News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

High school graduations now are pretty much over in Vermont, but North Clarendon’s Mill River Union High School made sure their special day was memorable. What was so special about this class? “Their heart,” according to school employee Mary Bridge, who bases her opinion on more than 20 years of watching Mill River’s graduating classes. Some of the 102 class members did deliver the traditional graduation day speeches, but many more sang about what the school meant to them. Ryan Rich, for example, said his original song, “Helping Hand,” was inspired by the question: “What are you doing after school?” His lyrics reflected the comfort generated by the community to current, future and past grads. “It’s not a night for tears but for celebration and community,” said Wyll Everett, another graduate. “We’re all a community and will always feel like we belong somewhere,” he added. Good luck to all the grads of the class of 2010.

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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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