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

Daren M. Houck


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

Adam A. Norwood

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


New Trustees................................................................................. 8

Robert G. Heath, Jr. ’88


LI Connections........................................................................ 10

Mary Ellen “Mel” Reis

Development............................................................................. 12


Athletics........................................................................................... 15


Alumni Weekend................................................................. 17

Twiladawn W. Perry ’77

Class Notes................................................................................... 18


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


Meredith R. Feltus ’87

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


Dr. Gregory J. McCormick ’91 SECRETARY

Nathan P. Sicard ’00 TREASURER

Charles W. Bucknam MEMBER AT LARGE

David J. Beattie ’61


David R. Stahler, Sr. ’65

Dr. Dorothy J. Allard ’72 David B. Aronoff ’82 Richard D. Ashton ’61 Laura P. Ashton Joseph Benning 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 Thaddeus G. Richardson Hawant S. Sethi, Sr. Sara J. Simpson Elaine A. Smith ’63







Answer: Al Forrest

Cover: LI sophomore Angela Kubicke and LI Science teacher Jill (Morrison) Nichols ’04 enjoy fat tire biking during January Term

Christine Fayette





Melissa A. Hall, Director of Development P.O. 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,

Letter from the Headmaster

OPPORTUNITY. If I could choose one word to summarize a student’s experience at Lyndon Institute, this is the word I would choose. With over 200 courses, 30 clubs and activities, 20 athletic teams and a student-to-teacher ratio of 11:1, LI provides a plethora of options for its students to take part in a very personalized educational experience.

LI provides a plethora of options for its students to take part in a very personalized educational experience.

In the coming months, our capable faculty and staff will continue to hone our programs for students so that we can continue to provide a world-class education right here in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Among these refinements are the addition of a computer science teacher, expanding visual and performing arts classes, increased career and technical education opportunities and an expanded honors curriculum.

One part of our growth, however, includes our alumni. In conversations with many of you, I heard about an educational experience at Lyndon Institute that inspired, prepared, and served you well.

As stated in our Purpose, Promise and Principles, we promise “a treasured network linking students, teachers and staff with alumni, parents, and members of the broader community locally, nationally, and across the globe.” Alumni are a vital resource of knowledge, passion and experience that help our current students find success living the ‘Lyndon Way.’ By authentically engaging our alumni with our current student body, we will develop a whole new generation of alumni willing and wanting to serve future students, helping to create a cycle of mutualistic relationships between alumni and students. As such, my plan is to develop a meaningful connection between these two groups through a variety of opportunities, including mentorships, internships, advisories, service learning and much more. Over the coming months, our academic leadership, College & Career Counseling office and faculty will begin to strategize ideas to engage our beloved alumni at new levels with LI. I hope each of you will agree to continue to be—or, for some, for the first time to become—an important part of Lyndon Institute by participating in community events, donating to the Independence Fund, and engaging in other volunteer opportunities. A strong piece of our future is our proud past, and we are honored to have so many proud alumni available to help support and enhance the opportunities of LI students for years to come. Sincerely,

Daren M. Houck, Headmaster SPRING 2016 


On Campus

Senior Recognized as Outstanding Scholar-Athlete

CHRISTINA SHATNEY was named a School Winner for the prestigious Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Award, which highlights exceptional high school seniors and their achievements in the classroom, on the field and in the community.

“We are honored to have Christina recognized as one of the country’s top student-athletes,” said Headmaster Houck. “She is such a great LI citizen and ambassador; we are very, very proud of her.”

Christina was selected as a 2015 school winner based on recommendations from teachers and staff. She has taken honors level courses through her freshman and sophomore years and two AP® courses in each of her junior and senior years. She has studied three years of French and is taking an online course in AP Statistics. She was nominated to the National Honor Society as a junior.

Shatney has been an active member of the local Upward Bound program based at Lyndon State College and has participated during the summer, as both a residential student and a day student, taking advantage of Upward Bound’s test preparation and extra academic classes, as well as multiple volunteer opportunities. She has given over 200 hours of service through Upward Bound to local organizations, such as Burklyn Arts, Catamount Arts and Umbrella, as well as the Warm the Children Program, which gives winter clothing to children in need.

Christina is the daughter of Dean, ’86 and Dawn, ’91 Shatney of West Burke, VT.

LI Theater Company Presents Footloose

THE MUSICAL VERSION OF THE 1984 CLASSIC FILM FOOTLOOSE rocked the Alumni Auditorium in November. Featuring the hit songs Let’s Hear It for the Boy, Holding Out for a Hero, and, of course, Footloose, this musical adaptation of the hit film tells the story of out-of-towner Ren McCormack, who moves from Chicago to the rural town of Bomont, where dancing is banned. Reverend Shaw Moore has put a stop to what he believes is frivolous, raucous behavior that could be dangerous to the children following a tragic accident. When Ren meets the other teenagers in town, including the Reverend’s daughter, Ariel, he takes it upon himself to shake up Bomont and teach them that dancing is not a crime. With artistic direction by Lyndon Institute’s Theater Company Director, Laura Wayne, musical direction by Susanne Norwood, and choreography by Rebecca McGregor, this production showcased the many talents of the dedicated student actors, vocalists, musicians and crew members at Lyndon Institute. Footloose is presented with special permission from Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Students Earn Art Honors

THREE ART STUDENTS FROM LYNDON INSTITUTE participated in the fourth annual Juried Art Show at Norwich University. LI junior, Tessa Nelson was the first place winner and junior, Ellen Tierney received the Jurors Choice Award. Although she did not place in the Show, senior Kodi-Anne Brown’s artwork was accepted and included. Over 250 works of art from high school students across the state were submitted, and of that work, approximately 32 pieces were exhibited at the University’s Chaplin Hall Art Gallery. Pictured from left to right are Ellen Tierney, Tessa Nelson, Kodi-Anne Brown and LI Arts Instructor, Cynthia Helmbreck.



DAR Good Citizen Award

ERIN O’FARRELL, has been chosen as a Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen.

Started in 1934, the Good Citizen Award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, school, and communities. Students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. Only one student per year may be honored as a school’s DAR Good Citizen.

Once a student is chosen as the DAR Good Citizen, the student is invited to participate in the scholarship portion of the program. This consists of a personal statement and an essay. Student participation in the scholarship portion of the program is optional. The DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization. DAR members are dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism in communities across the nation. Erin is the daughter of Brian and Jenna O’Farrell of St. Johnsbury, VT, and Chris Manges, ’87 and Desiree Hertz, ’89 of West Burke, VT.

