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Where are they now?
During the high school graduation season we tell the graduates to look
forward to the future with hope and optimism, while those of us who have
seen a few seasons come and go often look back to our own years in high
school and just beyond.
The newly minted graduates look forward to the next stages of their lives:
moving away Irom home. perhaps seeing a bit oI the world. getting that frst
post-graduation iob. fguring out what it`s all about. It is a time Iull oI promise
with a fair measure of apprehension thrown in. Look for those familiar faces
in the photos inside from the Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and
Vergennes union high school graduation ceremonies this past weekend.
At the same time. parents and alumni see the Iresh. young Iaces and can`t
help but look back at how their own lives and those of their friends and
acquaintances have progressed over the years.
We join in the reminiscing and asked graduates from our four local high
schools to tell us a little about where life has taken them in the years since
graduation. Inside you`ll fnd profles oI a dozen Vermont natives in their 20s
and their early 30s people you may have known when you were in high
school. We chose a selection oI people who graduated between six and 12
years ago in the hopes that this week`s high school graduates will be able to
see something oI their own generation in the profles.
You`ll fnd a variety oI vocations and avocations represented in the profles.
but they barely scratch the surface of the diversity that can be found among
the young people produced in the Addison County and Brandon area.
Enjoy the stories and the photos and wish a graduate well.
A look at the classes of 2011, and a look back at recent graduates
PAGE 2C — Addison Independent, Thursday, June 16, 2011
Hometown, current residence,
age: Born and raised in Middlebury,
currently live in Los Angeles, 30
years old.
Family: My parents are Nancie
Dunn and Bruce Baker and Quincy
is my younger brother. Erika, my
girlfriend, is an extremely patient
woman.
What I am up to: From 2005
through 2010 I worked at Morphosis
Architects in Los Angeles, a high-
profle boutique architectural design
frm. frst as their head model maker
and fabrication manager and then
as a design architect on projects in
Shanghai, Paris, Spain, the Middle
East and the U.S.
After leaving Morphosis in 2010
I began to pursue design and effects
work in flm. a dream oI mine since
childhood, and found my way to
New Deal Studios, one of the leading
visual, mechanical and miniature
effects studios in the world. I’m
a senior 3-D modeler, designer
and model maker for effects in
commercials and large-scale feature
flms.
How I got to where I am now: I
attended Montana State University
in Bozeman, Mont., where I earned
my M.Arch 1 Master’s Degree
in Architecture in 2005. My
education required that I use both
digital technology and hand-build
methodologies coupled with strong
communication tools, which allowed
me to make the transition from
academia to professional practice
relatively seamlessly. Working
through grad school as a carpenter
and model maker allowed me the
chance to develop my patience and
technical knowledge, which have
proven indispensable in the creative
industry.
Adults to whom I can attribute
my current success: I am the
product of an extremely small and
tightly knit family in which support,
communication and creativity was
paramount. My success by any
defnition is wholly attributed to
my mother, father and brother and
the developmental environment we
created.
How my Vermont roots have
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Vermont has shaped much of who
I am as a person and as a designer.
As a physical place, it cultivated in
me a respect and sensitivity toward
my surroundings and the natural
world that is often transparent in
an urban environment. As an ideal,
Vermont instilled in me the value of
community, collaboration, kindness
and shared wisdom on a small scale. I
am incredibly proud of where I come
from, I’ll always be a Vermonter.
My memories of high school:
I’m lucky in that my high school
experience was an extremely positive
one.
My advice for this year’s crop of
graduating seniors: Ultimately, in
pursuing what makes you happy as a
human being, be it through education,
a career or experience, my advice
would be to always, at all costs,
exercise an analytical, optimistic and
observant mind. And try not to take
anything or anyone too seriously.
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Stacy Tallen, Agent, Mt. Abe
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Hometown, current residence,
age: Grew up in Middlebury,
currently live in Middlebury. Age:
27.
Family: My mother, Jerri
Benjamin, and father, Curt Benjamin,
live in Middlebury. I also have four
siblings: Eli Dieman in Fairfax, Vt.;
Melissa Hathaway in Burlington;
Jordan Benjamin in Cornwall; and
Rachel Benjamin in Lake George,
N.Y.
Monica Jaferian is, as of the
writing oI this piece. my fancee;
but on Saturday, June 11, she will
become my wife! She grew up in
Amherst, N.H., graduated from
UVM and coaches the Middlebury
Aquatic Club. She began coaching
swimming while in college and fell
in love with town and moved here
after graduating from UVM in 2006.
What I am up to: In January
2010 Monica and I moved to North
Carolina because she was in an
accelerated bachelor of science of
nursing program at Duke University.
I moved back to Middlebury in
November 2011 when I was offered
a job as the co-director of Addison
Central Teens, Middlebury’s local
teen center.
How I got to where I am now:
I graduated from the University of
Vermont in 2006 with a bachelor of
science in recreation management.
In the summer of 2003 I worked in
Glacier National Park guiding boat
tours and hikes for a concessionaire
called Glacier Park Boat Co. This
iob solidifed two things: I absolutely
loved working and playing in the
outdoors and I wanted to continue
working interpersonally with people.
Adults to whom I can attribute
my current success: Dave Kaufman
at UVM is an astounding professor
whose enthusiasm and knowledge
of the recreation industry instilled a
passion and desire in me to work in
the feld. He engaged his students in
class by both bringing professionals
into the classroom and taking his
students into the feld. Dave`s
prominent career in the recreation
feld. warm smile and outgoing.
charismatic personality have allowed
him to create a vast network of
contacts in the recreation feld.
Because of this he is responsible for
countless recreations management
maiors. like myselI. acquiring
internships and jobs.
How my Vermont roots have
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my summer vacations in college I
worked in Glacier National Park
and Durango, Colo. Shortly after
college I moved to Bozeman, Mont.,
and then Jackson, Wyo., working for
the U.S. Forest Service. In the fall
of 2007, shortly before my contract
expired with the Forest Service, my
father, a local general contractor here
in Middlebury, called me, asking
what my plans were and inquiring
if I wanted to help him build a
house for some clients. Excited by
the opportunity to move back to
Vermont, I decided to pack up my
truck and make the trek back across
the country.
On the third day of the trip I
emerged from the Adirondacks onto
Route 22 in New York and got a
glimpse of the Green Mountains
Ior the frst time in almost a year. I
remember thinking I don’t want to
leave this state again, this is where I
want to live and work.
