News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Homeschooled Shoshana Silverstein, of Hyde Park, was one of just 141 high school seniors who received the 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar Award, says the Lamoille News & Citizen. Students are selected who have “demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to school and community.” Burlington senior Colin R. Gliech was the only other winner from Vermont. Shoshana is a very busy young lady having participated in a variety of activities, sports, and community organizations, as well as studying classical piano, writing for several magazines and anthologies, volunteering at the local library, and captaining the Nordic Ski Team. She will be entering Dartmouth College this fall where she plans to major in Government with a possible double major or minor in Middle Eastern Studies, Public Policy, or Music. Shoshana will be traveling to Washington, D.C., in June to receive her award, accompanied by her mom who she chose as her most challenging and inspiring teacher. “I am looking forward to

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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