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28 poster"28 Marchant" Premieres March 15

This just in from RU Drama / ETC Theater Company Director Brian Rainville:

A cast and crew of 35 has been busy preparing to premiere a new play at Randolph Union - and the playwright is coming to visit.  “28 Marchant Avenue: Six Summers at Hyannisport” examines the lives and secrets of the Kennedy family – including JFK’s developmentally disabled sister Rosemary.

The second of Joe and Rose Kennedy’s nine children, Rosemary was lobotomized in a desperate attempt to impose normalcy and protect the future prospects of her now famous siblings.  Lukina Andreyev, a senior at Randolph Union, took a break from rehearsals to talk about her lead role, the play, and the enduring popularity of the Kennedy family. 

“Rosemary’s story was obscured because these are hard issues,” Andreyev stated while seated comfortably in the first row of the high school’s auditorium.  “But we’re in an age of unveiling.  People are questioning image.  There have been so many revelations about public figures.  Americans are ready for this story to be told.”

When asked about the play’s central conflicts, Andreyev shared this insight:

“Rosemary was torn between wanting to be a Kennedy – and a individual.  It was hard for her to accept the molding that the children went through, not just because of her disability, but because she had a strong personality.  Rosemary fell victim to her father’s ambition.  Joe Kennedy wanted his children to lead - he laid the foundation for a political dynasty by manipulating the stock market and investing in Hollywood.  Three of his sons became senators, one rose to be president.  This play is about what was sacrificed in pursuit of that power.”

Rainville also revealed how the work came to Randoph Union.  “I found this script a year ago in New York City, when I was on sabbatical.   It had just been published, and the story spoke to me.  What happened to Rosemary Kennedy is a Greek tragedy – overreaching father destroying his child.  The playwright, Steven Carl McCasland, offered a very fair contract – and asked if he could come up to see the show.  That’s how the journey from page to stage began.”

“The universality of this story is striking,” Andreyev interjected.  “Joe Kennedy taught his children it’s not who they were that mattered, but who people thought they were.   The whole idea of image – cultivating and maintaining a public persona – a brand - is still with us today.”

“28 Marchant Avenue: Six Summers at Hyannisport” will be performed March 15-17.  Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and last approximately 1.5 hours.  Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students, with proceeds benefiting the drama program.  All tickets are unreserved and available at the door.  Homeade treats are available during intermission.

8th Graders Present Check to Jocelyn House

As part of their 8th grade Community Service requirements, students at RU Middle School raised $100 for the Jocelyn House.  The proceeds came from a formal dance that they hosted on the evening of January 12th.

The dance was a big success with over 50 students attending. Good music, dancing and food sales resulted in a $100 profit.

The Middle-school students that coordinated and hosted the dance are members of teacher Craig Wiltse's Advisory.

RU National Honor Society to Do 'Sea of Pink' Fundraiser

The National Honor Society chapter at RU will sponsor a "Sea of Pink" fundraiser for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta during the Galloping Ghosts Pride Day, set for Saturday Jan. 27 at the RU gym.

The day will begin with gymnastics at 11 a.m.; bowling at 1 p.m.; a boys JV basketball game at 2 p.m.; and a varsity boys basketball game at 3:30. The Lady Ghosts JV game begins at 5:30, and the varsity plays at 7. It's a day to comej support all of our teams, enjoy time together, and show off our RU Pride.

The fundraiser for the camp will include selling pink T-shirts designed by the NHS members and a 50-50 raffle -- all proceeds will go to the camp, located in South Hero, for children who have or have had cancer.
"We hope the community will come out and support not only this cause, but our teams as well," said NHS advisor Kelly Tucker. "In order to optimize what we can donate, weneed the support of the entire community."

This the fifth year NHS has held the fundraiser, and to day has raised over $5,000 for the childrens programs at the camp.

Mind Your Own Business!
RU and RTCC Students Discover Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial math
A group of 20 students at Randolph Union High School and Randolph Technical Career Center are pioneering a new class model called Entrepreneurial Math, which is focused in relating mathematical skills to real-life business applications. The class is being jointly led by RU math teacher, Carol McNair, and RTCC Business Educator Wayne Goulet.

Each of the students has started their own micro-business, creating products, securing financing, developing marketing materials, and learning to use spreadsheets for accounting purposes.  

Assisted by local business people Kelly and George Gray from Compucount, and Attorney Roger Glovsky, the students will sell their products at school events, and on the RTCC website. They have also forged a partnership with the Randolph Downtown Deli where their items will be sold on consignment.  

Products include, but are not limited to, blankets, scarves, handmade soap, dog treats, jewelry, calendars, birdseed and traditional wreaths, and much more. For the remainder of the semester, students will interview local business people and entrepreneurs to better understand how mathematics is applied in different work settings.  

