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Reunion 2018


Winter 2018 Vol. 39 No. 12


A Publication for Alumni and Friends of Burr and Burton Academy


Seasons Greetings






2 0 1 8 - 2 0 1 9 Co r p o r at e H o n o r R o l l We thank the corporations below for their generous support of Burr and Burton Academy and hope you will in turn support these businesses.

Headmasters List Berkshire Bank – Bromley Mountain – r.k. Miles – The Vermont Country Store – TPW Management –

High Honors List Engineered Printing Solutions – Finn & Stone Insurance – Northshire Bookstore – Rugg Valley Landscaping – Stratton Mountain Resort – The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa – The Orvis Company – W.H. Shaw Insurance Company –

Honors List Bank of Bennington – Matt Waite Excavating

Academic Letter Apricot Lane Boutique – Barrows House & Dorset Inn – Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices – Lily of the Valley – Manchester Capital Management – Mountain Goat North – Mountain Weavers – People’s United Bank – Samuelson Law Offices Spivey Lemonik Swenor, PC –

Academic Pin Battenkill Communications – Hampton Inn & Suites – iShip Express – The Inn at Manchester – The Pharmacy Northshire – The Richards Group – Scott Thompson Builders – Visit www.bur for links to our Cor porate Sponsors







A Publication for Alumni and Fr iends of Bur r and Burton Academy

Kyle Murphy ’07 Selected as Design Architect of The Rowland Project......................................................4 MAKING IT IN THE 802: Marisa R. Mauro ’03 .......................................................................................6 MAKING IT IN THE 802: Paul W. Carroccio ’96 ......................................................................................7 MAKING IT IN THE 802: Kyle Bushee ’06 ..............................................................................................8 MAKING IT IN THE 802: Juliette Gates Britton ’89 .................................................................................9 Hundreds of Alumni return for Reunion Weekend ’18 ..............................................................................10 The View of Humanities at Burr and Burton.............................................................................................12 Titanic: Trial and Tragedy ..........................................................................................................................15 Sports Wrap Up ........................................................................................................................................18 Happy Holidays .......................................................................................................................................20 Winter 2018


The View

The Newsletter of Burr and Burton Academy

The View from the Headmaster

Editor / Design Oscar Trugler Photography Gary Baker ’72 Headmaster Mark H. Tashjian Director of Advancement Cynthia H. Gubb Associate Director of Advancement Rich Thompson‐Tucker Board of Trustees Seth Bongartz '72 Chair Carol B. O’Connor ‘67 Vice Chair Lee Spivey Treasurer Sanfra Weiss Secretary Kellie Baker‐Waite ‘79 Brian M. Barefoot Peggy Brophy Brockett ‘88 William D. Cairns ‘72 Ed Campbell ‘70 Rabbi Michael Cohen Michael Cooperman Skip Martin Michael Powers ‘60 Robert Redmond Scott Swenor Tony Whaling Trustees Emeriti Orland Campbell Jack Phillips Robert E. Treat ‘55 How to contact us: Telephone 802‐362‐1775

Dear Friends: As we enter the holiday season and 2019 is just over the horizon, we have a chance to reflect on the year gone by. At this time last year, my family was returning from a sabbatical in Costa Rica to a school and community that we love like no other. Soon thereafter, Barry and Wendy Rowland made a $20 million investment in the future of this school and challenged us to turn our greatest dreams into reality. And, as we look to the future, we build upon the traditions, history, and strength of the school. In this issue of The View, you will meet some of our “802 alumni,” those graduates who have stayed in this great state to raise families, create jobs, innovate, and strengthen our communities. You can read about our commitment to engaging, vigorous, integrative educational experiences. And you can get a greater sense of what is going on at Burr and Burton in the here and now. The past, present, and future are all captured in these pages. Take a look, enjoy, and thank you for your continued interest in Burr and Burton Academy. Happy holidays,

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n this issue of The VIEW, we are featuring a few of our alumni who are successfully making it in the 802. Vermont is home to thousands of Burr and Burton alumni, and their stories of how they got back here or why they never left are varied. We will share with you the journey of four alumni in very diverse industries: farming, veterinary practice, real estate sales and management, and restaurant service and food sales. We’ll delve into how their four years at Burr and Burton helped them define who they are and identified their passion. We’ll also share with you the influence our faculty has on developing the dreams and aspirations of our current students, specifically by profiling the English and Social Studies Department. We will also feature one of our new English teachers, Emma Reynolds, her passion for her craft, and how she has translated her unique experiences at Bread Loaf School of English into her curriculum. Continuing professional development for all of our Burr and Burton faculty is key to our innovative approach to teaching English and Social Studies, and for that matter, all subjects at our school.

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Kyle Murphy ’07 Selected as Design Architect and ZGF Architects named as Executive Architect of The Rowland Project Mark Tashjian, Headmaster of Burr and Burton Academy, recently announced that the Rowland Project Team reached a unanimous decision to select alumnus Kyle Murphy ’07 and his firm KaTO Architects as the Design Architect. Kyle will work in partnership with ZGF Architects, a national architectural firm, who will serve as Executive Architect. Commenting on the news, Kyle said, “I am incredibly honored and humbled by this opportunity that has been afforded me, and I will do all possible to deliver a design which will best serve and inspire students now and for generations to come.” “We are extremely excited about working with Kyle, a Burr and Burton alumnus, on this project,” stated Mark Tashjian. “We have the best of both worlds, as Kyle is familiar with the ins and outs of BBA, and his experience in imaginative design coupled with the global experience of ZGF Architects is just what we were looking for in this endeavor.” He concluded, “We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of our decision.”

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Kyle Murphy ’07


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THE ROWLAND PROJECT Imagine the future

