Students of the Week – October 3, 2016
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.
MUHS STUDENT OF THE WEEK
Middlebury Union High School is pleased to name Katherine “Kess” Moulton as its Student of the Week. Kess is the daughter of Serena Eddy and Jim Moulton, and a resident of Middlebury. She is a respected member of the senior class at MUHS where she captains the soccer and track teams and is a peer leader.
Kess values academics and enjoys all of her coursework, but especially likes the humanities and anticipates enrolling in a small, four-year liberal arts college in the Northeast after graduating next June.
An academically talented student, Kess’s name regularly appears on the MUHS honor roll and she was a recipient of the Dorey Cup last spring. Her selection was based on her academic, leadership and athletic contributions to the MUHS community. She serves the school as the student body vice president and is a member of the National Honor Society.
As a junior, Kess was the recipient of the noted Wellesley College Book Award. She participated in HOBY, the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program, where she and other students from across Vermont focused on leadership skills and community service.
While at MUHS, Kess has participated in a number of activities including the school band, jazz band, Model UN and Scholars Bowl, and she absolutely loves to sing. She is a member of the Women’s Ensemble and Camerata and performs both jazz and classical numbers as an alto. She has also performed in several theatrical productions, both at MUHS and with the Middlebury Community Players and has studied under noted singer Bill Reed.
A two sport varsity athlete, Kess plays as the center back on the soccer team and runs the 400 and 800 meter races in track. She proudly wears the orange and black and represents the Tigers well!
Kess has spent almost every summer of her life as either a camper or a counselor at Camp Kookamunga, a summer offering through Middlebury’s Parks and Recreation program. She spent the past summer as a counselor for young children and led them on field trips, organized sporting activities, and helped guide them in arts and crafts projects.
A dedicated volunteer, Kess has given time and talent to Run Vermont, the Middlebury Area Land Trust, Special Olympics, and the United Way of Addison County’s Day of Caring.
Middlebury Union High School is fortunate to have Kess as one of its own. She’s a talented young woman who is looking forward to a great senior year!
VUHS STUDENT OF THE WEEK
Vergennes Union High School is pleased to recognize Alyse Beauchemin as its Student of the Week. Alyse lives in Vergennes with her dad, James Beauchemin, and mom, Amy Foley. Alyse has a younger sister, Emma, who is a 9th grader at VUHS.
Alyse has made honor and high honor roll throughout her high school career. Last year she received the 2016 Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Award of Excellence and the 2016 University of Rochester Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award for Social Service. Alyse was an electee to the American Legion Auxiliary Green Mountain Girls State and was an inductee to the National Society of Torch and Laurel. In 2015, Alyse was inducted into the Otter Valley Chapter of the National Honor Society and received the VUHS AP U.S. History Outstanding Achievement Award. Alyse was the recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Medallion. In addition, Alyse was the 2015 and 2016 American Legion Oratorical Vermont State Champion and the 2016 Lions International Speak Out Vermont State Champion.
Alyse was a member of the varsity cross country team her first two years of high school and has been a member of the varsity indoor and outdoor track team for the past four years. She has been captain of both track teams. For the past two years, Alyse has been involved with the VUHS fall musicals. She was the assistant stage manager for “The Addams Family” and this year she will be acting as “Mrs. Lynch” in the upcoming production of “Grease.”
Outside of school Alyse has volunteered her time at the Bixby Library, Vergennes Sons of the American Legion fish fries, and at the Bristol and Vergennes Masonic lodges. Alyse is also involved in the history club, which helps organize Veterans Day and Memorial Day assemblies for the elementary schools. From 2014-2016 Alyse was a part of the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization and raised over $800 toward the Children’s Miracle Network and approximately $1,000 toward veterans programs through the platform: Honoring and Supporting Our Service Members. During the summer Alyse was a lifeguard at Button Bay State Park.
Alyse’s favorite quote is by Thomas Edison: “I have not failed, I’ve simply found 10,000 ways that do not work.” Rebecca Coffey, a social studies teacher at VUHS says this about Alyse, “Alyse has many skills and passions. She is a fantastic public speaker, great listener and a self-proclaimed NASA aficionado. Alyse’s skills and knowledge will help her determine her exciting future. ”
Following graduation from VUHS, Alyse is headed to college to pursue further education, but she has yet to decide on her major. The faculty, staff and students of VUHS wish Alyse the very best in the future.
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:
Addison Central Teens
Business Telephone Systems
Champlain Valley Plumbing and Heating
Jackman Fuels Inc.
JW DE Ryan
Stategies for College, Inc.
United Way of Addison County
Vermont Book Shop