BFUHS students – Want to have an amazing experience this summer?

Check out the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV)! Summer applications are now open!


The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont provides prestigious, fun, accelerated learning residencies on college campuses for highly-motivated young Vermonters.

Each Institute is unique, built around a single focus area (Art/Music/Theater, Technology/Game Design, Architecture, Youth Activism, Environmental Science and many more). But they all share certain similarities: they’re all residential, so you live on a college campus and have access to all the resources the college provides, from state-of-the-art labs to studios; they’re all hands-on intense bursts of learning and fun, where you and your new friends who share your interests explore topics in-depth with leading professionals in the field; and they’re a chance to try something new, make lasting memories with new friends, and learn more than you can imagine!

Cost is based on a sliding scale and may be minimal.

Check out the different institutes here:

The deadline to apply is March 28th. See Andrea Carlson in the Guidance Office for more information.

Maiocco places 2nd in the Bernie Sanders State of the Union Essay!

A BIG congratulations to Jackson Maiocco!  Over 600 essays were submitted to the Bernie Sanders State of the Union Essay Contest and Jackson won 2nd place!  Senator Sanders invited Vermont high schoolers to write an essay about an issue in our country that they are passionate about and propose possible solutions to help solve the problem.  Jackson’s essay was about excessive military spending.

Jackson has been invited to attend a round table discussion with Senator Sanders and the 20 finalists.  And, because he won 2nd place, he is also invited to a personal interview with Senator Sanders to be broadcast on WCAX. 

WCAX Broadcast:

Abbe Cravinho, January Elks Student of the Month

It is a pleasure to announce that Abbe Cravinho has been named the January Elks Student of the Month for Bellows Falls Union High School.  Abbe, a senior, is the daughter of John and Jennifer Cravinho of Bellows Falls.

A hard working student, Abbe puts in the extra time needed to go above and beyond the assignment requirements.  She works hard to improve her skills and master the course content.  She carries a heavy course load and challenges herself   with a variety of honors and AP classes.  A strong academic student, Abbe is a member of the Marilee Huntoon BFUHS Chapter of the Jesse A. Judd National Honor Society. Abbe is in the top five of her class, and last year she received the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, which honors students who are outstanding in science, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute award for Math and Science as well as recognition from the Society of Women Engineers.

As a dedicated student, Abbe comes to school each day with a desire to learn and an eagerness to get involved.  She is a positive role model with a welcoming presence about her. She is polite and friendly and always looks to lend a helping hand.  As an active member of the classroom, Abbe is responsible, works well in small groups, listens attentively and encourages others to get involved.  She is articulate when expressing her views, and is willing to listen politely to the views of others and see things through their eyes.  A good critical thinker, Abbe is able to apply her skills in a number of avenues and help others do the same.

Abbe is a leader in the classroom, through sports activities and in her community.  As a three star athlete (captain of several of those teams), and an active member of the BFUHS Student Council she represents our school positively, demonstrates drive and teamwork and works hard to improve BFUHS and the community.  She was recently recognized as a New England Regional All Star first team for Field Hockey, and she made the Twin State Field hockey Team this fall.  Abbe plans to attend Clark University in the fall where she will continue to play field hockey.

Congratulations go to Abbe.  BFUHS and the Elks are proud to have her represent us this month with this award.