision.” The announcement concludes an intense, international tenmonth search process led by a Search Committee, chaired by James C. Gallagher, former President of the Lyndon Institute Board of Trustees and six trustees. Trustees recruited the assistance of Jim Bonney, Managing Partner of Educator’s Collaborative, a national search and consulting firm. To support the search process, the Search Committee created an Advisory Committee composed of members of faculty and representatives of other constituencies to assist in the review of several finalists to gain insight into the specific needs of the Lyndon Institute community.

“I would like to thank the Search Committee, the Advisory Committee, the Board of Trustees and Jim Bonney, our consultant, for their commitment, hard work, and dedication to the integrity of our search process, which produced an outstanding group of talented and experienced candidates from across the US and abroad. I am pleased to welcome Daren to Lyndon Institute and our community,” says Gallagher. Houck earned his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida and a B.A. in Education from Cedarville College, located in Cedarville, OH. Houck’s professional associations include serving on the Board of Directors for the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England (ISANNE) and as a member of the Vermont Independent Schools Association. In addition, he serves as the owner and president of Green Mountain Educational Consulting, an independent consulting agency specializing in transitioning public schools to independent schools.

“I look forward to bringing a renewed passion, commitment to community, and visionary, collaborative leadership to Lyndon Institute. To me, the position of ‘headmaster’ is the greatest job in the world; I cannot be successful without the success of our students, faculty and staff. I am proud to now call Lyndon my home, the Institute my passion, and our students my life,” says Houck.

He enjoys basketball, woodworking, organic farming, hiking and hunting. He will join his wife Suzanne to begin his tenure at Lyndon Institute as the new Headmaster on July 1, 2014.


On January 31st, our Lyndon Institute community celebrated Chinese New Year. The evening began with students decorating the cafeteria to create a festive atmosphere followed by a community dinner, featuring Chinese cuisine made by Chef Lacarno. We then walked to the soccer field for hot chocolate and donuts in front of a massive bonfire. The celebration ended with a fantastic fireworks show for the entire community sponsored by our international families and local donors. We hope to repeat this again next year.


Independence Fund Update


hank you donors! We are so grateful for the support you have shared with students and teachers. Contributors have committed more than $65,000 towards our annual goal of $125,000.

47th Annual Penny Sale


n March 8, 2014 the 47th Annual Penny Sale was held in the Lyndon Institute auditorium. The Annual Penny Sale is the largest fund-raising event conducted by the Lyndonville Rotary Club and the proceeds represent a major part of the Lyndonville Rotary’s budget for donations back to the community for the year. The event would not be possible without the generous contributions of local businesses and individuals. Seen here are some of the Rotarians who ran this year’s event.


At Lyndon Institute, your contributions are used in every program and impact every student. We installed a new sound system in the Auditorium, added another informational broadcast system near the entrance to the Alumni Gym, purchased new blazers for our SkillsUSA students and supported students with scholarships for international travel. The impact of your donations can be seen all over campus! In June, 157 confident LI seniors will move beyond our campus and embrace new challenges. Donor support has provided the valuable resources necessary for us to prepare our students for success in school, college, careers and life.

I look forward to announcing at the end of June, when the annual Independence Fund closes, that we have exceeded our goal! On behalf of the entire Lyndon Institute community, thank you! Every gift, regardless of size is important! Melissa Hall, ’92 Director of Development Alumni newsletter

Thanks to a generous gift made by the Class of 1961, Lyndon Institute now has enough of the traditional red SkillsUSA blazers for all our students to wear at events. Wearing the official SkillsUSA attire adds a sense of unity and identification, as well as enthusiasm, to meetings, ceremonies, presentations, and activities. The Vocational Industrial Clubs of America Inc. (VICA) was founded by students and teachers, in 1965, who were serious about their professions and saw the need for more training in the areas of leadership to complement their chosen vocation. In 1999 VICA officially changed to SkillsUSA– VICA and, effective in 2004, became SkillsUSA. LI has a long tradition of participating in SkillsUSA (VICA).

