Students of the Week – 10/22/18
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.
MAUHS STUDENT OF THE WEEK
Mount Abraham Union High School is proud to present Ross Carr as its Student of the Week. Ross lives in Bristol with his mother Christine Chamberlain.
Ross has been on highest honors every semester (he believes). He is currently enrolled in AP Biology. He attended the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf in his sophomore year. He has had a short piece published in “Zig Zag Lit Mag,” a local literary magazine. He has also been named to the National Honor Society.
Ross is a track and field enthusiast, and has competed for Mt. Abe on the cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track and field teams throughout high school. He is a force as a runner, qualifying for the 200 and the 400 meter races in the Division II State Track & Field meet last spring, and he ran varsity cross country as a freshman.
For the summer prior to Ross’ junior year, he worked with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps on a trail building project in Dorset. His crew was there for one month, living at a makeshift campsite off an old logging road downhill from their project. The building itself involved many rock work projects such as stone staircases and retaining walls. This past summer he worked as an attendant at D.A.R. State Park in Addison and is planning on working there next year as well.
Outside of school Ross enjoys fly fishing, hunting, camping, running, working out, playing guitar, reading, writing and trapping. To add to all these activities, he is now working on building a guitar with a friend.
Ross’ advice to his peers? “Never get so involved in high school that you lose sight of your life outside, and what comes after. In the end, you will walk away a little smarter, a lot wiser, and richer in friends. Do what you love, not what you feel pressured to do, and you will win in the end.”
Following graduation from MAUHS, Ross plans to pursue training and apprenticeship for electrical linework at Northern Michigan University.
AP English teacher Lisa Gryzb says, “Ross Carr’s creative writing shows his wild imagination as well as his control over language. He’s hard working and focused and willing to push the envelop in his thinking. He’s also the best damn DUO ever.” Advanced French teacher Jori Jacobeit adds, “Ross is a highly engaged and innately curious individual. His knowledge of wide-ranging topics reflects his passion for life and his sense of adventure.”
Everyone at Mt. Abe wishes Ross the best of luck in his post-high school endeavors.
OVUHS STUDENT OF THE WEEK
Congratulations to Josh Beayon of Pittsford, the latest Otter Valley Union High School Student of the Week. Josh’s parents are Joseph and Sally Beayon and his little brother Jordan is in 8th grade at Otter Valley.
Josh is a hard-working student, making the scholars list and honor roll for every marking period at Otter Valley. And he has been inducted into the National Honors Society — his proudest achievement throughout high school. He is currently ranked 7th in his class and has a 96.67 GPA. His courses this year include AP Literature and AP Pre-Calculus — one of the most advanced math classes at Otter Valley. Throughout his high school career he has achieved excellence awards in almost all subjects, including Math, Science, English and French.
Athletically, Josh has played varsity baseball and wrestled all four years of high school. He also showed his commitment to athletics as a member of the Athletic Leadership Council at Otter Valley.
He has shared his love of baseball by volunteering at the local recreation departments throughout the years, including volunteering as an assistant coach and umpire for the Little League baseball teams. He has done volunteer maintenance on the youth baseball fields to get them ready for the season, and has also volunteered at youth wrestling events throughout the years.
When he’s not busy at school, on the mat or the baseball diamond, or volunteering, Josh enjoys hunting and spending time with his family and friends outside of school.
When asked what high school has taught him, Josh replied, “I have learned that hard work is the key to success and that it can help you accomplish a lot of your life goals.”
Once he has graduated from OVUHS, Josh plans to attend college and play baseball while doing so.
“Josh Beayon is a conscientious and diligent student, athlete and an overall impressive young man. He exemplifies excellence and dedication as much in his academic performance as he does on the baseball field and the wrestling mat,” teacher Hollie Kretzer says. Larry Gerrior adds, “Josh has my respect and highest recommendation as an exemplary student. He has demonstrated excellence in all that he puts his mind to, whether working on a group project, or designing a technical experiment. Josh’s keen interest in understanding how things work and natural aptitude for sciences lead me to believe that he will have an amazing and successful future.”
Everyone at Otter Valley wishes Josh well as he moves beyond high school.
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 $5 gift certificate to Route 7 Sandwich Co. Students of the Week from all area high schools will receive a gift certificate from Vermont Book Shop.
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