I absolutely love the feel of
Vermont — knowing your neighbors,
the history of the state and the strong
community in which I grew up.
These were all things I missed while
living outside of Vermont.
My memories of high school:
High point: During my senior year I
was enrolled in a video technologies
class at the Hannaford Career Center.
Our teacher, Julie James, and another
student began talking about taking
a trip to San Francisco to attend
workshops and meet professionals
working in the flm and audio
industry. Julie and the student pitched
the idea to the class and seven of us
decided to make it happen. We raised
money through putting on two talent
shows in conjunction with Addison
Repertory Theater. and we acquired
other private donations. We spent
seven days in San Francisco touring
the city, meeting with professionals
and learning what it was like to work
in the industry.
My advice for this year’s crop
of graduating seniors: Defantly
follow your passion when you choose
a career because the truth is that it is
going to be a major part of your life.
However. I fnd the people that
are happiest are the ones that realize
it’s not about what goes on between
the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., but
everything that occurs outside of
it. Decide where you want to live,
how you want to live your life, and
what is important to you and then
fnd a career that fts your liIestyle
and is rewarding and fun. Living in
an environmentally conscious state,
being able to participate in local
government, being able to make a
difference in your community, are all
extremely important things to me and
my entire family and keep me and my
wife wanting to live in Vermont.
Hometown, current residence, age: I am 25
years old, grew up in Middlebury, and currently
live in Boston, Mass.
Family: My mom Dorothy Mammen
and stepfather Fred Dunnington, my dad
Steve Trombulak and stepmother Joss Price,
my brother, Ian, who is a rising senior at
Middlebury College. My current roommates in
Boston: boyfriend Sam and cat Owen.
What I am up to: I work as director of
operations at a nonprofit in Cambridge, Mass.,
where my work involves human resources,
project management and financial planning.
I plan to attend business school in the next
several years, and hope to continue a career
in the nonprofit/social enterprise space after
graduating (possibly in the land use planning
field).
How I got to where I am now: After
graduating MUHS I attended Wesleyan
University in Middletown, Conn., where I
studied the social sciences and Spanish. I
joined the nonprofit where I currently work
shortly after graduating from college, but held
several internships during college that were
instrumental in helping me explore my interests
(including at the Vermont Federal Courthouse
and the Middlebury Town Planning and Zoning
Department). I can’t thank my supervisors at
both those places enough for giving me these
first professional opportunities.
I started with my current employer in an
administrative support position and was able to
change roles over the past several years thanks
to the encouragement and mentorship of some
amazing bosses.
Adults to whom I can attribute my current
success: My parents, first and foremost,
have been a tremendous influence in my life,
encouraging me to find my strengths, challenge
myself, and think about the impact of my efforts.
My teachers as well, both in Middlebury and
at Wesleyan. Several bosses, both former and
current, have also been so important in helping
me think about what I can and want to do in the
future both professionally and personally.
How my Vermont roots have influenced
who I am today: Being a Vermonter is a huge
part of who I am. I feel an enduring sense
of pride for this amazing state as it is today,
and for the people who keep working for
continued progress. That sense of community
responsibility is one important part of what
I’ve taken from my Vermont upbringing, as
well as a personal and professional interest
in people and their relationships with/to the
places they live (and land use/urban planning
by extension). Whenever I encounter another
Vermonter in the places I live or travel, there’s
always such a sense of connection. I think
that’s a really special thing that doesn’t exist
for a lot of places.
My memories of high school: High school
definitely had some ups and downs — it’s a
tough time when a lot of people are trying to
find and define themselves, which is funny
because so much important growth happens
after we’re 18. Some of my best memories
are of particularly influential teachers and of
senior year when I feel like my class was able
to put aside a lot of the judgments and drama
that developed during years of being in school
together. I think a lot of classes are able to
experience that as they get near the end of high
school.
My advice for this year’s crop of
graduating seniors: I believe in a very healthy
dose of a “fake it till you make it” mentality —
if you wait until you feel 100 percent prepared
or “grown up” or confident before acting then
you’re likely going to be waiting a very long
time. It took me awhile to realize that all the
adults I look up to in my life don’t have it all
figured out — they’re taking personal and
professional risks by doing challenging jobs,
starting families, and making other decisions
without complete confidence or knowledge.
For years, my dad convinced my brother
and me that he got special training on how to
be a parent at a wonderful place called “Dad
School.” I can imagine spinning a similar yarn
about how I became qualiIied Ior my current
job, but in truth I’m doing something that far
exceeds any formal training or preparation and
that makes me feel unsure all the time. But I
remember feeling the same way when I started
with my current organization in a junior position
after college. So far, getting comfortable with
the uncertainty has seemed like the surest recipe
for amazing new opportunities and growth.
Congratulations on your graduation!
Where are they now?
Middlebury Union High School
Colby Benjamin
MUHS ’01
Patrick Dunn-Baker, MUHS ’99
Sage Trombulak, MUHS ’04
MIDDLEBURY GRADUATE PATRICK Dunn-Baker creates special
effects for major Hollywood movies.
COLBY BENJAMIN, MUHS 2001,
and Monica Jaferian were married
this past weekend.
SAGE TROMBULAK, MUHS ’04, explored
her various interests in college by working at
several internships.
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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High
School held its graduation ceremonies Saturday,
June 11.
The valedictorians were Christine Artim and
James Cobb. The salutatorians were Jarrod Ashley,
Elizabeth Kelley, Jane McCabe and Mariko Totten.
William Earle was class president and Elizabeth
Kelley the vice president. Christine Ritter and Steel
White served as junior marshals.
The following students are the members of the
class of 2011:
Bowen James Abbey, Adriano E. Agudelo,
Christine Mary Artim, Jarrod Urban Ashley, Bryan
Richard Ashley-Selleck, Tiffany Lynn Audet,
Kaitlyn L. Backus, Trevor Barber, Kelsey Lynn
Barry, Genevieve Michelle Beloin, Joshua James
Berno, Emily D. Berthiaume, Ashley Nicole Bishop,
Emily Mae Bishop, John Alden Bisson, Jasmine
Beau Blodgett, Kelly John Bouchard and Alex P.
Bowdish.
