Students of the Week – 3/11/2019

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.
Middlebury Union High School is introduces Nico Gori-Montanelli as Student of the Week. Nico resides in Middlebury with his parents, Lorenzo and Danielle, and younger sister, Saskia, who is a ninth-grader at the high school. 
Nico is a gifted artist and takes a holistic approach to design. He says the art courses at MUHS have provided him with a stimulating foundation, one that has prompted his desire to pursue the arts when he enrolls in college next fall. He completed his academic requirements at mid-year and will graduate in June with the Class of 2019. Currently Nico is focusing his time on various art projects, including drawing, design, and other special creative works. He has created his own furniture, including desk chairs in his home studio.
While enrolled at MUHS, Nico studied Design and Illustration at the Hannaford Career Center. He enjoyed the coursework and felt it helped expand on his creativity. He has enjoyed his classes at the high school and has valued the dedication of his teachers in each of his core subjects. Nico participated in the Dual Enrollment program and took two courses at Community College of Vermont, one in graphic design and another in environmental issues. Nico encourages other students to pursue the Dual Enrollment option, as it is a great way to supplement the already challenging coursework at MUHS.
He said, “It gave me a nice introduction to college level classes!”
His hard work has paid off as he earned Honor Roll status during his tenure at the high school.
Outside of school, one of Nico’s passions is tending and cultivating bonsai. He enjoys experimenting in gastronomy, learning more about art, architecture, and new types of design. Nico’s plans after graduation include studying art and design. He has applied to a variety of art schools across the United States and in Europe with a focus on studying integrated or contextual design. His talents have graced the walls of the art room at MUHS and we will surely be keeping an eye out for his future work.
Everyone at MUHS wishes Nico well.
Vergennes Union High School recognizes Kamren Kiefer as its Student of the Week. Kamren lives in Addison with his dad and mom, Jason and Angela Rapoport. Kamren has an older sister, Téa. She is a senior at Springfield College.
Kamren was inducted into National Arts Honor Society and the Technical Honor Society at the Hannaford Career Center. Kamren has taken AP Literature. He played for the JV soccer team in 9th grade and was also part of the track team at Vergennes during his freshman and sophomore years. Kamren has been a cast member of the fall musicals since the eighth grade.
Outside of school Kamren partakes in an intermediate ballet class and an advanced tap class at Spotlight Vermont. Also, he takes voice lessons with Bill Reed Voice Studios. Kamren worked at Basin Harbor Boat Club this past summer as a dockhand. He currently works as a cashier at Hannaford supermarket in Middlebury.
Kamren says about high school, “Personally what I have learned from surviving high school is that you really need to choose your battles wisely. You can’t lose your temper after every little thing that may occur, but you also can’t just allow for people to walk all over you. As long as you treat people with the utmost respect and try to not sweat the little stuff you’ll survive as well. But also don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and call out anyone who needs to come back down to earth. Also make sure to have fun and make the best of your surroundings and if it gets hard then take it one day at a time and try to make the next day better than the day before.”
Janet Kepes, the German teacher at VUHS says, “Kamren is a kind person, a good student and a talented thespian who brings a positive energy to wherever he goes. He can always find something positive about every person and every situation. He has the ‘glass is half full’ kind of mentality. He is the type of person who will always help, whether you ask him or he just volunteers, he is always ready to lend a hand. He is also very supportive of others. If people doubt their ability, he is often the first one to encourage them.”
Following graduation from VUHS Kamren plans on going to college to study the business side of the “theatre world.” He would like to get the chance to produce his own content and maybe even produce projects for other people.
The faculty, staff and students of VUHS wish Kamren 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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Bourdon Insurance Agency
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J.W. & D.E. Ryan
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Peak View Eye Care
Route 7 South Sandwich Company
United Way of Addison County
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