Hannaford Career Center Newsletter

May 2022

2021-2022 Quarter Three Outstanding Students

Students are selected by their instructors as outstanding students for the quarter based on their stellar academic performance and a strong commitment to our center-wide Habits of Work (empathy, respect, safety, collaboration, resilience, work ethic, and responsibility). Congratulations to all of our well-deserving students for quarter three of the 2021-2022 school year.


ART Performance - Lily James Roberts (MAUHS)

ART Technical - Tzain Howe (MUHS)

Automotive Technology 102 - Stephen Barcomb (VUHS)

Automotive Technology 104 - Alex Densmore (MAUHS)

Computer Science Principles - Tyler Chasse (MAUHS)

Construction Technology 1 - Bill Breault (MAUHS)

Construction Technology 2 - Derek Vorsteveld (VUHS)

Design & Illustration - Audrey Tembreull (VUHS)

Diesel Power Technology 1 - Zakery Hoisington (VUHS)

Diesel Power Technology 2 - Tristan Stearns (MUHS)

Human Services Foundations - Emily Cousino (MAUHS)

Industrial Design & Fabrication - Jeb Orvis (MAUHS)

Intro to STEM - Cooper Quinn (MUHS)

Medical Professions 1 - Madison Cram (MUHS)

Medical Professions 2 - Ainsley Busby (MUHS)

NRM Advanced Forest Science - Cassie Bettis (MUHS)

NRM Intro to Forest Science - Ian Goodyear (MAUHS)

Plant & Animal Science A - Eva Andrews MUHS

Plant & Animal Science O - MacKenzie Chase (Home Study)

Sustainable Agriculture 1 - Nicholas Sheldrick (MUHS)

Sustainable Agriculture 2 - Chloe Forbes (MUHS)

Visual Communications A - Aven Frankovic (MUHS)

Visual Communications B - Keil Broderson (MUHS)

Diesel Power Technology Student Earns First Place at 2022 SkillsUSA Vermont State Championship - 3 Other Students Also Place

Spencer White, a Vergennes Union High School and Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center (PAHCC) student, won first place and a gold medal in the Diesel Equipment Technology competition at the 2022 SkillsUSA Vermont State Championship at Advantage Truck Group in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. As the first-place winner in the competition, White qualifies to compete for the national SkillsUSA Championship in June. White and the other top winners also earn scholarship awards.


“My classes have taught me not only how systems work but also why they are important, and I’ve been able to combine that with hands-on work,” said White, an eleventh-grade student in the Diesel Power Technology Program. “It’s a great program that is teaching me technical and life skills that will help me to be a better employee, like time management and being responsible for projects in the shop.”


“Spencer looks at every challenge as a learning opportunity,” said Hannaford Career Center’s diesel power technology instructor, Gretchen Cotell. “His careful and patient approach to everything he does makes him successful at anything he sets his mind to do.”


PAHCC had a total of 4 diesel technology students who competed in the competition. Hunter Collins (MAUHS) took 4th place, Morgan Busier (MUHS) 5th place, and Walter Schondube (VUHS) took 6th! All students will be awarded scholarships from the University of Northwestern Ohio.


Hosted on April 28th at ATG, the SkillsUSA Vermont Diesel Equipment Technology State Championship included workstations that challenged students’ knowledge of tools, precision measurement, specific vehicle components and job interview skills. Students competed in hands-on tasks related to engine diagnostics, electrical systems, brakes, tires, air systems and more. In addition to hosting this year’s competition, ATG designed the hands-on tasks at each testing station and managed the day-long event.


“It’s a pleasure to watch these students work and compete. There’s a need for diesel technicians across the state and ATG is privileged to help support opportunities for students interested in this career,” said Kevin Holmes, president and CEO of ATG, whose network of dealers includes locations in Raynham, Shrewsbury and Westfield, Massachusetts; Lebanon, Manchester and Seabrook, New Hampshire; and Westminster, Vermont.

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SkillsUSA Competitions

Culinary Arts

Alysa Farley competed in the Baking and Pastry competition held at the Killington Grand Hotel on April 5, 2022. She practiced diligently and gained valuable insight. We are so proud of her hard work and dedication. Way to go, Alysa!


