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Area youths make grade at Gov.’s institutes

VERMONT — Three-hundred-ninety-six Vermont high school students graduated from the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) this summer. GIV hosts intensive, hands-on learning experiences for young artists and learners on college campuses throughout Vermont. 
These programs provide the opportunity for students to dig into a topic they are passionate about, experience life on a college campus, and make new friends from all over the state. 
Eleven Institutes were held this summer, and 37 youths from local schools took part. The students and the institute they attended were: 
• Vergennes Union High School: Hailey Cauchon, Arts; Ila Collette, Environmental Science & Tech; Ava Collins, Arts and Young Writers; Una Fonte, Current Issues & Youth Activism; Sydney Jewell, Young Writers; Reagan Kayhart, Engineering; Jonah Mahe, Engineering; Anna Rakowski, Environmental Science & Tech; Antonio Socinski, Technology, Design & Coding; and Brendan Whitehouse, Arts. 
• Middlebury Union High School: Megan Balparda, Arts; Kenneth Barkdoll, Technology, Design & Coding; Celeste Berenbaum, Astronomy; Anna Berg, Current Issues & Youth Activism; Nicolas Brayton, Mathematical Sciences; Caroline Browdy, Current Issues & Youth Activism; Joseph Findlay, Environmental Science & Tech; Elisabeth Landis, Arts; Clare Molineaux, Technology, Design & Coding; Sarah Nicolai, Technology, Design & Coding; Astrid Olsen, Architecture, Design & Building; Devyn Pratt, Health & Medicine; Sarah Reiderer, Current Issues & Youth Activism; Kieran Sheridan, Technology, Design & Coding; Sofia Stefani, Arts; Nicholas Suchomel, Engineering; and Abigail Sunderland, Environmental Science & Tech. 
• Mount Abraham Union High School: Louis Beauchaine, Astronomy; Jade Edwards, Young Writers; Eliana Ginsburg, Engineering; Darius Kainen-Kodis, Astronomy; Luisa Lopez, Current Issues & Youth Activism; Madison Menzel, Technology, Design & Coding; Rosemary Thurber, Arts; and Noble Westbrook, Arts. 
• North Branch School: Isadora Beck, Young Writers; and Paul Thurber, Mathematical Sciences 
• Otter Valley Union High School: Tamar Foster, Young Writers. 

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