Horatio Alger State Scholar

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE that LI senior, Jacqueline Kelley has been named a 2016 Horatio Alger State Scholar. The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a non-profit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, has announced 556 students from across the nation will receive its prestigious 2016 Horatio Alger State and Specialized Scholarships. These young men and women are recognized for their admirable commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities, despite facing significant adversity. Jacqueline is the daughter of Cari Kelley and Mark Kelley, both of Grand Isle, VT. SPRING 2016 

LI students celebrate their Latin team effort at the 7th Annual Granite State Certamen. Pictured in the front row are Shelby Benton, Gwyn Sheperd, Elizabeth Hebert, MacKay Breton (8th grade homeschooler), Alice Serra, Laurel Goodwin, and Jeremiah Aiken. Back row: Joleil Whitney, Kate O’Farrell, Audrey Thompson, Rossen Goodwin, LI Latin Teacher Roy Starling, Matt Rancati and Will Miller-Brown

Students Compete in Granite State Certamen

TWELVE STUDENTS FROM LYNDON INSTITUTE traveled to Dover High School in Dover, NH to compete in the 7th annual Granite State Certamen. Certamen, Latin for “competition”, is a quiz-bowl style competition about classical civilizations and their peoples, languages and cultures. The Granite State Certamen, sponsored by the New Hampshire Classical Association, invites students from Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts to compete in skill-level teams, usually two to four students per team, that involve several rounds to choose the winner. During the first round, the LI team competed against St. Paul’s and Phillips Exeter. They beat St. Paul’s but lost to Exeter. The points from three rounds determine the final standings. The LI Level 1 team finished 7th, Intermediate finished 10th, and Advanced finished 5th. The teams were: Novice: Audrey Thompson, Laurel Goodwin, Gwyn Sheperd, Shelby Benton, Matt Rancati

Intermediate: Will Miller-Brown, Jeremiah Aiken, Joleil Whitney, Elizabeth Hebert Advanced: Kate O’Farrell, Alice Serra, MacKay Breton, Rossen Goodwin

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On Campus

Students Compete at Yale University

MEMBERS OF THE LYNDON INSTITUTE LATIN CLUB and LI Latin teacher, Roy Starling (above) have been working since the beginning of the school year to prepare for the Yale Certamen. A certamen is a Jeopardy-style competition where teams of Latin students answer questions about all aspects of the Ancient World and the Latin language. LI’s teams have divided up the field of knowledge into specialties such as grammar, mythology, history, etc., and have been studying independently, coming in after school for extra lessons, and meeting as a team to go over questions from previous certamens. The Yale event is a national event. Students will get an opportunity to meet Yale Classics faculty and participate in a campus tour. This is the first of several certamens for the LI Latin Club. The Club plans on hosting an event at the Vermont State House in Montpelier and attending events at Harvard, Philips Exeter Academy, and a national convention in Indiana.

Morgan Hall Nominated to the United States Military Academy at West Point

AT A RECENT CEREMONY in the Vermont State House hosted by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt), Leahy and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt) announced that Morgan Hall of Lyndonville was nominated to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

In a joint statement, Leahy, Welch and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) said: “Applying for a service academy is a rigorous process, and being nominated itself is an achievement. We are proud of the consistently high caliber of qualified applicants who step forward in Vermont to serve our country and to join our nation’s prestigious defense academies. They all make Vermont proud, and we wish them all the best as the academies now make their decisions.” Applicants to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point must be nominated by a member of Congress. Hall was nominated by Leahy, Sanders and Welch. The Vermont Delegation collaborates on vetting candidates to be nominated, and the decision on acceptance will be made by the academy later this year. A senior at Lyndon Institute, Morgan’s parents are Kent and Sophia Hall.

Governor’s Award for Community Service

ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 16TH five Lyndon State College Upward Bound students, including Lyndon Institute’s Alyssa Leonard, were honored at the Vermont AmeriCorps National Service Launch and Governor’s Awards Ceremony at the Vermont State House in Montpelier. The Governor’s Outstanding Community Service Awards pay tribute to volunteers from across Vermont who impact their communities in a positive way, and who exemplify the spirit of volunteerism and community service. The K-12 Outstanding Service Awards were presented by Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott. The students received their awards to applause on the House floor, and received acknowledgement of their individual efforts to make their communities stronger through service to others. Their diverse service projects included: tutoring, mentoring, coaching, community clean-up, leadership in their schools, work with the elderly and veterans, and much more. It was a wonderful day in Montpelier for these five outstanding students.

Alyssa is the daughter of Sheila, ’81 and the late Chris Leonard, ’77.

Upward Bound at Lyndon State College is a college preparatory program funded through the United States Department of Education. The Program is committed to providing modest income, first in family, college bound students with the academic background, college preparatory experiences and support to succeed in college immediately after high school. Upward Bound students spend six weeks of their summer on the campus of Lyndon State College.



National Honor Society

CURRENT AND NEW MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY AT LYNDON INSTITUTE The photo was taken in the Monahan Academic Commons prior to the induction ceremony in October. Front row: Emily Dunn, Gracie Ducker, Kelsie Jardine, Sirena Anair, Morgan Hall, Jiaqi Shen, Kendalia Turner, Ashley Darrell, Samantha Valentine, Jacqueline Kelley. Middle row: Erin O’Farrell, Alyssa Nichols, Bess Reed, Tara Sethi, Tessa Nelson, Madison Lefebvre, Fei Fang, Eveluna Zurita, Kodi-Anne Brown, Madalyn Sanborn, Emily Guay, Bryana Williams, Terra Plocic, Brianna Gingue. Back row: Christina Shatney, Tyler Palmieri, Logan Larose, Yiren Qu, Ashton Rodriquez, Daniel Cliche, Matthew Walker, Weichen Li, Rory Bean, Zachary Legge, Nigel Waring, Christina Cassidy. The Lyndon Institute NHS advisor is Paula J. Pearce.

Rowland Fellowship SANDRA MINGS-LAMAR, Lyndon Institute English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher and Division Head for the International Students and World Languages program has been named a Rowland Foundation Fellow.

Up to ten Vermont secondary school educators are selected annually as Rowland Fellows. The Rowland Foundation provides a grant (up to $100,000) to each of their schools for the Rowland Fellow to implement a vision to transform an aspect of the school which will positively impact its culture and climate.

Mings-Lamar will use this fellowship to create the Rowland Center for Global Activism, where members of the LI student body can gather and engage in problem solving

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on global issues with students from around the world. Using an online portal, the Center will build relationships between LI students and students in the communities of LI international students – including Spain, Rwanda, China, and the Czech Republic. The Center’s partner classes (including both local and international students) will be introduced to the Global Issues Network – allowing students to collaborate and research critical issues facing the planet, propose solutions, and take action together to solve global problems. During the sabbatical semester afforded by the Fellowship Migs-Lamar will travel to the communities that LI’s international students hail from, making connections with schools in those communities to begin weaving together the relationships that are vital for the success of the Center. Then, returning to LI, she will work with LI students and the Humanities and World Languages Divisions to put the Center into action.


On Campus

2016 Commencement Speaker Photo Maryanne Russell

HEADMASTER HOUCK is pleased to announce that Philip Hanlon, president of Dartmouth College, will serve as the 2016 Commencement speaker.

“The Lyndon Institute community is honored to welcome President Hanlon as our Commencement speaker. A distinguished educator and academic leader, President Philip Hanlon, President Hanlon understands the important of Dartmouth College role schools like Lyndon Institute and Dartmouth play in helping students develop the skills and vision they need to be successful in a modern world,” said Houck. “His belief in academic rigor, mutual respect, and personal responsibility aligns closely with Lyndon Institute’s core principles. We are looking forward to the wisdom and challenge that President Hanlon will present to our students as they prepare for the next phase of their life’s journey.” The special connection shared between the two institutions began over two centuries ago when Dartmouth needed start-up funding and turned to neighboring legislatures for aid. Instead of cash, over 23,000 acres of land in and around the town of Wheelock, VT were handed over to Dartmouth. As landlord, Dartmouth collected rents and logged the forests.  In 1830, Dartmouth President Nathan Lord offered free tuition for all qualified Wheelock applicants and this arrangement – free tuition upon acceptance – has been maintained ever since.

