Students of the Week – 2/12/2018

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.
Sophia Marks, a senior at Middlebury Union High School and resident of Cornwall, is the daughter of Elizabeth Morrison and Ben Marks, and our Student of the Week. Sophia is a talented student and her name regularly appears on the school’s honor roll. She has continually challenged herself with some of the school’s most rigorous courses and is currently enrolled in AP Statistics and AP World History.
Sophia contributes to the MUHS literary magazine, “Calliope,” and has participated in Scholars Bowl and is president of SCHOR, the Student Coalition on Human Rights. Athletically, Sophia participates as a member of the Tigers cross country and track teams.
An avid reader, Sophia’s favorite authors include Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, and Jeanette Walls. She especially enjoys reading memoirs. One of her favorite classes was Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition, a class she took her junior year. She also successfully completed a course at the University of Vermont in the summer between her junior and senior years.
She highly recommends that her fellow students consider participating in the Vermont Governor’s Institute programming. Sophia enrolled in two GIV offerings, one at Castleton University focused on the arts, animation, and filmmaking. A second, held in Brattleboro, was centered on current issues and social justice.
Looking ahead to next year, Sophia is focusing her college search on liberal arts institutions in a variety of locations. She has a bright future ahead and her many contributions at MUHS have set the course for a wonderful journey in college. 
Vergennes Union High School is pleased to recognize Casey Kimball as its Student of the Week. Casey’s dad is Michael Kimball of New Haven and his mom is Jessica Kimball of Vergennes. Casey has an older brother, Devon, who is a freshman at Castleton University; a younger sister, Jordan, a freshman at VUHS; and a younger brother, Tyler, a 6th-grader at Vergennes Union Elementary School.
One of Casey’s greatest achievements was being selected to represent VUHS at Boys State last summer. He felt honored to be recognized as a leader by the faculty. Casey was inducted into the National Honor Society this year. Casey was selected to represent the Mt. Abraham/Vergennes football team at the annual North/South Senior All-star Game. It had been a goal of his since the beginning of the season. Casey has been part of the varsity football team since his freshman year. He has also been on the varsity basketball and baseball teams. Outside of school Casey volunteered at youth football and basketball camps. Casey has also helped at the Junior Fishing Derby held in Vergennes.
Casey has one piece of advice for his fellow students at VUHS: “Get involved. One of my biggest regrets is not becoming more involved in my community. Volunteer, give back, and really appreciate this community we live in.”
Chris Wycoff, an English teacher at VUHS says this about Casey, “If you had to pick one student who is the embodiment of everything VUHS stands for and strives to be, that student would be Casey Kimball. If you have come to any basketball game — Boys’, Girls’, varsity or JV, it doesn’t matter — he is there. If he is not playing, he is either at the front table greeting you with a smile, or he is inside cheering on his classmates. Even though Casey is involved with many extra-curricular activities and has a very full schedule, he always finds a way to help out those in need, and that is what makes him a true Commodore. Casey has brought joy and integrity into the VUHS community for the past four years and will always be a part of the heart and soul of this school, but now it is time to share this treasure with the world.”
Following graduation from VUHS, Casey intends to attend Castleton University and major in Physical Education, and play on their football team. Casey would like to stay in New England after graduating from college.
The faculty, staff and students of VUHS wish Casey the very 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.
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