We Reached Our Goal!


e needed to raise $1,000 in order to install an informational broadcast system (TV, computer, software and installation) in the hallway outside of the Alumni Auditorium. This system will enable us to provide essential communications to our students, parents and community in a high traffic area. The monitor will be mounted where it is visible to those attending events in the auditorium as well as the Alumni Gymnasium. We have a similar system located above the cafeteria door.

We asked for your help and thanks to the many of you who responded we were able to take advantage of an anonymous matching gift which propelled us to the finish line! Every gift, large and small, makes a difference! Thank you for your support!

LI Trustee and Lyndonville Rotarian, Patty Emery, welcomes two new corporate members from Lyndon Institute as Rotarians. (left to right) Director of Development, Melissa (Boulay) Hall, ’92, Patty (Bona) Emery, ’70 and Assistant Headmaster for External Affairs, Mary Ellen “Mel” Reis.

Newly Established annual Student Awards The Margaret Moody Dole Nursing Award was created for a deserving LI graduating senior who meets the following requirements: a) Student must have plans to go into some type of nursing program. b) Preference is given to a local student, one who is from Lyndon or its surrounding towns. A minimum of $500 will be given annually, by the family, to support this award.

The Michele Adrienne Shufelt Memorial Award is for two deserving LI graduating seniors, one male and one female, who meet the following requirements:

a) Athletes who have exhibited passion in at least one sport all four years of high school. b) Students have plans to go on to college and play sports. c) Must have participated in community service opportunities. d) Preference will be given to students who have lost a loved one. e) Must exhibit role model traits and be a hero in the eyes of future athletes. A minimum of $500 will be given annually, by the family , to support this award. A $250 award will be given to one male and one female respectively.

For more information on establishing a new award, contact Melissa Hall, Director of Development at 802 626-6127 or e-mail:

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lyndon institute BOARD OF ALUMNI TRUSTEES President

Michel Sanderson Richards, ’71 (16) Vice President

From the LIAA President Michel S. Richards, ’71

Dear Alumni and Friends of Lyndon Institute,

In just a matter of weeks we will all be getting together to enjoy the activities of Alumni Weekend, May 30 – June 1. We have been in the planning stage for a while now and are excited about what will be available for everyone who attends. Be certain to check out the weekend’s schedule of events to choose which ones you wish to attend. As I mentioned in a previous letter, we got great feedback from alumni about last year’s weekend and we’ve made adjustments based on that feedback. In addition to the regular activities my family and I will also be looking forward to watching my second grandson, Dakota Ball, graduate on June 1st. I encourage all alumni to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible to meet and get to know our in-coming Headmaster, Daren Houck who will be assuming his position effective July 1. While Daren is looking forward to meeting and getting to know everyone associated with LI, he is especially interested in meeting with alumni. He is looking for information to help him understand our role and how we view LI and what kind of collaborations we can create. His interest goes beyond the roles alumni have on the board right into the heart of the alumni population. Please don’t feel you have nothing to say or anything to contribute because you do and Daren needs to hear it from you. More information will be coming to you as opportunities present themselves so be on the lookout and start putting your thoughts together.

In closing I say a fond farewell to Headmaster Rick Hilton. Rick, on behalf of myself and the Board I express my sincerest “thank you” for your continued support of the Lyndon Institute Alumni Association over the years. I appreciated the times you took to listen to our concerns and ideas and your willingness to support us as we moved forward in our combined mission with and for LI. May you find enjoyment and contentment in all of your retirement endeavors. When you reflect on your years here at Lyndon, I hope the Alumni Association will be among your fonder ones. Blessings to you, Rick.