To date, there have been nine “Wheelock scholars,” eight men and one woman, with the most recent being alumnus Noah Manning, who is attending Dartmouth to study medicine. The Wheelock scholars include Ozias D. Mathewson 1886 (longest serving headmaster at Lyndon Institute from 19121943), Harland Deos ’35, Winston Shorey ’37, Neil Barber ’37, Arland Ranald Bailey Jr. ’52, Robert St. Louis ’75, Maura Nolan ’84, George R. Hill ’01, and Noah Manning ’13. In July 2015, Manning invited Hanlon to visit Lyndon Institute where he was provided a tour of campus and a reception with members of the administration. Afterwards, Hanlon visited the Town of Wheelock and met with town representatives who shared documents of the chartering of the town to Dartmouth College. Hanlon, a member of the Dartmouth College Class of 1977, became the 18th president of Dartmouth College on June 10, 2013. He is the 10th Dartmouth alumnus to serve as its president.

As president, Hanlon has championed academic excellence and encouraged innovation in scholarship and teaching. He has launched initiatives to build interdisciplinary strength around global challenges, expanded opportunities for experiential learning, and initiated new seed funding programs to support cutting-edge research and creative endeavors. He established the DEN Innovation and New Venture Incubator and created the Society of Fellows, an interdisciplinary community of scholars committed to the integration of research and teaching. He is leading the expansion of the Thayer School of Engineering. Committed to reining in the costs of higher education, Hanlon has maintained fiscal rigor, establishing an annual institutionwide reallocation process, while holding tuition increases to the lowest levels since the 1970s. At the same time, he has overseen record levels of giving.

A mathematician, Hanlon’s research is focused on probability and combinatorics, the study of finite structures and their significance as they relate to bioinformatics, computer science, and other fields. A dedicated teacher-scholar, Hanlon is also a member of the faculty and teaches first-year calculus at Dartmouth. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Hanlon served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, where he was also the Donald J. Lewis Professor of Mathematics. Hanlon was a member of the Michigan faculty for over 20 years and held a variety of administrative posts during his tenure. He began his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1981-1983) and was a Bantrell fellow in Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology (1983-1986). Hanlon is a member of the National Security Agency Advisory Board, and the editorial boards of the Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics and the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics.

Hanlon has earned numerous honors and awards for his mathematical research, including a Sloan Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Henry Russel Award, and the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and held an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship, the University of Michigan’s highest recognition of faculty whose commitment to undergraduate teaching has had a demonstrable impact on the intellectual development and lives of their students.

Hanlon earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth, from which he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and earned his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1981. He is married to Gail Gentes. The couple has three children.

The 2016 Commencement for Lyndon Institute will take place on Sunday, June 5th at 11 a.m. at the Robert K. Lewis Field in Lyndon Center, VT.



A Lyndon Home Companion with Garrison Keillor

PERFORMERS FROM THE LI STUDENT-WRITTEN, directed and produced variety show, A Lyndon Home Companion, under the tutelage of Susanne Norwood, traveled to Waterbury, CT in November to meet the cast and crew of the popular NPR radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. The students attended rehearsals to research the rehearsal process and speak with Garrison Keillor and his cast and crew about the long running radio show. The students also attended a live broadcast of the show and were treated to VIP seating on stage. The LI cast brought their experiences back to LI to improve upon their writing and delivery for a second year of January Term performances. An additional performance of A Lyndon Home Companion will be held on June 3rd, the Friday night of Alumni Weekend.

Dancers Present Winter Dance Recital

IF YOU SPEAK TO REBECCA MCGREGOR, dance instructor at Lyndon Institute, you will soon learn that dance education is more than learning dance routines and choreographies for performance. Her dancers learn to read, write, critique (self, peer, video methods), analyze, evaluate, apply, understand and make connections, and create. The choreographies performed during the recital showcased the terminology, technique and artistry the students studied in ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and compositional work from site specific dance units of study. “In life these are skills necessary for success and through arts education students use these skills every day. It is through collaboration, goal setting, self-reflection and evaluation that students learn these essential life skills,” said McGregor.


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The dance curriculum at LI addresses the foundational elements of ballet, modern, jazz, and composition while allowing for student-created work and personalized learning plans within dance education. “The curriculum uses the solid frameworks as set by Vermont grade level expectations and the National Core Dance Standards,” said McGregor. McGregor was recently quoted on dance technique in the November issue of the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (JOPERD). The Journal is a monthly magazine reaching 12,000 professionals specializing in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion, sport and education and specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle.

For some of her approximately 90 dance students, their passion for dance has become a career and a way of life. McGregor has four former students in dance education either teaching in public schools or in studios. Her students have become professional hip hop dancers, owners of their own dance companies, and dance therapists with two aspiring dancers applying for college to study dance. While some students are career bound with dance, others participate as a release/outlet from daily stress. Some students supplement their athletic training with the balance of strength and flexibility that dance provides. Others appreciate the collaboration, unity and pleasure that physical movement brings them each day.

“When I am dancing, I am learning, not just about dance but about myself and the world around me. I gain a new appreciation for life and see things in new perspectives I never considered,” said an LI dancer. SPRING 2016 


Meredith Feltus, President of Lyndon Institute (pictured center), is pleased to announce the following new members of the Board of Trustees. They are alumna Dr. Dorothy J. Allard (Class of 1972), Charles W. Bucknam and Harwant Sethi, Sr. The new trustees were elected during the Annual Meeting of trustees and corporators held at Lyndon Institute on October 16, 2015.

New Trustees



DR. DOROTHY J. ALLARD grew up on a dairy farm in Lyndon Corner, and was closely associated with Lyndon Institute because her mother, Ruth, taught home economics at LI during her childhood years. She graduated from LI in 1972 and went on to receive a B.S. in Biology from the University of South Carolina and an M.S. in Botany from the University of North Carolina.

Allard worked for The Nature Conservancy in Virginia, Illinois, and North Carolina for a number of years in several different positions, culminating with a position as the Regional Ecologist for the twelve southeastern states. After leaving The Nature Conservancy and North Carolina in 1994, she moved to England to pursue doctoral research at Cambridge University, studying human impacts on subalpine vegetation in Nepal. She completed her Ph.D. in 2000.

In 1997, she moved back to Vermont and currently works as a research associate at the University of Vermont where she teaches in the Plant Biology Department and is an Assistant Curator of the Pringle Herbarium. Dorothy is also an adjunct professor at Green Mountain College teaching in the M.S. of Environmental Sciences program.

She lives with her husband Bill in Bakersfield, Franklin County where she chairs the Bakersfield Conservation Commission. Dorothy also chairs Vermont’s Endangered Species Committee, which advises the Governor on issues related to the state’s endangered flora and fauna. She has served as a corporator of LI since 2011 and serves on LI’s Education Committee. CHARLES W. BUCKNAM grew up in Melrose, MA, and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Economics in 1965. He was a captain in the United States Air Force from 1966-1970.

His education continued at UVM where he received his MBA in Finance in 1978. In 1989, he graduated from Stonier Graduate School of Banking. His career in banking began in Cambridge, MA, in 1970 and culminated with a 15 year presidency at Lyndon Bank, which merged with Community National Bank in 2008. He recently retired as Assistant Headmaster for Finance at LI. Currently he serves as Director at Community National Bank and as a trustee at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital.

Charlie lives in Walden with his wife Deborah. They enjoy spending time with the families of their two daughters and many grandchildren.

HARWANT SETHI SR. has been working in healthcare information technology since 1991, starting in South Burlington, VT, at IDX Systems Corporation. While at IDX, he worked in offices in Vermont and Illinois, and later, from his home office in Connecticut. After almost 14 years at IDX, Harwant moved over to Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. In 2007, while working for Allscripts, Harwant and his family moved from Simsbury, CT, to Danville, VT, and then in 2011 to Lyndonville, VT.