Austin W. Bowdish, Angela Marie Brisson,
Bailey Stephen Bronson, Nicole Renée Brown,
Matthew Charles Burkins, Brendan Christopher
Burrell, Cody P. Bushey, Justin Leroy Buzzell, Kyle
Patrick Charbonneau, Tenzin Charles Chophel, Josh
C. Clark, Charles Frederick Cluss, James Fielding
Cobb, Moriah J. Comeau, Benjamin Allen Cook,
Madeleine Mary Cox, Travis George Cram, Paige
Isabell Cummings, Michael K. Dalley, Mitchel
David DeLancey, Anthony R. Doria and Georgia
Ruth Durham.
William Bayard Earle, Nina Ann Edson, Benjamin
Melvin Elmore, Sean Patrick Fahey, Patrick P.
Fifeld. Connar Mary Foley. Brittany Alexandra
Forbes, Kylie Amber Foster, Kasey Ruth Fredette,
Mattea Freeman, Kalob Joseph Gagnon, Nichole
L. Gay, Rachel Marie Getz, Mitchell John Gingras,
Dakota Allen Hallock, Christopher Carter Hickley,
Sara Jane Higgins. Evelyn Hill. Kiera N. Hoefe.
Matthew D. Holcomb, Megan M. Hotte, Anna Marie
Huestis, Stephen A. Hughes and Caleb T. Ingerson.
Hunter Joseph Jakupko, Katrina Rachel James,
Laramie Thaniel Jensen, Elizabeth Parsons Kelley,
Kyle Kerr, Abigail Boynton Killorin, Shivali Kumar,
Jack Billings Laframboise, Sarah Jane Lawson,
Carl Pierre Leduc, Shanyn A. Leduc, Matthew G.
Little, Will M. Madison, Morgan Avery Many,
Jacqueline Ann Marini, Benjamin Harris Marshall,
Nicholas Lee Wetmore Masterson, Jane Gieriet
McCabe, William Singerly McCartney II, Kelsey B.
McGlashan, Jessica Lynn Meader, Gretchen Elise
Melby and Bianca Haley Messner.
Isabelle Zoe Miller, Kody Allen Murray, Megan
Lynn Myers, Emelia Marie Newkirk, Annie F.
Nicholson, Emma Meredith Nordmeyer, Michael
D. Paquette, Lauren Lindsey Peck, Ozias K. Peltier,
Adam Edward Peterson, Kayla May Pierro, Harrison
T. Pratt, Caitlin G. Price, Trent Ernest Quesnel,
Nicole Elizabeth Rheaume, Katherine Anne Ritter,
Ethan Alexander Roy, Jeremy Thomas Schildkamp,
Rachel Jeanine Scholten, Andrew W. Schumer,
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Devon Joseph Vila, Stephanie Lynne Volk, Justin W.
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Braden Jackson Winslow, Rachel Tailor Wollum,
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Hometown, current residence,
age: I grew up in Starksboro, live
in Crested Butte, Colo., and am 25
years old.
Family: I got married last Sept. 4
to the beautiful Laurel Clark Runcie,
and am attending my brother Dan’s
(Mount Abe ’01) wedding in Maine
in July. Parents Jim and Chris
still live in Starksboro and sister
Julia works for the Mono Lake
Committee in Lee Vining, Calif.
What I am up to: I spend
summers painting houses 50-60
hours a week in order to take my
winters off to pursue a career as a
professional skier. On that front,
I spend winters competing on the
Freeskiing World Tour, a series of
big mountain extreme skiing events
across the western United States
and Canada.
How I got to where I am now:
I went to Dartmouth College in
New Hampshire, where I studied
hydrogeology and became a ski
patroller at the college-owned
ski area. After graduating in
2007, I immediately moved to
Las Vegas, Nev., to join Laurel,
who was teaching fourth grade
as part of Teach For America. I
worked as a consulting geologist
Ior an engineering frm. mostly
supervising the drilling of deep,
high capacity water wells for
large-scale construction projects.
Although I was happy with my
job, I wasn’t happy living in Las
Vegas, so Laurel and I moved to
Crested Butte to take some time
off from the rat race and reassess
our priorities. We found out that
our priorities lie with the amazing
people and stunningly gorgeous
landscapes of Crested Butte, and
are hoping to remain in the valley
for the foreseeable future.
Adults to whom I can attribute
my current success: I’ve always
aspired to live a life as happy and
Iulflled as my parents.
How my Vermont roots have
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up skiing at Mad River Glen, a
mountain known for its challenging
terrain. Crested Butte is often
regarded as the MRG of the west,
with its relatively low snowfall
and extremely challenging terrain.
In fact, during this past winter’s
Crested Butte U.S. Extreme
Freeskiing Championships, I
shared the podium with Lars
Chickering-Ayers (1st place)
and Silas Chickering-Ayers (3rd
place), two other Vermont natives
who grew up skiing Mad River.
The community here is also very
reminiscent oI the fve-town area
in Vermont, and indeed I think
I’ve met more Vermonters here
than Colorado natives. I think my
Vermont upbringing is largely
responsible for the way I approach
my life today.
My memories of high school:
A defnite high point oI high
school was going to three state
championships in my junior and
senior years, one successful trip
with the baseball team and two
unsuccessful (but well fought, I
remember that we were always
happy with our second-place fnish)
trips with the soccer team. The
camaraderie and athleticism on
those teams always inspired me to
put effort into being a social person,
to share and learn from the people
around me.
Any low points of high school
were mostly related to late nights
fnishing proiects and the sleepy
days that followed, although I am
grateful for the work ethic that was
instilled in me during that time.
My advice for this year’s crop
of graduating seniors: See as
much of the world as you can.
Every time I go somewhere new,
I learn an immense amount about
myself and who I want to be. There
are fully limitless possibilities for
careers and lifestyles, and the more
you experience, the better chance
you will fnd something that you
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age: I grew up in Monkton, live in
Middlebury, and am 27 years old.
Family: My parents are Joyce
and Ken Wolpin of Monkton. My
siblings Bruce and Carin Wolpin
went to Mount Abe as well. I am
getting married in August to my
fance Ben Bruno. who works
for Middlebury College as an
international student and scholar
adviser.
What I am up to: I have been
working in fund-raising for the
past several years. I am currently
telecommuting as a development
associate for Ceres, a Boston-
based coalition of investors,
environmental groups and other
organizations that works with
companies to address sustainability
challenges such as climate change.
The Development Team raises
Iunds to support our nonproft
programs and operations. I am also
on the board oI the Wildfower
Camp Foundation, an organization
that helps send children who have
lost a parent to summer camp. I do
the organization’s grant research
and writing on a volunteer basis.