Paula Graves Gaskin, ’71 (14) Treasurer

Jeffrey O’Meara, ’04 (15)


Heather Root Wheeler, ’90 (14) Candace E. Dane, ’74 (14) Robert G. Heath, ’58 (14) Timothy L. Kirchoff, ’96 (15) Michael D. Matteis, ’89 (16) Kathy Jackson Smith, ’93 (15) Daniel B. Thompson, ’87 (15) Paul E. Wheeler, ’74 (14) LIFETIME MEMBERS

Dwight A. Davis, ’50 Gertrude Angell Grant, ’49 Norman A. Legge, ’56 Shirley Beane Pierce, ’53 lyndon institute Alumni newsletter Contributors

Richard D. Ashton, ’61 Melissa Boulay Hall, ’92 Rick Hilton Steve Legge Mary Ellen “Mel” Reis Michel Sanderson Richards, ’71 Heather Root Wheeler, ’90 Paul Wheeler, ’74 lyndon institute Alumni newsletter Photography

Candace E. Dane, ’74 Steve Legge Mary Ellen “Mel” Reis


Michel “Mickey” Sanderson Richards, ’71 LIAA President

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LI Independence Fund Golf Tournament

Sponsorship Opportunities Bell Tower Level Sponsor $1,000 Entry for four players, sign at tee and green. Viking Level Sponsor $600 Entry for two players, sign at tee and green. Maroon Level Sponsor $225 Sign at tee and green White Level Sponsor $125 Sign at tee or green.

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Introducing the Tim Simpson 5K Fun Run/Walk – be the first to set a 5K record on the Bob Heath Track! Tim Simpson graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1959. He played football, basketball and competed in track and field. After college, he returned to LI and was a beloved teacher and an inspiring coach from 1970-2001. He coached champion runners at LI and continued to race through his life. He won the National Master’s Championship in both the mile and 800 meter races in 2001. Sadly in 2001, Tim was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He died in March 2003.

In his memory, the nature trail at the north end of campus was named the Tim Simpson Memorial Nature and Fitness Trail. It was a favorite place for Tim to train athletes and the entire community continues to utilize the trails for walking, hiking and showshoeing. LI was a one of his favorite places; this is where he was happy to be.

Timothy J. Simpson, ’59

Social Hour and Alumni Cookout The cookout is a family friendly event that brings you back to the LI campus and allows for all alumni to attend, not just those celebrating a reunion. A few improved changes have been made to the cookout based on the feedback we received from our alumni. We want our alumni to enjoy their time with each other therefore the Annual Alumni Association Meeting has been scheduled for later that week. RSVP to the alumni offfice by May 16th.


1951 Alumni Barbecue

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Alumni Weekend Schedule of Events May 30th to June 1st, 2014 ALL EVENTS

Friday, May 30th 10:00 a.m.

6 to 11:00 p.m.

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LI INDEPENDENCE FUND GOLF TOURNAMENT Join alumni, friends and the LI Community for an afternoon at the St. Johnsbury Country Club. Contact: Ryan Noyes 802 427-1205.

6TH ANNUAL ALL CLASS SOCIAL The event will be held in the Bear Den at Burke Mountain’s Mid-Lodge. Kick off the weekend with dancing and a cash bar.

Saturday, May 31st 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:45 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

TIM SIMPSON MEMORIAL 5K FUN RUN/WALK REGISTRATION Pre-register online until May 23rd at or contact the Alumni Office. T-shirts guaranteed if you register by May 12th. All proceeds benefit the LI Independence Fund. KIDS FUN RUN Two laps on the Bob Heath Track for ages 12 and under. 5K RUN/WALK STARTS

Viking Pentathalon Begins Registration is 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. A new twist on the alumni track meet which includes five events: Javelin, Shot, Discus, 100m and Long Jump. This is a free event and it is not required that you compete in all five events.

VISIT THE ALUMNI CENTER Join us at The Norma Gordon Austin Alumni Center and Museum at Thompson Cottage.

VETERAN’S MEMORIAL AT SANBORN HALL Commemorative plaques have been placed on the walls of the rotunda.