RU Co-Principal Elijah Hawkes, Northfield Guidance Director Jerry Cassels Discuss Social Media, Troubled Homes with VT Public Radio

Vermont Public Radio met recently with RU Co-Principal Elijah Hawkes and Northfield Middle/High school Guidance Director Jerry Cassels to discuss the impact social media, and troubled homes is having on students and education in Central Vermont.

According to Hawkes and Cassels, schools are increasingly being called on to help students deal with social and personal problems ranging from the negative effects of social media to trauma in their home lives; problems that can lead to disruptive behavior.

Read the story and tune in to the entire broadcast by clicking here.

Senior Dakota Browder Takes 3rd in Miss Teen Vermont Pageant
Uses her Senior Project to develop skills and confidence

Senior Dakota Browder will tell you she’s always been a little shy and lacking in self-confidence.  So when it was time to come up with an idea for her Senior Project, she wanted not only to challenge herself, but also to overcome some of the fears that she felt had always held her back.
“I wanted to prove to myself that I didn’t have to be afraid. That I had something to offer and that I could do something completely out of character,” she said.  “So I entered the Miss Teen Vermont USA pageant, and I came in third place….second runner up.”

And that earned Browder a $12k college scholarship, an audition for a modeling gig, and a whole lot of new confidence in herself and her abilities.

“It also helped me learn the importance of being mentally strong,” she said, “as well as the importance of helping and investing in others. I was surprised – but happy – to learn how supportive all the other contestants were with one another. The phrase I kept hearing that day was ‘Strong is the new skinny’. I would love to help others overcome their fears like I did.”

Confidence. Empathy. And a pretty hefty college scholarship. Now that’s a Senior Project success story.

CroucherRU's Steve Croucher: More Than Just the "AD"
Failure Is His Fuel: Randolph AD a High-Level Triathlete

By Jared Pendak
Valley News Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Courtesy of the Valley News

While off-road triathlete Steve Croucher’s results competing in last month’s Xterra World Championships in Hawaii might not have been what he was aiming for — equipment issues led to dehydration and a middling time of 3 hours, 20 minutes, 28 seconds — the trip was nonetheless successful.

The next day, the 28-year-old Randolph Union High athletic director proposed to girlfriend Joanna Ferreri during a sunset cruise around Maui, and she said yes.

Plus, Croucher finds plenty of value in coming up short.

“I love failure, because it’s an opportunity to learn,” said Croucher in an interview from his office at Randolph, where he’s in his third year as the Galloping Ghosts’ AD. “If you fail, to me, it’s a good sign. It means you have plenty more to work on, and you won’t get overconfident.”
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RU Students are off to Germany

Cuxhaven travelers

Students at Randolph Union High School have numerous opportunities to travel to other countries, and the latest group will be leaving in late November to visit our sister school, BBSCuxhaven - the "Berufsblidende Schulen" located on the North Sea in the coastal community of Cuxhaven, Germany.

Students and chaperones from RU travel to Cuxhaven, Germany bi-annually in order to experience German life (and high school) with host families and partnered students.

In the off years, students from Cuxhaven travel to Vermont to experience our way of life. The visiting students are hosted by local families and shadow RUHS students through a variety of classroom and extra curricular activities. 

Interact PBL Blood Drive a Huge Successinteract1

Members of Scott Sorrell’s Interact PBL (Project Based Learning) class organized a blood drive recently on behalf of the American Red Cross / Northern New England Region.

Good planning; good marketing; good advertising; and outstanding class participation resulted in 69 donors walking through the door, and 58 units of blood being donated. "It was an outstanding effort," said Account Manager Donna Sepkowski. "I heard it was so busy we actually had a bunch of walk-outs. Please share my thanks with everyone. You guys ROCK."

The Interact PBL encourages students to take what they know about the world and their passions, and connect it to their strengths, skills, and futures to challenge themselves to grow. The class’s mission to implement one local and one international service project each year.

Twelve Students are Inducted into the National Honor Society


Inductions for the 2017-18  Randolph Union High School National Honor Society were held on Wednesday, September 20. Twelve new members were inducted by members of the RU faculty, and will join the three returning members of NHS.

Inductees were led into the media center by Advisor Kelly Tucker, and were called up individually by various faculty, who spoke to the qualifications that earned them a place in the National Honor Society. They then received their stole, pin, and membership card. The ceremony was largely led by the newly elected officers, who lit a candle and read a passage on the importance of character, leadership, scholarship and service. The NHS pledge was led by returning member, Jocy Turinetti, after which, refreshments were enjoyed by the newly inducted members, family and friends.

Members of the 2017-18 National Honor Society are; President Belial Mazzella, Vice-President Courtney Clement, Secretary Emily Grady, Treasurer Philp Papp, Shea Fordham, Morgan Fordham, Collin Fordham, Kasie Mills, Jocy Turinetti, Rielle Brassard, Ben Osha, Liam Connolly, Andrea Conniff, Lukina Andreyev and Nina Mazzella.