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PHS student graduates with special ceremony

POULTNEY - During a recent Tuesday evening, a special graduation ceremony was held for 16-year-old Poultney High School student Eliza Mauhs-Pugh. The ceremony was held during the PTSD Board meeting in the school's library. Mauhs-Pugh's parents, grandmother, and several PHS teachers attended the unusual ceremony.

Mauhs-Pugh graduated before the end of the first term because she is leaving for an extended trip to Spain.

During the ceremony, Principal Jean Oakman presented the new graduate with a framed letter of recommendation outlining Mauhs-Pugh's personal and academic accomplishments.

PHS teacher Mrs. Gallipo awarded the Lamp of Knowledge Certificate and pin to Mauhs-Pugh on behalf of the Poultney Women's Club. It is awarded to a student annually whose average is 90 percent or better during the school year. Another PHS teacher, Mr. DeBonis, presented Mauhs-Pugh with two certificates for exceptional accomplishments in the music and drama departments at PHS.

Mauhs-Pugh accepted the diploma from PHS superintendent Paustian and school board chairwoman Mary Jo Teeter. She was commended for exceeding the number of high school credits necessary for graduation, for designing her own high school curriculum, for graduating ahead of time and for her diverse and creative thinking.

At the end of the ceremony, a custom watercolor print of Poultney, created by local artist Peter Huntoon, was given to Mauhs-Pugh by Oakman and Mary Jo Teetor. Mauhs-Pugh would have been valedictorian in June for the PHS Class of 2010, but chose to graduate early; another student in the PHS Class of 2010 will win the honor.

Thank you,Hannah Garuti

A special thank you is offered to Hannah Garuti, sixth grader in Mrs. Hewes's class, for volunteering and consoling the younger children at both flu clinics held at the Poultney Elementary School (PES).

PHS Cheerleaders to Compete

The CVCC, Central Vermont Cheerleading Competition, takes place Saturday, Feb, 13, at 3 p.m., at the Rutland Middle School. The state cheering competition is on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Vergennes Union High School; the start time has not been announced.

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