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Operation Creation is in full swing this week in St. Johnsbury. Teenagers in light-blue t-shirts are serving lunch and selling hardwood cutting boards at the Hilltopper Cafe, visiting area businesses, and volunteering three afternoons each week at the St. Johnsbury Community Farm.
The Summer Youth Corp (Operation Creation) is set to kick off its second year on July 14th. Thirty rising ninth graders from St. Johnsbury were selected to take part in the three-week program based on an application and interview.
This year's recipient of St. Johnsbury Academy's Northeast Kingdom Service Award was Dale Wells '64T of St. Johnsbury. The Northeast Kingdom Service Award is given annually to an SJA alum who has shown unselfish dedication and service to the continued improvement of the Northeast Kingdom.
St. Johnsbury Academy recently named the recipients of the annual Dwayne B. Sherrer Alumni Distinguished Service Award. This year, the school honored Bill Hanson and Pamela Burns Kocher, both from the class of 1964. They received their awards during their 50th reunion celebration.
St. Johnsbury Academy recently purchased a Ganesh GBM-2616 Heavy-Duty CNC Bed Type Milling Machine from Lyndon State College for its new Maker Space that will be housed in Streeter Hall. The Space build-out is being funded by a $100,000 gift from two families in China and will be available for student use beginning in the fall of 2014.
Three plays by SJA creative writing students were recently honored at the culminating event of the 2014 Vermont Young Playwrights Project, the Vermont Young Playwrights Festival, at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington. During the festival, professional actors performed senior Emma Charow's one act comedy, Subtext; senior Robin Vincent's play, Fly, received a cold reading by professional actors; and junior Sydney Benjamin received honorable mention for her play, Shall We Play.