Since graduating, Kyle has been developing ideas for the design phase and will establish a workspace on how the Burr and Burton campus could grow. During campus. This will enable frequent interaction with trips back to Manchester, he would have conversations faculty and students, and the Student Center will be with teachers about how the campus could evolve to used for displaying drawings and models as the project accommodate new facilities for different programs. Kyle evolves. He plans to split his time between Vermont and stated, “While I was at Virginia Tech, I kept in contact Washington, D.C., during the course of the project. KaTO with a number of faculty and had many inspirational is also working on a number of educational projects conversations with them. The faculty internationally, particularly in offered visionary ideas which underserved areas, which Kyle hopes The target for completion will cross‐pollinate with the design of motivated me to put together design of the new building and options.” the Rowland Project. “When I heard about the Rowland The target for completion of the courtyard/green space is gift in February and the plans to new building and courtyard/green the summer of 2021. construct a new academic center, I space is the summer of 2021, and was immediately excited by the construction is planned to begin in possibilities the Rowlands’ generosity would offer Burr early 2020. Kyle and ZGF will work with local engineers, and Burton,” stated Kyle. “I put some other projects on landscape architects, and construction professionals to hold and focused on creating a proposal to get in front develop a project which Brian emphasizes is “of the of Mark and the Rowland team, which I sent them in place, for the community.” May.” He continued, “They responded with tremendous Kyle’s parents, Tom and Michele, still reside in enthusiasm for creating progressive architecture on Manchester, Vermont, and will likely see much more of campus, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to their son in the next few years. His sister, Rachel Murphy present a formal plan for the project.” ’12, is studying at Cornell University College of And present he did. His proposal was unique and Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, and his sister, Rebecca creative. Kyle had to find a balance between presenting Murphy ’09, is working as a marketing manager in the possibilities and delivering some concrete Bloomington, Indiana. Kyle earned a Bachelor of conceptual ideas, but not a finished product. “It is Architecture from Virginia Tech, graduating in 2012 after always important to leave room for design input from completing a five‐year program. the client,” he said. Kyle concluded, “I am honored and privileged to serve Kyle will work in partnership with ZGF Architects, an Burr and Burton in this capacity, and I am so impressed internationally active and award‐winning firm with with the excitement the faculty and staff have expressed many innovative projects world‐wide. ZGF will bring for this project.” He continued, “It is a huge significant design expertise to the project, and will help responsibility to create a building that will serve the deliver the final project. Brian Earle, an associate school and our community for generations, and I look principal with ZGF and a long‐time friend and mentor to forward to the design process of creating this ambitious Kyle, took a strong interest in working with the school to project.” create an ambitious design. Brian and his team from ZGF also met with The Rowland Project Team, which excited More information about KaTO can be found at everyone about the possibilities for collaboration. Information about ZGF Architects Kyle will spend significant time in Manchester during can be found at Winter 2018



Marisa R. Mauro ’03 Owner of Ploughgate Creamery at Bragg Farm, Fayston, VT “I feel very attached to each piece of butter I make. A lot of time goes into it. It’s artistic, scientific – it means a lot to me.” Marisa Mauro ’03


loughgate Creamery pairs European tradition with fresh Vermont cream to make small‐batch, artisanal cultured butter. Owned and operated by butter maker and entrepreneur, Marisa Mauro, Ploughgate Creamery has been crafting butter of the finest quality in Vermont’s Mad River Valley since 2015. Marisa started working as a farmhand for Mark and Gari Fischer at Woodcock Farm in Weston, Vermont, when she was 15. She always loved animals and decided to try farming with an eye toward being a veterinarian. She fell in love with all aspects of farmstead life but could see the struggle of conventional farming. While at BBA, classroom environment was not working for Marisa and she discussed her interest in farming with Paul Kelly, who was a great sounding board. She approached Chuck Scranton to ask him if she could finish her senior year by making cheese for Shelburne Farms. In order to satisfy her graduation requirements, she wrote detailed reports documenting the process and produced a film about dairy producers and artisanal cheese. Using that final semester to make cheese was crucial and she is grateful that Burr and Burton gave her the freedom to follow her passion. During that spring at Shelburne Farms, Marisa was inspired and mentored by Andy and Mateo Kehler of Jasper Hill Farm, as well as Neil Urie at Bonnieview Farm, both located in the Northeast Kingdom. She spent the next few years out West working for a cattle rancher on the Crow Reservation in southeastern Montana, followed by attending school in California for herbal medicine, and then working with a Peruvian American goat farmer. This experience ultimately sent her back to Vermont where she enrolled at Sterling College in Craftsbury, Vermont. Typical college life was not the answer but working in the local artisanal cheese community proved to be the solution. She worked for Neil at Bonnieview and with his encouragement, at age 23, she founded Ploughgate Creamery down the road at an abandoned cheese house. Marisa became one of Jasper Hill's first producers and


shortly earned national awards and accolades for her Willoughby and Hartwell cheeses. The Kehler brothers’ business model makes it possible for small producers to make a value‐added product and leave the aging, marketing, and distribution of a small farm’s product to The Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm. When a fire destroyed her rented cheesemaking facility in 2011, she took a break from the dairy industry but soon heard about the Vermont Land Trust’s plans to sell the historic Bragg Farm in Fayston for its agricultural value. The property’s bank‐style barn was raised in 1909, and though it was an active dairy for most of the intervening years, it had ceased being a dairy enterprise in the 1970s. Marisa submitted a 30‐page business plan and was one of thirteen candidates who applied to own the iconic Vermont farm sitting high atop a hill in the scenic Mad River Valley. Marisa was awarded the farm in 2013 and started on the path to cultured butter. The happy coincidence is that century‐old preserved Bragg family correspondence describes the Bragg’s thriving butter business—and now Marisa has brought the craft back to the farm. Cultured butter is made in the European style by adding beneficial live active cultures to cream before churning, similar to cheese or yogurt. Local farms and co‐ops provide the pasteurized cream. Marisa has many distributors across the country and relationships with high‐end restaurants in New York and Boston. Ploughgate also raises pigs, boards heifers, and Marisa’s boyfriend raises pheasants on the property. Marisa said that it was important to leave home, so she could come back, a very classic tale. But ultimately she reports that “Vermont always had my heart and I wanted to get my hands back in this soil. I love the Vermont landscape and the Vermont community. Out of all the places I have travelled, there is nothing that compares to it.” As for the future, she feels grateful that she gets to live, work, and grow old in this state. Marisa’s brother, Charles Mauro ’96, is also a Burr and Burton alumnus. o

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Paul W. Carroccio ’96 Owner of TPW Real Estate and Management in southern VT

Go play. Leave the work to us.


