Exchange student recounts visit to nation's Capitol

BENNINGTON -- Haziq Qari, an exchange student from India currently attending Mount Anthony Union High School, was recently selected by American Councils, funded by the state department, for a workshop in Washington, D.C.

Following his visit, Qari wrote about his experience for PAX PRESS, an exchange student newspaper, and asked that it also be published here.

Qari is being hosted by the Page family during his visit to Bennington.

Here is his submission:

"Everybody has a highlight of their exchange year, I have one too. I was selected for the Civic Education Workshop in Washington, DC. It was a lifechanging experience for me -- meeting alumni, NGOS, State Department officials, and students from more than 30 different countries, sharing our views and projects and becoming good friends. The week was full of surprises. Getting to meet a lot of people and seeing national monuments was awesome. On one of the days we met our state's Members of congress. As the only one from Vermont, I had a wonderful opportunity to meet Senator Patrick Leahy, currently president pro tempore of the US Senate and Representative Peter Welch. A life changing meet! I got to know them, their perspectives, their way of viewing problems and solving them. We discussed about the democratic principles, current problems and both their future plans for Vermont.


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It was an eye opener for me as a future leader."

Carson graduates from basic training

Air Force Airman Molly A. Carson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The Airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Carson is a daughter of Lucy and John Carson, and the grand-daughter of Joan Gardner and Gene Rudzewicz, all of Bennington. She attended Mount Anthony Union Middle School and Mount Greylock Regional High School and is currently a student at Clarkson University.

Catherine Corcoran scholarship deadline is June 3

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The deadline for completion of the application for a Catherine Corcoran Scholarship Award, which is given at the annual meeting of the North Bennington High School Alumni Association, is rapidly approaching. The postmark deadline for an application is June 3. Applications may be obtained at the Mount Anthony Union High School guidance office or by calling Faye Hardy at 802-442-4075.

Qualified applicants must be a direct or legally adopted descendent of a North Bennington High School alumnus, who will be pursuing a post-secondary education at a trade school, junior college or college. Other qualifications for the awards shall include financial need, academic achievement, effort and community involvement. Students who are continuing their education may reapply each year for one of these awards.

The decision as to the recipients of each annual award shall be made by a majority of the Catherine Corcoran Scholarship standing committee. It is hoped that young people benefiting financially from this scholarship fund will also benefit from an understanding of Corcoran's profound ideals and eternal legacy.

In order to keep this scholarship thriving, donations are always needed and appreciated. The committee is grateful to those who contribute on a yearly basis. This appeal is our only fundraising effort. Donations may be sent to NBHS Alumni Assoc. Catherine Corcoran Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 162, North Bennington, Vt., 05247.

Cub Scouts visit rescue squad

BENNINGTON -- Cub Scout Webelos Pack 353 visited the Bennington Rescue Squad as part of their work towards the Readyman badge. On March 19, Deputy Michael Morin (Bennington County Sheriff's Department, and EMT for the Bennington Rescue Squad), Richard Scheffler (certified trainer for the Bennington Rescue Squad), and Jessica Scheffler (certified trainer for the Bennington Rescue Squad) graciously donated their time to teach the Cub Scout Troop about basic first-aid and how to handle emergency situations.

The Cub Scouts learned the heimlich maneuver and an introduction to hands-only CPR on both infants and adults. The troop enjoyed the lesson so much that they will return for certification in CPR.

Burnell receives early childhood education award

BENNINGTON -- Bennington resident Karen Burnell was one of 10 people to receive an award from the Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children for her time and energy spent working to improve the lives of Vermont's children and families. Burnell was recognized for serving as a liaison between the school district and the early childhood community for more than 25 years, during which time she conducted a comprehensive assessment for area pre-K programs. She also co-founded the Bennington County Childcare Association and acted as a leader in the two-year process of developing the Bennington Regional Plan.

The early childhood awards were presented at the 20th anniversary celebration of Early Childhood Day at the Legislature organized by Vermont's Early Childhood Alliance and Building Bright Futures.

To learn more, visit www.permanentfund.org.