Sethi holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Colorado State University. He enjoys spending time with his wife Nora and their two children. SPRING 2016 

The departing members of the Lyndon Institute Board of Trustees include two of the longest serving trustees, Jeanne Elliott and the late Norman Messier. Elizabeth Koenig has also stepped down as trustee due to commitments from a new job in New York City. She has been a trustee since 2009.

Messier was first elected to the Board in 1988. He has served on the Executive Committee since 2005. From 2005 until 2007 he was a member at large, and since 2007 he has served as Secretary. He also served as Superintendent of CNSU and a member of the Lyndon Town School Board. Elliott was also first elected to the Board in 1988. She served on the Executive Committee from 1989 until 2012. During that time, she held a wide variety of positions. From 1989 until 1993, she was Secretary. From 1994 until 1996, she served as Treasurer. From 2003 until 2004, she once again served as Secretary, and from 2006 until 2012, she was Vice President. In addition, she has been a key member of the Finance Committee.

New corporators elected during the Annual Meeting are Paula Edmunds ’66, Julie Hansen, Desiree Hertz ’89, Amanda Vance O’Meara ’06, Dana Thomas ’90, Ron Upton ’82, and Jamie Yerkes ’89.

Departing corporators are Pearl Baird ’45, Eric Berry ’85, Laurie Boswell, Kevin Calkins ’76, Carol Fisher ’65, John Forrest ’63, David Gregory ’85, Dana Wakefield ’64, and Douglas Wheeler ’47.

Lyndon Institute is governed by 27 trustees elected by up to 150 corporators.



As the saying goes, the apple does not fall far from the tree.

The Laramee Family


s the saying goes, the apple does not fall far from the tree. Certainly that is the case for the children of Bill and Monica Laramee. Bill, Alisha, Michael and Allison, all graduated from Lyndon Institute. Their father was a long-time Dean at Lyndon State College, a LI corporator, and very active in community affairs. Many former students will remember their mother as doing some shepherding of her own by helping countless numbers of students in the LI Learning Lab for thirteen years along with Faye Heath.

Bill ’88, graduated from Castleton

State University and eventually found himself joining the Amherst, MA police department in a very collegecentric town. While he found his work rewarding in most aspects, he witnessed first-hand how the proximity of the colleges to certain neighborhoods impacted families with late-night noise, occasional property damage, trash strewn on lawns and the like. He and other officers were frustrated that they were simply responding to one incident at a time over and over again. This motivated him to complete a masters degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England University. Then, he proposed a plan of community-based policing involving Neighborhood Liaison Officers, initiating conversations with business owners and others who lived and worked downtown, as well as administrators at the colleges. Bill suggested building the program from


the ground up with a focus on landlord accountability and tenants’ rights, but also on crime prevention through environmental design, often referred to as “broken window policing.” For his efforts Bill was named to lead the program and the results have been significant, according to a recent article in The Northampton Gazette. Bill has also served as an instructor at the Adventure Ropes Course and developed “Night Out With A Cop,” teaming officers with at-risk middle schoolers at UMass sporting events. Regarding LI, he recalls his home away from home with best friend Rob Heath. “Mr. and Mrs. Heath were fun but firm, patient, understanding, caring and so much more– qualities I admired and carried out the door, qualities I use daily in my work.”

Alisha ’92, graduated from St.

Lawrence University with degrees in English and Writing as well as French. She received her masters degree in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College and has found her niche helping new Americans from all parts of the world gain independence in their communities through the New Farms for New Americans (NFNA) program. Their mission is to promote equal opportunity, dignity, and self-sufficiency for refugees and immigrants regardless of race, ethnic grouping, religion, political affiliation, or sexual orientation. NFNA provides small farm plots to allow the continuation of agrarian traditions for the recent arrivals and actually help to feed their families while fostering growing self-worth. VIKING VOICE

NFNA also teaches specifics of farming in Vermont and, importantly, cross-cultural agricultural practices which have resulted in the discovery of new crops and harvesting and preservation methods. Alisha helps to oversee more than six acres of cropland, serving more than ninety households! She lives in Burlington, giving her access to outdoor pursuits that she loves.

Alisha recalls her LI years with great fondness. “The beauty of LI is that because it’s a relatively small school, as a student, I was able to have access to activities and passions that in a large school might have been out of my reach. I joined the cross country ski team in my junior year and was welcomed regardless of my ability. Because of that, a few years later I went on to coach a high school team and compete in 50-kilometer ski races. Early in my post-collegiate life, I worked for The National Outdoor Leadership School and led backpacking and sea kayaking trips to Chile, Kenya, Alaska, and Mexico. The same access was true for other sports and clubs at LI, like the French Club and Amnesty International. In some As the parents of the strange way, all of that Laramee children, Bill and accessibility–being Monica reflect on their outdoors, speaking experiences with Lyndon other languages, and Institute. “What we’re most working to right some proud of is that they all are of the injustices of the contributing in ways that world–still play a role make the world a little more in my life today.” peaceful and, at some level, more compassionate and community-minded.”

Alisha also recalled one of her English teachers, Burt Porter. “Mr. Porter spoke to me as a student, primarily because he was not just a teacher of writing, but a practicing writer in his personal life. That resonated with me and helped me to envision a world beyond the classroom. I’ve always loved writing and, though it’s not my full-time profession, I will always write. Mr. Porter showed me the importance of taking care of oneself in the midst of one’s profession.”

Michael ’94, graduated from the

University of Vermont in 1998 with a degree in Physical Therapy and practiced at the UVM Medical Center in oncology rehabilitation. He earned an MBA in Entrepreneurship in 2008 from UVM and decided to create a business called MealTrain. As he explains, “This is an online tool that helps organize meals for friends, around significant life events such as after a birth, illness, surgery, or a death.” People all over the world are now using MealTrain with more than 3.8 million meals delivered to date involving SPRING 2016 

over 400,000 families. Over 5,000 meals are estimated to be delivered each night. Michael currently is focused on continual innovation to develop new features, enhance existing benefits, and further simplifying the process. “I am constantly using the scientific method to decide which approaches and ideas would be best to implement. This process was fundamental in Tim Simpson’s physics class and lab at LI and his ability to foster my curiosity into how things work and how to translate that knowledge into new ideas is core to my work.” Mike also mentioned Coach Eric Berry’s coaching style–running tar heels and suicide sprints for what seemed like endless hours helped him to develop the commitment necessary for an entrepreneur. He lives in Burlington.

Allison ’99, found her place to

serve with the Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) founded in Arizona in 1998. Many will recall the Civilian Conservation Corps created during the Great Depression to provide meaningful work for millions of unemployed men. Burke Mountain’s Toll Road, Stone House, and Bear Den Trail were local projects of the CCC. Allison graduated from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina with a degree in Human Ecology before relocating to Arizona and the AZCC.

AZCC serves high school and college age youth, as well as military veterans providing structured, safe, and challenging service and educational opportunities. Allison notes that the experiences her crew members get involved with promote personal growth, team building, social skills, and an ethic of natural resource stewardship through experiential learning. Allison feels that one of the reasons for the success of AZCC is that the young enrollees earn a living allowance while on site. Hard work and results should be rewarded. That’s the way of the real world and many of her charges eventually find themselves in jobs with regional and federal land agencies!

The concepts of team building and community have played a significant role in Allison’s life and in her current position as Associate Director at AZCC. “Teamwork was a skill that was developed during my years at LI. I always looked for ways to collaborate with classmates on school projects and on sports teams and I was honored to serve as captain of the soccer and cross country ski teams. I also participated in as many extra-curricular activities as possible, from theater to Spanish Club. Because of the small community at LI, all those team building and community oriented pursuits were a reality for me.” Indeed, these apples did not fall far from the Laramee tree.


