Students of the Week – April 20, 2015

The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.
Otter Valley Union High School is pleased to announce Andrew Jerome as its Student of the Week. Andrew lives in Brandon with his parents, Stephanie and Brian Jerome. He has a younger brother who is a freshman at Otter Valley, and an older sister who is a freshman at the University of Vermont.
Andrew is a member of the National Honor Society and a two-year attendee of the Vermont Young Writers’ Conference. He has been on the principal’s list, which recognizes students earning all A’s, for four straight years.
Since seventh grade, Andrew has participated in the theater program and band and been a member of the cross-country ski team.
Outside of school, Andrew enjoys reading, hiking, taking walks with his dog Blaze, and writing.
When asked if he had any advice to share with other students, Andrew said, “I have learned that a good work ethic is incredibly important, and you should remember to work hard at whatever you do. Still, life must be enjoyed, try to atone for your mistakes, and don’t be too hard yourself. Remember to relax every once in a while.”
After high school, Andrew plans on taking a gap year working and traveling, then attending college at UVM or St. Michael’s College. He intends to study either communications or psychology.
Otter Valley congratulates Andrew on his accomplishments and wishes him well in his future.
Mount Abraham Union High School is proud to call Bailey Sherwin its Student of the Week. Bailey lives in Monkton with her parents, Eric and Shawna Sherwin. Her sister, Carley, is a freshman and her host sister, Pia Versick, is a sophomore.
Bailey has made high and highest honors throughout high school and has received the academic excellence award all four years. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is taking AP English and Advanced Environmental Science. This spring she was awarded the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Award and scholarship.
Bailey has been in the spring musical in grades 10-12, and played Sandy in “Grease” her junior year. She has played field hockey all four years and was captain as a senior. She has sung in the a cappella group since freshman year and has been “pitch,” or captain, since junior year.
Bailey’s family founded the Three Day Stampede toward the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis. She has been working in the snack shack at the Stampede, taking over 800 orders per day, since she was 8. She also works part time at Fire and Ice Restaurant in Middlebury and at the Bristol Bakery and Café in Hinesburg. The past two summers she has also worked at the Village Creeme Stand.
Bailey enjoys playing field hockey year round, skiing, hiking, discovering the various swimming holes of Vermont and cheering on all of the schools sports teams, especially Isabel on the basketball court.
When asked for advice for other students, Bailey said, “I would tell them to be themselves, and do what they enjoy. Don’t worry about what other people think.”
After high school, Bailey plans to attend St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., where she hopes to play field hockey.
One of Bailey’s teachers says, “Bailey is a dynamic, outgoing and entertaining young woman. … She is an independent minded doer who can always be counted on when help is needed. Bailey has a strong spirit of volunteerism that is fully apparent in school and the community.”
The Mt. Abe community wishes Bailey all the best in the future!
Otter Valley Students of the week receive a gift certificate from the Book & Leaf Bookstore. Mt. Abe Students of the Week receive a free pizza from Cubbers. Vergennes Students of the Week receive a free sandwich and drink from 3 Squares Cafe. Middlebury Students of the Week receive a free pizza from Green Peppers. Students of the Week from all area high schools will receive a gift certificate from Vermont Book Shop.
With support from:
Barash Mediation
Business Telephone Systems
Champlain Valley Plumbing and Heating
JW DE Ryan
Martin’s Hardware
Paige and Campbell Insurance
United Way of Addison County
Vermont Book Shop 

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