Monday, July 25, 2016

MIDD Honored by AVCA for Team Academic Excellence

The AVCA has come out with their Team Academic Awards for the 2015-16 school year.   MIDD Volleyball has achieved this award for academic excellence every year since we started applying for it, which is quite impressive in my opinion.  With a Team GPA of a 3.6, I'm very proud of these young women!  Way to go, Team!!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Belated (and partial) Update from Our Juniors Abroad

I'm a little late with my updates from our juniors abroad, but I'm trying to catch up on sharing a bit about their adventures with everyone, so here goes:

Mel was in Cordoba, Spain, and had a fabulous time.  She even emailed me a bit in Spanish, but I think that means she was loving her time there!  :)  She wrote that she'd visited the Mezquita a few times (although, I'm honestly not sure what/where that is), and said the city itself was a beautiful mix of ancient and more modern streets and architecture with a lot of orange trees making the air fragrant when walking down the streets.

 She also said that winter there is like early summer in VT, which is pretty nice, I'd think.  She also did some traveling to places like Malaga, and commented that she enjoyed watching shows like Law & Order dubbed over in Spanish.

Hannah was in India and even played some volleyball with her school for a month or so until their season ended, which was fun!  She was studying Hindi and Urdu (which she said was close to being Hindi, just in the Arabic script), in addition to taking Indian history and an Indian authors writing in English class.  She commented on the pollution in Delhi and the trouble that she and other students had breathing when trying to exercise outside which was appalling to hear, but interesting in a weird sort of way.  (Thank goodness for the clean VT air!)  A highlight for Hannah was eating the delicious food there, and also getting to travel around.  I think she went to Himachal and Darjeeling, which she said were beautiful natural places at the foothills of the Himalayas--very cool.  She's now living and working back at MIDD for the summer and is working out with Alice, who's also working at MIDD for the summer.  

In the next installment of "what I did while studying abroad", we'll highlight both Gabi and Charlotte, so stay tuned!  Happy Summer everyone!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Middlebury Maple Run Features Family and Friends

The Middlebury Maple Run is tagged as "Vermont's sweetest half marathon and relay."  It's a great run, and is becoming a destination run, which is great for the town and the State.  I'm late in posting this, as it's scheduled during the Spring sugaring season.  The weather didn't exactly cooperate this year, but it looked like everyone was having a great time anyway, and it was nice running weather, really.

Lizzy's parents both came up and ran with her, which was awesome.  A half marathon is just a good workout day for this FIT Family!  I think they could all run full marathons, as Lizzy is preparing to do this summer as part of her Ironman Triathalon! :)
And, Kathryn got her friend Mary to do the race with her, or at least part of it.  Kathryn has been very active with the Special Olympics all four years here, and she convinced Mary that she could do this!  Kathryn and Mary did it as a relay, although Kathryn did the whole thing by running the first half, and then walking and jogging the last half with Mary.  Great job, ladies!!  I'm so proud of Mary for finishing, and Kathryn for encouraging and supporting Mary with her goal!  Excellent job, everyone.  Way to represent, MCVB family!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Graduation 2016, 3 Cum Laude Seniors, and Tradition

It's Graduation time, and we had three members of the MCVB family graduate this year, ALL of whom graduated Cum Laude!  Well done Kathryn, Katie and Lauren--that's quite impressive! (The picture to the left is the standard one on the website, not of any of our MCVB grads.)

Gamaliel Painter's Cane has a rich tradition here at MIDD, and Professor Jim Ralph has recorded the history behind the man and his cane, which is the first link below.  There was also a recent article in the Associated Press about the maker of the replica canes that they now hand out at graduation, so I'm attaching the link to that article as well.  For years we've passed "the" cane around during Freshmen Convocation, but now the tradition has taken a new curve, and it's very cool.  I've also included a link to the commencement speaches, in case anyone is curious!  I hope you enjoy the brief histories!

Gamaliel Painter's Cane

The making of the new Painter's Cane replicas

Article from the MIDD Magazine titled "Raising Canes"

Commencement speaches/video

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Spring Fun at Relay for Life and Jen's On Tap Performance

Relay for Life is a wonderful event, and has actually changed a lot since they started doing it over a decade ago here at MIDD.  This year it was up on campus for the first time ever, and I think it was a success.  It has been out behind the Athletic Complex, or in the Hockey Arena every year before this, so this was a first.

