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VIKING VOICE A Magazine for Lyndon Institute alumni, parents, and friends.

Letter from the Headmaster............................................ 1 On Campus........................................................................................... 2 Per Aspera Ad Astra.................................................................. 8 From Art to Art............................................................................ 10 Athletics.............................................................................................. 14 Development................................................................................. 17 January Term................................................................................. 20 Alumni Weekend....................................................................... 22 Alumni Profiles........................................................................... 24 150TH Celebration ................................................................... 26 Class Notes....................................................................................... 27 In Memoriam................................................................................. 32 Winter Carnival............................................. Back Cover

Daren M. Houck


Guy Herman


Donald F. Steen, Jr. ’89


Twiladawn W. Perry ’77


Robert G. Heath, Jr. ’88


Raquel M. Majeski


Meredith R. Feltus ’87 VICE PRESIDENT

Dr. Gregory J. McCormick ’91 SECRETARY

Nathan P. Sicard ’00 TREASURER

Charles W. Bucknam TRUSTEE AT LARGE

David J. Beattie ’61


David R. Stahler, Sr. ’65

David B. Aronoff ’82 Richard D. Ashton ’61 Laura P. Ashton Lawrence V. Cipollone Marlin W. Devenger ’67 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 ’75 Lorraine C. Matteis ’65 James A. McDonald ’66 Amy M. McGarry ’86 Emery J. Noyes ’62 Harwant S. Sethi, Sr. Sara J. Simpson Elaine A. Smith ’63








Letter from the Headmaster

AS WE MAKE OUR SLOW ANNUAL TREK OUT OF ANOTHER VERMONT WINTER and into the welcoming warmth and green of the upcoming season, this spring holds particular promise for Lyndon Institute. As we are celebrating our 150TH year, the Institute has been preparing several special events and ceremonies related to our sesquicentennial, all with the same goal: to rediscover our history so we may better know our beloved LI. In 1867, Andrew Johnson was the President of the United States and Nebraska had just became the 37TH state. Citizens in the northeastern corner of Vermont traveled by foot, by horse, or by train, as the automobile was not yet invented. This part of Vermont would not become known as the “Northeast Kingdom” for another 82 years when, while visiting Lyndonville in 1949, Vermont Governor George Aiken first used the moniker. However, it was during this time when the Lyndon Literary and Biblical Institution opened in Lyndon Center and our proud heritage began.

The beautiful sprawling campus would come to house the Lyndon Commercial College in 1886, and later, the Vermont School of Agriculture. The latter was founded in 1910 by Theodore N. Vail, the first president of New England Telephone Company and the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T). Vail served on the Board of Trustees to the schools for a combined 20 years.

In 1922, a devastating fire destroyed Thompson Hall, however, in 1923, a new building and more modern school facility were raised from the ashes. It was perhaps the time in our history when our motto was the most transpicuous – “Through hard work you reach the stars.” The community rallied around the school as it officially became known as Lyndon Institute and a new building was built in one year’s time – the building we still call home.

From 1923 to 1951, the Institute provided both secondary and post-secondary educational programs to area students. In 1951, these post-secondary programs became Lyndon State College. The Auto Mechanics building became ready for occupancy when school started in September 1955. On April 15, 1964, groundbreaking ceremonies for the new alumni gymnasium and auditorium were held. In 1976, the library moved to the main building and the new vocational building was approved to house building trades and welding technology. On April 13, 1983, the Trustees approved the establishment of Advanced Placement programs which began in the fall of 1983. In 1987, the boarding program, which had been in existence for 100 years, was closed, and Sanborn House was taken down to create space for Sanborn Hall. In 2003, however, the boarding program was re-established, reconnecting us with our important historical roots.

We hope that you will join us for our community events and in our upcoming campaign to support the further growth of our beloved LI.

4TH Annual Alumni Hockey Game. Pictured left to right: Chris Taylor (member of ’93 State Championship Team), Danika Wilkins-Norcross ’15 (traveled the furthest from Ohio!) and “Referee” Kevin Sleeper ’93.






Melissa A. Hall, Director of Development PO Box 127, 168 Institute Circle Lyndon Center, VT 05850 802-535-3773 fax 802-535-3767

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 Viking Voice 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,

Today, Lyndon Institute serves nearly 600 students from more than 40 U.S. cities and towns and 20 countries around the world. With over 200 course offerings, we provide pathways to colleges and careers for our students. Whether you are interested in the arts, STEM, welding, or sustainable agriculture, Lyndon Institute has 150 years of experience in providing our students an outstanding world-class education in the beauty and splendor of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

And now, as we move into our 150TH year and beyond, it is time once again for the entire Lyndon Institute community to rally around our motto. We hope that you will join us for our community events and in our upcoming campaign to support the further growth of our beloved LI. Through working together, you will help us continue to reach the stars! Sincerely,

Daren M. Houck, Headmaster SPRING 2017


On Campus

Members of the Lyndon Institute Academic Challenge team: (L to R): Cody Surpise, Jada Rosemark, Sasha Knezevic, Kayla Henesy, Ramon Qu, Mary Collins. Not represented: Abbie Ham, Joleil Whitney, and Krystof Kotyza.

State Dance Festival Draws Over 200 Teenage Dancers

ON THE SATURDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING, Lyndon Institute once again hosted the annual Vermont State Dance Festival (VSDF). The VSDF is a very special day of dance in which student dancers and professionals from Vermont and all around New England come to Lyndon Center to engage in and showcase a variety of dance-related work. Dancers and teachers alike participated in four professionally led workshops featuring a variety of styles and techniques, and also collaborated in a reflective process in preparation for an evening performance that was open to the public.

The Vermont State Dance Festival is an annual event that began in 2003. As part of an independent study in 2002, Lyndon Institute Dance Instructor Rebecca McGregor toured all of the Vermont high schools in which there were dance programs. At the conclusion of the study, she was inspired to create an event that allowed teachers and students from all over Vermont to work together, learn from one another, and share knowledge. In its 14TH year, the Vermont State Dance Festival offered high school aged dancers of all disciplines the opportunity to study new and varied techniques with professional dancers and to showcase their skills to professional artists, teachers, family, their peers, and the general public.

Tim Ulrich Named Educator of the Year by the Vermont Educational Opportunity Programs

LYNDON INSTITUTE AND LYNDON STATE COLLEGE EDUCATOR TIM ULRICH was recently presented with the Vermont Educational Opportunity Programs (VEOP) 2016 Educator of the Year Award by Upward Bound Director Rick Williams at the Annual VEOP Conference at Vermont Technical College.

Mr. Ulrich joined the Lyndon Institute Mathematics Department on a full-time basis in 2007. He is a faculty member of Upward Bound, and is involved with the National Honor Society and the Lyndon Institute Volunteer Club. Educators from any institution hosting a VEOP program are eligible for consideration of this award if they have made significant contributions to furthering educational opportunities for VEOP students, and have dedicated at least five years of service to the federal TRIO or GEAR UP programs. VEOP is a federally funded Vermont program that works to ensure equal educational opportunity for all of Vermont’s college bound students, including low- to moderate-income families and individuals with disabilities.



Students Find Success at the 3-2-1 National Academic Competition

IN EARLY DECEMBER, A GROUP OF LI ACADEMIC CHALLENGE STUDENTS took part in the 5TH Annual 3-2-1 National Academic Competition. Working together to answer the challenging questions, the team earned a 1ST place ranking for the state of Vermont and finished in the top 100 in the nation.

The 3-2-1 Competition is a timed academic quiz competition that allows students to compete online against other schools across the nation. Each match consists of a series of triad questions in pyramid format. The first question in the triad offers the students the least helpful clue and is worth 3 points if answered correctly. The second question seeks the same answer, but is reworded to give a more helpful clue in order to make the question of medium difficulty. It is worth 2 points. The final clue, if the students have not yet been able to ascertain the answer, reduces the difficulty of the question further; if answered correctly at this phase, it will only provide 1 point. A team of students ranging from grade 9-12 represented Lyndon Institute in the Challenge, which took nearly 2 hours to complete. The LI team was coached by teacher Roy Starling.

Local Schools Invited to Engage in Diversity Inclusion Network of Equity (D.I.N.E.)

LYNDON INSTITUTE’S DIRECTOR OF INCLUSION, CULTURE COMPETENCY, AND COMMUNITY Raquel Majeski recently launched The Diversity Inclusion Network of Equity (D.I.N.E.). The new network is being developed in the Northeast Kingdom to provide an opportunity for networking, collaboration, training and professional development to enhance skills and accelerate strategies related to diversity and inclusion across the region. At D.I.N.E. events, school representatives are provided with the opportunity to focus on their school communities, discuss existing local and regional events and initiatives, and consider how they can engage parents and families on issues relating to diversity and inclusion. “One of our guiding Promises at Lyndon Institute is to include members of the broader community to form engaged networks,” stated Ms. Majeski. “It is my hope that D.I.N.E. will serve as a dedicated network that will focus on strengthening our schools and local communities for the purpose of creating safe and inclusive spaces within the Northeast Kingdom.”