aul Carroccio ’96 said that lifestyle was the driver behind his decision to settle in Vermont. He graduated from Purdue University in 2000 with a degree in engineering, spent a year seeing the sights here in the States as a traveling musician with the Jim Gilmour Band as a drummer, and then set his sights on Vermont. After 9/11 and the uncertainty following this event, he wanted to be near his Paul W. Carroccio ’96. family and close to the things he liked to do. The Carroccio family had already established a business, and Paul joined in, eventually creating something he could make his own. And even though his father, Paul T. Carroccio, suggested he “get out there and experience life in the big city,” the attraction of Vermont was unbeatable. Two teachers had an immense influence on Paul while he was at Burr and Burton, his music teacher John Sanders and his math teacher, Dan DeForest. Both helped keep him on track as Mr. DeForest reminded Paul constantly that he had the capabilities and talent needed to succeed, he just needed to apply himself to the task at hand. Paul said, “Mr. DeForest had a huge, positive impact on my development and growth in high school. He really helped me understand that only you can create your own opportunity and achieve success.” Jeff Houghton, his baseball coach, also helped keep him on the straight and narrow while in high school. In his quest for a college that would match his passions, Paul looked for four things ‐ one that had a professional pilot training program, baseball, a Sporting Clays Shooting team, and engineering (suggested by his father who said you can always get a job in engineering). His search brought him to Purdue University, where he started out in Computer Science, then transferred into the Engineering School. He gave up on some of his passions, but chose a career that has served him well. “Sometimes you have to be willing to choose between the things you love most in order to focus on one,” commented Paul. Paul credits Mr. DeForest for preparing him for college,

teaching him about managing his time, and thinking about the consequences of various decisions (risk management per se). While business in a small town is competitive, Paul’s major focus is on the lifestyle that Vermont offers. It is a safe, healthy place to raise his young family. Paul commented, “If you want to be in a desirable place, you have to live with the challenges and make it work. It’s not always easy,” he continued, “but definitely worth it in the long run. Vermont has some great programs for new, start‐up businesses and you can also make it on your own with perseverance and hard work.” The family business has evolved over the years with its roots in engineering consulting that morphed into resort property management, home maintenance, real estate sales, and rentals. TPW makes it easy for vacation homeowners to come to Vermont and leave the worries of a second home or condominium to them, as evidenced by their business tag line, “Go play. Leave the work to us.” The business employs eighty, including his sister, Amy Carroccio McNeil ’92, who heads up the financial end of the business. In addition, thirty real estate agents are associated with TPW. Their portfolio mainly encompasses southern Vermont and the business has been named as one of the “Best Places to Work” in Vermont several times. Paul will be receiving the “Above and Beyond Award” from the Vermont State Chamber of Commerce in December. He also has served as president of the Burr and Burton Alumni Association Executive Board and has been involved in creating and leading the Manchester Business Association. All in all, Paul is happy with his decision to make it in the 802. He sees a great opportunity for more students to think entrepreneurially, and to get involved in the trades, resort management, and the food service industry. There is a real demand building in this part of Vermont for these jobs, which can pay quite well. Paul highly recommends that students consider staying here in Vermont because it’s a great place to live, work, and play. o

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Kyle Bushee ’06 Veterinarian at Aeolus Animal Hospital & Equine Center Manchester, VT Staying true to his Vermont roots


orses, cows, mountains, trees. Vermont’s agricultural heritage and the beauty of its landscapes took root in veterinarian ’06 Burr and Burton graduate Kyle Bushee during his childhood in Manchester on his family’s horse and then Hereford farm on Richville Road (his parents, Robert Bushee and Jennifer Goodfellow Bushee are both ’83 Burr and Burton graduates). He has fond memories of riding dirt bikes and four‐wheelers around Equinox Pond, and helping his family run their sugaring operation. He is now a small‐animal veterinarian at Aeolus Animal Hospital & Equine Center in Manchester, Vermont. Since he was twelve, Kyle shadowed his uncle, veterinarian Bob Guttroff ’85, learning the ins and outs of the profession by working with cows and assisting in orthopedic surgeries on small animals. Kyle received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at UVM and earned his DVM at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, where he helped with the first EKG cardiology research on Thoroughbred race horses at Woodbine Racetrack. He returned to Vermont in 2014 and worked as a large animal veterinarian in Bennington and Washington, New York, counties before transitioning to work primarily in small animal veterinary medicine, a move that gave him the opportunity to live in the community where he grew up. “You have to go out and do other things before you know you want to do something you’ve been doing all along. Although it


doesn’t sound glamorous, there is more of a sense of accomplishment by helping familiar faces,” he says. When he was a student at Burr and Burton, Kyle was able to intern in a small animal hospital through the field study program which added to his depth of knowledge and to becomimg a more well‐rounded student. He remembers two faculty members in particular: “Bill Muench inspired me on both intrapersonal and interpersonal levels. He is still to this day the best guy to give pep‐talks that stick. Dave Curtis had somewhat unorthodox methods to teaching AP Biology but his twists and excitement with the material made it really easy to stay engaged and inspired me to stick with the field of biology.” Kyle credits Burr and Burton with helping him to be more outgoing and promoting work‐ life balance. Kyle still helps run the family‐operated sugaring business, Bob’s Maple Shop, located on Richville Road in Manchester. Over 6,000 taps located in maple stands all over the Northshire provide the sap that is boiled down to syrup for both retail and wholesale outlets, including many local stores and restaurants. His hope for Vermont is that other young people will enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities he had while growing up. “In terms of community development, I see further development of specialized products and services that might eventually bring some of the younger generations back to Vermont.” o

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Juliette Gates Britton ’89 Co-owner with husband Tim Britton of J.J. Hapgood General Store and Eatery, Peru, VT

Cooking up great food and community all in one place


uliette Gates Britton ’89 Relative to rebuilding and has made a career of restarting the J.J. Hapgood Store, combining her passions, Juliette saw a need, as she was culinary and fine arts, with familiar with the old store having business. In fact, she was grown up nearby. She saw it as a always involved in and natural progression to curate the inspired by art while at Burr rebuilding of the store and and Burton, and her art recreate an authentic teacher, Betsy Hubner, had a experience. If you know the J.J. strong influence on her love of Hapgood Store and Eatery, you art. Following Burr and know that not only is locally Burton, she went to the sourced, delicious food prepared Portland School of Art (now and served there, it has also the Maine College of Arts), become a gathering place for and worked her way through young and old, renewing a sense school in the food service of community in the small village industry, sparking her interest of Peru. Many folks drop by for in fine cuisine. breakfast after a yoga class; After college, her career path students grab a quick breakfast took her to the Boston area, sandwich on their way to the where she decided to live and Mountain Campus; or neighbors Juliette Gates Britton ’89 prepping a lunch at her J.J. Hapgood work. When she was ready to and friends meet for dinner, General Store and Eatery in Peru,VT. buy her first house, she put enjoying the homegrown her roots down in Peru, Vermont, by purchasing a home ambiance and amazing food. there. Later, when she and Tim, her husband, began to think Juliette shared that some of the challenges of owning and about having a family, they decided that Vermont was the operating a small business in Vermont is the shortage of place to settle down and they were drawn back into this qualified help, especially in the hospitality business. Her community. desire is to work with the local community, the Career When she was at Burr and Burton, Juliette said, “Everything Development Centers, and Burr and Burton to address this was always accessible to everyone at the school. If you challenge. She stated, “We all need to work together to worked hard enough, you could take advantage of every create a vibrant community, and Vermont has much to offer. opportunity.” She continued, “I also had great role models in Our state is receiving a lot of attention for its fantastic food, both the school and the community, and I set high goals for hand‐crafted spirits, local breweries, and more. Our Vermont myself. Peter St. John was my homeroom and Spanish brand will be very important moving forward in creating new teacher. He encouraged me to go on a bike trip to Puerto opportunities for small businesses to flourish.” Rico, sponsored by the school. I was not an experienced long‐ The store has been in operation now for five years distance cyclist, so this was a stretch for me, but it turned out (December 15 marks the anniversary of their opening the to be a great experience. I never would have done the trip venture). J.J. Hapgood has received accolades and “Best Of” without Mr. St. John saying I could do it.” Awards from Yankee Magazine, Ski Magazine, and USA Today Juliette continued, “The biggest takeaway from living in to name a few. Vermont and going to Burr and Burton is that this is a Juliette and her sister, fellow alumna Abby Gates Myer, are wonderful community to grow up in and to realize your from “over the mountain” and call the Chester/Springfield dreams. My experiences there set me up for the life I have area home. Juliette, Tim, and their three children live in Peru, led. I’ve had a great journey, especially with some of my work so they can be close to their business. And if you haven’t as a private chef in Boston which allowed me to travel and been to the J.J. Hapgood General Store and Eatery, it is experience other cultures.” definitely worth the trip. o Winter 2018