Former Headmaster and LIAA President, Dwight Davis, ’50 seen reminiscing with former administrator and LIAA President, Norm Legge, ’56.



ON JANUARY 1, 2017, Lyndon Institute will begin a year-long celebration of its 150th year. The date of the 150th milestone is September 5, 2017, as LI opened its doors to students for the first time on September 5, 1867.

As we continue to finalize plans for the 150th anniversary, please feel free to share your favorite recollection from your Lyndon Institute experience or tell us what you feel makes LI special. Submit your memories and/or photos to Melissa Hall, Director of Development, Lyndon Institute, PO Box 127, Lyndon Center, VT 05850 or So please stay connected, and get ready to celebrate! Lyndon Institute’s sesquicentennial...we could not have reached this significant milestone without you and together, we are building our future. Thank you.





Which LI coach said, “Vikings were Northmen, as we are at Lyndon Institute”, when the school’s mascot was chosen in 1961? The answer is hidden within the pages of this issue of the Viking Voice. Have fun! VIKING VOICE



RECENT GRANT HIGHLIGHTS SINCE AUGUST 2015, LI has won five grants including, in addition to those below, a grant to support the trip to Prairie Home Companion, and a Rowland Fellowship for Division Head Sandra Mings-Lamar. Other grants include: Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering (VASE) Small Equipment Grants support for the January Term course Women in Welding. Part of VASE’s mission is to grow interest in Science and Engineering careers throughout Vermont.

Digital manufacturing leader Inventables ( held a competition to put a 3D carving machine into a school in every state in the U.S. LI was the winning entrant for Vermont, alongside 49 other high schools and colleges from across the nation. The 3D Carving machine will join the school’s Precision Machining program and be available to the rest of the student body with faculty supervision. Check out LI’s video entry that helped win the competition here: t3T1fGhw

The Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) LI was awarded a grant to purchase and install monitoring and metering systems for the school’s solar panels, so that students will be able to learn how much CO2 is being offset through use of the system.

Contact Gillian Sewake, Development Coordinator, at gillian.sewake@ to share ideas about possible grants or information about granting organizations. We would love to hear from you!

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THANK YOU DONORS! We are so grateful for the support you have shared with our students and teachers. Contributors have committed more than $250,000 during this fiscal year. We installed the new columns in front of the school, new entryway with railings, completed landscape renewal projects on campus, supported students with scholarships for international travel, and turned the Vail Barn into The Vail Student Center, which was officially opened in October during Homecoming Weekend 2015. The impact your donations are having can be seen 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 ANNUAL SPRING 2016 ONLINE AUCTION to benefit the Independence Fund will open on May 1st and run through Alumni Weekend in early June. The more items we have, the more money we can raise for the Independence Fund! By making a tax deductible donation of goods or services to the auction, you will be adding to the exciting and unique items available for bid. Whether you have 1 item or 100 to contribute, your participation is an invaluable part of our fundraising efforts. To add your item to the auction’s catalog, please email Gillian Sewake at, or you can visit our auction website to donate directly online: Attention Businesses: auction sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact us to find out more!


A NOTE ON GIVING GIVING… just the word conjures up different images to different people. To some it means an expression of good will and charity toward someone or something such as a non-profit organization; to others it means an exchange for something of perceived equal value, material or otherwise; and to others it means an expression of love and/or warm feelings.

I would like to comment on an expression of good will and charity toward someone or something such as a non-profit. My focus is on giving to Lyndon Institute and why the school should be a priority. As a nearly 150 year old non-profit independent high school, Lyndon Institute has a great deal to celebrate. It is where some of you, as alumni got your head start on life. It is what we all fondly refer to as LI. Without your support, LI would not be able to offer our students all of the academic, cultural, and athletic opportunities that make LI the special place that it is. When you give to LI, you may give to our fundraising priority, the Independence Fund, or you may designate a specific need that you would like your gift to go toward. Our Development Office would be glad to offer you a list of special projects that need funding.

The true meaning of giving is that it is something we want to do, something that makes us feel good because we know it is a worthy cause. In this case, as LI alumni, parents and friends, we are giving because we know it is for a worthy cause because either we had the good fortune to have had an LI education or we’ve witnessed the caring community and product that results from an LI education. Help us pass on that good fortune to another generation. In closing I ask that you consider an annual gift to LI and not because someone has asked you for it, but because you want to. Thank you for your support of Lyndon Institute. It’s a cause worthy of your giving. Regards,

Dave Stahler, Sr., Class of ’65, Trustee Chairman, Lyndon Institute Development Committee For information on the Independence Fund or additional giving opportunities please contact Melissa Hall, Director of Development at 802-535-3773 or You may give online at

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES THE WASHBURN MEMORIAL FUND was established by Joanne R. Washburn, ’55, in memory of Greta (Leach) Washburn, ’25, and Bruce E. Washburn, ’32, who were graduates of Lyndon Institute and continued to follow the fortunes of the school and the many activities offered to its students. Both were, at one time or another, residents of Burke or East Haven, thus the family wishes to benefit students from those towns through monies from this Fund. Applying students must demonstrate scholarship, leadership roles in school or community activities, and/or self-help through work positions held during the school year or summer.

THE BELL TOWER SPEAKER SERIES seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process. We have received a generous match to establish this initiative and we are only $200 away from our goal! Every gift, large and small, makes a difference! Please contact Melissa Hall, Director of Development at 802-535-3773 or donate online at:


Photo Credit: Dan Bowles

Nathan Hartswick ’95, and Natalie Miller ’03, have opened up the Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington and what a hoot it is! Alumni and friends gathered on December 12, 2015 to congratulate Hartswick and Miller on their recent endeavor. The couple was also recently featured in the February 2016 edition of the Vermont Business Magazine for their entrepreneurship. A fun and refreshing venue, our group had an enjoyable evening. If you find yourself in Burlington looking for something to do, drop by and say hello to our LI friends.



The boys basketball team captured their second Division II state title in three years after a decisive win over Woodstock in the title game.

The Nordic team had a successful year despite weather challenges.

Boys Indoor Track won the Division II championship. The girls finished fifth in the division. Nine athletes also competed at the New England Championships in Boston.


Bowling participation continues to increase. Members of the team competed at the state individual tournament and at the state team tournament.

Senior snowboarder Sierra Keon is slopestyle state champion after winning the event at Okemo Mountain.

The hockey team finished with six wins and returned to the play-offs.

The girls basketball team advanced to the play-offs as the number three-seed but fell in the quarter-finals.

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Cheerleading returned to competition this year and finished third at the NVAC district competition and seventh at states.

Caleb Genereaux repeated as state champion in the giant slalom. Caleb and teammate Daniela Sormova also competed at the Eastern High School Championships and helped Vermont win the state title.



