a year in photos nov.
jan. SEPTEMBER: The Vermont Academy community
gathers prior to the start of classes each year for our Hayes Orientation and Outdoor Program, named in honor of A. Reed Hayes III ’64. During these three days of orientation, classes bond as the school’s culture is conveyed to newcomers. This year we added a great new competition to the event: the “Wildcat Games,” in which grade levels compete against each other for the coveted title of champion. Here, members of the freshman class, dressed in their team’s color of pink, celebrate their victory in the puzzle solving segment of the games. OCTOBER: The mood is festive and costumes are
the norm during Vermont Academy’s Spirit Week. Held each fall during the week of Halloween, every day has its own theme: pajama day, class colors day, cowboy day, and, of course, Halloween. We were seeing double on Twin Day with over thirty sets of twins, and even one set of “Gangnam Style” triplets! NOVEMBER: November’s production of the musical
Urinetown was a smash hit! Under the direction
of Julia Tadlock, our theater arts program continues to gain strength. One of Vermont Academy’s great qualities is its small size, affording students the opportunity to “do it all!” There’s a place for everyone, whether it’s on stage or on the field, or both. In this picture, Ross Holzschuh ’13 hams it up in his lead role as Bobby Strong.
years in a row, and they’ve gathered some very passionate fans along the way. The fans’ support and excitement made a real difference this year in Williams Gymnasium and at many other athletic events over the winter season. Here, they storm the court following a tremendous buzzerbeating one-point win over longtime rival KUA!
FEBRUARY: As one of the oldest Winter Carnivals
One of the year’s most anticipated events is our annual Kurn Hattin Christmas party, when kids from Kurn Hattin come over for dinner and a holiday celebration. Vermont Academy students, dressed for the evening as elves and Mr. and Mrs. Claus, deliver gifts. Other VA students serve as hosts for the Kurn Hattin students, and help them as they unwrap their presents. Always a special, heartwarming night, current students and alumni fondly remember this party in particular, as well as all the great work we do throughout the year with Kurn Hattin Homes. JANUARY: Playing in one of the most competitive leagues in the country, our boys’ basketball team has made the postseason tournament three
in America, Vermont Academy’s celebration of all things winter stands out as a great tradition. The theme for this year was “’90s television shows” and Alumni 2 (“South Park”) won for the boys while the Day Student Girls (“Power Rangers”) took top honors. The three-day extravaganza is filled with stong, competitive spirit and terrific memories. Some of the chilliest come from making snow angels during Sunday morning’s Polar Bear Run! APRIL: Earth Day is another great tradition at VA. We celebrate by doing green-up activities in and around campus (here, our students do a little spring raking with students from the Saxtons River Montessori School); we eat a
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