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On Campus

Winter Dance Recital

LYNDON INSTITUTE HOSTED THEIR ANNUAL Winter Dance Recital in early December on the Alumni Auditorium Stage. Students performed jazz dances that looked at movements created from studies with self-concept and identity, ballet pieces that look at color through patterns in kaleidoscopes and personalities, modern improvisational-based work with props like gloves, hats, yoga balls, and ribbons, as well as tap and pointe choreographies.

Lyndon Institute senior Wale Junaid (left) and junior Rory Whalen (right)

Students Attend the NAIS People of Color and Student Diversity and Leadership Conference

STUDENTS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY to attend the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color and Student Diversity and Leadership Conference. The conference, which was hosted December 8TH – 10TH in Atlanta, has been developed to provide a safe space for personal, professional, and leadership development, and an opportunity for people of color and their allies from independent schools from across the country to network.

Attending the conference were LI students Rory Whalen, a junior, and senior Wale Junaid. Lyndon Institute’s Director of Inclusion, Cultural Competency, and Community, Raquel Majeski, and International Student Coordinator, Sara O’Connor accompanied them. All participants had the opportunity to attend general sessions and practitioner-led workshops and to engage in affinity group work and dialogue sessions. “The theme for this conference relates to the advancement of human and civil rights. Having students attend a national conference with this message allows us to do that which we at Lyndon Institute promise: provide diverse curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students to develop their personal strengths, and it exemplifies what we believe: cultivating global awareness and crosscultural understanding”, declared Ms. Majeski.


The Winter Dance Recital provided students with the opportunity to demonstrate both their learning and their passion. Students in the LI dance program were engaged in learning and developing the foundations of movement, the terminology essential to the fundamental dance styles (ballet, modern and jazz), and the elements of dance (time, space, and energy). Additionally, they had the opportunity to work with professional artists, attend professional performances, study anatomy/physiology and the history of dance, and become critical thinkers through analysis of movement, critique and reflection. The Winter Dance Recital also provided an opportunity for the community to share in their learning and to celebrate dance and all that it can do to inspire people. Indeed, at Lyndon Institute, many students have found inspiration through the dance program. There are nearly a dozen former LI dance students now currently pursuing college dance studies or teaching dance artists and professionals. One former LI dancer, now creating her own dance ensemble in Boston, shared that “dancing at LI has greatly helped to shape me as a dancer and a person. I learned about the art through many lenses, including technique, terminology, and physiology. I was given my first opportunities to choreograph, had my first experiences teaching, and learned a form of expression that has guided me through life. As a preschool teacher, dance instructor, and artistic director of a small collective of dancers, these are all skills that are imperative to my daily life.”

“Dance is not just a physical exploration of movement at Lyndon Institute. In our dance program students develop life long wellness and life long skills that will enable them to grow socially, emotionally, cognitively too,” stated LI Dance Instructor Rebecca McGregor. “Students make connections and apply learning outside the dance classroom, and gain appreciation not only for themselves but for others and the world around them through the art of dance education.” VIKING VOICE

National Honor Society

The 2016 Lyndon Institute National Honor Society Inductees gather for a group portrait.

National Honor Society Induction

LYNDON INSTITUTE PROUDLY WELCOMED students, families, and community members to a National Honor Society (NHS) ceremony hosted in their Alumni Auditorium to induct twenty-nine new student members in November. Established in 1921, the National Honor Society recognizes outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The NHS states that “four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning: to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.”

The students who demonstrated, through their hard work and character, the qualities associated with the NHS criteria inducted this year include seniors Martina Costanza, Lucia Gonzalez Sanchez de Lamadrid, Katey Harris, Wentao Jiang, Olawale Junaid (Wale), Sophie Lamar, Alyssa Leonard, Xinyu Pei (Martina), Rachael Savoie, Daniela Sormova, Madison Sorum, Ellen Tierney, Christian Tomaselli, Herman Troeng (Tronken), and Nancy Young. The junior inductees are Jeremiah Aiken, Jade Berry, Autumn Chamberlain, Niah Colby, Mary Collins, Brianna Doty, Laurel Goodwin, Rossen Goodwin, Yiming Guo (Krystal), Justin Joyal, William Miller-Brown, Emily Regan, Jada Rosemark, and Yijie Tian (Teresa).

Students Compete in Scholars’ Bowl

LYNDON INSTITUTE’S SCHOLARS BOWL TEAM attended the annual New Hampshire vs. Vermont Great Halloween State’s Tournament (GHOST) on Saturday, October 29TH. LI was represented at the event by two teams consisting of Christoph Sauter, Joleil Whitney, Jada Rosemark, Abigail Ham, Cody Surprise, Andre Cronmiller, Mary Collins, Laurel Goodwin, and Krystof Kotyza. Dozens of schools from both states competed. Lyndon’s “A” team finished third among the Vermont delegation at the event.

Front row (L to R): Christoph Sauter, Abigail Ham, Laurel Goodwin, Jada Rosemark, Cody Surprise, Joleil Whitney. Back row (L to R): Andre Cronmiller, Coach Roy Starling, Krystof Kotyza


The GHOST event is designed to be fun and build bridges between the students of both states. Points were awarded for match results, an all-star match, a coaches’ match, and even a costume contest. The Vermont delegation won the event by a single point and enjoyed a feast of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream as their prize.


On Campus

LI in Partnership to Open a School in Prague, Czech Republic

LI Theater Company Presents You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

INSPIRED BY CHARLES SCHULZ’S PEANUTS COMICS, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown was a family-friendly musical that followed a day in the life of the both pessimistic and optimistic Charlie Brown. From uncertain morning to hopeful evening, vignettes and music featuring the beloved characters were a crowd-pleaser!

This production showcased the many talents of the dedicated student actors, vocalists, musicians, and crew members at Lyndon Institute. Artistic Direction was provided by LI’s Theater Company Director Laura Wayne; Musical Direction by Susanne Norwood; Choreography by Rebecca McGregor; Technical Direction by Jason Scherer. Additional Choreography by student Martina Costanza; Ensemble Direction by student Penelope Powers. Rounding out the crew is Stage Manager Kathryn Newland (student). You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown was presented with special permission from Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.

LYNDON INSTITUTE HAS DEVELOPED a partnership with an educational agency to open a new school located in Prague, Czech Republic. American Academy in Prague, which is both owned and operated by our partner, offers a curriculum that has been developed based on the LI model.

As part of our commitment to this partnership, Lyndon Institute is responsible for providing the curriculum for the high school, as well as professional development that supports our partner school’s teachers. All classes will be in presented in English. Students that graduate from this program will earn an LI diploma.

This partnership allows students in the Czech Republic that cannot afford to come to our Vermont campus to access a Lyndon Institute education. In addition, there will be an opportunity for our local students to be considered to participate in a school-to-school exchange for a semester as part of their enrollment at LI. We are very excited about this partnership, as it is consistent with our Purpose, Promise, and Principles, which state that we are committed to “providing opportunities to serve our local and global communities” and “cultivating global awareness and cross-cultural understanding,” stated LI Headmaster Daren Houck.

Heather Wheeler Receives the Going-the-Extra-Mile Award

WE OFFER HEARTFELT CONGRATULATIONS TO HEATHER WHEELER for her selection as the recipient of the 2016 Northeast Kingdom Vermont Chamber of Commerce “Going-the-Extra-Mile Award”! Heather was selected to receive the award in honor of the 22 years of dedicated care that she has provided to our student athletes on the field and sidelines in her role as the Athletic Trainer for Lyndon Institute. Paul Wheeler, who is both her father-inlaw and the LI Director of Athletics, presented her with the award and offered remarks that highlighted her accomplishments and dedication, and expressed the gratitude of the entire LI community. It was a delightfully emotional moment. Thank you Heather and congratulations! We would also like to thank the NEK Chamber of Commerce for celebrating Heather and for all that they do to support businesses across the Kingdom!



LI student Kaden Brown uses one of the 3D printers in the new Makerspace Lab. LI Student Council celebrating “Giving Tuesday” by packing the cleats and soccer balls they collected into a large duffel bag.

Sending Cleats to Rwanda

IN THE SPIRIT OF #GIVINGTUESDAY, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media collaboration celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Lyndon Institute students collected hundreds of cleats and other sporting equipment. These were then donated to orphans living in the capital city of Kigali, Rwanda. LI students partnered with the Thousand Hills Rugby Football Club to support the orphans of the community by providing them with this needed attire, so that they can participate in a game that is inspiring many young Rwandans. Thousand Hills Rugby Football Club is trying to play a role in the growth, development and popularity of the game in the country. The goal is to “inspire new generations of young boys and girls to join the game and to help them to build the spirit of achieving goals together with the traits of integrity, respect, solidarity, passion, and discipline.” The students of LI felt very connected to those goals and decided that they could lend a helping hand.