How I got to where I am
now: I went to Colby College in
Waterville, Maine, and majored in
environmental studies and biology.
Immediately after college I did an
internship on Martha’s Vineyard
with The Nature Conservancy. This
fostered my desire to work in the
nonproft sector and since then.
I’ve worked at the Trust for Public
Land in addition to Ceres. In my
career so far, networking has been
an important door-opener and there
are too many people to list who
have helped me along the way!
Adults to whom I can attribute
my current success: My parents
have helped foster my success.
Though I did not always appreciate
it, they have pushed me to do my
best, keep my head up, and not cut
corners.
How my Vermont roots have
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developed such a strong sense of
place, I knew I wanted to return
some day. I was lucky enough to
make the move back in early 2010
after working and living in the
Boston area for several years. I
love getting outside and enjoying
all that Vermont has to offer from
hiking to biking to swimming in the
lake. During college I worked at
Kingsland Bay and Mt. Philo state
parks and that really cemented my
appreciate for the area. I think all
the natural beauty helps balance the
stress of daily life.
My memories of high school:
The high point in high school
was traveling to France and Spain
with Madame Schaefer’s class,
and seeing places like Barcelona,
Paris and the Mediterranean. The
low point was playing volleyball
in gym class; I don’t think I could
ever fgure out how to get my hands
on the ball!
My advice for this year’s crop
of graduating seniors: Respect
other people’s opinions that may be
different from yours and don’t take
things personally or too seriously.
Hometown, current residence,
age: I grew up in Monkton, I now live
in Hartford, Vt., but I’ll be moving
to Boston, Mass., in September to
attend graduate school. I’m 26.
Family: My parents are Eugenie
Doyle and Sam Burr; they own
and operate The Last Resort Farm
in Monkton. My twin brothers
are named Silas and Caleb; they
graduated from Mount Abe in 2005.
What I am up to: I’m the programs
coordinator at the Upper Valley Land
Trust in Hanover, N.H. I plan events,
maintain the organization’s website
and write and edit our publications.
How I got to where I am now:
I went to Carleton College in
Northfeld. Minn.. and maiored in
English and Concentrated (minored)
in Environmental Studies.
Adults to whom I can attribute
my current success: I would
attribute my interest in writing
(which is what I’ll be pursuing
in graduate school at Boston
University’s Science Journalism
Program) to my mom, who is a
writer and an avid reader. Both my
parents read to us a lot as children.
Growing up on an organic vegetable
and berry farm led to my interest in
the environment and enjoyment of
good, fresh food.
How my Vermont roots have
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much missed Vermont while I was at
college in Minnesota. I was glad to
come home to the green mountains
(and valleys) after completing my
degree.
My memories of high school: In
high school, I very much enjoyed
playing soccer and running track,
and my favorite class was American
Studies. My friends were also
important to me; I still stay in touch
with many of them. A low point
was the college application process
senior year.
My advice for this year’s crop
of graduating seniors: I would
tell graduating seniors to take their
futures seriously, but not so much
so that they aren’t open to new
opportunities as they arise.
Where are they now?
Mt. Abe Union High School
Tom Runcie, Mount Abraham ’03
Lauren Wolpin
Mount Abraham ’01
Nora Doyle-Burr
Mount Abe ’03
TOM RUNCIE, MOUNT Abe ’03, and his wife Laurel Clark Runcie live in
Colorado, where Tom spends the winters skiing competitively.
IT IS CLEAR that Nora Doyle-Burr, a Mount Abe alum, learned about
fresh foods while growing up on a farm in Monkton.
2001 MOUNT ABE graduate
Lauren Wolpin, shown in Portland,
Maine, fondly remembers traveling
to Europe while in high school.
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Union High School held its
graduation ceremonies Saturday,
June 11. The valedictorian
was Kathleen “Yuki” Davis
and the salutatorian was Aliza
Kamman. Class representatives
were Patrick Gulrajani, Adam
Rainville and Kerstian Short.
Katrina Camara and John Lower
served as class marshals.
The following students are the
members of the class of 2011:
Thomas Mansfeld Ahern.
Anna Kathleen Bachand,
Henry Ash Bartsch, Amanda Jo
Baslow, Ada Catherine Bean,
Wendi Bedard, Jonathan James
Benway, Meyer Rudolph Bilson,
Nicholas Osborn Bissonnette,
Alara Léchelle Bourgeois,
Alix Lee Bradley, Kayla Lynn
Briggs, Eric Malcolm Bronson,
Katherine Carlson Brown,
Kayleigh Mae Buffum, Cody
Burritt, Stacy Lynn Carter,
Joshua Clark, Kirsten Lee Clark,
Tyler James Clark, Liam Moses
Rainbow Corcoran, Bailey
Lynne Cote, Kassandra Ann
Cousineau and Zachary Charles
Cousino.
Daniel Edward Cox III,
Kimberlee Marie Cox, Jordan
Christopher Cromis, Kyle Alan
Dacres, Jacob Steven Davis,
Kathleen Yukiko Davis, Dakota
James Desautels, Jack Edison
DeVoe, Mark Forrest Dickerson,
Kyle J. Dubay, Andrew Chaffee
Dubenetsky, Michelle Marie
Dwire, Amber Marie Emmell,
Ashley Marie Emmell, Patrick
Lynch Etka, Mark Jonathan
Flowers and Daniel Winston
Forbes.
Tyler Perry Ford, Stephanie
Marie Freegard, Travis Lee
Friend, Travis Mark Gero,
Shannon Kaye Gillen, Alejandra
Pilar Gomez, Andrew Rodney
Goodro, Samantha Lynn Gorton,
Patrick William Gulrajani,
Patrick James Hanley, Ryan Neil
Haselton, Ashley Jane Haskins,
Allison Micaela Hayes, Ethan
Richard Heffernan, Parker
William Ingram, Ashley Lynn
Jackson, Melissa Marie Jewell,
Courtney Susan Jipner, Aliza
Simone Kamman, Kimberly
Anne Kayhart, Kassandra
Chrislin Kircher, Roxanne Marie
Lafayette and Hannah Jean
LaFrance.
