March 11, 2018

2017-18: Week 28

A Solon Salute (again) to 2011 alumni and gold medalist Amanda Pelkey. Amanda was back in Montpelier this past Friday after a two week media tour that included The Tonight Show, Ellen, and many more. Amanda made time to visit MHS on Friday for a short assembly before the parade held in her honor. Thank you for your inspiration, generosity, and positive spirit Amanda! (WCAX Story, VT-Digger Slideshow & Amanda on Twitter )
Photo by Whitney Machnik

A Solon Salute to the MHS Boys' Basketball Team. This team played great in a close and hard-fought game in front of a packed house during Friday night's playoff game. We are proud of the way you play and how you take care of each other! Congrats on a great season! (Times Argus Article).
Times Argus

A Solon Salute to all of our singers and musicians who participated in the Pops Concert this past Thursday and Friday. You sounded great and we are proud of your hard-work! 

A Solon Salute to Joelyn Mensah and Nathan DeGroot. Joelyn and Nathan were recently featured in this week's cover story of Seven Days. Congratulations to Joelyn, Nathan, and all of our young MHS leaders who are making a difference! (Full Article
Full Article

A Solon Salute to Havvah Keller, Anja Samsom, and Kailea Silvers who placed fourth in the Girls Go CyberStart competition just behind teams from Burlington High School and Mount Mansfield Union High School. They had a very impressive score of 26,100 points, over 12,000 points ahead of the fifth place finishers and won $500 for their school. We applaud all of you and the other members of the MHS community who took part in this competition. (From Ms. Machnik). 

A Solon Salute to art teachers Barb Austin-Hutchins and Liz Swindell for helping these 21 MHS art students: Izzy Maine-Torres, Hope Petraro, Andy Gasal, Julie Richards, Sophia Currier, Eve Taylor, Quinn Mills, Natalie Volobueva, Chloe Fan, Maple Perchlik, Larissa Schiller, Althea Torrens-Martin, Amanda Adams, Siiri Pombar, Avi Zimet, Bella Luhr, Harley Miller, Violet Tabacco, Sydney Adams, Will Toth, and Alex Smith get their art displayed at the Vermont State House for the month of March. Work can be viewed all month by visit the state house cafeteria. Everyone is also invited to the closing reception Friday, March 30th 5-6:30 where food and drink will be provided. To see images of these pieces and more follow the MHS Art Department on Instagram @mhssolonart.

A Solon Salute to the MHS Debate TeamOn Saturday, four MHS teams debated at the State Tournament at the VT State House in Montpelier with other 20 teams. Angus Fraser and Omeed Fallahi made it to the championship final and placed second. It was a very civil final round among MHS and CVU that ended with a big hug among senior debaters that had known each other for four years. Two of them had debated against each other their first round ever as freshman and now faced each other again for their last round four years later. Both teams will be traveling to Washington DC for Nationals in May. Great performance also by Violet Tabacco and Basil Humke who won the first novice team award. (From Marijke Russo). 

A Solon Salute to Hope Petraro, who was a finalist this year in Bernie Sanders' State of the Union Essay Contest. Her essay focused on money's influence on politics, and the threat that money poses to our democracy. The essay will be included in the US Congressional Record. 

  • March 12th: ELO, PLP and Student Led Conferences prep day in Solon Block.
  • March 15th & 16th: New England Music Festival
  • March 23rd, 24th, and 25th: MHS spring musical: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • April 4th: Central Vermont Job Fair 10am to 4pm, Barre City Auditorium. Over 60 employers: (Full Flyer)
  • April 5th & 6th: Parent/Guardian & Teacher Conferences.