The Thousand Hills Rugby Association started rugby clubs for the city orphanages back in 2014. However, the organization often lacks the resources to supply proper equipment to the children. Often boys and girls will show up barefoot or in flip flops to play soccer or rugby on a field that is mostly dirt, covered with sharp burrs and rough blades of grass. When LI students, faculty, and staff heard about these conditions, they came together to collect as many cleats as they could. As a result of their combined effort, three large bags of shoes and other rugby equipment were distributed to the children engaged in the program.


Teacher Creates a Makerspace Lab for Students AP PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING TEACHER John McKinnon has created a space designed to encourage and enable the “maker” abilities of students at LI. The new Lyndon Institute Makerspace Lab was made available to students last fall.

“For many students, the idea of actually building something can be intimidating. Something as simple as a presentation board with lighting accents or visual mechanics can seem overwhelming for those who’ve lived in a virtual world much of their life,” said Mr. McKinnon in a statement. “At Lyndon Institute, our goal is to teach, encourage, and show students how to plan and execute projects, and to ensure that we provide the types of resources that will further student’s learning and enhance their technical abilities so that they can develop their inner ‘Makability’.” The new Makerspace Lab features 3D printers, computers loaded with CAD software, wires, lighting elements, sensors, soldering stations, Arduinos, tools, and more. Additionally, there is support and guidance provided from Mr. McKinnon, who has extensive experience supporting students with the development and execution of unique projects of their own design. To encourage students to use the Makerspace, LI has starting quarterly engineering challenges oriented around particular aspects of the Makerspace. The hope is that the engineering challenges provide a springboard for the students to come in and use the space.


Students find success through a revival of the Classics

LYNDON INSTITUTE has a long history of education in the Classics. Whether it was the indelible impression Mrs. Thompson’s class left on generations of LI alumni, or the ubiquitous references to Latin studies found in LI’s earliest yearbooks, Latin has always had a place in the Lyndon Institute curriculum. Students have long been drawn by the allure of a close study of the foundations of Western Civilization, exciting stories from mythology, the thrilling escapades of Roman generals and emperors, the poetry and prose of Rome’s Golden Age, as well as the benefits to English vocabulary and terminology necessary for those aspiring to careers in medicine or law. More recently, the LI Latin club has experienced a renaissance, growing its membership to over 40 students, making it the largest academic club on campus. In addition to Latin, LI has begun offering Ancient Greek and it is not unusual to find students in the Latin room after school or on weekends preparing for the packed calendar of events. The club regularly travels to forums and competitions around the state, region, and nation. LI students have even taken leadership at the state and national level and have roles in hosting an event at UVM and co-hosting the annual Latin Forum at Philips Exeter. Upcoming LI Latin Club events include a trip to the Harvard Certamen, the Exeter Latin Forum, and the National Convention. While some of these events include academic competitions, many focus on learning, camaraderie, and celebrating the Classics. The stories we share here are but a sampling of our students efforts and accomplishments this year.


Photo credit: Ryan Vinson

Per Aspera Ad Astra

Angela presents her speech to the general assembly at the National Junior Classical League National Convention in July, 2016.

Kubicke Voted to National Office

JUNIOR ANGELA KUBICKE has been elected to serve as an editor on the executive board of the National Junior Classical League (NJCL). The NJCL is an organization dedicated to encouraging an interest in, and appreciation of, the language, literature, and culture of the ancient Greeks and Romans. It seeks to inform others as to how these civilizations have influenced the modern world and our own culture.

Angela has spent a number of years actively engaged in studies related to the Latin language and the cultural and historical significance of ancient Greece and Rome. As an 8TH grade student at Riverside School, she helped to found the Vermont Junior Classical League (VJCL). She subsequently served as the president of that organization for two years prior to obtaining office at the national level. During her service as VJCL president, Angela won support for her idea to develop a Latin motto for the state of Vermont. With the support of Senator Joe Benning, Angela successfully got the bill passed in the legislature. She stood alongside Governor Peter Schumlin as he signed the bill that put the phrase “Stella quarta decima fulgeat” (May the fourteenth star shine bright) into effect as the official Latin motto of Vermont.

In her new role as editor, Angela is responsible for the production of Torch: US, the official magazine of the National Junior Classical League. The magazine is published four times each year and is distributed, in digital format, to subscribers and NJCL members across the nation. She is also responsible for evaluating NJCL social media contests at state and national level. Angela’s term in office began in July of 2016 and will continue through July of 2017. She is the daughter of Anne and August Kubicke who reside in Peacham, VT.

The event was attended by seven teams from Vermont and New Hampshire.

In addition to hosting the event, LI also fielded two teams. Lyndon’s “A” team (consisting of Andre Cronmiller, Jocelynn Tran, and Tristan Miller) emerged victorious from the finals after advancing Left to right: Andre Cronmiller, through rounds against Jocelynn Tran, and Tristan Miller Rice, Riverside, Dover (of NH), and even a team of UVM undergraduates. LI students prepared for this event by spending lunch and afternoons with Latin and Greek teacher Roy Starling, developing fluency in Latin and studying Roman History and Mythology. The LI Latin club has several more trips planned during the spring semester. They will be attending a certamen at Harvard, collaborating with Phillips Exeter to host a Vermont/New Hampshire Latin Forum, and traveling to Alabama for the National Latin Convention this summer.

Latin Club Participates in the Yale Invitational Certamen

LI’S LATIN CLUB brought a delegation of 36 students and chaperones to the 6TH annual Yale Invitational Certamen on November 12TH. This national event draws teams from some of the best schools around the country. The Yale Invitational Certamen is a Quiz Bowl, or team Jeopardy-style competition, which tests students’ knowledge on a variety of topics relating to the Latin language and the Ancient World. Each school enters teams of up to four players at various levels.


The novice team did especially well at the event, defeating teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York during the preliminary rounds. In the end, they missed placing in the semifinals by just one question. “This group of kids is one of the hardest working teams I’ve had the pleasure of working with. For them to come down here to a national event and do this well is a great reward for all the amazing learning they did along the way. We were all excited about their results and they are looking forward to upcoming events in Burlington, Exeter, and at Harvard in the spring,” offered LI Latin Teacher and Latin Club Coach Roy Starling. “I was also happy with all of the support from the 20 other Latin students who, though not on a team, came to cheer on their classmates. Kids who devote themselves to academics often don’t get the applause and attention they deserve and this event was a great opportunity for our academic high-achievers to shine in a very public setting.”

Before returning to Vermont, the club boarded an early morning Metro-North train to visit New York City. In Manhattan, the club visited Chinatown and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). Freshman Rio Steen stated: “It was fun to be able to see the ancient artifacts that we had been studying in class. I especially enjoyed the ‘Selfie with a Roman Bust’ challenge!” Students from LI’s Ancient Greek class also led fellow students through The Met’s classical Hellenic collections.

“This was a great communitybuilding trip for our students. I could not be more proud of these kids for how well they embraced every aspect of the weekend. I think it’s critical as an educator to show my students the world around them and I feel blessed to have so many kids who are so eager to participate in these trips,” concluded Mr. Starling.

Vikings Win Green Mountain Certamen

LI’S LATIN CLUB collaborated with The Vermont Junior Classical League and the University of Vermont (UVM) Classics Club to host the inaugural Green Mountain Certamen. The event, which took place in January on the UVM campus, is a scholars’ bowl competition for high school and college students that focuses on the Ancient World.

LI was represented by three teams, including a novice team comprised of Jocelynn Tran, Colby Zaun, Julian Stahler, and Timothy Goodwin; an intermediate team of Joleil Whitney, Cindy Fournier, and Madison Colburn; and an advanced team: Niccolo Zanghi, Will Miller-Brown, Kate O’Farrell, and Rossen Goodwin. Students who did not compete cheered on their classmates, toured the scenic Yale campus, and visited the Peabody Museum.

Lyndon Institute Latin students visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art following the Yale Invitational Certamen.



From Art to Art Lyndon Institute’s Through the Years by David Stahler Jr., ’90



Miss Bertha T. Koury, a lover of old and antique items, lovingly holds one of her favorites—a mandolin.

DANCERS WEAVE AND TWIRL beneath colored stage lights. Actors’ faces beam as they draw the audience’s laughter and applause during a production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Colorful maps overlaid with intricate self-portraits cast in ink line the display case in the main hallway, drawing the eye of passersby. A chorus sings an ancient madrigal at the winter concert, its many voices an interwoven blend of stunning harmonies. I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing all these moments over the last few months at Lyndon Institute, moments in which our students, guided by their instructors, pour out their creativity. What they produce never fails to impress. If academics are a school’s mind and athletics are its body, then the arts are its heart and soul. And the story of the arts at LI is one of sustained growth and achievement, a story that has helped set the school apart from many of its peers, especially over the last several decades.