Shyla Marie Lattrell, Rachel
Marie Lavoie, MacKenzie Mae
LeBeau, Hannah Charis Logan,
Eric Michael Loyer, Jennifer
Michelle Loyer, Alexander Riley
Lucia, Kathryn Lily Mailloux,
Andrew Robert Malzac,
Cassandra Elizabeth Marion,
Melinda Sue Martell, Michael
William Martin, Savannah Mae
Mayo, Philip Mark McCormick,
Katchen O’Neil McElwain,
Myles Henry McGowan,
Gwendolynn Eva Merrill,
Willard Morrow Meyer, Casey
James Morrow, Kimber Lynn
Myers, Rose Hardie Nelson,
Leah Margaret Norris, Brian
Henry O’Connor, Kristen Marie
Ouellette, Matthew Richards
Parker, Charlotte Elizabeth Paul,
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Michael Rainville, Amber
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Claire Louise Stetson, Riley
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Sundstrom, Nathan Michael
Swindell, Jennifer Y. Tarrant,
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Jean Thompson, Benjamin J.
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Hometown, current residence, age: I grew up in
Brandon, currently reside in Rutland, and am 25.
What I am up to: I am programming director at The
Paramount Theater in Rutland. In addition to my responsibili-
ties at The Paramount, I also independently produce live enter-
tainment (headlining popular music to comedy to theater) in a
number of performing arts centers in the Northeast.
How I got to where I am now: I briefy attended Castleton
State College but quickly discovered that additional matricu-
lation was not for me. I found the daily routine of feign-
ing interest in subjects that not only did not interest me, but
actually bored me was probably doing more damage to my
self esteem than it was doing any good (let alone what it
was doing to my savings account — college is expensive!).
Something I have been taught from a young age is that the
old cliche rings true: You don`t know until you try. So. like
my attempt at college, I made a few more attempts.
First stop — the wonderful world of radio. Now, radio
is a great place to make connections. but money? Lets iust
say radio disk iockeys do it Ior the passion oI it. not the
Christmas bonus.
Next stop — the performing arts. I have always had a great
passion for live events (the excitement of a large group of
people coming together to enjoy/explore/live the same expe-
rience I get cold chills iust thinking about it!). So. a Iew
doors knocked on. and a couple oI really trusting. believ-
ing employers later, I found myself swiftly falling in love
with the mission oI not-Ior-proft perIorming arts centers
they are about more than fashy lights and star-studded VIP
receptions. They are about building community, helping to
support the positive morale of a population.
Almost eight years later I still am still striving to become
the absolute best at what I do (in a nutshell, I research, nego-
tiate and arrange for artists to perform in different venues).
As evidenced by the great success the venue for which I
program for the most (The Paramount) has seen, I am proud
to say that I have helped contribute to that end.
Adults to whom I can attribute my current success:
It’s not easy being in high school (do you really want to
be 14 again?) those who made it easier were those that
remembered that adage. Otter Valley has a wonderIully caring
guidance oIfce and a strong team oI educators who. I truly
believe. ALWAYS have in mind what is best Ior their students.
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I work in a Iast-paced. occasionally 'high-brow¨ industry
and I love that at the end oI a stressIul workday. unlike the
maiority oI my stuIIed-shirt Los Angeles or NYC colleagues.
I would preIer to unwind in a kayak on Otter Creek or spend
time outside with my dog. Vermont is not the 'boring¨ or
'slow-paced¨ place I use to think it was when I was 15; it`s
laid back and REAL. And that`s what really matters.
My memories of high school: High and low points? I
was 5-foot-2 as a freshman and 5-foot-6 as a senior.
My advice for this year’s crop of graduating seniors:
Bill Cosby hit the nail on the head when he said. 'I don`t
know the key to success. but the key to Iailure is trying to
please everybody.¨ I would take it one step Iurther and say
start by being happy with yourself. The rest will all fall in
line. Oh, that and always accept a mint when someone offers
it to you.
Hometown, current residence, age: I
grew up in Goshen and currently live in
Fort Edward. N.Y. I am 28 years old.
Family: My mother. Candy Counter.
is one oI my best Iriends; she inspires
me and still to this day makes me a better
person every day. My stepfather, Ray
Counter. coaches at Otter Valley. and has
Ior 16 years. He coaches basketball and
softball. My brother, Joshua Bruce, and
sisters Ashley and Amanda Sanderson
all graduated Irom Otter Valley. as well.
Both Ashley and Amanda are in college
currently — Ashley at Paul Smith’s in
New York and Amanda at St. Mike`s in
Colchester.
I am also newly engaged to Chad
Quirion. my boyIriend oI fve years (met
in college), and we are getting married in
October. Chad and I built a house in July oI
2010 in Fort Edward. where we currently
live. No children just yet, but they are in our future plans.
What I am up to: I am currently the general manager
oI two salon and spa businesses in New York: Classical
Concepts in Saratoga Springs and Classical Concepts II at the
Crossgates Mall in Albany. Both are Aveda LiIestyle salon
and spas, we are exclusively all Aveda products and services.
How I got to where I am now: I graduated Irom Castleton
State College in 2005. maioring in Sports Administration. I
worked at The Woods Resort and Spa in Killington Ior Sue
Burgess while an undergrad. I iust worked the Iront desk Ior
two years, and I loved everything about the job and it got
me excited about the spa environment and made me want to
Iurther my career. AIter two years oI work in Vermont my
boyIriend at the time (fance now) wanted to move to New
York. and I interviewed with Chrissy Goodness at Aveda. and
she hired me to help her open the second location. I started as
her assistant manager, and I am currently the general manager
of both locations.
Adults to whom I can attribute my current success:
Other than my parents. Ray and Candy Counter. I would
defnitely say that both Sue Burgess and Chrissy Goodness
have helped make me as successIul as I
am. Sue has a passion for what she does at
The Woods. and every single person who
works Ior her learns something every day.
Chrissy has pushed me Iaster than anyone
else I have ever worked Ior. I enioy the
challenges she throws at me, and we have
two Iantastic staIIs working Ior us. I love
my job and I believe that inspires our staff.
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enced who I am today: My Vermont
roots humble me. I am from a small town
and went to college in a small town, but
then I move to a larger, more fast-paced
area and sometimes I need to be reminded
to step back. look at the big picture and
take a deep breathe. I have a lot on my
plate, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I have met a lot of different people in
my life, my parents always taught me to
never burn my bridges, listen to people’s
answers to questions you ask because they will say something
important. Vermont again humbles me and brings me back to
my childhood. brings me back to all the things I learned to
make me the person I am today!
My memories of high school: Some high points in high
school would defnitely be the Iriends I made. sports I played
(soccer. basketball.. soItball). I was really involved (yearbook
committee, student council, and class vice-president). I loved
helping people, I loved helping organize school event.