Hundreds of Alumni return for Reunion Weekend ’18 Though the hillsides had lost some of their color by mid-October, alumni and families were treated to not one but two rainbows at the end of the football game during Reunion Weekend. A mix of rain, sun, and wind didn’t appear to dampen the enthusiasm of all who returned to the Hill on October 12 - 14, 2018. The weekend included a well-attended Alumni Social at The Perfect Wife on Friday evening, tours of the main campus and Mountain Campus, Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony, and the ever-popular Alumni Dinner at the Equinox Hotel on Saturday night. In addition, a number of classes arranged get-togethers, dinners, and brunches at the homes of local classmates and nearby restaurants. All in all, it was a great weekend to reconnect with old friends, see all that is new on the Hill, and enjoy Vermont at the peak of its beauty during fall foliage.

Joining us for her 70th Reunion, Sally Baldwin Utiger ’48, received the Alumni Service Award for her many contributions to tennis as a USTA Certified Official, for helping found the National Head Start Program in the early ’60s, to her community in Massachusetts, and Burr and Burton.

Violinist Lauren Cauley ’08 received the fifth annual Alumni Arts award. Lauren performed a violin piece during the Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony.

Bill Fritts ’68 received the Legend award at the Hall of Fame Ceremony in the Riley Center for the Arts and joined his classmates for their 50th Reunion.

Chip Edson (second from left) received the Friend of Athletics award at the Hall of Fame. Joining Chip at the Alumni Dinner (left to right) Jo Lambling, Chip Edson, Aubrey Edson Carpenter ’05, and Conor Carpenter.

Hall of Fame ’18

Congratulations to the inductees into the Hall of Fame during Reunion Weekend on October 13, 2018! Athletes Margot Benedict ’08 Erika Metzger ’01 Raymond Spofford ’83 Special Olympics Benjamin Comar ’10 Coach Peter McNealus ’79


Friend of Athletics Chip Edson

Alumni Service Award Sally Baldwin Utiger ’48

Legend Craig Fedor ’66 William Fritts, Jr. ’68

Alumni Achievement Award Barbara Lombardy Keough ’53

Team 1986 and 1987 State Champion Cheerleading Teams

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Alumni Arts Award Lauren Cauley Kalal ’08 E.H. Henry Distinguished Faculty and Staff Award David W. Curtis

The class of ’78 gathered for their 40th, front row (left to right) George Mench, Liz Russell Mench, Karen Daley‐Regan, Cyndi MacDonald, and Betsy Cook Hoag. Back row (left to right) Ken Ax, Geno Bilka, Mark Piviratto, Nathan Choice, Sam Cook, Kevin Wyman, and Terry Badger.

The class of ’83 met for their 35th. Pictured here front row (left to right) Jill Batchelder, Ronda Seidler Ihasz, Jennifer Goodfellow Bushee, and Penny Fisher Simmers. Back row (left to right) Veronica Mayer, Bob Bushee, Randy Taft, Carla Riggs Ingram, Jennifer Wilcox Naaktgeboren, Lisa Buckley Brown, and Scot Ameden.

The 50th class of ’68 had the biggest turnout at the Alumni Dinner during Reunion Weekend ‘18 at the Equinox Hotel. Front row (left to right) David McLellan, Janet Taft Waite, Janis Taft Ferenc, Donna Tuttle Wald, Dulce Bongartz Bird, Susie Rowley Wyman, and Kip Swezey. Back row (left to right) Walter Osmer, Ruth Rumney Brownlee, Louis Lorenzo, Patti Gilbert Hughes, Ron LaMontagne, Pauline Towslee Davison, Nadine Norse White Eagle, Jim McNaughton, and Doug Gemmell.

The class of ’93 celebrated their 25th with (left to right) John Scieszka, Stephen Drunsic, Eben Thurston, Chuck King, Charity Clark, and Amanda Taft Brooks.

Celebrating their 65th Reunion, the class of ’53 traveled from as far away as Florida for Reunion Weekend, (left to right) Shirley Squires Guthridge, Lorraine Perry Harrington, Al Zoesch, Sandra Johnston Nichols, and Greta Towslee Crandall.

A big thank you to our Reunion Sponsors!

Coming Soon Alumni (for whom we have valid addresses) will receive a postcard in January and the Reunion registration will be mailed in early July to Class of ’74 and older and alumni ending in 4 and 9.

All alumni and families from all classes are invited.

See you in the fall! For 2018 Reunion and Hall of Fame photos visit, and click the 2018-19 photo box.

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of Humanities at Burr and Burton Academy The Humanities, like all learning experiences at BBA, are rooted in our mission and core values. Educating students intellectually and morally for a life of responsibility, integrity, and service is the heart of our work. Our mission is to ready students for the next phase of their lives –– to equip them with necessary skills and dispositions so that they find success and contribute to the world in positive ways. In his essay “Only Connect…” William Cronon poses two questions: What does it mean to be an educated person? How does one recognize educated people? He then goes on to posit that educated people listen and hear; read and understand; can talk with anyone; can write clearly, persuasively, and movingly; can solve a wide variety of problems; respect rigor not so much for its own sake but as a way of seeking truth; practice humility, tolerance, and self-criticism; understand how to get things done in the world; nurture and empower the people around them; and follow E. M. Forster’s injunction from Howards End: “Only connect. . . .” Ultimately, Cronon asserts that “Liberal education nurtures human freedom in the service of human community, which is to say that in the end it celebrates love.” In order to provide students with the skills and understandings that Cronon speaks of, the English and Social Studies departments at BBA have begun collaborating more intentionally and merging program into a larger “humanities” curriculum. Collaborations extend into the STEAM lab, the library, and the broader community.