GROUP Tours of LI CAMPUS Tours start at the Alumni Center, call the Alumni Office for an appointment by May 23rd. 6th ANNUAL ALUMNI Co-ed Softball Game Registration The Patrick Brown Softball Field Game Begins AT 11:00 a.m. Weather permitting

SOCIAL HOUR BEFORE THE ALUMNI COOKOUT Join us under the graduation tent on Robert K. Lewis Field, for beverages and light appetizers.

ALUMNI COOKOUT Food will be served at 1:00 p.m. Contact your class secretary or the Alumni Office as Reservations are required by May 16th. The charge for the cookout is $5 per person or $10 per family.

Sunday, June 1st 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

14th Annual Alumni BREAKFAST LI Dining Hall in the Pierce Wing on Darling Campus Contact your class secretary or the Alumni Office. Reservations required by May 16th. Baccalaureate LI Alumni Auditorium

Class of 2014 Commencement Robert K. Lewis Field

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The class of 1939 will be celebrating their 75th reunion on May 31, 2014. We hope you can join us for the alumni cookout on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Contact Heather Wheeler in the alumni office at 802 626-9096 or if you plan to attend.


Beverly (Simpson) and Ernie Coolbeth of Lyndonville, VT, celebrated

their 70th wedding anniversary last year. They were surrounded by five generations of family and friends.


We hope you can join us for the alumni cookout on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Contact Heather Wheeler in the alumni office at 802 626-9096 or if you plan to attend.



The class of 1944 will be celebrating their 70th reunion on May 31, 2014.

The class of 1949 will be celebrating their 65th reunion on May 31, 2014. Rita (Gibson) Calkins is organizing the gathering. You may contact Rita at 802 626-5793.

The class of 1954 will be celebrating their 60th reunion on May 31, 2014. Sybil (Shonyo) Hazen and Bob Lawrence are organizing the gathering. You may contact Sybil at 802 626-8678 or at or contact Bob at 802 626-8431 or email him at

1955 Five generations, Beverly (Simpson) Coolbeth with her husband Ernie and their family. Mandy Mitchell ’04, Quinn ’30, Stephanie (Taylor) Mitchell, ’84 and Judy (Coolbeth) Taylor, ’65


Joanne Washburn of Pullman, Wash., wrote to the alumni office, “Enjoyed my fourth small ship cruise in the Inside Passage of Alaska this past fall. In the spring, I enjoyed a trip to Victoria, BC and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington.”

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Photo by Todd Stoilov

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Laura (Bailey), class of 2003, and Edward Companion


The class of 1974 will be celebrating their 40th reunion on May 31, 2014. Andrea Dawson is organizing the gathering. Join the “Lyndon Institute Class of 1974” group on facebook and see what’s new. You may contact Andrea at 802 626-9968 or

LI connection to the 2014 Winter Olympics: John Caldwell, ski coach for the 1950-1951 season, led the Lyndon Institute ski team to the district and state championships during his lone year at LI. Mr. Caldwell competed in ski jumping at the 1952 Olympic Winter Games in Oslo. He also served as a coach at four Olympic Winter Games and was inducted into the US Ski Hall of Fame. John Caldwell is the grandfather of 2014 Olympian, Sophie Caldwell who finished sixth place in the Women’s Sprint free Classic.

1951 Ski Team Lettermen: Front row: Marcel Cote, Tom Kerr, Bruce Blackwell, Ronald Clifford, John Root. Back row: Coach John Caldwell, Clint Thompson, Bill Tresler, Bernard Stone, Frank Brown, A. Ranald Bailey


Robert Ronan of Surfside Beach, SC wrote to the alumni office, “Volunteering a lot, traveling and just enjoying retirement.”


The class of 1959 will be celebrating their 55th reunion on May 31, 2014. Ruth (Blake) Welch is organizing the gathering. On Friday evening the class plans to meet at the Valley View Restaurant in Lyndonville, and attend the alumni cookout on Saturday. You may contact Ruth at 802 467-3010 or

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The class of 1969 will be celebrating their 50th reunion on May 31, 2014. Pat (King) Richmond is organizing the gathering. Join the “Lyndon Institute Class of 1964” group on facebook and see what’s new. You may contact Pat at 802 899-3254 or find her on facebook.


