ROSES to all of this weekend's graduates: Mount Anthony Union High School and Burr and Burton Acadmy, whose classes of ‘14 graduated on Friday; and Arlington Memorial High School seniors, who are graduating Saturday, June 14. Prepare yourself for this question: "So ... what do you want to do with your life?"

ROSES to all the dads, stepdads, granddads, uncles an all-around good guys out there who help kids out along the way. Happy Father's Day on Sunday.

ROSES to the Burr and Burton Academy boys lacrosse team on winning the Division II title in an exciting, down-to-the-wire 8-7 win over Green Mountain Valley School on Thursday. With just four seconds left on a tied game, BBA sophomore Max Pagnucco got the ball to senior Tim Morgantini right in front of the GMVS cage. Morgantini proceeded to bring home the winning shot. BBA finishes up the season 12-7.

THORNS to the masked man and woman who robbed the local movie theater at gunpoint on Wednesday night. Police are still seeking information as to the identities of the two suspects: A male, 5 feet 9 inches tall wearing a black sweatshirt and dark gloves and a female, 5 feet 6 inches tall wearing a gray sweatshirt and gloves. Both were wearing white masks and were caught on surveillance video. Anyone with information is urged to call Bennington Police at 802-442-1030 and reference Case 14BN03548.

ROSES to Mount Anthony Union High School Phys. Ed. teachers Thomas Otero and Scott legacy who have, for more than 20 years, guiding students through a challenging six-week Adventure Unit that builds leadership and decision-making skills, among others. "We teach them, you're going to learn how to be a leader. You are going to learn how to give and follow instructions," Otero told the Banner.

ROSES to Bennington School, Vermont Arts Exchange and Gamer's Grotto on a unique and creative partnership that gave Bennington School students the opportunity to design classic video-game art and display it at the Gamer's Grotto. Students worked with Kristen Blaker and Matthew Perry of the VAE to turn their concept of game-themed art into a life-size reality.

ROSES to the new Vermont minimum wage increase law, which was signed by the governor this week. The state's current $8.73 per hour minimum wage will be increased to $10.50 per hour by 2018 in a series of increases. "We all know that working families should be paid a fair wage," said Gov. Peter Shumlin when he signed the law on Monday. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

ROSES to former World War II POWs Arthur Crowe Jr., 96, and Richard Hamilton, 91, for getting together at the Vermont Veterans' Home earlier this week to share their stories with each other and with the Banner. Hamilton, of Marlboro, is commander of the Vermont Chapter #1 of American Ex-Prisoners of War. He tracked down Crowe, a resident of the veterans home, and the two discovered that they had been POWs at the same camp in Germany during the war. Amazing.

ROSES to those who ran all 417 steps of the Bennington Battle Monument in last Saturday's Fight for Air Climb. The event raised $27,000 for the American Lung Association. ROSES also to the four local women honored at the event for their contributions to lung health: MAU sophomore Jordyn Upright, who has asthma, and successfully achieved her goal of completing the climb in under three minutes; lung transplant survivor Kathy Carrier of Bennington; Judy Brownell of Bennington, who battled with stage-three Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Cardiac Disease due to a past history of smoking; and Gwen Hannan, a retired nurse and former smoker who served as the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center tobacco cessation specialist and educator for 23 years.

~Michelle Karas