Here are some highlights:

Student Engagement Through Integrative Thinking in 9th Grade Humanities Courses CP Humanities features a unit dealing with social justice and the American South. Students begin by discussing and analyzing some ethical dilemmas as they learn about the distinction between ethical codes, social norms, and morality itself. Then students read To Kill a Mockingbird, with an emphasis on moral choice. Simultaneously, students study the Great Depression and the Jim Crow South. Students focus on the case of the Scottsboro Boys and its relevance to the novel and then look at contemporary cases involving African Americans and issues of police brutality and social justice. In addition, students continue to learn visual literacy by analyzing how images have contributed to perpetuating racism and unhealthy social norms. Ultimately, students are asked to draw out larger themes from the unit to connect to the course question of what it means to be human. After reading Refugee by Alan Gratz, which features three refugee stories during different time periods, the students in the Workshop Humanities class dive into customs and traditions of Jewish, 12

Lily Barker, Aldenio Garwood, and Griff Briggs preparing Syrian food.

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customs and traditions around food to those of Cubans. They taste-test Cuban food and discover why pork is central to the diet, even though it is not native to Cuba. Then the students prepare a Syrian meal for the student body, using unfamiliar spices and ways of serving meat that are part of the Syrian culture. This leads to interesting discussions around both the gathering of food in different cultures, as well as the role of food in bringing together communities.

Pinterest, and Follett Collections. Classes are divided into small groups, with each group focusing on one of the goals. One class section creates the initial platform and adds resources, while the other two sections add resources to complement those in the collection.

Student Engagement Through Building Critical Research Skills

In the words of first-year English teacher, Emma Reynolds, “I have been using a new approach to my CP English 10 class: how much can I get my students moving? How many different pairings and groups can I have my student engage with while encouraging meaningful, deep conversations? I learned the importance of movement, performance, and time constraints after taking a graduate-level course ‘Using Theater In The English Classroom’ this summer at the Bread Loaf School of English. Taught by the director of the Brown/Trinity Rep

Freshman English classes take part in an escape room-type experience for their orientation to the library. Classes are divided into teams and each team is presented with clues and a box with multiple locks on it. The teams have to use the clues to find their way around the library and discover the codes that open the locks. Elements of the activity have students discovering the online subscription research databases, the library catalog, the physical layout of the library, the wireless printer, and more.

Sophomore English students participate in a “breakout” experience midway through their reading of Macbeth. Students analyze the text to determine the state of Macbeth’s conscience as well as make comparisons of the characters to historical and modern day figures in order to solve the codes on the locks and uncover the solution. CP World & US History 3 students explore curation and annotation for a project on the United Nations Sustainable Goals. In the library they are introduced to three different curation tools: Padlet,

Student Engagement Through Active Learning

English teacher Emma Reynolds.

Program, this class focused on theater and movement activities centered on several short texts. The professor used myriad scaffolding techniques and performance prompts in each class. These

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continued from page 13 ranged from walking around the room and then suddenly finding a partner and creating a handshake with them. Then, you share the journal prompt you all just responded to. That silly middle section — creating a handshake — is key. It is a moment for students to interact with each other in a somewhat fun but still meaningful way. This allows them to feel slightly more comfortable and connected when they share their journal prompts. It also makes partners bond and interact in a way that they normally don't during the school day. Then, during the next class, you can ask your students to go find their handshake partner and make a new handshake — it's a technique that continually builds relationships into the curriculum. In my CP English 10 classes, we have handshake partners, we have performance groups, we even have our class-named ‘purple poem partners.’ This approach has allowed all of my classes to feel much more like communities. And teaching a community of students that are willing to be silly and interact with each other is an unbelievable experience to have every day.”

Vermont State Attorney and BBA alumna Erica Marthage ’88 with BBA students in a mock trial.

students how impressed she was with the depth of their thinking and their ability to use legal precedent so effectively. Judge Cohen also shared his praise and wisdom with students. Beginning in 2017, the English Department began a tradition of hosting authors, holding a student writing exhibition in celebration of Poetry Month, and celebrating the release of BBA’s literary magazine Between Ranges. In April of 2017, Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord and UVM Professor of English Emeritus and current Bread Loaf Professor David Huddle visited classes, worked with students,

Student Engagement Through Authentic Experiences On Friday, November 2, three classes of 10th grade history students traveled down to the Bennington County Courthouse as a culmination of their mock Supreme Court Hearings. Students worked for weeks in preparation for this day to work as lawyers or Supreme Court justices assigned to one of three fictional cases. The cases pose the following questions before the court: Do students in school have the right to provocative, symbolic free speech as a form of protest? Should a school be allowed to ban the Confederate flag? Does the exclusionary rule apply to searches conducted by school officials in schools with little reasonable suspicion? Are private schools, who accept taxpayer dollars, violating the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment by giving preferential admissions to African Americans and Latinos? All cases revolve around fictional situations at BBA. Students had to base all of their arguments and thinking in constitutional law and case law. State's Attorney and BBA alumna Erica Albin Marthage ’88 was in attendance, this time behind the bar, watching students in action. After the cases, she shared with 14

and shared their writing and process. The release of both the 2017 and 2018 editions of Between Ranges included an event with readings from student work published in the magazine and a special presentation of awards for the best poetry and prose submissions. Last year, in collaboration with Vermont Humanities Council, BBA hosted former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins.

