Students of the Week 4/1/2019

Olivia Heath, the daughter of Kate and Darrin Heath of Bristol, has been named as Mount Abraham Union High School’s Student of the Week. Olivia has three sisters: Celia, a sophomore at UVM; Katie, in 9th grade; and Sarah, 7th grade.
During her time in high school, Olivia made at least high honors consistently from grades 9-12, and achieved academic excellence every year as well. This year she has challenged herself by taking AP Calculus, AP Literature, and her fourth year of French.
She has been playing field hockey for her entire time at Mt. Abraham, and is very grateful to have been part of such an incredible (championship winning!) team with so much heart. She has participated in each Fall Musical during grades 7-12, and three Spring Musicals; “RENT,” “Fame” and this spring’s “Mamma Mia!” She has participated in Vermont Young Playwrights in grades 9-12, and also went to the Vermont Young Writers’ Conference in 10th grade. In grade 9, she began participating in and contributing to Mt. Abe’s Literary Magazine, and continued to do so during her sophomore and junior years. In grades 10-12, she sang in the District Music Festival for chorus, and additionally Vermont All States chorus in grades 9 and 12. She has also been a part of our Mt. Abraham a cappella group, “Sweet Transition,” since 10th grade.
Olivia has been lifeguarding for a few years at various camps and events, and she teaches swim lessons at the Mt. Abe pool during the summer since 10th grade. She also worked at the after school program in Lincoln as a sophomore.
Olivia loves to play field hockey, to sing, to read and to write. She also really enjoys horseback riding, and is learning to sew in her free time.
Olivia says, “I believe that high school is all about pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. High school is what you make of it, and I chose to fill my free time exploring and pursuing various extracurriculars, which I believe enrich my life and influence my character exponentially. My advice to other students is to try and be a part of as many things as you can, and to focus on the positive or exciting things that are happening in your life and in your future.”
Next year Olivia plans to attend college and explore learning opportunities with a music or language focus.
Fall Musical Director Jennifer Allred says, “Olivia is a very observant, kind-hearted and compassionate individual who is wise beyond her years.” French Teacher Jori Jacobeit adds, “In addition to having studied French for four years, Olivia devotes an entire class block to providing assistance in a French 1 class. She shares her passion and enthusiasm for French, helping to inspire the next wave of Mt. Abe language students.”
The Mt. Abe community will miss Olivia, and wishes her luck as she heads off to new experiences.
Otter Valley Union High School introduces Chandler Corey as its Student of the Week. Chandler is the son of Loretta Ryea of Brandon and John Corey of Benson. He has four siblings, Devon, Cameron, Brittany and Kayleigh.
Chandler has worked very hard to improve his GPA (currently at an 85) and has been recognized for frequently being on the honor roll and occasionally on the merit list. He has also made the principal’s list several times during his years at Otter Valley. When he was a freshman he got an award for being the most improved in Algebra 1. He has been in multiple college prep classes from Moosalamoo Outdoor Bioregionalism to Algebra 2 and Effective Writing.
He has played football all four years at OVUHS, and varsity in grades 10-12. He has also played lacrosse in grade 11 and is a member of the local Unified basketball team.
He currently works at Perkins Hardwood Flooring and plans to continue there over the summer. This is his most recent job as he leans into his last high school summer. “It’s a well-paying, hands-on, physical job that I enjoy,” he says. He has also worked at a few local, family-owned businesses and Hannaford supermarket.
Chandler likes to be active. When he’s not in school he likes to bicycle and play basketball and generally keep moving.
“My high school experience has been one of the greatest adventures, from finding out my hobbies to who are my best friends. The sports I enlisted in were like the cherry on top and motivated me to do better in school,” he says. “So just go with the flow. Everything happens for a reason. Live life day by day, minute by minute. Enjoy the small things.”
After high school Chandler plans on attending college for a B.A. in Physical Education. Even though he never really cared for school he plans on being a teacher or a coach.
Outdoor Education teacher Joshua Hardt says, “No matter the obstacle, Chandler will rise to the occasion. Chandler is dedicated, persistent and resilient. To have him as a part of the team is an asset that carries some weight. As an individual, Chandler is as tough as nails, yet he possesses compassion and can see well beyond the scope of his own world.” Physical Education teacher John Olson praises Chandler for all the help he gives to other students and teachers in his capacity as a teacher’s aide in Physical Education classes. He sets up and takes down equipment, runs errands, works well with challenged students, and is well liked by his peers.
Otter Valley will miss Chandler when he graduates this June, and wishes him all the best in his future plans.
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.
With support from:
Barash Mediation Services
Bourdon Insurance Agency
Business Telephone Systems
Champlain Valley Plumbing & Heating
Countryside Carpet & Paint
Jackman Fuels, Inc.
J.W. & D.E. Ryan
NFP Insurance Benefits & Wealth Management
Peak View Eye Care
Route 7 South Sandwich Company
United Way of Addison County
Vermont Book Shop

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