Rhoda (Deos) Weed is organizing the gathering for the 45th reunion on May 31, 2014. The class will meet at Burke Mountain for the All-Class Social on Friday evening and will gather on Saturday at the Wildflower. You may contact Rhoda at 802 467-3357.

Michael Dickerman of Littleton, N.H., released his newest book, Stories from the White Mountains on September 28, 2013 at the Sugar Hill Autumn Festival. It is a potpourri of stories and profiles that capture the spirit, tenacity and resourcefulness of those who have lived, worked and played in the great white hills of New Hampshire.


The class of 1979 will be celebrating their 35th reunion on May 31, 2014. Laura (Dangel) Shaw and Shari (Beattie) Austin are organizing the gathering. Join the “Lyndon Institute Class of 1979” group on facebook and see what’s new. You may contact Laura at 802 456-8946 or find her on facebook.


The class of 1984 will be celebrating their 30th reunion on May 31, 2014. Tracie (Smith) Surridge is organizing the gathering. Join the “LI Class of 1984 - 30th Reunion” group on facebook and see what’s new. You may contact Tracie at 802 467-9823 or find her on facebook.


The class of 1989 will be celebrating their 25th reunion on May 31, 2014. Sonya (Boulay) Carr is organizing the gathering. Join the “LI Class of 1989” group on facebook and see what’s new. You may contact Sonya at 802 274-9363 or find her on facebook.


Ginger (Haskell) Clayton

Ginger (Haskell) Clayton, Peoria, AZ, recently received an award as Most Influential Woman of the Valley (Phoenix Metro area) and last year was selected as one of the Most Admired CEO’s by the Phoenix Business Journal. She owns a business called Elontec, where they provide commercial furniture, moving and cabling solutions. In September 2013 she started a non-profit baby diaper drive. The Baby Diaper Drive is now the Diaper Bank of Central Arizona: serving non-profits and families in the Valley of the Sun. Ginger is also a Grandma now – little Rylee is nine months old!

Friendship Cup” pond hockey tournament. The tourney is held every mid-January in the city of Leh, in the Laddakh region of the northern Indian Himalaya’s (sometimes called “Little Tibet”). The tournament itself is a benefit for the Indian Ice-Hockey Association, collecting gear for the children in the outlying villages. There is not much to do at 12,000 feet during the winter, with no electricity and heat, so hockey has proved to be a popular and healthy pastime for young and old. There were four teams in the tournament, two from India (one was the Indian national team) and one Canadian team and a “World” team, which Bryan and Erik represented the US and played with others from Germany, Switzerland, Finland and Quebec. Bryan said, “It was an incredible experience, and amazing to see how popular hockey was in this little corner of the world.”


The class of 1994 will be celebrating their 20th reunion on May 31, 2014. Tara (McCaffrey) Prue is organizing the gathering. Join the “Lyndon Institute Class of 1994” group on facebook and see what’s new. You may contact Tara at 802 626-8218 or find her on facebook.

Rachael Elliott with son Julius


Rachael Elliott and husband Jeff Rawson of Durham, NC, announce the birth of their son, Julius Elliott Rawson on July 1, 2013.

Jason Noël and wife Rebekah of Lyndonville, VT, announce the birth of their son, Josiah Philip Noël on December 17, 2013. He joins brother, Judah.


Erik Aubin, Bryan Aubin and teammate


Bryan Aubin recently visited his brother, Erik Aubin, ’93, who is now living in New Delhi, India and works at the embassy. While visiting they played in the “Indo-Canadian


Amber (Bevilacqua) and Andy Gregory


Amber (Bevilacqua) and Andy Gregory of Marshfield, MA, were united in marriage in Kauai, Hawaii on November 7, 2013.

Amber (Hopkins) and Daniel Macek of Lyndonville, VT, announce the birth of their son, Greyson Christopher Macek on January 12, 2014. He joins siblings, Haileigh and Ashton Gould. Jared Richardson and Elizabeth Williams of Helena, MT, were united in marriage on July 27, 2013.