Automotive Technology

Lucas Grover and Andrew Kachmar competed in Automotive Service Technology at Vermont Tech in Randolph on April 7, 2022. Both were very successful, especially considering they are only first year program students. Andrew was awarded third place (bronze medal) for his performance and Lucas finished in the top ten.


Congratulations to all our competitors! Thanks for representing the career center so well.

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Addison Repertory Theatre

Join us as the Addison Repertory Theatre presents Never Before Scene: Ten Minute One Acts on May 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 7:00pm. The show, which showcases new works created by members of A.R.T. as part of the Vermont Young Playwrights festival, also features desserts provided by The Glass Onion at intermission. The evening of short comedies and dramas adds an additional element of surprise, as the audience chooses the order of the performances.


Tickets are $15 and are available online at https://addisonrep.ludus.com/index.php or by calling (802) 382-1036.

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National Art Honor Society

Five art and design students presented their passion capstone projects on Thursday, May 5th to a panel of professional artists and designers and will be inducted into the Career Center's chapter of the National Art Honor Society on May 17th, 2022. Congratulations to: Carly Browdy (painting/installation), Tayden deMeurers (illustration, animation), Milo Piovano-Marcotte (graphic novel studies), Audrey Tembreull (ceramics), and Zachary Wilkerson (fashion design and construction) on this noteworthy achievement!
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Construction Technology Invites Everyone to the "Tiny House Open House"

The tiny house project that was started around this time last year is officially ready to move to is primary location in East Dorset, VT on Saturday, May 28th. In celebration of the great work and accomplishment by Nick Cantrick and his construction technology students (and a few other people who supported the project), there will be an Open House throughout the school day on Friday, May 27th. More details coming soon.

Engineering & Architecture - Long Trail Shelter Project

This project involved a proposal to modularize the construction of shelters on the Long Trail. Please view the students' summary presentation for more details.


We focused on the concept of pre-fabbing a structure off-site as an alternative to stick-building at a remote site. We thought there would be logistical advantages if more of the work could be done on flat land or in a warehouse prior to erecting the structure. We arrived at our prototype design early on and did not alter the dimensions or roofline, but it could be reduced in height and make the concept more feasible. We did not spend much time in the architectural expression either so there is the opportunity to use different cladding materials to make each shelter unique.


Thank you to Keegan from the Green Mountain Club for supporting our study with his time and sharing resources. He connected us with an architect at Freeman, French, Freeman in Burlington. The staff there are doing a conceptual study of shelter design that should yield some interesting results. We await feedback from both Keegan and the architect on our presentation. Hopefully Keegan will find some useful ideas to apply to future efforts.

Plans After High School for Senior Career Center Students

Congratulations and best wishes to the following PAHCC Sustainable Agriculture students as they pursue some awesome opportunities next school year.


Michael Plouffe (MUHS) - Business, Vermont Technical College

Liam Wagner (MUHS Junior) - VAST Program, Vermont Technical College

Eliza Bent (Mt. Abe) - Animal Science, Montana State University

Katherine Whipple (MUHS) - Animal Science-Pre-Veterinary Medicine, University of Vermont

Creed Stilwell (Mt. Abe) - Animal Science-Pre-Veterinary Medicine, University of Vermont

Abigail Reen (Mt. Abe) - Agricultural Education, University of New Hampshire

Career Center Vision & Mission Statements

In the fall of 2019, a team of board members, staff and community members was convened to draft new vision and mission statements, in order to ensure that the Career Center of the Patricia A. Hannaford Regional Technical School District (PAHRTSD) continues to meet the needs of students now and in the future. The new vision and mission reflect the voices of students, staff and community members. We are pleased to be able to share the final outcome with our communities.


Vision Statement

We envision a career and technical center that empowers students to be inquisitive, caring and open-minded citizens of local, national and global communities, who engage as lifelong learners and understand and accept different viewpoints and perspectives.


Mission Statement

We provide students with rigorous, hands-on and classroom instruction, robust community partnerships, and project-based learning opportunities that empower and inspire them to build strong work habits, relevant, innovative technical skills, and a sense of personal responsibility as local, national and global citizens while ensuring equity for all participants.


To learn more about the process, please check out our Vision & Mission Development Summary.