The Early Years

MUCH OF LI’S EARLY ARTS HISTORY IS OBSCURE. Music rooms in Thompson Hall—the original building that burned in 1921 and was replaced by the current school—contained pianos for practice and recitals. An early music teacher, Ruby Blaine, directed an orchestra and the glee club to some acclaim through the 30’s and into the 40’s beneath a stunning, anonymously-commissioned portrait of the Parthenon in the school’s chapel, a painting which still stands to this day, a tribute to both the school’s love of art and its classical roots. A later music teacher, Celia Teis, taught music in the 50’s and oversaw the school’s marching band which, decked out in sharp uniforms, graced football games and local parades for many years. The 1950’s also saw the arrival of an LI arts icon—teacher Bertha T. Koury, who came up from South Carolina in 1951 to coach both drama and the school’s forensics team and who guided the visual arts education of LI students for nearly forty years. She pushed generations to be creative and do their best, including one who under her encouragement went on to study art in college and later became her successor— Barbara Follett, who remembers Koury for her “great laugh,


along with ‘the look’ if anyone stepped out of line, which was extremely rare.” I myself remember my freshman year spent in her classroom only a few years before her retirement— watching her move from student to student with an everpresent cup of tea in hand, speaking and moving in the slow and graceful Southern way that seemed somehow exotic to a boy from the Northeast Kingdom. Another beloved arts icon, Roy Christophersen (“Mr. Chris”) left an impression during his tenure as LI’s music teacher through the 60’s and 70’s, overseeing the concert band, orchestra, marching band, and stage band, along with giving private lessons and working to develop music programs in the local middle schools. Even in retirement, he continued to play in the local summer band concerts in the park, and I still remember him conducting our middle school band at the Lyndon Graded School in the early 80’s, a silver-haired gentleman who, despite his age, had a twinkling sense of humor, lots of energy, and a love for music that inspired me and fellow young musicians struggling to learn our instruments.

John Padden replaced Mr. Chris in 1978. In the ensuing years, he quickly established a music program known for its excellence, particularly in jazz, becoming an LI arts icon in his own right and inspiring new generations of musicians. The turning point, according to Padden, was getting the school to make jazz (then called “stage band”) a daily, full-credit class. No longer relegated to practicing once a week before or after school, the school’s jazz band strengthened through the 80’s, sending increasing numbers of students to Vermont’s AllState Jazz Band and participating in—and often winning— jazz festivals and competitions around New England. I was fortunate to begin my musical studies with Padden, taking private lessons on the alto sax in middle school and junior high before joining LI’s concert band and later playing bass in the school’s jazz band through the late 80’s. John cultivated a gruff exterior (“Shut up, you donkeys!” he would bark to quiet us down), but all of us who had the pleasure to play for him realized it was (mostly) an act. We knew how much he loved not only the music but his students, as well, and as the decade drew to an end, we had a growing feeling that something special was happening at LI.


The 90’s: A Lyndon Renaissance

BUT IT WAS IN THE 1990’S that LI rose to a new level, undergoing its own kind of “renaissance.” And it wasn’t only in instrumental music. While Padden’s jazz program continued to grow in notoriety throughout the region, with several graduates—such as Matt Shulman ’92, Rachael Elliott ’95, and Jennifer Hartswick ’98—going on to have professional, cutting-edge careers in the music industry, other forms of artistic expression began to blossom and develop, starting with the visual arts.

Follett, who took over from Koury in 1990, began taking key steps to dramatically expand LI’s arts offerings. The general “art” classes that Koury had overseen for decades gave way to Art I, Art II, and Advanced Art, allowing for greater variety in the curriculum with broader scope and sequences. Courses in painting, sculpture, and AP Studio Art were added to the program, along with a small darkroom and a single computer for graphics work. Eventually, Follett was able to bring local artist Ellen Levitt on board. From her studio in the basement of the Mathewson House on the lower campus, Levitt was able to draw from her real-world experience as a professional artist and designer for her work in the classroom, offering courses in Surface Design and Printmaking in addition to more traditional studio art.

Expanded programming required expanded space, however, and another turning point in LI’s arts history came about when the school began drafting plans in the late 1990s to build an art center. With administrative support and financial support from John L. Norris, Jr. and donations from other families, LI constructed the John L. Norris, Jr. Center for the Arts. The Willy house and barn and the Family and Consumer Science building were renovated and connected by the Bertha T. Koury Art Gallery. By 2003 Follett and Levitt had a state-of-the-art facility with individual classrooms for studio art and sculpture, surface design, printmaking, painting, and AP Studio Art, along with an analogue photography darkroom. Book arts was soon added to the visual arts curriculum, complete with a bindery and print shop called The Center Press.


Team-teaching enhanced the art program, leading to the creation of handmade books through a joint effort of art classes (including surface design, book arts, painting, and printmaking on the Vandercook press) and English classes, books which are now part of a special exhibit at the University of Vermont library. Guided by Levitt’s brilliant design work, Janus—the school’s annual literary magazine— developed into a new interdisciplinary venture of the Art and English Departments, earning numerous All New England Honors awards from Boston University’s College of Communication.

In 2006, LI arts took another step forward with the introduction of a computer graphic arts program. Levitt’s design classroom was transformed into a computer lab with Apple computers. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe In-Design were added to the visual arts curriculum. Current graphic arts instructor, Bridget Atkins, increased the lab’s number of Apple computers, added digital photography, web design, and illustration & cartoon design into the curriculum, and expanded Graphic Arts to include beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Follett’s successor, Cynthia Helmbreck, meanwhile, has strengthened the visual arts program by creating a chapter of the National Art Honors Society for advanced arts students and introducing a ceramics class and bi-annual trips to Italy.

New Programs, New Horizons

IT WASN’T JUST INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC and the visual arts that saw growth through the 90’s and into the 21ST century. The performing arts also played a key role in LI’s arts renaissance. Just as jazz was peaking and the art curriculum was exploding, chorus and drama also began earning a reputation for increasing excellence. Like jazz, chorus went from being an extra-curricular activity to becoming a full-time class under the direction of Joan Kirchoff. A few years later, Nancy Hartswick took over and LI’s chorus continued to grow in numbers and quality, allowing her successor, Kathleen Fields, to add an elite “Select Chorus” ensemble to the mix. Today, chorus is stronger than ever. Susanne Norwood, who took over as LI’s choral director in 2010, has taken the program even further. Her chorus (also VIKING VOICE

known as “LI Voices”) now regularly numbers around sixty singers, many of whom also participate in Select Chorus, performing not only at school functions but throughout the community and at festivals such as the Vermont ACDA Madrigal Festival in Burlington every December. After taking over directorship of LI’s entire music program in 2012, Norwood expanded the curriculum by adding courses in World Music and AP Music Theory. Currently one in every five LI students is enrolled in at least one music class. This year alone thirty-seven students were selected to participate in the District II Northeast Festival, four were accepted to the All New England Festival, and sixteen will be attending All-State, a record number of honor festival participants for the school. Perhaps the greatest testament to Norwood’s work is the fact that several of her students (such as recent graduates Lydia Ham ’13, Chantilly Larose ’13, and Ian Yarnall ’15) have gone on to become music majors, laying the groundwork for a new generation of performers and music teachers. Chorus wasn’t the only performing arts program Hartswick elevated. Having founded the Vermont Children’s Theater, a summer drama program on nearby Darling Hill, Hartswick also brought her experience as a theatrical director to bear, producing a series of musicals that were a step above the usual fare. From there, drama blossomed into a major force. By the early 2000’s, the school had hired a full-time drama teacher, Jesse Culp, who in addition to directing plays and musicals, offered classes in acting and stage production. Her successor, Erin Galligan, continued growing the program, bringing in guest directors, playwrights, and set designers, as well as enrolling the school in the Vermont Drama Council’s One Act Festival and adding a spring student showcase. Current drama teacher Laura Wayne’s course offerings have now expanded to include everything from Advanced Acting to Filmography to Theater Production and Management. As with chorus and jazz, supplementing what was originally an extra-curricular activity with full-credit classes and a dedicated faculty member has yielded a program that is an area of artistic strength and school pride.

While the last twenty years have seen the emergence of chorus and drama, these programs have always been a part of LI’s history. Dance, however, is a whole other story, and is one of the great achievements of the school’s arts renaissance. Prior to Rebecca McGregor’s arrival in January of 2003, LI had SPRING 2017

no dance program at all. McGregor started with two dance classes. Within a year, the program had grown to two intro classes, two jazz classes, and a section of ballet. An afterschool Dance Company was soon added, eventually becoming a for-credit course. The dance program now also includes aide positions for more advanced students, programming for dance history and improvisation/composition, independent study opportunities for students who are interested in pursuing dance after high school, as well as four after school clubs (modern/jazz, pointe, hip-hop, and tap).

