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Students end their school experience with an epic hike

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Posted on May 21, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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THE GRADUATING NINTH-GRADERS from The North Branch School in Ripton convene at the summit of Mount Abraham during the three-day hike on the Long Trail that culminates their three years at the school. Shown are, from left, front row, Monroe Cromis, Will Crawford, Oscar Downing, Ben Huston, Lena Sandler, Sydney Weber and Henry Wagner; back row, Tal Birdsey and Chris Huston. Courtesy photo

RIPTON — School. You get out of it what you put in, as they say. And at Ripton’s North Branch School, student effort isn’t just measured by the amount of time spent in the classroom or in front of a computer screen.

For graduating 9th-graders, it’s also measured in miles — 23 of them, all associated with an annual three-day backpacking trek along the Long Trail.

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