Michel Sanderson Richards ’71 (16) VICE PRESIDENT

Paula Graves Gaskin ’71 (17) TREASURER

Jeffrey T. O’Meara ’04 (18) Kathy Jackson Smith ’93 (18) Paul E. Wheeler ’74 (17) Timothy L. Kirchoff ’96 (18) Candace E. Dane ’74 (17) Michael D. Matteis ’89 (16) Kathy Bassett Newland ’67 (17) Cheryl “Sherry” Ronan Noyes ’63 (18) MEMBER AT LARGE

Lindsay Jones Carpenter ’02


Heather Root Wheeler ’90 (16) 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 Daren Houck Steve Legge Mary Ellen “Mel” Reis Michel Sanderson Richards ’71 Gillian Sewake Heather Root Wheeler ’90 Paul Wheeler ’74 LYNDON INSTITUTE ALUMNI NEWSLETTER PHOTOGRAPHY

Sam Critchlow Melissa Boulay Hall ’92 Steve Legge Adam Norwood Mary Ellen “Mel” Reis

From the LIAA President Michel S. Richards


You will see in this edition, there is quite a bit to look forward to this spring. Make special note of the Alumni Weekend dates and schedule of events. Each year there is some new twist to make it even better and this year is no exception. At our All Class Social we will be having a live band – Raized on Radio! During the Alumni Cookout on Saturday, Larry & Joan Kirchoff will have a special display of memorabilia from Larry’s years in LI’s Technical Education program. This will be so interesting and fun to look over. Also, this is my 45th reunion (seriously?) and I am really looking forward to seeing my classmates; some of whom I haven’t seen since graduation. For anyone of any class who hasn’t attended a reunion, please come! I hear from local alumni that, “I already see everyone” but as an alum who now lives far away stated at last years’ Social, “I come back especially to see the people who stayed here”. You hadn’t thought of it that way, had you? Come and enjoy, your friends would love to see you. This is also the time of year when the Alumni Association gets the privilege to award scholarships to graduating LI seniors as well as underclassman looking at educational opportunities. If you have a child, grandchild, etc., enrolled at LI, please encourage them to check out the financial possibilities; we would enjoy being of some assistance.

Thanks to all of the alumni who send in photos and information about what is going on in your lives. Everyone is curious to see what is happening around the country and the world with our alumni. You may not think you have much to offer but you do. We’d love to hear from you. See you in June. Blessings, Michel “Mickey” Sanderson Richards ’71 LIAA President



Alumni Weekend Schedule of Events Friday, June 3rd to Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Friday, June 3rd 1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

6:00 to 11:00 p.m.

LI INDEPENDENCE FUND GOLF TOURNAMENT Join alumni, friends and the LI Community for an afternoon of golf at the St. Johnsbury Country Club. Contact: Ryan Noyes,, (802) 427-1205. A LYNDON HOME COMPANION PERFORMANCE LI student produced and directed variety show in the Alumni Auditorium.

Saturday, June 4th 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

8TH ANNUAL ALL CLASS SOCIAL The event will be held at the Sherburne Base Lodge at Burke Mountain. Kick off the weekend with a live band, Raized on Radio, dancing and a cash bar.

TIM SIMPSON MEMORIAL 5K FUN RUN/WALK REGISTRATION You may register until race time. T-shirts are guaranteed for those who registered by May 16th. All proceeds benefit the LI Independence Fund. 5K RUN/WALK STARTS

VIKING PENTATHALON BEGINS Registration is 8:30 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 open to all ages, 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. TECHNICAL EDUCATION REUNION Joan and Larry Kirchoff will have memorabilia from Technical Education on display. VETERAN’S MEMORIAL AT SANBORN HALL Commemorative plaques have been placed on the walls of the rotunda.

11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

GROUP TOURS of LI CAMPUS Tours start at the Alumni Center at 10:00 a.m. and guides are available until 12 (noon). RSVP by contacting the Alumni Office for an appointment by May 16th. 8TH ANNUAL ALUMNI CO-ED SOFTBALL GAME Register at the Patrick Brown Softball Field at 10:30 a.m.

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 16th. The charge for the cookout is $5 per person or $10 per family.

Sunday, June 5th 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

16TH ANNUAL ALUMNI BREAKFAST & LIAA ANNUAL MEETING (FREE OF CHARGE) LI Dining Hall in the Pierce Wing on Darling Campus. ALL EVE RSVP by contacting the Alumni Office by May 16th. N BACCALAUREATE LI Alumni Auditorium

CLASS OF 2016 COMMENCEMENT Robert K. Lewis Field

TS are open to the LI Commun ity

LI Alumni Office | PO Box 135 | Lyndon Center, VT 05850 | | 802 535-3772 SPRING 2016 


The Alumni Association invites all of our alumni to Reunion Weekend. The classes ending in 1’s and 6’s will be celebrating their reunions on June 4, 2016. Join Lyndon Institute Alumni on facebook for updates on the weekend activities.


The alumni office is planning your reunion on June 4, 2016. Watch for your mailings and contact Heather Wheeler at (802) 535-3772 if you have any questions.


Elmer Brown

in the Marines, earning a degree in Botany in 1950, starting a nursery (E.C. Brown’s Nursery) with his wife, and putting his twin sons through college at UVM. He still loves to sing, and competed last fall in a barbershop quartet contest, where his quartet, called One Mode of Expression, came in seventh place for all of New England and New York. The article is an inspirational read and you can find it at: the-gift-of-a-long-life.


Elmer Brown, of Thetford, VT, was featured in a wonderful article about his life in the Valley News. He has an amazing story to tell from his time at Lyndon Institute—where he excelled at sports in football, track and skied on championship teams—to enlisting


The alumni office is planning your reunion on June 4, 2016. Watch for your mailings and contact Heather Wheeler at (802) 535-3772 if you have any questions.

1951 Nate Houghton is working on a small gathering with your classmates on June 4th, so watch for your mailings!

Donald Dufour, of Lehigh Acres, FL, is happy to report that his son, David, was promoted to Vice-President of sales for the Northern Region AGFA Medical Company.


Marilyn (Baird) Drew is planning your reunion on June 4th this year so watch for your mailings!


Dave Hill wanted the class of 1959 to know that his beloved wife, Nancy, passed away on December 19, 2015.


Pam (Benoit) Simpson and a committee of classmates are organizing a great weekend for the class of 1961; they hope to see many of you on June 4th.


Emery Noyes stepped down as a Selectman in the town of Burke, VT after 31 years. Emery and his wife VIKING VOICE

Gregory J. Lamoureux Photography

Class Notes

Kathleen (Nichols) ’90 and Jason Prendergast, ’89

Sherry (Ronan) Noyes, ’63, spend much of the winter in Florida now and Emery felt it was time for someone to take his seat. Other members of the board said “Emery has helped the town move forward for many years. He was always there to listen. He will be missed”.


2016 is a stupendous year for most of us – we will be turning (or have already turned) 70. We are planning a class gathering to celebrate this momentous occasion on Saturday, June 4th of alumni weekend. Jeanne Akley Elliott has volunteered to host us for this celebration. More details will be coming later, but right now we want you to SAVE THE DATE. If you have any questions, please let me know. - Pat (King) Richmond



Audrey (Rainey) Smith and a committee of 1966 classmates have been working very hard on making this year’s 50th reunion on June 4th one to remember!



Sherri (Hopkins) Wood is organizing your 45th reunion, and she hopes to see many of you on June 4th!



Doug Graham and June (Witte) Dyer are organizing your 40th reunion, and they hope to see many of you on June 4th!

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Donna Lemay

Carrie (Bingham) and Michael Boera have found their post-AF career paradise at Entrada at Snow Canyon in St. George, Utah. Michael works for Raytheon Company and they enjoy being grandparents of two now.



The 35th reunion is on and we hope you will join us! Please let us know if you plan to come and update your email and address. Cassie Bell:, 802 371-9857; Brenda Patoine:, 914 204-6438.


Darcy (Daniels) and Scott Townsend made a big move this year. Scott has a job as a Public Works Supervisor for the town of Oakland, Florida. He moved down to Florida last April and bought a house with a pool in Orlando. Darcy joined him in July and has a job as a Receptionist/Accounts Receivable Assistant at Blackton Flooring and Roofing Company. They had planned to retire someday to warmer weather, but Scott’s job opportunity made the move a little earlier than expected. They love the weather out by their pool, and enjoyed their first winter without shoveling snow or filling a wood furnace.


