POULTNEY-Poultney High School student Kelly Festa won the Rutland Area Guidance Counselors' Scholarship. Festa was congratulated by teachers and classmates last week.
Vermont History Day
The seventh graders represented PHS at Vermont History Day. Calvin Brooks won the individual document in the junior division. Although they did not place, Marissa Constantine and Rachel Cook should be commended for their research and enthusiasm efforts. They entered the most competitive category, which is group exhibits, and did extremely well against tough competition. Both students are determined to see the Equal Rights Amendment passed since it was recently reintroduced to Congress and needs three more states to ratify to be a part of the Constitution. Their project is currently displayed at the Poultney Town Library. Three other students, Brockton Corbett, Tommy Bacher, and Daniel Hein came in second in the group documentary junior division.
Martin VanBuren became a finalist in the student Opus competition, which is part of the Vermont MIDI Project. For ten years, the Vermont MIDI Project has fostered a community of music educators, professional composer mentors, and pre-service educators who encourage and support music composition for students. Addressing composition in the curriculum for classroom music, theory and composition courses, and instrumental and vocal ensembles is being achieved through a variety of activities.
Using specific instrument guidelines, Martin composed a piece of music in four months. He worked on the piece, and submitted it online to have other teachers, students, and composers give him feedback. He had a choice to accept the suggestions or write back why he did not want to use the advice. Martin submitted the final version on March 30. Out of 65 pieces, Martin was one of the 24 students selected to have his piece performed by professional musicians at a live concert. Martin will be able to work with the professional musicians in a rehearsal giving his thoughts and reflections on how he wants his piece to sound.