We walked the "Battell Loop" and enjoyed sunshine, friends, teammates, family, and community while raising awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society.  Cancer is one of those diseases that has touched us all in one way or another, I think. We actually had a great team turnout, but I missed taking a picture when the whole group was there, but I did get these three to pose in the Relay Frame for me!

That same evening, Jen performed with her "On Tap" Dance group.  What an amazing show that was.  Jen is very talented (no surprise!), and it was a joy to get to see her perform!  The picture below I took with my camera phone, so unfortunately it's grainy because I tried to zoom in, but Jen is front and center on stage!

Here are some other pictures from our Relay day back in April:

 Several athletes in this group with Emily, along with other friends who helped support the cause.  Both Matt and Jack helped organize the day, so well done, guys!  Below, they all got into the spirit by participating with the Zumba Dance!

 Isabel was becoming Captain America in this picture!  I'm just sorry I didn't see the final product.  :)
Here we had the hockey team doing the "Relay" as it was intended back in the beginning.  The original idea was that you would form a team, and someone from your team would be walking ALL the time Relay for Life was taking place, which used to be from 6pm-8am the next day.  The hockey team just kept handing their beads to the next group of guys, and each group made a different pattern with their beads to mark their laps.  Very creative.  Nice job, fellas!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Lizzy & Kathryn Run Half Marathon

The Switchback Burlington Half Marathon featured our very own Lizzy and Kathryn!  By all accounts, they rocked it!  Spring in VT can be a challenging time, weather-wise, but it proved to be a gorgeous day for the marathon.  The women's lacrosse game was cancelled last week right at game time due to a freak, unpredicted snow storm.  Now, this weekend was a gorgeous one, as you can see from these pictures from the marathon.  It is still pretty brisk, but these two had a lot of fun at the Half Marathon. Great job, guys!! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

J-Term Fun!

J-Term is a wonderful time on campus.  It's a term comprised of the month of January (in most calendar years, although this year it went into the first week of February!) where students take only one class.  It's often something different, allowing them to branch out of their regular area of study and take something they're interested in, but haven't found time for during the regular semester.  The choices are often very different as well, helping to encourage students to do this.  Inevitably, there also ends up being some extra time to do fun, winter things, and here are some of the fun things that the team has been up to for the last month.

Eliana, Isabel and Becca were skating during free-skate a couple times a week, and I joined them one day and got to watch Isabel help instruct us on slapshots and the personal main goal was to NOT fall! 

Several people went skiing.  Gabi was making the most of her winter time here this term before going abroad later in Feb.  She went downhill skiing at the College Snow Bowl, and cross-country skiing at Rikert, our College Nordic Ski Center.  SO FUN!!  Kathryn was there for both of those excursions, as well as hitting the slopes with Meg--see pictures below!  Way to make the most of your remaining time at MIDD, Kathryn, and of course, taking pictures so I can feature you on the Blog!!

Meg is also taking advantage of her time left at MIDD by getting out and enjoying some winter fun.  Even with the relatively, or maybe downright bad snow winter we've had so far, they're still finding a way to find some snowy, wintery fun. 

I think Rose and Sarah may have been sledding, but I didn't get photos from that, and Alice and Emily have been regulars at most of the basketball games--fun season for sure!  I'm sure I'm missing many other fun times.  Jen has been outside Philly doing an internship for the term, but will return next week, so it'll be nice to have her back.  And, Hannah, Charlotte and Melanie are knee deep in their abroad experiences, so hopefully we'll get updates from them soon. 

Winter is great, and it's all about getting out and making the most of it, and layering up when it's cold.  Of course, as those of us who've been here for a while know, it's definitely not over yet--we always seem to get snow over break, so when students return next week, they may just be greeted with a "white campus?!"  

On the brink of Spring sports starting up Feb. 15th, I just want to say, "Happy Winter" before it's over!!  Plus, despite the mild winter so far, March can be a pretty snowy month here...