Celina (Little) and Sam Huckeba, of Hood River, OR, announce the birth of their son, Ronin Alexander Huckeba on October 4, 2015.



Mark Young and Renee (Hamel) Baxter will be hosting a gathering at their home on June 4th.

1990 Donna Lemay and Paul Abajian were united in marriage on February 22, 2016 in St. Augustine, FL. Donna will be relocating to Essex this summer to open a private practice as a licensed clinical social worker, continuing her work providing therapy to individuals and families which she has been doing for over a decade now.

Kathleen (Nichols) and Jason Prendergast, ’89, (photo on page 18) were united in marriage on October 3, 2015 at Burke Mountain. Currently, Kathleen is a Math Interventionist and 8th Grade Math Teacher at the Lyndon Town School. Kathleen’s daughter, Izzy, is currently a sophomore and hopes to study abroad in the Canary Islands next year with Christina Leon Ramirez, ’90. Jason’s enjoyment for the game of golf turned into a career in 1997 when he attended Mississippi State University enrolling in their Professional Golf Management Program. In 2004 Jason assumed the Head Golf Professional role at The Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi. For the past eight years, Jason has helped support the LI Golf Team by providing a complimentary three day golf school for the team in late April. Kathleen plans to accompany Jason in Mississippi once Izzy begins


If you would like to share your news with us, please email melissa.hall@ 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.

college. Lyndonville will always be home for them both, regardless of where they live.



Grace (Kelly) Parenteau is organizing your 25th reunion, and she hopes to see many of you on June 4th!


This alumni weekend, plan to dance at the Annual All-Class Social. Raized on Radio is a classic rock band featuring Mariko (Gilman) Raymond ’93, as the lead singer and John Raymond ’92, on drums and vocals. They play classic rock and roll and chart topping country hits with a mix of blues. The doors open for the social at The Sherburne Base Lodge at Burke Mountain at 6:00 pm and the dancing begins at 8:30 pm. Hope to see many alumni on Friday, June 3, 2016!


Jennifer (Kirchoff) Layn and Mary (Hever) Jardine are organizing your 15th reunion. Please contact them if you have questions. jennlayn11@ or Sarah (Chasse)

Sarah (Chasse) and Jeff Dickinson, of Williston, VT, were united in marriage on October 3, 2015.

Mary (Hever) Jardine was named the 2015 VEOP Achiever at the Vermont Educational Mary (Hever) Opportunity Jardine Program’s annual conference, held last year at Vermont Technical College. The VEOP Achiever Award is given each autumn to an educational opportunity program participant who has successfully completed postsecondary study and received recognition for academic achievement, is a person of high stature within his or her profession, and has made significant civic, community, or professional contributions. Mary has been an important member of the Lyndon State College Upward Bound community for over fifteen years— and began her involvement as a hardworking high school student from Lyndon Institute. She was promoted twice and into her current position as Laboratory Manager at the Dartmouth Medical School. This speaks volumes about the type of student Mary was and the professional excellence that she brings to all of her endeavors.

Fairy Tale Dreams Photography

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.

Danielle (John) and Damon Carr



Tim Kirchoff is organizing your 20th reunion, and he hopes to see many of you on June 4th! Please contact Tim if you have questions. tim_kirchoff@


Jennifer (Kirchoff) Layn

Danielle (John) and Damon Carr, ’04, of East Haven, VT, announce the birth of their daughter, Riley Austin Carr on February 4, 2016.

Jennifer (Kirchoff) Layn, a 2006 graduate of Lyndon State College, was inducted into the LSC Athletics Hall of Fame on September 25, 2015. Jen was an accomplished athlete in soccer VIKING VOICE

Stephanie (Fields)

Alisha Wilson

and softball and went on to coach LSC softball from 2007-2013, taking the team to Nationals in her first season. Jen is a Physical Educator at Thaddeus Stevens School, a professional skating coach, and Development Coordinator at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. She lives in Peacham, VT, with her family which grew in size on February 18, 2016 with the birth of their son, Roarke Lawrence Roderic Layn. He joins a sister, True Lindsey Layn.

Stephanie (Fields) and Nick Brown, of Yonkers, NY, were united in marriage on May 2, 2015. Stephanie works for a public relations agency where she specializes in social media strategy for house wares brands, while also running her own floral design business in her spare time. Nick works as a product manager for a tech start-up. They are thrilled to announce that they are expecting their first child in May of 2016. They live happily in Brooklyn, NY.  Cole Thomas

Mandy (Mitchell)

2004 Mandy (Mitchell) and Travis Chapman, of Lyndonville, VT, were united in marriage on October 3, 2015. Mandy works for Rural Edge as a property manager and Travis is the Chef at Junipers at the Wildflower Inn. They have four children: Natalie Chapman, Evangeline Chapman, Quinn Chapman and Cullen Chapman.

Alisha Wilson and Weston Arnold are engaged to be married in St Johnsbury, VT in June 2016. Alisha is an Art Director at a tech company in Silicon Valley and Weston is a Manufacturing engineer at a medical device company. They live in Redwood City, CA and can’t wait to get married in Vermont!


Damon Smith

Heidi Wheeler

Damon Smith and Hilary Smith, of Wheelock, VT, announce the birth of their daughter, Cecilia Smith on September 18, 2015. SPRING 2016 


Cole Thomas and Courtney White Thomas, Essex Junction, VT, announce the birth of their daughter, Louisa “Lu” Lark Thomas on September 29, 2015.

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For alumni who graduated in years ending in 1’s & 6’s

JUNE 3 – 5

Heidi Wheeler and Adam Choiniere, of Lyndonville, VT, announce the birth of their son, Colton John Choiniere on November 15, 2015. He joins a sister, Harper Marie.


Bryant Leonard and Ashley Leonard, of West Burke, VT announce the birth of their daughter, Kinsley Sophia Leonard on September 8, 2015.


Samantha (Ramsey) and Bates Wadhams, of Old Orchard Beach, ME, were united in marriage on September 19, 2015.



Lyndi (Gaskin) Medico and Jamie (Royer) Robinson are organizing your 10th reunion, and they hope to see many of you on June 4th!

Lyndi (Gaskin) and Jason Medico, of Lyndonville, VT, announce the birth of their son, Gavin Jason Medico on November 23, 2015.

Morgan Smith and Ben Morrison, ’00, of Sutton, VT, announces the birth of their daughter, Annabella Jade Morrison on December 19, 2015.


Morgan Smith and Ben Morrison


Samantha (Ramsey)

Kassandra Bennett and Ryan Barrett, of Colchester, VT, announce the birth of their son, Nelson Raymond Barrett on December 19, 2015.