Having created the program from the ground up, she keeps herself and her dancers busy—they perform in regular benefit and showcase recitals throughout the year, dance at half-time during football games, participate in over a dozen tours of local schools (recruiting future dancers in the process), and design their own choreography. On top of this load, for the last fifteen years, LI has hosted the annual Vermont State Dance Festival under McGregor’s aegis, helping promote dance not only within the local community but throughout the state. Based in the old Town House on lower campus, McGregor’s program—which accepts students of all levels of ability, demanding only a willingness to work hard and take risks—is designed to teach students how to be comfortable with their own bodies, how to discover movement as a form of selfexpression, and how to use all their senses. It has become a model for dance education in Vermont and for many has led to life-long relationship with the art. At least a dozen of her dancers have gone to become movement therapists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, dance educators, and professional dancers, including one who has conducted a world tour and another in Boston who has created her own dance company. At a time when many schools are cutting their fine arts programs, Lyndon Institute has embraced them, continually expanding opportunities for its students to explore their artistic potential in myriad ways. Grounded in tradition, but always with an eye for the future, the story of the arts at Lyndon has been one of steady growth and success. At the end of the day, it is a story of people—students and teachers—coming together to create beauty and meaning in a small, supportive community that values its heart and soul.


NICOLE BARBOSA NAMED TO VERMONT GIRLS VOLLEYBALL ALL-STATE TEAM Lyndon Institute junior Nicole Barbosa was named to the Vermont Girls Volleyball All-State Team. Nicole was selected as a hitter, also known as a spiker. The Vermont Girls Volleyball All-State Team played the New Hampshire All-State Team on November 20TH in Keene, New Hampshire. Only ten girls from across the state were selected for the team.


Report from the Director of Athletics

ONCE AGAIN, THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS PARTICIPATING in extracurricular activities at Lyndon Institute is impressive. A record number of students participated on athletic teams, clubs, and in school organizations during the fall and winter seasons.

LOGAN ABBOTT SELECTED FOR 16TH ANNUAL VERMONT NORTH-SOUTH ALLSTAR FOOTBALL GAME Lyndon Institute senior Logan Abbott was selected as a defensive lineman for the North Team roster in the Vermont North-South All-Star Football Game. The game was played at Castleton Stadium in November.


title. The boys hockey team qualified for the state tournament and beat rival St. Johnsbury Academy 9-3 in the first round but were shut down in the second. The newly formed cooperative girls hockey team with North Country UHS lost a tough first round playoff game at Hartford 4-3 in overtime. Our cheerleaders competed in the Division I state championship at the end of February. They are a vocal, athletic group who won the Top Gun Stunt competition at the league championships. The boys basketball team earned the #3 seed in the state tournament. They beat Lamoille in the first round but came up short against #6 Fair Haven in the quarter-final. The girls basketball team finished the regular season at 17-3, earning the #2 seed for the Division II tournament. After dispatching Woodstock and BFA-Fairfax in the opening rounds and beating Fair Haven in the semi-final, the girls dominated Mill River in the championship game at Barre Auditorium, winning 40-15. The team set a school record for the number of wins in a season (21), as well as a state record for allowing the fewest points ever in a championship game – an amazing season! As many of you have heard me say before: more than winning or losing, our goal is for the students involved in athletics to leave here being better prepared for success in life because they participated in our program. Having said that, winning our 26TH state championship in the last 17 years is something everyone at LI should be very proud of. – Paul Wheeler

The highlight of the fall was certainly the season that the field hockey team had. A record number of wins, record number of goals scored in a season, and a trip to the state semi-finals made this past year memorable. Another highlight was the girls volleyball team setting a school record for wins and qualifying for the state tournament. A win in the first round of the tournament was followed by a close loss in the quarter-final match. Our boys and girls cross country teams both had successful seasons and the teams were young, with many talented runners returning next fall. The boys and girls soccer teams both qualified for the state tournament. The boys traveled to Burr and Burton and played a very competitive first round game, proving they belonged, before losing to the higher seeded Bulldogs. The girls were pitted against a strong Hartford team in the first round of their tournament; with the game scoreless until late in the first half, Hartford scored what proved to be the game winner. A second half surge by our team could not quite produce the goals necessary for a win. The football team suffered through a trying season. Despite a good turnout, youthful exuberance, a new coaching staff, and hard work, success was difficult to achieve. We look forward to welcoming 39 returning players to the program next season. They, along with the incoming freshman group, should provide us with a much more competitive season next fall in Vermont’s Division II. Our winter sports teams had much success. Indoor track and field finished their season with the girls team finishing a strong 3RD and the boys 6TH in state competition. The boys alpine team won the Northern Vermont District meet and finished 5TH in the State meet. The relatively new bowling team had a fine year as well, with three bowlers presently qualified to compete for the state individual VIKING VOICE



Division II Champions!


SPRING SILENT AUCTION DATES ANNOUNCED FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR, our silent auction items will be available for bids online. Offering the auction online has enabled us to reach thousands of alumni and friends! We hope that you will take the opportunity to browse what we have available for bid and show your support. The Spring 2017 Auction will be launched on Monday, May 1ST and will remain open for bidding through alumni weekend, culminating on Monday, June 5TH. All of our online auctions can be accessed by visiting www. lyndoninstitute.





THE DIVERSIFIED AGRICULTURE PROGRAM has been ambitiously working on establishing their own maple sugar operation right here on LI’s campus. The sugarhouse, located adjacent to Gateway Cottage (the Headmaster’s house), is a work in progress and is currently still under construction.

We would like to recognize the generous donations that have made this project possible. Without the additional support of our extended community, projects such as this initiative would be limited.

The students have worked very hard to utilize resources available to them. They have cut their own lumber from a select cutting of trees located on Lyndon Institute’s land on Burke Mountain, known as Binney Woods. Working in conjunction with the Building and Operations Program, they have poured the concrete for the foundation, framed and erected walls, and put down roofing. The students’ plan is to go from building concept all the way to entrepreneurial experience, as they ultimately would like to have the equipment to process sap into maple syrup and distribute their own product.

Glenn Goodrich, of Goodrich’s Maple Farm, was a guest at the sugarhouse on February 7TH; the purpose of his visit was to teach Lyndon Institute students how to run sap lines! Along with his good humor, he provided a great clinic and our students were very eager to learn from his years of knowledge in the maple industry.



INDEPENDENCE FUND UPDATE THANK YOU, DONORS! We are so grateful for the support you have shared with our students and teachers. Contributors have committed more than $500,000 to date this fiscal year. Our students and our campus have been substantially impacted by your generosity!





































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We have completed phase one of replacing the windows in the Main Building, added a new entrance to the breezeway that connects the Main Building to the Alumni Auditorium, improved the entrance into the McDonald Family Baseball Field, made improvements to the road and parking area at the field, and painted buildings. Your support also means that countless students were provided many opportunities, such as international travel, Boys & Girls State funding, funding in support of the Sugarhouse, and tuition assistance supportive of the Governor’s Institute to name just a few!

The impacts of your donations are evident all over campus! On behalf of the entire Lyndon Institute community, thank you! Every gift, regardless of size, is important! Melissa A. Hall, ’92 Director of Development

THE TOP FLOOR OF THE ELLIOTT MEMORIAL LIBRARY, the Monahan Academic Commons (MAC), has been reenvisioned this year to become an open-air “Student Support Center” that houses the Director of Inclusion, Cultural Competency and Community. This change was necessary in order for the students to use the space more effectively. It is intended to be a proactive and productive place for all students to go to find success through engaging conversations with caring adults and practical provisions of support.

150TH COMMEMORATIVE CALENDAR TO HONOR THE OCCASION of Lyndon Institute’s 150TH anniversary, we have created a commemorative 2017 wall calendar to showcase the pride and excitement we feel in the strong traditions and wonderful achievements of the school and its students. This beautiful calendar features photographs from LI’s historical archives, juxtaposed with images of our present day. Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of LI history!

The stage, books, and reading and work areas are still available to students. The Cafe was expanded and enhanced with sofas and high-top tables that are used regularly by students and adults alike. The comfy, casual chairs previously found in the front of the room have been removed and replaced with more formal seating in order to create an environment more conducive to academic success.

Calendars are $15 each, or $10 each when you purchase three or more, and are available online for purchase at

TRIVIA QUESTION In what year was the pond behind the LI Building developed by T. N. Vail? The answer is hidden within this issue of the Viking Voice.


The Re-Envisioned Elliott Memorial Library

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The Director of Inclusion, Cultural Competency and Community holds weekly “Inclusion Chats” on Tuesdays, and there are college application workshops held every Wednesday. The Librarian is still located at the circulation desk to welcome individuals and monitor how the library Search Lyndon Institute

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is used. The second floor has become a place for honors students to utilize as a “meeting place” during their study hall period, and the College and Career Counseling (CCC) Administrative Assistant is located on this floor at a desk just inside the second floor entrance. As aforementioned, students with permission may still come to check out books, work on projects, and otherwise utilize the space.

Additionally, the former CCC office and Baker Hall have been converted back into classroom spaces. This change allowed us to recapture a science lab and rehome teachers and programs – the Vail Scholar’s Program in particular. While this has been a change to how the students use the space, the space itself retains its originally intended purpose. Students still have access to all of the books within the library, the stage is still available for public performances, and the named classrooms and conference room remain unaltered. The only visible changes are the seating arrangements available. The timing of this change made sense both financially and educationally.

We are pleased that the space remains as versatile as it has been since the remodel to accommodate for large meetings and public performances.