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Titanic Trial and Tragedy

Directed by Jim Raposa

Valentine Giesey ’21

Matthew Scott ’20

Bailey Chapman ’19

Aidan Kennedy ’21 Aiden Lewis ’22

Social Studies Department Chair John Graf

Olivia Saunders ’19

Ryan Frank ’19

L-R Emily Samuelson ’19, Louisa Hausslein ’20, Sophie Jager ’21 Social Studies teacher Thomas Von Allmen

Front Row: Cece Kersten ’19, Grace Yurko ’19, Hannah McArdle ’20 Second Row: Emily Samuelson ’19, Sophie Jager ’21 April 15, 1912, is the date forever associated with the sinking of the Titanic. This past November on the Riley Center stage, the BBA Performing Arts Department presented “TitanicTrial and Tragedy,” a stage production which highlights the sinking of the luxury liner and the hearings that followed. This compelling play tells the story in a gripping narrative from the actual testimonials. Director James Raposa captures the disbelief, chaos, and terror, and brings the tragedy to life with an all-student cast. Written by playwright Pat Cook, the voices of those who lived the terror were capably presented by BBA actors in convincing fashion. The stage set was superbly conceived and realized by BBA teacher Paul Molinelli - longtime collaborator with Jim Raposa on Performing Arts Department productions. Cast: Graham Bowen, Jessop Burrow, Eva Calabrese, Bailey Chapman,Yilin Chen, Scott Clausen, Gabi Craig, Ryan Frank,Valentine Giesey, John Graf, Zoe Grigsby, Kaia Hansen, Louisa Hausslein, Sophie Jager, Suliang Jin, Aidan Kennedy, Cece Kersten, Cailin Levene, Aiden Lewis,Julia Lorenzoni, Julia Lund, Isabella Lynch, Sabayo Matiku, Hannah McArdle, Zoe Meyer, Erin Norton, Caitlin Parker, Matt Pickarski, Sloan Pirie, Matthew Sabol, Teri Salmon, Emily Samuelson, Olivia Saunders, Alex Schaffer, Matthew Scott, Hazel Seiden, August Stauffer, Andrais Stetson, Wenru Tang, Allison Teitelbaum, Mary Turner, Brendan Van Ommen Kloeke, Thomas Von Allmen, Grace Yurko. Director: Jim Raposa, Associate Director: Claudia Shell-Raposa, Production Stage Managers: Casey Mara, Katelyn Hemmer, Stage Managers: Lily Craig, Qiachuhan Li, Evelyn Mulroy, Claire Paxson, Assistant Director: Olivia Saunders, Lighting Design: Casey Mara, Set Design: Paul Molinelli, Sound Design: Neil Freebern, Costume Design: Lauralee Van Ommen Kloeke, Set Construction/Paint Crew: Samira Chapman, Giles Collins,Dylan Coulter, Keegan Ewens, Ryan Frank,Vivian Liu, Josie Mosher, Claire Paxson, Jack Peng, Savannah Petrossi, Ethan Prins, John Ricitelli,Teri Salmon, Jarrett Slade, August Stauffer, Allison Teitelbaum, Mac Thuermer, Brendan Van Ommen Kloeke, Jiahang Wei, Jasmine Wilkins, Wendy Zhou, Special Scenery Projects: Adam Sribney, Jiahang Wei, Chase Weinstein, Scenic Artists: Claire Paxson, Sloane Pirie, Jiahang Wei, Light Crew: Ryan Frank, Sean Foley, Casey Mara, Brendan Van Ommen Kloeke, Light Board Operator: Claire Paxson, Projection Technician: Adam Sribney, Audio Technician: Qiachuhan Li, Costumes: Claire Paxson, Matthew Pickarski, Olivia Saunders, Mary Turner, Brendan Van Ommen Kloeke, Hat Design: Elizabeth Paxson, Program Design: Keegan Ewens, Program Photographer: Alex Vincent, Production Photographer: Gary Baker, House Manager: Claudia Shell-Raposa.

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Many Bulldogs Connect in Burlington Alumni, spouses, and friends packed the Library Room at Ri Ra’s Irish Pub in November for Burr and Burton’s annual alumni event in Burlington. Thanks to Boris Funtow ’71 and Whitney Heingartner ’05 for cohosting, and to all who joined us! In alpha order: Anthony Alichwer ’03, Greg ’76 and Cindy Carrano, Stephen “Spike” Clayton ’76, Thomas Clayton, Don Edson ’73, Richard Erdman ’71, Boris Funtow ’71, Fred ’59 and Meg Hadley, Kylee Heingartner ’08, Whitney Heingartner ’05, Dan Hutner ’02, Roy Johnson ’69, Sarah Johnson ’07, Katherine Kjelleren, Drew ’05 and Gillian ’05 MacKinnon, Tina Madkour-Companion ’77, Charlotte Palmer ’12, Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, Kristen Palmer ’09, Lucy Prouty ’09, Carol Roberts ’77, Matt Rosenthal ’10, John ’92 and Michelle Rovnak, Carolyn Rovnak Weber ’85 and Patrick Weber, Robert “Ski” ’82 and Amanda Wilczynski, and Gordie ’59 and Dorothy Wilkins. Not pictured: Barbara Kehaya ’39, Barbara and Jerry Allen, and Tasha Cornell Lansbury ’84. o

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Student Engagement Through STEAM Lab Collaborations While studying Sensation and Perception in CP Psychology, students work in the STEAM Lab on their final project to deepen student understanding of key psychological principles and the design-build process. Student engagement is increased by their

The 9th grade Workshop Humanities class examines the role of immigration in Vermont culture, particularly around the slate industry. Each student researches an immigrant from one of six countries that came to the Slate Valley, examines primary sources, visits the Slate Valley Museum in Granville, and writes a poem from the immigrant's perspective. They visit Eagle Quarry in Poultney, Vermont, owned by New England Slate Company, and from whom BBA received the slate for its roofs,

A psych project display.

choice of project, their opportunity to be creative, and the process of turning an idea into a final product. Projects include creating illusions, a demonstration of how human beings can be primed through the sense of touch, a demonstration of how cones and rods in the eye work to see color, and how light wavelengths influence perception of color. Student work is displayed to allow the community to interact with the projects and generate curiosity within the student body. 16

Student poems etched on slate donated by the New England Slate Company.

and get a sense of the daily quarry activities of immigrants in the 1800s, as well as the modern process of preparing slate for sale. Students work in the STEAM Lab to design their own exhibit on regional immigrant experiences, which will be displayed in the hallways of BBA, and will include slate donated by the New England Slate Company. o

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BBA School Store open for business for holiday shopping

Save the Date

(what’s coming up next semester) Prism Concert: March 13 & 14, 2019 Grandparents Day: April 26, 2019 Founders Day: May 10, 2019 Musical: May 14 ‐ 18, 2019 Gala: May 24, 2019 Creative Arts Expo: May 30, 2019 Gawlik Awards: June 5, 2019 Commencement: June 7, 2019 Reunion 2019: To be announced

