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Students of the Week – 9/17/2018

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.
MUHS STUDENT OF THE WEEK
Middlebury Union High School is pleased to introduce Ada Anderson of Middlebury as its student of the week. Ada is the daughter of John and Theresa Anderson and she has an older sister, Helen, who is a first-year student at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. Her brother Abel is a sophomore at MUHS, and her youngest brother, Iver, is in seventh grade at MUMS.
Ada has pursued a challenging curriculum at Middlebury Union High School, including seven Advanced Placement courses, four of which she is taking her senior year including World History, English, Environmental Science and Statistics. She enjoys school and says that Mr. Krahn’s teaching style has further promoted her love of reading and writing. Ada notes that she loves all of her classes, but tends to favor English. She is not yet sure what she might major in when she heads to college next year, but she is focusing her search on liberal arts institutions in the Northeast.
An active member of the Tiger varsity soccer and lacrosse programs, Ada serves as a co-captain of both teams. Ada notes that winning the Division I state championship in lacrosse her sophomore and junior years was a highlight. Ada was recognized for her athletic and academic talents in the spring of her junior year when was named a recipient of the school’s Dorey Cup, given annually to a male and female student based on their academic record, athletic ability and leadership skills.
Outside of school, Ada enjoys spending time with family and friends, skiing at the Snow Bowl, swimming and serving as a volunteer gymnastic coach to a group of middle school girls. At MUHS, she is involved in the Debate Club and is active in the National Honor Society. Ada spent the summer working at Songaweedin in Salisbury as part of the kitchen crew. She did a variety of jobs including meal preparation, dishes and general cleanup of the dining hall.
Ada serves as a Peer Leader this year and her advice to the entering ninth-graders is to take full advantage of all the offerings at MUHS. We wish Ada well in the year ahead and know a bright future awaits as she contemplates college study.Middlebury Union High School is pleased to introduce Ada Anderson of Middlebury as its student of the week. Ada is the daughter of John and Theresa Anderson and she has an older sister, Helen, who is a first-year student at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. Her brother Abel is a sophomore at MUHS, and her youngest brother, Iver, is in seventh grade at MUMS.
Ada has pursued a challenging curriculum at Middlebury Union High School, including seven Advanced Placement courses, four of which she is taking her senior year including World History, English, Environmental Science and Statistics. She enjoys school and says that Mr. Krahn’s teaching style has further promoted her love of reading and writing. Ada notes that she loves all of her classes, but tends to favor English. She is not yet sure what she might major in when she heads to college next year, but she is focusing her search on liberal arts institutions in the Northeast.
An active member of the Tiger varsity soccer and lacrosse programs, Ada serves as a co-captain of both teams. Ada notes that winning the Division I state championship in lacrosse her sophomore and junior years was a highlight. Ada was recognized for her athletic and academic talents in the spring of her junior year when was named a recipient of the school’s Dorey Cup, given annually to a male and female student based on their academic record, athletic ability and leadership skills.
Outside of school, Ada enjoys spending time with family and friends, skiing at the Snow Bowl, swimming and serving as a volunteer gymnastic coach to a group of middle school girls. At MUHS, she is involved in the Debate Club and is active in the National Honor Society. Ada spent the summer working at Songaweedin in Salisbury as part of the kitchen crew. She did a variety of jobs including meal preparation, dishes and general cleanup of the dining hall.
Ada serves as a Peer Leader this year and her advice to the entering ninth-graders is to take full advantage of all the offerings at MUHS. We wish Ada well in the year ahead and know a bright future awaits as she contemplates college study.
 
VUHS STUDENT OF THE WEEK
Vergennes Union High School is pleased to recognize Wade Mullin as its Student of the Week. Wade lives in Vergennes with his dad, Jason Mullin, and his mom, Tania Bolduc. Wade has an older brother, Silas, a junior at UVM.
At VUHS, Wade has excelled in English and Social Studies. He has challenged himself by taking advanced placement classes, including AP History in his sophomore year, and AP English in both his junior and senior years. Wade is branching out this year by taking AP Biology. His favorite class is German, which he received a class award for in his junior year. Wade received class awards for Computer Aided Design and AP Literature. Wade consistently makes the honor roll.
Wade has represented VUHS in multiple ways over his past four years. Wade attended Boys State last summer. He attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Association. As a 10th grader he went to the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf.
Wade participates in many school related activities. He is a member of the Indoor and Outdoor Track team. Last year Wade and three other teammates were the Vermont State Champions for the 4X800 Relay. He has run cross-country since his 10th grade year. Wade has been a member of the band for all four years. The past three years he was part of the chorus.
In the summer, Wade worked the past two years at Kingsland Bay State Park. Wade was Vermont State Park Employee of the Year in 2017. Wade also enjoys spending his free time helping out at Otter Creek Wildlife Rescue, a non-profit rehabilitation center for injured small birds and mammals.
Wade says this about his high school career: “If there is one thing I learned in the last three-plus years, it’s that it’s very hard to stay motivated in high school. Your personal work ethic is entirely dependent on you and it is much too easy to let it slip away.” Janet Kepes, the German teacher at VUHS says, “Wade learns new things like a dry sponge soaks up water, absorbing and retaining new information easily. Not satisfied with a superficial understanding, he often asks questions to completely master a concept. Additionally, he is astutely observant and notices things about people, or situations that others often miss. He uses this information to form rare insights.”
Following graduation from VUHS Wade plans to study geography at UVM, enroll in the ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) program, and enter the U.S. Army upon graduation. The faculty, staff and students of VUHS wish Wade 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 gift card from Route 7 South Sandwich Company. Students of the Week from all area high schools will receive a gift certificate from Vermont Book Shop.
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