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Mary (Hever) and Glen Jardine

Mary (Hever) and Glen Jardine, ’94, of Lyndonville, VT, announce the birth of their daughter, Irie Grace Jardine on December 23, 2013.


Tina (Buzzi) and Jake Simpson with their family

Angela (Lanpher) and Travis Gendreau of Lyndonville, VT, were united in marriage on October 31, 2013 and will soon be residing Canada.

Tina (Buzzi) and Jake Simpson of St. Johnsbury, VT, announce the birth of their daughter, Kendalyn Grace Simpson on November 29, 2014. She joins brother Wyatt.

Heather Pulver-Gaillard and Philip Batalion bought a house in Burlington in December 2013.



The class of 1999 will be celebrating their 15th reunion on May 31, 2014.

Members of the class of 2003 at their 10th reunion last June: Nikki (Vendituoli) Berry; Melissa (Lyford) Tinker; Jessica (Ely) Lund; Matt Wells; and Kathryn Oliver.

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Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Holden


Jesse Holden and Kerry Wohlleb of Newark, VT, were united in marriage on September 28, 2013.

Kate (Aldrich) and Justin Choiniere, ‘02

Kate (Aldrich) and Justin Choiniere, ‘02, were united in marriage on October 15, 2013. The couple reside in Maine.


Photo by Kelly (Shatney) Foster, ‘92

Denise (Carreau) Montgomery is organizing the gathering. The class will meet at Burke Mountain for the All-Class Social on Friday May 30th and will gather on Saturday under the tent on the LI football field for the alumni cookout. Join the class on facebook “LI Class of 99” and see what’s new.

Laura (Bailey) and Edward Companion of Winooski, VT, were united in marriage on January 12, 2014. Photo on page 16.

Wendy (Johnson) and Ryan Robinson with their family

Lindsey Mitchell and family

Wendy (Johnson) and Ryan Robinson of Lyndonville, VT, announce the birth of their son, Remick Kane Robinson on October 3, 2013. He joins siblings Brookelyn and Chase.

Laura (Clark) and Justin Pierce, ’98, of Lyndonville, VT, announce the birth of their son, Lucas Michael Pierce on Sept, 20, 2013. He joins siblings, Logan and Mila.

Lindsey Mitchell and Ira Wheeler of Danville VT, announce the birth of their daughter, Jordan Rose Wheeler on April 19, 2013. She joins brother, Keegan Wheeler.


Amanda (Guyer) and Evan Hill with son Dominic

Amanda (Guyer) and Evan Hill of Hopkinsville, KY, announce the birth of their son, Dominic Evan Hill on December 5, 2013.

Dan Baillargeon and wife, Meredith of Lyndonville, VT, announce the birth of their son, Warren Matthew Baillargeon on October 3, 2013. He joins brother, Lane.

Justin Tang and Jessica Tang of Quincy, MA, announce the birth of their son, Lucas Martin Tang on January 26, 2014.


Stephanie (Austin) and Michael Garrett

The class of 2004 will be celebrating their 10th reunion on May 31, 2014. Jeff O’Meara is organizing the gathering. Join the “Lyndon Institute Class of 2004” group on facebook and see what’s new. You may contact Jeff at 802 535-5687 or


2006 Bryan Pal and daughter, Paisley

Bryan Pal and wife, Calie of Lyndonville, VT, announce the birth of their daughter, Paisley Dawn Pal on February 13, 2014. She joins brother, Parker.

Stephanie (Austin) and Michael Garrett were united in marriage on February 21, 2014.

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Kelley Calkins, gave a presentation to the Lyndonville Rotary describing her nine-month tour of Southeast Asia. Here she is pictured with an elephant from Thailand. Kelley visited several countries including Myanamar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Laos. A photo album of her trip is on the Lyndon Institute Facebook page.