January Term


January Term



Exhibition Night

FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH JANUARY TERM: each year, for the first three weeks following the holiday vacation, students participate in an interim term to immerse themselves in either an intensive study of subjects of their choosing or an internship. During January Term, students can either spend time intensively focusing on traditional courses such as AP Calculus, Physics, English Literature, and European History, or choose from courses that offer them an opportunity to engage in new and specialized offerings including FemSTEM: Robotics for Girls, French for Travelers, Introduction to Aviation, Children’s Literature, Coaching Youth Sports, Mobile App Design, Scuba diving, and Science Fiction Writing. In addition to the available courses, there are also educational travel opportunities. This year those experiences included an extensive three-week tour of China and a Hawaiian field study experience.



Michel Sanderson Richards ’71 (19) VICE PRESIDENT

Paula Graves Gaskin ’71 (17) TREASURER

Jeffrey T. O’Meara ’04 (18)


Heather Root Wheeler ’90 (17) Kathy Jackson Smith ’93 (18) Paul E. Wheeler ’74 (17) Timothy L. Kirchoff ’96 (18) Candace E. Dane ’74 (17) Michael D. Matteis ’89 (19) Kathy Bassett Newland ’67 (17) Cheryl “Sherry” Ronan Noyes ’63 (18) MEMBER AT LARGE

Lindsay Jones Carpenter ’02 LIFETIME MEMBERS

Norman A. Legge ’56 Shirley Beane Pierce ’53 Dwight A. Davis ’50 Gertrude Angell Grant ’49 Robert G. Heath ’58


Melissa Boulay Hall ’92 Gloria Bruce Daren Houck Javin Leonard Katie Palmer Heather Ranney Michel Sanderson Richards ’71 David Stahler, Jr. ’90 Heather Root Wheeler ’90 Paul Wheeler ’74 LYNDON INSTITUTE VIKING VOICE PHOTOGRAPHY

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From the LIAA President Michel S. Richards


It is encouraging to be sitting here in February writing my spring letter. Morning light is starting earlier and evening light is extending a little longer. As you read this edition, you will see that there is quite a bit to look forward to this spring. Make special note of the dates and schedule of events for Alumni Weekend, June 2ND-4TH. Given that our alumni weekend is right in the middle of the year-long celebrations happening for our 150TH anniversary, look for some special changes for alumni and guests. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call the Alumni Office or speak to any board member for more information. If any of you have a child, grandchild, etc., enrolled at LI, please encourage them to check out the financial possibilities for receiving scholarships as graduating LI seniors as well as underclassman looking for experiential educational opportunities. Awarding financial assistance to LI students is something the Alumni Association holds dear, and we look forward to making a difference for as many students as we can as they work toward achieving their goals. I hope that as many as you as possible were able to update your information for the Alumni Directory that will be available later this fall. This directory will be a very valuable resource to the Alumni Office to make connections with all of you over time.

Thank you to all of the alumni who send in museum memorabilia, photos, and information about what is going on in your lives. Everyone is curious to see what is happening here, around the country, and around the world with our alumni. You may not think you have much to offer, but you do and we appreciate it. It is with mixed emotions that I tell you that this is my last letter as your Alumni Association President. As I fulfill my volunteer chaplaincy obligations with North Country Hospital and the American Red Cross, I am finding that my on-call status requires more and more of my time and provides less availability than I would like as your president. I fully intend to continue as a member of the Alumni Association because I love what we do, but it is time for someone else to bring new direction to the Board with fresh ideas and energy. More news will follow after Alumni Weekend and officer elections; but have no fear, your new president will be ready, willing, and able to lead the Association forward through 2017 and beyond.

In closing, I want to say thank you, sincerely and profoundly, to all of you who made my journey as the Alumni President rewarding and affirming. Special thanks to all of my fellow board members, and Heather, who are always so supportive and make things happen! There is no way I could have achieved anything without every single one of them and their unique and individual contributions. Nothing can compare to their commitment, enthusiasm, and ability to achieve great things, so to use a popular phrase...“they rock!” Thank you, thank you. Blessings, Michel “Mickey” Sanderson Richards ’71 LIAA President


Alumni Weekend Schedule of Events Friday, June 2ND to Sunday, June 4TH, 2017

Friday, June 2ND TBA

LI INDEPENDENCE FUND GOLF TOURNAMENT Join alumni, friends, and the LI Community for an afternoon of golf .

6:00 to 11:00 p.m. 9TH ANNUAL ALL CLASS SOCIAL – Honoring Former Faculty and Staff Join us at the Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center. Kick off the weekend with a live band, Raized on Radio, dancing, and a cash bar.

Saturday, June 3RD 9:00 a.m.

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

TIM SIMPSON MEMORIAL TWO MILE PRECISION WALK/RUN Walk or run two miles on the Bob Heath Track in memory of past teacher/coach/alumnus, Tim Simpson ’59. Guess how long it will take for you to walk/run the two miles and the person closest to their estimated time wins! 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.

TOURS OF THE LI CAMPUS Tours start at the Alumni Center at 10:00 a.m. and guides are available until 12:00 p.m. Please RSVP by contacting the Alumni Office by May 19TH.

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. RSVP by contacting the Alumni Office by May 19TH. The charge for the cookout is $5 per person or $10 per family.

Sunday, June 4TH 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

17TH ANNUAL ALUMNI BREAKFAST & ANNUAL ALUMNI MEETING Join us in the LI Dining Hall in the Pierce Wing on Darling Campus for breakfast. The LIAA Annual Meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. Please RSVP by contacting the Alumni Office by May 19TH – free of charge. BACCALAUREATE – LI Alumni Auditorium

CLASS OF 2017 COMMENCEMENT – Robert K. Lewis Field

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Alumni Profile

Brenna (upper middle) with a small group of talented dancers.

Alumni Profile

Ryan Johnston, Class of 1991

RYAN JOHNSTON SERVED IN THE AVIATION BRANCH OF THE U.S. ARMY for 15 years following his graduation from LI. Having lost several close friends who he served with, he has dedicated his life to helping others that have lost their loved ones.

Brenna Banister, Class of 2008

BRENNA BANISTER BEGAN DANCING AT THE AGE OF FIVE IN WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT. She fell in love with the art form at age ten when a move to Vermont put her under the direction of Jacque-Lynn Mackay at Dance Express. Under the direction of Jacque-Lynn Mackay and Rebecca McGregor at Lyndon Institute, Brenna studied tap, jazz, modern, and ballet. She was a part of LI’s Pulse Dance Company and founded the afterschool tap club for her peers. Brenna began choreographing in high school; creating choreography for younger dancers, peers, and camps. Brenna moved to Boston in order to attend Boston University (BU) and graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. During her time at BU, she spent one semester as a member of their dance theatre group on campus.

After graduating, Brenna danced with OnStage Dance Company and was an ensemble dancer in Heartbeat: A Modern Dance Rock Concert. She has presented original choreography with OnStage Dance Company in NACHMO Boston (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), The Dance Complex’s aMaSSiT Program (2014, 2016), and many other performances. In 2014, Brenna founded her own company, Alive Dance Collective. She is the artistic director for Alive Dance Collective and the group participates in many shows in the Boston area. In November, 2016, Alive hosted their first performance, We Dance When Ice Gets Thin. The performance raised funds for ARTreliefTM, an expressive arts therapy center in Watertown, Mass.

More information about Alive Dance Collective can be found at, on Facebook (@AliveDance), or on Instagram (@alivedancecollective). When not dancing with Alive Dance Collective, Brenna works as a preschool teacher and dance instructor.



Pictured from left to right: John Truscelli, Ryan Merriman, Ryan Johnston, Clint Black, Joey Truscelli, and Bill Goldberg.

Ryan Johnston and Mary Miranda, of Newport News, Virginia, announce the birth of their son, Ezra Alexander Miranda Johnston on January 3, 2017. He joins sister, Ainsley (13) and brother, Brandon (19). Ryan’s son, Brandon, recently joined the Air Force as a Special Missions Aviator and began his training on March 28TH.


Since the completion of his military career, Ryan has founded a number of companies. Champion Motorsports Marketing, LLC was started in 2006, where he worked with NASCAR drivers and X-Games athletes; in 2008 the company expanded to include IndyCar and NHRA. In 2013, InterPhase Entertainment, LLC was formed, where Ryan currently serves as the President and Chief Executive. InterPhase Entertainment, LLC produces television and film, manages talent, and produces events and concerts. Additionally, as the co-founder of PowerFelt, Inc., he serves as their CEO; PowerFelt’s technology is currently being tested by the Air Force and can be found on new shuttle engines at NASA. Pursuing his passion of working to serve others, Ryan also sits on the Board of Directors for Lollipop Theater Network (LOLLIPOP), a non-profit organization. LOLLIPOP works to bring the magic of movies in theaters to children confined to hospitals nationwide due to chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

Ryan enjoyed his time at Lyndon Institute and knows that the curriculum and the staff at LI truly inspired him and provided him with the tools to become successful in his own endeavors. He wishes the class of 2017 success and reminds them to reach for the stars!

