6 GM seniors awarded Chester Rotary scholarships;
Kurn Hattin graduates 16 eighth-graders

On Tuesday, June 7, the Chester Rotary Club presented its annual scholarship awards to six Green Mountain Union High School seniors. The evening event was held at the American Legion and was attended by about 65 Rotarians, guests and scholarship winners. The scholarship awards were based on academics, financial need, community service and a written essay.

From left, Sarah Martel, Lucas Trask, Ben Haseltine, Kyle Cyr, Sarah Baker and Megan Spinrad

The recipient of the Andy and Heidi Ladd $1,000 per year, four-year scholarship was Robert Haseltine. Robert is a member of the National Honor Society and student government. He also played varsity basketball, soccer and baseball. Robert will be attending Paul Smith College, where he will major in Fisheries and Wildlife.

The other recipients of the Chester Rotary Scholarship will receive $1,000 each. They are Sarah Baker, Kyle Cyr, Sarah Martel, Megan Spinrad and Lucas Trask.

Sarah Baker is a member of the National Honor Society and served as a class officer at Green Mountain.  She played both varsity soccer and softball. She will be attending Northeast University majoring in biology.

Kyle Cyr is a member of the National Honor Society and was on the  varsity baseball and cross country teams. Kyle will be attending the University of Vermont majoring in Business Administration.

Sarah Martel, a National Honor Society member, was vice president of Interact and a class officer. She also played on the varsity soccer and golf teams. Sarah hopes to become a pediatric nurse, and will be attending the University of Southern Maine.

Megan Spinrad is a National Honor Society member, choir member and was nominated to the District Music Festival in Brattleboro. She also participated in the school’s dramatic productions.  Megan will be attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia with the goal of working for the Disney Corp.

Lucas Trask was a member of the varsity soccer, basketball and baseball teams. He is also a member of the Chester Fire Department, Rod and Gun Club and Snowmobile Club. Lucas plans to be a professional firefighter and will be attending Southern Maine Community College.

16 eighth graders graduate at Kurn Hattin

On Saturday, June 11, 16 eighth graders graduated at Kurn Hattin Homes in Westminster. Those graduating are: : Anna Bryan of White River Junction; Alista Charbonneau of Manchester, N.H.; Lillian Cole of Lyndonville; Marquell Collins-Williams of Bloomfield, Conn.; Hanna Czyzewski of Huntington;  Riley Daniels of Springfield; Jaykob Fagans of Springfield; Jessica Gibson of Montpelier; Talia Griffin of New York City; Evan Hall of Springfield; Lydia Jones of Putney; Kimberly Judd of Westminster; Paige Rourke of Keene, N.H.; Liam Snowden of Marlborough, N.H.; Amity Stockwell of Putney; and James White of Brattleboro.

The Kurn Hattin 8th Grade class moves their tassels to the right side to signify their new status as Alumni Association members.

The Kurn Hattin 8th Grade class moves their tassels to the right side to signify their new status as Alumni Association members.

Several students and alumni received one or more prizes from the categories of awards which included: the Massachusetts Board of Directors, Alumni Association, Woodhull Music, and Maiola Athletic Awards. Awards presented included the Eleanor Ward Achievement to Hanna Czyzewski; the John P. Barry & Christopher W. Barry Award to 7th grader Zachary Corban; the W.I. Mayo Memorial award to Riley Daniels; the Ralph & Ruby Lerche Scholarship to Lillian Cole; the Thomas G. Fahner Scholarship to alums Gabrielle Knight, Class of 2010 and Taylor Maynard, Class of 2012; and the Suitcase Award to Riley Daniels and Talia Griffin.

Kimberly Judd was the Valedictorian. She spoke of her emerging sense of freedom and acceptance at Kurn Hattin thanks to staff members who helped her find the best methods of learning and self-expression to fit her as an individual.

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