Katherine King, ’10 (Lyndon Institute Valedictorian 2010) was featured in the University of Vermont’s fall edition of their Summit Magazine. She received her Master’s degree of Science from the University of Vermont in May of 2015. Katherine’s great, great-great grandfather, Urban Woodbury, was also an UVM alumnus graduating with a degree in Medicine in 1859. He was also a Burlington Mayor and the state’s 45th governor. Some of Katherine’s academic successes at UVM (as LI’s 2010 Green & Gold Scholar) include graduating in May 2014 from UVM’s Honor’s College, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BS Degree in Mathematics, and being inducted into UVM’s Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. As both an undergraduate and as a graduate student Katherine was given UVM’s Top Statistics Achievement awards for her outstanding scholarship and commitment to statistical sciences. She also studied abroad in 2013 at Bond University in Australia, where she got to see parts of New Zealand, Fiji and Indonesia. While pursuing classes that she could not take at UVM such as Criminal Profiling, she earned the “Bond Scholar” award for her academic achievements. After graduating she landed a position in August 2014 as a statistician, working with cardiovascular surgery and other clinical statistic groups at the Mayo Clinic (one of the nation’s top ranked hospitals). Since Katherine started at the Mayo Clinic she has already been a contributing part on some published papers on a few different medical research topics. Life is going well and she is adjusting to life in Rochester, Minnesota. Katherine’s mom and dad are very proud of Katherine and are very thankful for the educational base that she received while at LI and they know that the foundational footing that LI gave to Katherine (including being part of the Field Hockey Team & the Dance Program) helped to shape her to become the person she is today.

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For alumni who graduated in years ending in 1’s & 6’s


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Alumni Hockey Game 2016

Lyndon Institute continues a chilly tradition! Alumni spanning 40 years laced up their skates in order to participate in the 2016 Alumni Hockey Game held on January 9th at the Fenton Chester Ice Arena. The inaugural alumni hockey game was held in 1979. Gary Chester, Dan Daley and Mike Mathers were members of the inaugural game and returned to the ice to participate in this years’ event. Special thanks to Jim Ramsdell ’69, for his contribution of the game memorabilia to the Alumni Museum archives. Front row: Goalie Deryck Colburn ’14, Ike Mitchell ’14, Erik Mentes ’12, Dan Houghton ’06, Jason Hopkins ’03, Paul Schartner ’07, Anthony Bradley ’06, Neil Lefebvre ’99, Dan Baillargeon ’05, Marcus Houghton ’08, Chris Taylor ’93, Mike Matteis ’89 Back row: Mike Smith ’06, TJ Hopkins ’01, Brooke Hubbard-Sizen ’13, Dave Peters ’14, Andy Doyon ’07, Seth McClure ’15, Jason Lanctot ’07, Jake Wilkins ’14, Derek Gagnon ’15, Tim Kirchoff ’96, Ben Peters ’12, Mike Mathers ’78, Dan Daley ’77, Justin Smith ’93, Brad Goodwin ’85, Sean Montgomery ’00, Kevin McClure ’91, Nate Sicard ’00, Goalie - Brad Grant ’89, Eric Miller ’95, Gary Chester ’74.





Dave Peters is living in Moscow and is currently studying Russian Language at the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute. His experiences at LI led to the opportunity to take a different path than most. Somehow that one small decision led him to where he is now, learning Russian government, history and language, all in a foreign tongue.

Dayna Randall is organizing your 5th reunion, and she hopes to see many of you on June 4th!


Denielle (Riendeau) and Jason Hopkins,’03, of Lyndonville, VT, announce the birth of their daughter, Peyton Lynn Hopkins on December 21, 2015. She joins a sister, Paislee. Joe Riendeau

Joe Riendeau and Kaytlin Riendeau, of Lyndonville, VT, announce the birth of their son, Grayson Joseph Riendeau on December 3, 2015.


Nicole (Savoie) and Paul St. Jean, of Brownington, VT, were united in marriage on October 3, 2015. SPRING 2016 

Alex Montgomery is a senior, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and he was named to the dean’s list at Clarkson University for the 2015 fall semester. He also received the Nathan and Janet Owen Endowed Scholarship and the J.R. Weston Endowed Scholarship for the 20152016 academic year.


Jack Brown of the Southern Connecticut State University men’s indoor track and field team has been named the ECAC Division II Male Track and Field Rookie Athlete of the Week, announced on January 20, 2016 by the league. That same week he was also named the Northeast 10 Conference Field Rookie of the Week. Jack has qualified for the New England meet in the pole vault with a height of 14’ 9.5”. Shortly, after writing this class note… Jack cleared 15 ft to win first place in the pole vault at the Northeast 10 Conference on February 20, 2016!


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.


Edith (Berwick) Switser, ’31, of Dalton, NH on February 19, 2015.

Norma (Gray) Stevens, ’45, of Oakman, AL on November 11, 2015.

Jack W. Roe, ’52, of Lebanon, CT on November 14, 2013.

Beverly (Simpson) Coolbeth, ’41, of Lyndonville, VT on October 5, 2015.

Marguerite (Gero) Graham Cassady, ’47, of Lyndonville, VT on November 1, 2015.

C. John Durham, ’54, of North Hero, VT on April 13, 2015.

Betty (Wood) Thomas, ’41, of Sarasota, FL on August 30, 2015.

Alice (Mills) MacLeay, ’48, of Claremont, NH on July 5, 2015.

Milly (Lenton) Whitney, ’41, of St. Johnsbury, VT on November 1, 2015.

Richard H. Sanderson, ’48, of Franklin, NC on December 10, 2015.

Elaine (Pearsons) Hood, ’56, of West Springfield, MA on January 26, 2014.

Eleanor (Simpson) Hart, ’43, of Dalton, NH on November 25, 2015.

Betty (Jenness) Porter, ’50, of Milford, NH on October 18, 2015.

Lois (Dwyer) Noyes, ’57, of St. Johnsbury, VT on September 26, 2015.

Reta (Chamberlain) Mulholland, ’44, of St. Johnsbury, VT on October 21, 2015.

Nilda (St. Hilaire) Silloway, ’51, of St. Johnsbury, VT on October 19, 2015.

Glenn A. Johnson, ’58, of East Haven, VT in 2015.

Edwina (Jenkins) Corliss, ’57, of Sheffield, VT on October 25, 2015.


Brenda (Bailey) Simpson, ’58, of East Burke, VT on September 21, 2015.

Bruce A. Scotten, ’66, of Spring Hill, TN on September 18, 2015.

Diane (Chamberlain) Griffith, ’74, of Lyndonville, VT 0n October 24, 2015.

Stephen P. Jenkins, ’59, of Lyndonville, VT on December 4, 2015.

Lysle S. Dunn, ’69, of Port Richey, FL on August 25, 2015.

Donald S. Cota, ’78, of Lyndonville, VT on February 8, 2016.

Marshall L. Newland, Jr., ’60, of Concord, NH on January 6, 2016.

Maxine J. Rodger, ’69, of Newark, VT on January 4, 2016.

Pamela (Dunphy) Kallahan, ’80, of Phoenix, AZ on October 7, 2015.

James A. Green, ’66, of Bronson, FL on August 2015.

James C. Spencer, ’69, of Lyndonville, VT on January 8, 2016.

Shane J. Carr, ’94, of East Burke, VT on January 8, 2016.

Deborah (Blair) Gorham, ’66, of Kirby, VT on March 7, 2014.

Gregory B. Williams, ’69, of Kensington, MD on September 8, 2015.

Abbey M. Turmel, ’05, of Lyndonville, VT on November 14, 2015.

Courtney B. Peck, ’66, of Dillwyn, VA.

Judy (Ingalls) Corrow, ’72, of Lyndonville, VT on October 19, 2015.

PHOTO UNAVAILABLE Diane (Squires) Lentine, ’59, of Lyndon, VT on October 27, 2015.

FORMER TRUSTEE: Norman R. Messier of Lyndonville, VT on December 17, 2015.

Norman was the Superintendent for the Caledonia North Supervisory Union from 1985-1996. He loved sports and he was an umpire and a referee for Babe Ruth, high school baseball, basketball and soccer just about everywhere. For over 39 years he volunteered at Boys’ State and was the director for 15 years. Norman had also been active in the Lyndonville Rotary Club and was Town Moderator for several years.

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