Pictured above: In collaboration with actor and host Bill Goldberg, actor Ryan Merriman, and country music star Clint Black, Ryan produced a LIVE Fathom event called Sons of the Fallen. The men spent time with 25 boys who had lost their fathers serving overseas, mentoring them, and doing activities with them that their fathers would have done.


LYNDON INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 150 YEARS of excellence in Independent Education since its charter was signed on November 20, 1867. The sesquicentennial year runs from January 2017 – December 2017 and aims to provide a rich and diverse year of information and events to celebrate this important milestone in the school’s history.

Sharing your experiences will play an important part in helping the school to reflect on its past, while it looks forward to its exciting future.

Vail Student Center Mural Unveiling LI’S VAIL STUDENT CENTER






First Day of School Welcome Events LI’S MAIN BUILDING


We are excited to see you at our upcoming events.

Sesquicentennial Time Capsule

A dedicated page on our website allows you to see the calendar of events that are happening during the year. Many of the events that already take place in a busy exciting school will continue under the 150TH banner but will be bigger and better! This page will be regularly updated, and details of how you can attend and support these events will be easily accessible.




Past, Present & Future Ball LI’S ALUMNI GYMNASIUM



Michelle and David Walker, page 30

The Alumni Association invites all of our alumni to Reunion Weekend. The classes ending in 2’s and 7’s will be celebrating their reunions on June 2, 2017. Join Lyndon Institute Alumni on facebook for updates on the weekend activities.


Carlene (Little) Brill received a Bronze Service Award at the annual Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Auxiliary meeting in November. She received the award for volunteering at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.


Gary Simpson received a Bronze Service Award at the annual Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Auxiliary meeting in November. He received the award for volunteering at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.


Elsie (Easterbrooks) Lawrence received a Lifetime Service Award at the annual Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Auxiliary meeting in November. She received the award for volunteering nearly 5,000 hours SPRING 2017

at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.


Gail (Hackett) Weed was recognized for her many years of hard work and dedicated volunteerism to a variety of local causes to enhance the community for both residents and visitors of Burke, Vermont and she was named the Burke Citizen of the Year by the Burke Chamber of Commerce at last year’s Burke Fall Festival.


Brett Gale opened the doors to the Gale Insurance Agency, representing State Farm Insurance, on December 1, 2016. The company is housed at the former Lyndonville Savings Bank/ Community National Bank building in Lyndonville. Brett has welcomed his new staff of Sandra (Durocher) Amadon ’77, Katy (Downing) Mello ’03, and Terri Cole (wife of Aaron Cole ’03). Licensed in both Vermont and New Hampshire, his agency offers

personalized insurance policies for both personal and commercial risks, as well as banking and life products.


Brad Before and wife, Kim (Hackett) Before ’83 are celebrating 30 years of business with Before Auto in West Burke, Vermont. Brad started the business in 1987 out of his garage. In 1995 they experienced a setback when a fire destroyed the garage. It was rebuilt and they have been going strong ever since. Kim also works for Corner Medical in Lyndonville. When they are not working, they enjoy adventures in their motor home that has been customized by Brad.

Alumni Weekend


For alumni who graduated in years ending in 2’s & 7’s


Answer: The pond behind the LI Building was developed by T. N. Vail in 1909.

It is especially important to reflect during this sesquicentennial year, and we would like to highlight the stories, moments, images, and notable people that students, staff, and alumni submit for inclusion on our website and social media platforms. This will help to build a fuller picture of Lyndon Institute’s history and celebrate everything that makes it so special. Your submission will be appreciatively received.


Class Notes


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Laura (Dangel) Shaw was featured on Vermont news station WCAX on January 30, 2017. While keeping a busy work schedule at the Central Vermont Medical Center, she also makes beautiful watercolor prints as a side project. Her inspiration for art was sparked while attending Lyndon Institute. She spent some time in Michigan as a full-time artist before moving back to Vermont seven years ago – that’s when the decision was made to keep her art endeavors as a side project.

The producers at CBS Sunday Morning liked her work and aired three of her submitted sun prints over the last year. Additionally, Laura once did a painting for Lady Bird Johnson. She sells her prints and cards at various art and craft shows throughout the state, including the Medical Center’s gift shop. For the full story go to: wcax. com/story/34380341/mivt-laurashaw-art-studio


Amy (Harris) Bean, along with her team at Shear Sensations in Lyndonville, is celebrating 35 years in business. As the owner of the hair salon and spa, Amy has increased her team from two to eleven since 1982. Other alumni working at Shear Sensations include Kattie (Noyes) Smedley ’03 and Holly (Mills) Pierce ’00.


Cristina (León) Ramírez was a Spanish exchange student who spent a year with Kathleen Nichols’ family while attending Lyndon Institute. Cristina returned the favor this school year and is hosting Kathleen’s daughter, Izzy Dodge, and close friend Madison Lefebvre ’17. The girls are studying at the Colegio San Ignacio del Loyola, a Spanish school in the Canary Islands.

Kelly Taylor and daughter, Alexis


Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Cleveland

1995 Jeff Cleveland and Michelle (Langtange) of Lyndonville, were united in marriage October 8, 2016.


CJ Aubin is celebrating 15 years of being in business as Aubin Electric in Lyndonville. His wife, Becky (Armstrong) ’02, is the VP and bookkeeper for the business. CJ started out as a Journeyman and is now running the business as a Master Electrician. In 2002 he started the business by himself with only a bench

Kelly Taylor and Mark Faust, of Lyndonville, announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Rose Faust on September 16, 2016. She joins brother, Brayden Faust. Michelle (LaCoss) and Mathew Gilman ’92, of Lyndonville, announce the birth of their daughter, McKinley Judy Lee Gilman on June 22, 2016. She joins brothers, William, Sterling, and Marshall, and sisters, Sydney and Amelia.

Jared Richardson and Elizabeth Richardson, of Whitefish, Montana, announce the birth of their son, Arlo Ames Richardson on August 19, 2016. He joins two Wirehaired Griffons, Maple and Linden.


Andrea (Morse) and Kyle Day

Club in Burlington. They are still pinching themselves that opening the club actually happened after seven years of hard work. The husband and wife team were recently featured on Vermont news station WCAX; you can check out the entire story at: wcax. com/story/34437147/mivt-vermontcomedy-club.

2000 Andrea (Morse) and Kyle Day, of Lyndonville, announce the birth of their son, Jayce Jonathan Day on July 5, 2016. He joins sister, Lyla Jane Day. Kyle is a Journeyman Electrician for Aubin Electric in Lyndonville and Andrea is a Civil Engineer and the Office Manager for the Dufresne Group in St. Johnsbury.


Kelly (Downing) and Jake Lemieux ’98, of Burke, Vermont, announce the birth of their son, Lucas Jacob Lemieux on August 21, 2016. He joins brothers, Mason and Blake, and sister, Georgia. Corey Richardson and Lisa Schmidt, of Helena, Montana, announce the birth of their daughter, Nya Jean Richardson on October 11, 2016. She joins sister, Zoey Alice Richardson.


Jared Gamble and Stephanie Gamble, of St. Johnsbury, announce the birth of their son, Maxon Stephen Gamble on January 13, 2017. He joins brother, Parker Gamble.


Natalie Miller and Nathan Hartswick ’95, are continuing to live the dream of making people laugh as owners of the Vermont Comedy SPRING 2017

Point Brewing and Spirits. The couple honeymooned in New Orleans and now resides in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Mr. & Mrs. John Murray Kattie and Asa Smedley with daughter, Fisher

Kattie (Noyes) and Asa Smedley, of Newark, Vermont, announce the birth of their daughter, Fisher Knighton Smedley on January 15, 2017.


Nathan Davis and Dixie Vestal, of Lyndonville, announce the birth of their daughter, Adaline Marie Davis on October 12, 2016. She joins brother, Karsen Del Rey Davis.


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Jackie (Weed) Zaun, of East Burke, Vermont is the Director of Diagnostic Imaging Services at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury. Jackie passed the national exam to earn the credential of Certified Radiology Administrator through the Association for Medical Imaging Management. This certification is a high standard of achievement attained for medical imaging leadership.

Photo Credit Andraya Brisson ’14 - Lily Pond Photography

Jamie Newland put his high school Scholar’s Bowl talent to the test this winter as he prepared for and competed on the TV game show Jeopardy! The episode in which he is a contestant will be aired April 17, 2017.

seat pickup; he now has two full-time workers, two part-time workers, and three trucks.

Photo Credit Holly Burgess Ely ’98 -Simple Life Images


Courtney (Simpson) and John Murray were united in marriage on July 30, 2016. Courtney is employed by the Burke Town School as a Special Educator. The couple honeymooned in Bermuda and now resides in Newport, Vermont. Eric Sargent and Amanda (Bristol), of Lyndonville, were united in marriage on June 4, 2016. Eric serves in the Army National Guard and works for Lyndon Rescue.