A low point was when Otter Valley lost a student named
Ashley Quenneville in February of 2000. She was one of my
good friends. It was a tough thing for all of us, but Ashley
taught us all what a real friend was. It was a tough time but at
the age of 17 we all learned a lot about life.
My advice for this year’s crop of graduating seniors:
Have Iun! I know everyone tells you to enioy it because
it goes by quickly...well. they aren`t lying. Make sure you
have Iun. smile and Iollow your dreams; change your mind;
and change your mind again. It might take you a little while
to fgure out what you want to do. but you will fgure it out.
I promise!
Hometown, current residence,
age: I grew up in Leicester. and my
current residences are Middlebury
and Boston. Mass. I am 28.
Family: I`d like to mention (and
attribute my success to) my mom,
Diane Benware, who has been
supportive of me in everything I’ve
ever dreamed of doing, attempted to
do, or even failed at doing.
What I am up to: I graduated
from law school on May 22 and am
currently studying for the bar exam
in Massachusetts and Vermont
in July, after which I’ll be returning
to Middlebury to work at Deppman
& Foley. P.C.
How I got to where I am now:
I went to Williams College. where
I majored in American Studies and
Economics (2001-2005). and later attended SuIIolk
University Law School (2008-2011).
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am today: I think Vermont has had a huge infuence
on me, in that it’s made me really appreciate what it
means to be home. I’ve come home regularly while
away at school, because all the people and places I
love most are here.
My memories of high school: The high points of high
school were all the times I shared with my best friends —
then and now Sonia (Fleming) Kulhowvick and Gabe
Gladding. I shared all the low points with them, too, but I
don`t remember anything specifc.
My advice for this year’s crop of graduating
seniors: Call your parents. oIten. and stay in touch with
your friends, always.
Where are they now?
Otter Valley Union High School
Hometown, current residence, age: Grew up in
PittsIord. currently live in Orlando. Fla.. and am 28 years
old.
Family: Parents are Joe and Laurie Kamuda. they
own and operate Kamuda`s Country Market in PittsIord.
Brother JeII. age 24. also attended Otter Valley. I`m
engaged to Christine Morante. oI Sparta. N.J.; a March
2012 wedding is planned.
What I am up to: I`m a senior ticket sales account
executive for the Orlando Magic of the NBA. Since
joining the team in 2005, I have generated over $4.5
million in ticket sales revenue. I work with clients
looking to procure a variety oI products including
courtside season tickets. luxury suite rentals. corporate
season tickets and group outings.
The cool part of my job is that I get to attend 50-plus
Orlando Magic games a year, with behind-the-scenes
access, and the opportunity to meet and connect with
great people. Growing up. I was a huge basketball Ian.
played basketball all the time. and dreamed oI being
in the NBA. In the winter, I would shovel off my court
behind Kamuda`s Market and work on my game. I guess
I achieved my dream, well sort of … I just should have
been a little more specifc. Ha ha! Still it`s not a bad gig.
It’s really special to be part of an NBA franchise.How I
got to where I am now: I majored in Sports Management
at the University oI Massachusetts-Amherst. I knew I
wanted to combine my passion for sports and business
and working in the NBA was a perIect ft. I was recruited
by the Orlando Magic during the NBA job fair.
Adults to whom I can attribute my current success:
What makes Otter Valley great is that the Iaculty is
genuinely concerned with the development and success
of the student body. Mr. Jim Avery was a trusted advisor
and had an open-door policy. which was so benefcial iust
to stop by Ior advice and guidance. Lori Robear played a
big role senior year. when we were all making important
decisions on college and our Iutures. Whenever I`m back
in town I stop in to see familiar faces, or help out with a
basketball practice.
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today: Vermonters are known Ior a strong work ethic and
their thoroughness to see a job or project to completion. I
believe growing up in Vermont gave me an appreciation
Ior how hard people work. For example. Vermonters
seem to have to rely on mother nature for the success
oI tourism. the ski resorts. maple syrup and agriculture.
Many times we have to overcome obstacles and fnd
solutions to get the job done. In addition, growing up in
Pittsford, a small town of less than 4,000 provided me
with a strong sense of community and how important it is
to have solid relationships in the community.
Today`s social media outlets like Facebook and
LinkedIN attempt to connect people online. however
growing up in a small town, you have the ability to meet
face to face and develop true and genuine bonds with
friends and business associates.
My memories of high school: High school high
points — graduation! This is a day to celebrate all the
hard work. and to Ieel a strong sense oI accomplishment.
It`s a day to take another important step Iorward and start
the new chapter in your life. It’s tough to say goodbye to
friends, however it’s a great to be surrounded by friends
and family.
Low points iunior year in baseball we went
0-17. Defnitely Irustrating and disappointing. as it`s
a lot more Iun to win. When I experience setbacks and
disappointment. I look back and try to fnd something
positive for ways to learn from those experiences. It’s not
about where you’ve been, it’s about where you’re going.
My advice for this year’s crop of graduating seniors:
Dream big! And then create well-defned goals and action
steps to Iollow and work hard every day with meticulous
focus and determination to achieve those goals.
Four traits that may help lead you to be a success: Be
optimistic. be confdent in your abilities. be willing to
learn, and be helpful toward others. And everything else
will fall into place.
BRIAN KAMUDA, WHO works for the NBA’s Orlando
Magic, shows his brother, Jeff, around the Magic’s
home court.
LESLEY BENWARE AT her law school graduation in Boston last month
is ñanked by her best friends from OV, Gabe GIadding on the Ieft and
Sonia (Fleming) Kulhowvick.
HEATHER BRUCE, WHO
manages two spas in New
York, reIaxes with her ñnance,
Chad Quirion.
ERIC MALLETTE BOOKS bands, theater and other
live entertainment at Rutland’s Paramount Theater
and other venues.
Brian Kamuda, Otter Valley ’01
Lesley Benware, Otter Valley ’01
Eric Mallette, Otter Valley ’03
Heather Bruce, Otter Valley ’00
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graduation ceremonies Saturday, June 11.
The valedictorian was Will Pearl and the salutatorian was
Avery Howland. Jenna Munger was class president and
Ashley Delphia was the vice president. Alicia Jankowsky
and Ian Howlett were class marshals.
