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Representatives from St. Johnsbury Academy participated in a ground-breaking ceremony at the site of St. Johnsbury Academy Jeju on Jeju Island in South Korea on April 29. President of the Board of Trustees Jay Wright '87, CEO of Kingdom Development Company (KDC) Bradley Ashley, and Associate Headmaster for Admissions and Advancement Jack Cummings were present at the formal ceremony. St. Johnsbury Academy Jeju is expected to commence classes in the fall of 2017; a number of administrators have been hired and inquiries are already being received from prospective students.
The Environmental Stewardship Program at St. Johnsbury Academy received a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence by the Vermont Agency for Natural Resources at the State House yesterday. Vermont Environmental Excellence Awards have been given since 1993 to recognize efforts and actions of Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote environmental sustainability.
Academy math students tied for the top-two Vermont regional scores in Region 2 on the UVM High School Prize Math Examination; First and Second Prizes were awarded to Seongmin Choo '17, Hanzhang Yu '19. Yaojia Huang '16 placed seventh in the state overall. Utkuhan Genc received Honorable Mention (Statewide). The top-scoring student in the school for the second year in a row was senior Yaojia Huang. Twenty-three students from the Academy, the highest number for a high school in Vermont, were awarded Certificates of Merit, recognizing their ranking in the top-ten percent of all students from across the state that took the test. They were: Seongmin Choo '17, McKenna Cisler '16, Ethan Forster '16, Utkuhan Genc '16, Ziqi Gong '18, Bettina Hammer '16, Yaojia Huang '16, Matthew Hunton '18, Yuqing Jiang '16, Yutong Lei, '16, Jingyi Liang '16, Jin Lin '16, Yichen Lu '18, Michael Thomas Miller '17, Lintaro Miyashin '17, Worabun Romtrairut '19, Fiona Sweeney '19, Zeou Wei '19, Jianing Wu '19, Xinyi Yang '17, Hanzhang Yu '19, Junjie Zhang '17, and Shynggys Menglibay '17.
Twelve St. Johnsbury Academy students won medals at this year's Vermont SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Competition. The team won six gold medals, five silver medals, and one bronze medal. The six students who won gold medals will go on to compete at the annual national-level SkillsUSA Competition and Conference this June in Louisville, Kentucky.
The St. Johnsbury Academy chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America competed recently at the FBLA Spring Leadership Conference, which took place at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont. The annual conference is an exciting two-day event filled with competition, leadership training, charity events, movies, dance, swimming, and officer elections. Over $76,000 in scholarships and awards were handed out to over 140 competitors at the conference. Each member of the Academy team is now eligible to travel to Atlanta, Georgia for the FBLA National Convention taking place June 28 to July 2.