Zachary Kadamus and wife, Kara of Lyndon Center, VT, announce the birth of their daughter, Kherington Vienna Kadamus on December 21, 2013.

Kelley Calkins

Help Us to Rename the Lyndon Institute Alumni Newsletter!

We’re renaming the Alumni Newsletter, and invite you to participate! It has been brought to our attention that we didn’t explain the new name clearly. Lyndon Institute Alumni will remain as part of the title regardless of the name that is chosen. For example should Lyndon Magazine be the new name it might read: Lyndon Magazine, A Lyndon Institute publication for alumni, parents and friends.

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The Lyndon Review The Viking Review Viking Valor Lyndon Life All votes must be received by July 15, 2014 The Fall/Winter 2014 edition of the newsletter will be the first edition under the winning name.

Please mail your entry to: Heather Wheeler, LIAA, PO Box 127, Lyndon Center, VT 05850 or submit your vote online at: or call the alumni association at 802 626-9096. spring 2014


Coach Alyssa Davis with the Southern VT Women’s Softball team

Darcy (Mitchell) Labounty of Lyndonville, VT, graduated on May 4, 2013 as a Registered Nurse, from Vermont Technical College’s ADN program. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was the recipient of NVRH’s clinical excellence award. She works in Primary Care at NVRH Corner Medical. Darcy married Michael Labounty on October 19, 2013. They have been a couple for 14 years and have 2 children together, Lauren (8) and Landen (4).

Emily Letourneau and Dale Mitchell, ’04, of Lyndonville, VT, announce the birth of their daughter, Lydia Theresa Mitchell on October 22, 2013. She joins brother, David.


Darcy (Mitchell) and Michael Labounty with Lauren and Landen Labounty


Corey Baldwin and Myrriah (Perkins) of Lyndonville, VT, were united in marriage on September 14, 2013. Dakota Barrett and Hannah South of Sutton, VT, were united in marriage on June 8, 2013.

Alyssa Davis has taken the reigns of the Southern Vermont softball program for the 2014 season after assisting the team in 2013. She played for four seasons at SVC before graduating in 2012, with a degree in Sports Management. Her .420 career on base percentage ranks highest for an SVC player, and her .539 OBP in 2011 also sits at number one. Alyssa finished her career with 97 hits, one shy of the all-time career record for SVC. Coach Davis also played women’s basketball for four seasons at SVC and put her name in that record book as well. She ranks second for career assists with 148 and is first for the most 3-pointers by a Mountaineer. She was the recipient of the Scott McKenzie Sports Person of the Year Award in both 2010 and 2011. While coaching this year she is working on her graduate degree in Sports Psychology.

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Caitlin (Riendeau) and Caleb Temple, ’00, of Kirby, VT, were united in marriage on October 5, 2013.


The class of 2009 will be celebrating their 5th reunion on May 31, 2014. Jillian Tanych and Taylore Aussiker will be organizing the gathering. Join the “Lyndon Institute Class of 2009” group on facebook and see what’s new. You may contact Jillian at 802 2742676 and Taylore at 802 274-3882 or find them on facebook. Cody Jackman graduated from Unity College in May 2013. He worked for Old Orchard Beach as a police officer during the summer. During this time, he also successfully tested with the Vermont Fish and Game Department and met all their requirements. Cody was officially hired as a VT Fish and Game Warden and started his career in January 2014. Currently he is attending the VT Police Academy with a graduation date in May 2014.

underwent bone marrow surgery and the white blood cells from his bone marrow were given to the infant for a chance to become a healthy baby. He has graduated and now works for IDXX Corporation, an international development and manufacturing company whose US headquarters are in Westbrook, ME.


Rhiannon Brooks and Anthony Deth, ’07, of Lyndonville, VT, announce the birth of their daughter, Aria Leigh Deth on October 29, 2013. She joins sister, Ava.