The following students are the members of the class of
2011:
Jacob Alberico, Danielle Kathleen Anderson, Christopher
John Barry Jr., Peter John Bautista, Preston J. Bergeron,
Ariel Marie Billings, Alyce M. Bilodeau, Angel Marie
Brouillard, Adrian Daniel Brown, Chelsea Jean Bruce,
Ashleigh Ariana Capek-Disorda, Jeffrey A. Carleton,
Michael Steven Carter, Alyssa Lee Chereshkoff, Andrew
B. Chestna, Jeremiah Delano Cole, James M. Corbett, John
Patrick Corbett, Joseph Edward Corbett III and Ernest J.
Cormia.
Lyndsay Marie D’Avignon, Ashlie Morgane Delphia,
Kimberly Anne DeMers, Sarah Denis, Beda L. Destromp,
Cody Michael Lewis Forrest, Samuel Michael Francoeur,
Patrick J. Friend, Nina Devin Gage, Alena Rose Gagnon,
Zachary Fox Gearwar, Emily Lynn Giddings, Jessica Nicole
Greeno, Walter Carl Gutzmann, III, Emily Jane Haley,
Brittany Marie Hance, Seth Edward Harrington, Bronson
Burton Harvey, Brittany Nicole Hayes and Breanna Grace
Horvath.
Avery Kathryn Howland, Elise Janssen, Amanda L.
Kehoe, Robert T. Kelley, Stephanie Ann Ketcham, Erin
Johanna King Keyes, Garrett Evan Kitchens, Belinda
Marie LaFountain, Randall John LaFrancis Jr., Kelsey
N. Lekberg, Caitlyn Louise Little, Brian Paul Lynch,
Willard R. Magoon, Kelly Lynn Mahoney, Nikole
Danielle Maloy, Christian David Martin, Gary William
Martin-Maloy, Joseph M. McCoy, Grace McDonald,
Andrew M. McKinnell, Benjamin Gray Merkert, George
Joseph Mitchell, Luke Joseph Molaski and Ariel Rebecca
Mondlak.
Anna Elizabeth Morale, Jenna Grace Munger, Loren Q.
Murphy, David Newton, Ethan Michael Nordmeyer, Emily
Caroline Patch, William Clayton Pearl, Eric Ryan Pillon,
Kristy Lynn Pinkham, Dominick J. Popp, Tyler Robert
Quenneville, Brian Thomas Rademacher, Derrick James
Root, Kirsten Demerest Root, Marco Rosato, Kelsey Leah
Scarborough, Michael John Seagren, Patrick Arthur Smart
and Alexander Tyler Smith.
Ashley Marie Smith, Genna Marie Smith, Melanie
Catherine Smith, Daniel W. Steele, Brooke Michelle
Stone, Joshua T. Sutherburg, Audrey Jean Taft, Gwendolyn
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Hometown, current residence,
age: I grew up in Addison and live
now in Boston, Mass. I am 28.
Family: I want to thank my
parents, Connie and Sid Everest, who
provided me with the all of the love,
support, encouragement, guidance
and resources I could possibly need
to pursue and achieve my goals.
What I am up to: I am a fnance
manager for Oracle Corp. within the
company’s Health Sciences Business
Unit. Our business unit focuses on
selling software, consulting and
software-as-a-service solutions to
the Life Science and Healthcare
industries. My team and I are
responsible Ior product proftability
analysis, budgeting, reporting, pricing
and creating fnancial business cases
for new product offerings. I am
also enrolled in the evening MBA
program at Boston College.
How I got to where I am now:
After high school I attended Babson
College, where I majored in business
and fnance. My frst iob out oI college
was as a fnancial analyst Ior IBM.
where I was very fortunate to work
for a great manager. Shortly after
my manager left IBM to join Phase
Forward, a small but rapidly growing
software company, he offered me
a challenging career opportunity
at Phase Forward, which I readily
accepted. The skills I developed and
successes I had at IBM and Phase
Forward ultimately enabled me to
move into my current role at Oracle.
Adults to whom I can attribute
my current success: I don’t think I
can attribute my success to any one
adult. I have been extremely fortunate
to have a lot of great people in my life
who have contributed in helping me
become who I am today. My parents
ingrained in me a strong work ethic
and provided me with incredible
support in pursuing my goals.
I was also very fortunate to have
many teachers at VUHS who were
not only excellent educators but
went to great lengths to support their
students both inside and outside the
classroom. One such teacher was
business teacher Mr. Paquette. I
took an early interest in business and
entrepreneurship, so I was able to
learn a lot from Mr. Paquette in the
classroom, but was also extremely
impressed with his dedication to
supporting his students. I recall Mr.
Paquette attending a 7 a.m. hockey
game up in Highgate Center that
featured only one other VUHS
student and me, but he still made the
long, early morning trip just to cheer
us on.
How my Vermont roots have
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Vermont gave me a great appreciation
for the value of a community.
Knowing your neighbors and
being part of a community where
neighbors are so willing to help each
other out ingrained in me personal
accountability and a strong desire
to help others. That same type of
organic community does not exist in
a city like Boston, but I have found
specialized organizations such as
Big Brother/Big Sister and local
youth hockey associations that offer
a similar sense of community and
involvement.
My advice for this year’s crop of
graduating seniors: My advice is to
establish goals, embrace change and
hold yourself accountable. Set goals
for yourself and work hard to achieve
those goals. More importantly,
realize that your goals today may
not align with what you want to do
or who you want to be a year from
now. That doesn’t mean you should
not set goals today, but it does mean
you need to be open and willing to
change your goals in the future, no
matter the time or effort you invested
in your prior goals.
Most importantly, hold yourself
accountable for not only the
achievement of your goals, but for all
of your actions and decisions in life.
Class of 2011
Hometown, current residence, age: My hometown is
Waltham, Vt. I am currently living in Cambridge, Mass.
I am 25 years old.
Family: My parents are Marian Greenberg and Peter
Quinn, and my brother Liam was also a VUHS grad (’01).
I am currently engaged to the love of my life, Larissa
West, who I met while living in Boston.
What I am up to: For the past three years, I have been
doing exoplanet research at the Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics. Planet hunting is an exciting job,
and I have been fortunate to be a part of several successful
projects, including NASA’s Kepler Mission, which has
identifed 1.235 planet 'candidates¨ orbiting other stars.
Sixteen oI those have already been confrmed as planets.
and the majority of the candidates are expected to be
confrmed as planets in the coming months and years.