Burr and Burton Academy is pleased to announce that the School Store is open for business! The store offers a variety of items with your choice of either the Belltower logo or the Bulldog logo, including hoodies, tees, Eddie Bauer fleece vests, pom pom hats, baseball caps, totes, umbrellas, folding chairs, and much more. You can find it online at All proceeds from the sale of these items support the Bulldog Leadership program which provides workshops, speakers, and events to build leadership skills and is available to all BBA students. Place your online order and once fulfilled, it will be available for pickup in the Advancement Office. You will be notified by email when your order is ready. Please note we are unable to ship products at this time. If you have any questions about placing an order, sizing, or have suggestions for future items, please email the School Store at Thanks for No matter the time of year, it’s surprisingly easy to include Burr your support! o and Burton in your estate plan. If you have a will, call your attorney to add a codicil naming the school for a dollar amount Corrections to the Annual Appreciation Report or percentage. Are you considering a will or updating your will? Alex Vincent and Andy Dahlstrom were inadvertently left off Consider including Burr and Burton. Almost anyone with an asset the list of faculty and staff members who supported the can support future generations of Burr and Burton students. If Annual Fund. In addition, former faculty member Betsy you have a retirement plan, ask your plan manager for a Change Hubner should be recognized for her gift. Our sincere of Beneficiary form and add the school for a dollar amount or apologies for these errors. percentage. It’s that easy. And it’s also completely revocable should your circumstances change. Contact your attorney or financial advisor today about including Burr and Burton in your will, trust, or retirement plan. Or visit, click on Support BBA and scroll down to Legacy Moved lately? New email? We’ve made it easy for Giving. You qualify for our legacy group, the Joseph Burr Society, alums to stay in the BBA know with an online when you let us know you have included the school in your plans. For more information, contact Rich Thompson‐Tucker in the link. Go to Advancement Office at, and click on Alumni Contact Info. 802‐549‐8135. o

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Boys Soccer

The BBA Boys Soccer team ended the season with a 9-6 record and a share with Rutland of the MVL title. The team was honored with five All-League Selections — Senior Captains Garren Aberth and Aiden Francomb, Senior Winger Daniel Hatheway, Senior Forward Oscar Loomis, and Coach Pete Mull — and two Second Team selections: Senior Captain Ian Anglum and Sophomore Duncan Chamberlain. Aiden Francomb was also named to the All-State Team. Team honors include the following: Most Improved Johnny Miceli; Most Valuable Offensive Player - Daniel Hatheway; Most Valuable Defensive Player - Aiden Francomb; 12th Man Award - Walker Brown; Most Valuable Player - Ian Anglum. The team struggled out of the gate and lost its first 3 games by a combined score of 16-3. Thanks to conditioning coach Geoff Chamberlain, the team reached peak condition halfway through the season — a good thing since the remaining seven games would be played in the last 18 days of the season — and in those last seven games the team’s record was 6-1 and outscored its opponents 19-3. The team earned a home field advantage in the playoffs where it faced Brattleboro for the third time, but failed to get a third victory.

Varsity Field Hockey

The Varsity Field Hockey team ended the regular season with a record of 8-5-1 and the overall season with a record of 10-6-1. In post season, the team won the quarterfinal game against U-32, 7-0. Traveling to South Burlington to play Woodstock for the Semi finals the team won 2-0. In the state championship game, the girls came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game, scoring with 6:43 and 4:12 left in the game, dominating play in the first overtime, but they did not manage to score, ultimately losing in the second overtime. The team had three players named to the MVL All-Star First team - Amber Rachele, Brianna Mayne, and Charleigh Carthy and one player was named to the MVL All-Star Second team, Julia Fillion. We also had two Seniors make the Twin State team, Brianna Mayne and Charleigh Carthy.

Cross Country

BBA had another good season of Cross Country running this year. The team continues to grow under the leadership of its new coaches in their first (Emma Reynolds) and second years (Tom Klein and George Forbes). An enthusiastic group of ninth graders joined the team and demonstrated a strong commitment 18

to running and the team. Veterans welcomed the new members of the team and led them by example. Captains Parker Kulis and Olivia Day (juniors) along with Emma Tschaikowsky and Henry Ahlfeld (seniors) led the team throughout the season. The Girls team finished fourth in the MVL league meet and the Boys seventh. The Girls team finished sixth in Division II of the state race and Boys finished thirteenth.

Boys Football

The Burr and Burton Football team capped off a remarkable season with a convincing 63-14 win over rival Fair Haven to claim the Vermont DII State Championship. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 10-1 record and set a school record by scoring 535 point (48.6 points per game). On offense, the Bulldogs were led by Junior Quarterback Joey McCoy who completed 68% of his passes, threw for 1,827 yards with 24 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He also added 448 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing. Jake Baker was a dynamic weapon on the field as well. He set a school record with 32 touchdowns (by a non-QB) this season. Jake Nicholson and John Morgantini led a talented receiver corp. The duo combined for 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns. The offensive line was fast and athletic. They allowed the offense to rush for 252 yards per game and only gave up nine sacks all year. The offensive line was led by Seniors Olivier Cazaudumec, Will Frank and Junior Ethan Simonds, Junior Shepard Siegel and Freshman David Keyes both started the majority of the games for the offensive line. Burr and Burton’s defense was equally as dominant. The Bulldogs only allowed 11.8 points per game, which was the best in Division II. In fact, the next best defense gave up twice the number of points per game. Joey McCoy and Jake Baker led the team in tackles with 63 tackles apiece. Owen King led the team in sacks with 10 and Jake Nicholson led the team with four interceptions on the season. In addition to winning the DII State Championship for the second time in four years, the Bulldogs also captured their 5th consecutive regular season DII League title. The Bulldogs have not lost a regular season DII game during that span. The Bulldog Family would like to thank our seven seniors, Jake Baker, Chevaughn Brownie, Olivier Cazaudumec, Patrick Forstmann, Will Frank, Owen King, and Jake Nicholson for their contributions to the program. Special congratulations go out to the five seniors who were chosen to represent the south in the 2019 Vermont Senior Bowl. Congrats to Jake Baker, Olivier Cazaudumec, Will Frank, Owen King, and Jake Nicholson.

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Mountain Bike Team

The BBA Mountain Bike team recently concluded their most successful season yet. In their fourth year of existence, the number of riders has risen steadily, as has their success. Of the thirteen teams that make up the western division of the Northern New England High School Mountain Bike League (NNEHSMTB), BBA finished an impressive third place. Over the course of seven regular season races, BBA was paced by Harriet Dahlstrom and Leah Mowry who each made it to the podium six times. Devan Kajah followed with five visits to the podium, Grace DiStasio and Sarah Hyde with four, and Rachel Kimball with three. Other riders who earned trips to the podium were Riley Chila, Peter White, Tucker Kelly, Ryan Nolan, and Josh Kehoe. In the championship race, which included teams from the eastern division as well, BBA riders rose to the occasion to take second place overall of the fifteen teams competing. Contributing points to the team’s remarkable day were Dahlstrom, Mowry, Ned Thompson (who had missed almost the entire season due to injury), Noah Cappola, and Peter White. “It was the perfect culmination to a lot of hard work by these kids,” said Assistant Coach Chris Nolan, “and it’s great to see them succeed as a team.” Assistant Coach Jon Wilson added, “What makes this sport exciting for us is that there is no sideline and no bench; every student competes every day at their own level, and having a team made up of all grade levels with boys and girls training and racing together creates a team dynamic that not many other sports can compete with.” Looking ahead to next year, the team will be without the leadership of six graduating seniors: Tucker Kelly, Noah Cappola, Ned Thompson, and Rachel Kimball, who have all been with the team since its inception four years ago, Ethan Lareau, who has ridden for three years, and Quinn Evarts who has ridden for two. Additionally, international student Peter White from Ecuador was a strong addition to the team and will be sorely missed.

