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Academy math students earned the top three Vermont regional scores in Region 2 on the UVM High School Prize Math Examination; First Prize was awarded to three students from China: Seongmin Choo '17, Zi Jian Song '15, and Leyi Li '15. Thirteen students from the Academy were awarded Certificates of Merit, recognizing their ranking in the top 10% of all students from across the state that took the test. They were: Seongmin Choo '17, Bettina Hammer '16, Yaojia Huang '17, Matthew Hunton '18, Yuqing Jiang '16, Yutong Lei '17, Jingyi Liang '16, Leyi Li '16, Jiaqin Lu '16, Zi Jian Song '15, Ruishi Tao '18, Harper Wallace '17, and Chaokang Wu '15. The top-scoring student in the school was sophomore Yaojia Huang. Regional winners were honored at the annual Math Day awards luncheon hosted by the UVM Department of Mathematics and Statistics on May 19, at which SJA alum and current UVM mathematics graduate student Dylan Kylie was the keynote speaker.
Three Academy teachers will participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholars program this summer. Social Studies department chair David Eckhardt will travel to the lower Hudson Valley in New York to visit historic sites along the Hudson River; Social Studies assistant department chair Denise Scavitto will travel to Rome to study the effects of Roman government and public architecture on English culture; and English department assistant chair Angela Drew will travel to Siena, Italy to study Dante's Commedia.
Ten St. Johnsbury Academy juniors have been selected to represent the school at this summer's Boys and Girls State gatherings.
Three plays by SJA creative writing students were honored at the culminating event of the 2015 Vermont Young Playwrights Project, the Vermont Young Playwrights Festival, at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington on May 12. During the festival, professional actors performed Senior Morgan Sulham's play, Mt. Olympus Marriage Counseling; Sophomore Natalie Jones' play, My Truth, Your Truth, received a cold reading by professional actors; and Junior Jaime DeKett received an honorable mention for her play, Saving Goldilocks.
St. Johnsbury Academy Theatre will present a staging of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck on May 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and May 16 at 2:00 p.m. in Fuller Hall. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Kennametal, Inc., formerly of Lyndonville, donated several pieces of equipment to St. Johnsbury Academy, finalizing a process begun in December. The items, including a grinder, 40-ton press, lathe, abrasive cut-off saw, double drill press, several Fairbanks scales, and office equipment were delivered this week. The equipment will be used to enhance the school's maker space and allow students access to professional-grade machining tools for their work in engineering and CTE courses.