Missions like Kepler aim to discover and characterize
planets to address questions such as 'How common are
Earth-like planets?¨ I plan to continue this and similar
work when I begin an astronomy Ph.D. program at
Georgia State in the fall.
How I got to where I am now: I went to Harvard
University, where I majored in astronomy and
astrophysics. though when I frst arrived at college my
interests were quite varied — I entertained the idea of
studying several disciplines, from computer science to
philosophy. Ultimately, my freshman astronomy course
was more captivating than the others and I never looked
back.
Adults to whom I can attribute my current success:
Although it’s been many years since I lived with them,
my parents have still had the largest impact on shaping
who I am today. My attitude toward learning, how I
approach relationships, and my daily outlook on life
have all been heavily infuenced by my Iamily. That said.
I also enjoyed a slew of wonderful teachers at VUHS.
Being consistently engaged with subject matter across
disciplines gave me the foundation I needed to truly
explore my interests in college.
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today: Being a Vermonter living outside of Vermont
requires one to adopt some good-natured swagger. Most
people think their state is great, but Vermonters know it.
We have the best skiers, the best maple syrup, the best
foliage. Even the things that were annoyances growing
up are now points of pride. What once was called boring
is now tranquil. If you ask me now, my town wasn’t
small. It was quaint. However, truthfully, I wouldn’t
give back that childhood. Our 'tranquil¨ surroundings
inspired creativity (by necessity; the alternative was
death by boredom), and have made me appreciate new
places and experiences more than I otherwise would
have. But mostly, it’s all about cheese. Vermont made me
love cheese.
My memories of high school: The low points probably
seemed lower in the moment than they do now. If you
were to get me reminiscing, I’m sure I’d mention a couple
basketball games that might have turned out differently,
but to truly complain, I would have to ignore the 99
percent of them I enjoyed. I regard my other experiences
and relationships the same way.
My advice for this year’s crop of graduating
seniors: Don’t be afraid to ask for help in order to pursue
your interests and achieve your goals. Somebody who
has your back can make all the difference, whether that
person is a supportive friend, a helpful coworker, or a
dedicated mentor. Your relationships are the best asset
you have, in all aspects of your life, so think about how
you want to build and maintain them.
Where are they now?
Vergennes Union High School
Sam Quinn, VUHS ’03
Brett Everest, VUHS ’03
Ashley Ross, VUHS ’00
SAM QUINN, VUHS ’03, is hunting for planets in his
job at Harvard University.
2001 VUHS GRADUATE Brett Everest is working his way up through
the high-tech industry and currently works for Oracle.
Hometown, current residence, age: I grew up in
Waltham, and currently living in the city of Portsmouth
on the southern coast of England. I am 28 years old.
Family: I met my wife, Mikel, at college in Minnesota.
My parents, Don and Joyce, still live in Waltham in the
house I grew up in. My sister, Lilah, is working as a
principal at a K-8 private school in the Miami area.
What I am up to: I work as a 'Postdoctoral Research
Associate¨ at the Institute oI Cosmology and Gravitation
at the University of Portsmouth in England.
I am attempting to forge a career as an astronomer. My
subfeld oI expertise is 'observational cosmology.¨ which
tries to answer questions such as 'what is the universe
made oI?¨ and 'how old is the universe?¨ based on what
we observe with telescopes.
It is an exciting time to be in this feld. Our observations
are best explained if 95 percent of the universe is made
oI 'dark matter¨ and 'dark energy.¨ but we understand
neither.
How I got to where I am now: For my undergraduate
degree I studied physics at Carleton College in Minnesota.
For anyone wishing to study science in a small, liberal
arts setting, it cannot be beat (perhaps, I’m biased). I then
obtained my PhD in Astronomy from the University of
Illinois.
Adults to whom I can attribute my current success:
There are many frst and Ioremost. my parents.
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today: I loved growing up in Vermont. I feel as though
my small town roots keep me humble in times of success
and level-headed in times of failure.
My memories of high school: Thinking back on high
school, it is hard to believe how young I was and how old
I thought I was.
I was lucky to go to a small school and have the
opportunity to participate in a variety of activities; my
experiences with soccer, baseball, jazz band and drama
club infuence my liIe weekly iI not daily.
My advice for this year’s crop of graduating
seniors: Remember that the world is Iull oI people who
are smarter and more experienced than you.
Talk to them, learn from their experiences. If they are
jaded, try to determine why.
Listen to a lot oI Bob Dylan. Remember 'He not busy
being born is busy dying¨ but. always. 'it`s liIe and liIe
only.¨
VUHS GRAD ASHLEY Ross with his wife Mikel in North Devon, England. He let’s everyone know which is
his favorite baseball team even when he is in the United Kingdom, where he lives.
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Allen M. Amery, Sarah Andrews, Victoria Susan
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Daniel C. Averill, Bridget Bartlett, Ryan D.
Bennett-Putnam, Michaela Beck Bicknell, Philip
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Bougor, Dustin Jon Bradford, Dylan Tyler Bresnick,
Nicole Lee Brown, Ashley Elizabeth Brunet, John
H. Burke, Abigail Beth Campono, Zachary Taylor
Castillo and Clayton Robert Childers.
Ann Elizabeth Clancy, Jarrett Kirby Clark, Morgan
Ashley Correia, Kory Michael Cousino, Jennifer
S. Cunningham, Kaitlyn E. Cusson, Laura Wilma
Dam, Hannah Katherine DeGraaf, Aaron
Robert Desabrais, Cassandra Lee
Devino, Dana Christian Entrott,
Jacob Edward Firlik, Alexander
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Jeremy Robert Greenhaus, Isabel
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Alexa Marie Higbee, Brandon
Hoose, Kelsey T. Howard, Asa
Freeman Hunt, Reece W. Jaring,
Margaret Spencer Johnston, Richard Karzmarczyk
and Shara Marie Kauffman.
Benjamin T. Kelly, Alyssa Lynn Kilburn, Max
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Isabelle C. Langrock, Jessica Marie Laughlin,
Andrew L. Lucia, Skyler E. Magoon, Aaron
Christopher Malaney, Samantha J. Marszalkowski,
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Joyce Miller, Kendall Newkirk, Raymond Edward
Nill, Halie Marie Nolan, Nathan T. North, Emily
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Stansbery, Daniela Margarita Stapleford, Timothy
Warren Steams, Morgan Dave Stinchfield, Hannah
Lee Sturtevant, Adam Jeffrey Terry, Katelynn B.
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