Michael Martin was married to Amanda Ingalls of Manchester, NH on November 1, 2013. They are living in southern NH. Michael is working at a machining shop using many of the skills he learned in Mr. Leonard & Mr. Schultz’s classes.  Brennan Parker registered as a bone marrow donor through an international organization called Delete Blood Cancer, during his freshman year at the University of Southern Maine. Four years later, as a senior, he was contacted by the registry and was told he was a match for an infant suffering from a blood disease who would die without a stem cell donation from a matching donor. In September Brennan

Karina (Haslam) and Chris Lyon

Karina (Haslam) and Christopher Lyons of Lyndonville, VT, were united in marriage on March 18, 2013.

Wil Raymond

Wil Raymond is the student supervisor for the Blue Bikes program at The University of Maine. He is the chief bike mechanic and manager for the University’s outdoor adventure center, the Blue Bikes program is a free bicycle-sharing opportunity for UMaine students, faculty and staff. As part of the Green Campus Initiative, the program aims to reduce the university’s impact on the environment in a sustainable way by repairing abandoned bikes to be used as an environmentally friendly mode of transportation. Wil has high hopes for the Blue Bikes program, as he has seen the program grow for the past two years and wants that evolution to continue. They rent out bikes by semester and all maintenance is free and included. Wil is majoring in Kinesiology with a double minor in Outdoor Recreation and Dance.


Jake Plocic of Wheelock, VT, graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, GA.

Weekly Parent Page Every Friday, while school is in session, we send out an e-mail filled with schedules, news, contact information and helpful hints to keep in touch with life on campus. If you would like to receive this, visit and search “weekly parent page.”

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In Memoriam

It is with sorrow that the Alumni Association records the deaths of the following alumni. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of these individuals.

photo unavailable Virginia (Hovey) Blair, ’38, of Charleston, SC, on November 18, 2013. Frances (Blair) Bonner, ’36, of South Orleans, MA, on October 11, 2013.

Beatrice (Rudd) Brouillette, ’39, of Weatherford, TX, on November 29, 2013.

Cedric E, Sherrer Jr., ’48, of Bend, OR, on December 24, 2013.

Rena (Noyes) McGennis, ’37, of Lyndonville, VT, on September 3, 2013.

Joyce (Domey) Perantoni, ’42, of West Springfield, MA, on November 6, 2013.

Sheila (Russell) Teske, ’55, of Lyndonville, VT, on September 15, 2013.

Dorothy (Gilman) Nelson, ’57, of Sheffield, VT, on November 10, 2013.

Jackson “Jack” Simpson, ’61, of West Burke, VT, on October 13, 2013.

Theia (Gray) Poczabut, ’38, of Stamford, CT, on November 21, 2013.

Wayland B. Coe, ’47, of Santa Fe, NM, on August 31, 2013.

Ronald P. Clifford, ’56, of Walden, VT, on November 18, 2013.

Malcolm R. Moulton, ’59, of Greenville, SC, on September 13, 2013.

David “Paul” Tower Jr., ’74, of East Burke, VT, on December 26, 2013.

Beverly (Dexter) Desmarais, ’56, of Dexter, ME, on October 11, 2011.

Marilee (Lawson) Nichols, ’61, of Sebring, FL, on December 28, 2013.

Linda (Howland) Stimpson, ’59, of Wheelock, VT, on October 11, 2013.

Former faculty

Eleanor (Strout) Gay, was the Librarian from 1982-1995.

Robert “Bob” Jackson, taught Building Trades from 1969-1989.

Alumni and friends desiring more complete information or a copy of an obituary can contact the alumni office at 802 626-9096.


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Thank you Rick! “It’s all about the students.” You have consistently kept the school’s mission at the forefront of all you do, and you continually remind others, including me, that our students are the reason we do the work that we do. Thank you, Rick for your vision and leadership that have helped LI grow and improve in ways that were never imagined when you became headmaster in 1999. Thank you for caring so deeply for our school and our students. We all wish you and Linda the very best in the years to come. Thank you again for all that you have done. – LI Board of Trustees President, Dick Ashton

Rick Hilton

Headmaster 1999-2014

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