Girls Soccer

The 2018 Girls Soccer season resulted in a 9-5-1 record. After four straight losses and one tie BBA went on a 7-game winning streak entering playoffs with a 8-4-1 record securing the 4th seed. BBA beat Middlebury in the first round and then lost in the quarter finals against South Burlington. For the 5th consecutive season BBA won the MVL. Five athletes were named MVL All League players: Sky Woodard, Grace Pinkus, Aisha Navarrete, Olivia Watanbe, and Fiona McMahon. Three players were named All State: Sky Woodard, Grace Pinkus, and Aisha Naverrete. Sky Woodard and Grace Pinkus are also nominees for All New England and All American. Sky Woodard and Aisha Naverrete were selected for the Twin State Lions Cup 2019 Team. Olivia Watanabe was selected as an alternate.

Bass Fishing

BBA was proud to be part of our state's first official Bass Fishing league and we had a great first season. Anglers ranged in age from freshman to senior and everyone ended the season a better angler. The team took part in the first two Vermont State fishing tournaments on Lake Champlain competing against 15 other schools. Students had the opportunity to learn the speed and benefits of a professional bass fishing boat and feel the excitement of a wellorganized fishing tournament. The BBA team caught a fish at every practice leading up to the tournaments this season and made a name for themselves on Champlain. BBA was the most southern team competing this year. They look forward to representing southern Vermont again next season. In the meantime you might find them on the

Boys Golf

The Boys Golf team had a great season. They were fortunate to be able to practice and host matches at the Dorset Field Club, Ekwanok, the Equinox Resort and Manchester Country Club. They also practiced at the Practice Tee where BBA alum Hunter Caler ’14 provided professional instruction. There were 14 boys on the team this year and nine of them qualified to play in matches. There was steady improvement by all of the players over the course of the season which culminated with the team qualifying at the Equinox for the Division I State Championship. The championship was played at the Country Club of Vermont and the team played well and finished in 5th place. With only two seniors on the team graduating, the future is bright for the team. The players on the team this year were Sam Charrette, Max Brisch, Ben Swinarton, Dillon Callen, Carson Cutler, Chapin Eyre, Charlie Citron, Ian McArdle, Charles Kunz, Ethan Prins, Logan Sands, Aedan Walsh, Quinn Murnaghan, and Teddy Andres.

Girls Golf

This Girls Golf season was bittersweet for the girls—more sweet than bitter. Julia Dapron and Lily Spencer have been with the team for four years, Grace Sherwood and Emma Tobin for three, and Katherine Christy, Kylie Cleanthes, and Finuala Cree for two. Julia came to the team as a freshmen with an extraordinary amount of experience. She brought Lily, a beginner, with her. All four years the team attended the state championship and for three out of the four years, Julia placed first in the state. The tremendous growth that these girls showed, year after year, gave us hope that we could take the state championship this year. In the end, they took second place by three strokes (six strokes after a scoring penalty). If you know golf, that means that the very next day under the very same circumstances they could have won. Golf is one of those sports that can be terribly frustrating and once you’re out there for 18 holes and four and a half hours, no matter what happens, how frustrated you get, how many balls you lose, you can’t stop until it’s over. Congratulations to some amazing ladies for a fantastic season!

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Happy Holidays! ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the grounds, Not a creature was stirring, not one to be found. The stockings were hung on the Belltower with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. When out on the turf field there arose such a clatter, Mark sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the Seminary Building he flew like a flash, Down the driveway he tore, that he ‘nere had a crash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of midday to goal posts below. Then what to Mark’s wondering eyes did appear, But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. A bundle of gifts he had flung on his back And riches and blessings tumbled out of his pack. He left courses galore in each classroom he found The sports equipment he left simply covered the ground. He tucked new books and iPads wherever he could, Healthy food in the kitchen overflowed like it should. His eyes how they twinkled as he worked fast and quick, Leaving surprises for all, including new hockey sticks. He looked at our headmaster and said with impunity, “All of this was provided by the generosity of your community.” As he finished his work he sprang to sleigh And he called to his reindeer, “Up, up and away! What a great place you have here,” he said without pause, “You are lucky to have donors who believe in the cause.” As the sleigh took off and he drove out of sight, He exclaimed very loudly with a voice oh so bright, “Lucky Bulldogs you are, to have all that you do, Happy Holidays to all - just be grateful too.”


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y now, you have received the Annual Fund brochure, have seen a post or two on our BBA Facebook page, and have received an email appeal or some other communication asking for your support of this year’s campaign.Your participation is key to our continuing success and demonstrates your commitment to our mission to serve the needs of all 757 students. We encourage you to give at a level that works for your own personal circumstances.You may say to yourself, “What can my $10, $25, or $50 do for BBA?” We would like to stress that each and every gift counts as a vote endorsing top-quality education. Take a look at the Annual Appreciation Report and see how many donors believe in the work that we do at Burr and Burton! It’s impressive, and those gifts include everything from $5 to $50,000 — that’s quite a spread. Please don’t put it off — make your gift today! It’s easy. You can give in any of the following ways: • Make a gift online by credit card, just use the link: • Send a check to Burr and Burton Academy, P. O. Box 498, Manchester,VT 05254 • Stop by the Advancement Office and drop off a gift (and we will gladly thank you in person) • Become a Corporate Sponsor if you own your own business • Make a gift from your IRA without any tax consequences • Donate stocks (please contact the Advancement Office at 802-549-8201) It’s the holiday season, a time of giving and supporting the causes you love and believe in. The clock is ticking to make your gift count in this tax year, so be sure to get it to us by December 31 if we happen to be on your “nice” list. On behalf of all of us here at Burr and Burton Academy, thank you for your continuing support and your belief in the transformative power of a great education. Sincerely,

Cynthia H. Gubb Director of Advancement

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