Stephanie (Austin) Garrett and Dylan Goodwin ’09, of Lyndonville, announce the birth of their son, Wyett James Goodwin on December 14, 2017. Erika Lanctot and Kelly Bruce, Jr., of Lyndonville, announce the birth of their son, Connor James Bruce on September 11, 2016. He joins brothers, Kelly III and Camden.


Ryan Brittell and Julie (Quast) were united in marriage on August 20, 2016. Ryan graduated from Keene State in 2011 and is now working as a Sales Representative for Ballast

Amanda Wright

Amanda Wright was named the VEOP Achiever at the Vermont Educational Opportunity Program’s annual conference on October 11, 2016. This award honors a participant who has successfully completed postsecondary study and received recognition for academic achievement,


Hannah and Dakota Barrett, of East Haven, Vermont, announce the birth of their daughter, Katie (Scarlett) Barrett on April 14, 2016. She joins sister, Lacey Barrett.

Alyssa Davis is still at it coaching college softball and it was announced on December 12, 2016, that she was hired as the Assistant Coach at the University of Chicago. She graduated from Southern Vermont College in 2012 and spent the past three years as the Softball Head Coach for her alma mater. Alyssa has been highly decorated in her athletic career and was inducted into the SVC/Saint Joseph College Athletic Hall of Fame in April 2016.

Danielle Townsend and family

Photo credit Dakota Founier ’10

2009 Caitlin (Barrett) and Jordan Fournier ’07, of Sutton, Vermont, announce the birth of their daughter, Piper Marshall Fournier on December 23, 2016. She joins sister, Emerson Fournier.


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Turcott

Kate-lyn (Smith) and Robert Trucott were united in marriage on September 24, 2016. Kate-lyn earned her PharmD from Albany College of Pharmacy and is currently employed by Rite Aid in Lyndonville. Robert graduated from the Vermont Police Academy in November 2014 and is currently working for the Lyndonville Police Department. Robert is also an assistant coach for the Lyndon Institute varsity baseball team. The couple recently bought a new house and resides in Lyndonville with their yellow Lab, Luke.


Chanclyn Warren and Marcus Houghton ’08, announce the birth of their daughter, Victoria Amber Houghton on September 10, 2016.



Dylanie (Williams) O’Brien and Michael O’Brien, of Lyndonville, announce the birth of their son, Bransyn Thomas O’Brien on September 18, 2016.

Email or mail: Melissa Hall, Lyndon Institute, PO Box 127, Lyndon Center, VT 05850. Be sure to include your e-mail address, if applicable, so we can contact you.

Michelle (Desroches) and David Walker were united in marriage on September 3, 2016. Michelle is employed with RuralEdge as a Home Ownership Specialist. David is employed with J.A. McDonald as an Equipment Operator. The couple honeymooned in Bermuda and now resides in Wheelock, Vermont. (photo on page 27)

Fournier family

LCP Wil Raymond is currently on active duty with the United States Marine Corp.

joins a huge family that loves him very much! Danielle is working in customer service at W.B. Mason, and Chris works as a cook at Everybuddy’s Casual Dining in Lyndonville.

Danielle Townsend and Christopher Jenkin II (of Black River, NY) welcomed Christopher Noel Jenkin III to the family on May 27, 2016. He



Shane graduated from Lyndon State College with a degree in Liberal Arts in 2013 and is currently employed as a woodworker at Lyndon Furniture.

We take pride in the accomplishments of our alumni and look forward to hearing from you. Please share your recent activities (career advancement, honors, publications, appointments, etc.) with us. We welcome newspaper clippings, press releases, and pictures.

Credit Andraya Brisson ’14 - Lily Pond Photography

is a person of high stature within their profession and has made significant civic, community, or professional contributions.

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Ayan Cole is earning top ranks at Lyndon Sate College as their #1 runner in Cross Country. Ayan has been training harder in the off-season and it has paid off. Dakota Ball made the Dean’s List for the spring and fall 2016 semesters at Husson University. He is earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration.

Keith Laplant and Brittany Barnes of Sutton, VT, announce the birth of their daughter, Haven Irene Laplant on July 29, 2016. She joins brother, Cree.

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Mr. and Mrs. Shane MacDougall

2010 Kelsi (Before) and Shane MacDougall ’08, of West Burke, Vermont, were united in marriage on September 25, 2016. Kelsi graduated from Lyndon State College with a BA in English-Secondary Education in 2015 and is a 7TH/8TH Grade Language Arts and History teacher at Good Shepherd Catholic School in St. Johnsbury. VIKING VOICE

ZACH WAS AN EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED MUSICIAN from his earliest years at Lyndon Town School (LTS). He will be remembered by his friends and family for his dry sense of humor, his creativity, his originality, and for his very warm smiling heart. Zach’s ability to create his cherished music was hindered during the years he became affected with brain cancer, but he never lost his passion for beautiful sounds. Zack was an original when it came to selecting music, paying little attention to what was most popular, and choosing to listen to the tunes that moved him. He had a great appreciation for some of the earliest rock-n-roll, especially The Beatles. During his eighth grade year at LTS, Zach redefined the meaning of “talent show” when he performed an acoustic solo for his classmates and teachers, singing Have You Ever Seen the Rain.

The Tunes for Zach Fund has been established in memory of Zach’s musical talents, giving nature, and extremely brave confrontation with cancer. Proceeds from the fund will be used to award LTS students who demonstrate a passion for music and also need scholarship monies when affording instrument rental or music lessons. NPT has deposited the first $1,000 into the account, and is trying to get as many $5 donations as possible, in order to create a sustainable fund for future LTS musicians. Zach would be really excited to see this come together. Donations are accepted at Northern Physical Therapy, PO Box 1346, Lyndonville, VT 05851, and/or Lyndon Town School (payable to LTS, please reference Music Fund).



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. Alumni and friends desiring more complete information or a copy of an obituary can contact the alumni office at 802-535-3772.

Lucille (Batchelder) LaRock ’41, of St. Johnsbury on September 22, 2016.

Robert K. Pierce, Jr. ’45, of St. Johnsbury on December 12, 2016.

Hildegarde (Amadon) Brown ’42, of East Burke, Vermont on January 10, 2017.

Ruth (Smith) McNally ’47, of Lyndonville on December 29, 2016.

Phyllis G. Burbank ’43, of West Burke, Vermont on December 6, 2016.

Nancy (Locklin) Calkin ’48, of Roanoke, Virginia on January 1, 2017.

Wendell “Jack” P. Cassady ’43, of Lyndonville on January 4, 2017.

Harry L. Goodsell ’48, of Wells River, Vermont on August 13, 2016.

Phyllis (Pierce) Spinney ’43, of Damariscotta, Maine on July 19, 2016.


Allen H. Albright ’49, of South Wheelock, Vermont on April 14, 2016.

Beverly (Cleary) Paris ’49, of Lyndon Center on November 16, 2016. Raymond R. Brooks ’50, of Lyndonville on November 26, 2016.

Richard M. Blake ’51, of Sheffield, Vermont on January 23, 2017. Alice (Curtis) Cabrera ’51, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts on January 27, 2017.

Jacob P. Vinton ’74, of Providence, Rhode Island on November 12, 2016.

Reginald E. Dwyer ’54, of Lyndonville on November 9, 2016.

Ralph G. Allard, Jr. ’76, of Lyndonville on November 14, 2016.

Muriel (Ash) Nutter ’54, of St. Johnsbury on November 20, 2016.

Wendy (Smith) Griffin ’78, of Hingham, Massachusetts on January 28, 2017.

Lawrence “Pete” Williamson ’65, of Lyndonville on February 13, 2017.

Charles W. Murray ’92, of West Burke, Vermont on January 31, 2017.

Robert L. Switser ’70, of St. Johnsbury on October 30, 2016.

Randy L. Erickson ’00, of Cloverdale, California on May 5, 2016.

Bailey H. Kuk ’06, of Brattleboro, Vermont on February 6, 2017. Bailey was a talented photographer and his photography can be seen at In his honor, an annual scholarship in his memory will be given to a Lyndon Institute senior pursuing postsecondary education the field of graphic arts and photography. Contributions in Bailey’s memory may be sent to the Lyndon Institute Development Office. Zachary A. Hartwell ’14, of Lyndonville on October 22, 2016.

PHOTO UNAVAILABLE Ruth “Thea” Hill ’43, of Hyde Park, Vermont and friend to the class of 1943, on December 4, 2016.

Former Faculty: Roland “Rollie” Williams, of Lyndonville on February 14, 2017.

Jacqueline (Poro) Dawson ’51, of Lyndonville on January 14, 2017.


Florence (Cutting) Stowell ’53, of Lyndonville on December 17, 2016.

Mr. Williams was a teacher at Lyndon Institute from 1978-1988. In the Reading Room he helped students with reading, English, and math. He was instrumental in getting the Special Education program started at LI. After retiring in 1988, he came back and developed the Lyndon Institute Skills Training (LIST) program allowing adults who never finished at LI to earn their diplomas. He retired again in 1993. Rollie was often seen helping at extra-curricular activities, including home track meets where you would hear him from afar, “timers ready!” SPRING 2017


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