Students of the Week – May 29, 2017

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 proud to present Trevor Quigley as its Student of the Week. Trevor lives in Brandon with his parents, Brian and Elizabeth Quigley. He has two older siblings, Connor, a graduate of UNH. and Clairissa, who graduated from UVM this past week.
Trevor has achieved honor roll numerous times throughout his high school career. He was named student of the marking period for the first quarter of the year at Stafford Technical Center. He also recently tested out of his first year of plumbing apprenticeship, allowing him to start as a second-year apprentice and become a licensed plumber sooner.
In the past Trevor’s school activities have consisted of football and cross country skiing for several years and high school jazz band for five years. Currently he attends Stafford Technical Center, where he was elected President of Skills USA — a nation-wide organization for students enrolled in technical schools. Through Skills USA Trevor has competed at the state level twice and has been awarded two consecutive gold medals. These performances have qualified him to compete at the national level. He will travel to Louisville, Ky., after graduation for the Skills USA national competition.
Trevor currently owns and operates a lawn care business that he started when he was 11 years old. Over the years he has expanded this business to more than 20 customers. As a second-year student in the electrical and plumbing program, Trevor is allowed to go and work every other day for an employer. He currently works at Paquette Plumbing in Mendon.
When he has time, Trevor enjoys riding his dirt bike and four-wheeler with friends. He also likes to hunt and fish when time allows.
When asked what he has learned from his years in high school, Trevor says, “Don’t stress about the little things. I have come to learn that everything eventually works out.”
After he graduates, Trevor plans to continue working and complete an apprenticeship in order to obtain his plumbing license.
John Bixby, one of Trevor’s teacher at Stafford Technical Center, has this to say about our student of the week, “Trevor Quigley has worked hard in the electrical/plumbing program at Stafford Technical Center. He has become a good, reliable plumbing apprentice and will be representing Vermont at the SkillsUSA national conference as our plumber for teamworks.”
All of us at Otter Valley wish Trevor the best of success in his future endeavors.
Mount Abraham Union High School is pleased to name Siena Hoagland as its Student of the Week. Siena, or Cece, lives in Bristol with her parents, Maria and August Hoagland. She has one older brother, August.
Throughout high school, Cece has received academic excellence awards, and she has never missed a chance to be in the honor roll — with high or highest honors. She was invited to join the National Honor Society, but declined the offer. “I did not want the added pressure of having the title that comes with being a part of such a society,” she says. Cece also received a Model United Nations best delegate award her senior year. During her junior year, she earned Mt. Abe’s Golden Test Tube chemistry award.
Cece has participated in a long list of activities while at Mt. Abe, including; peer mentoring, Vermont Teen Leadership Safety Program (VTLSP), Model United Nations, Rowing Club, Vermont Young Playwrights, Mock Crash planning club, Anti-sexting PSA planning club, fall musicals, spring musicals, Thin Budget drama club, and Yearbook business manager.
When she catches her breath, Cece enjoys playing the piano, painting and volunteering at her local food shelf twice a month. She currently works at Lulu Ice Cream in Bristol.
Cece says, “High-school has taught me to take every opportunity that is given to me, and to experience every aspect life has to give. It is not enough to just walk your way through the school, only looking to pass. School is about knowledge, and knowledge is the most important part of human existence, as without it, we are nothing but animals.” Her personal philosophy? People should always be kind and understanding, even to the ones they dislike.
Her advice to fellow students? “Erase all thoughts they have about how ‘school sucks’ and live every moment of their high-school career in the present. It comes and goes so fast, and the experiences you have in these short four years, and the friends you make, will stay with you forever.”
In the fall, Cece will attend Southern New Hampshire University as a Forensic Psychology Major.
“Siena is a generous and kind person, always sensitive to the feelings of others,” says Art teacher Elise Cleary. “She believes in giving back and is involved in many different groups and activities that illustrate that spirit. She also has a fun sense of humor and a contagious laugh!” 
We at Mt. Abe wish Cece all the best as she sets out on the next stage of her life.
We’re fortunate to have Henry Ganey, son of Patrick Ganey and Meaghen Hoang of Middlebury, as a member of the Class of 2017 at Middlebury Union High School. Henry moved to Vermont from Minnesota while in middle school and said he found the transition to be an easy one. He’s found good friends, challenging academics, and enjoyed his time as a member of Tiger athletics.
Henry enjoys school and favors history. He anticipates that he may major in Political Science or International Relations when he enrolls at Middlebury College, where he was offered an early decision acceptance. His curriculum at the high school has included four years of Latin and several Advanced Placement classes.
He participated in the Model United Nations as a ninth-grader and then moved on to Scholars Bowl. He was especially excited when the team placed fifth for small schools at the national conference in Chicago. Henry plays the saxophone in the school band and enjoys the activities that he and his fellow band members participate in under the guidance of Mrs. Severy.
Henry has been a key member of the cross country team and captained the track team his junior and senior years at MUHS. He skied on the Nordic team his freshman and sophomore years and participated on the indoor track team his senior year.
Henry has participated in the Governor’s Institute and calls the experience “eye-opening.” His program allowed him to meet with high school students from Iraq, Vermont, Oklahoma, Washington, D.C., and Oregon. In total, 30 students participated and the discussions and experience were life-changing, prompting his interest in world affairs.
We wish Henry well as he prepares to finish his senior year and graduate in June. He plans to take a gap year prior to enrolling at Middlebury in September 2018. We are confident that a bright future awaits Henry!
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:
Addison County Economic Development Corporation
Business Telephone Systems
Champlain Valley Plumbing and Heating
Jackman Fuels Inc.
JW DE Ryan
Martin’s Hardware
United Way of Addison County
Vermont Book Shop
Barash Mediation
Paige and Campbell Insurance
Peak View Eye Care

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