BENNINGTON >> Nineteen students from Bennington County schools were selected to attend the Governor's Institutes of Vermont this summer.

The Governor's Institutes of Vermont, or GIV, was created in 1983 to increase access to arts education among Vermonters. It was expanded, beginning in 1985, to include science and technology subjects as well. Nine Institutes were held this summer in the following topics: Arts, Astronomy, Current Issues and Youth Activism, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science and Technology, Information Technology & Digital Media, Mathematical Sciences, and Young Writers. Entry into the program is competitive, and students apply through their schools.

The students include seven from Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, three from Arlington Memorial High School, three from Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, and six from the Long Trail School in Dorset. They will join over 400 other students from across the state.

The MAUHS group was made up of Enzo Li of Bennington, who attended Current Issues and Youth Activism; Willow Starkie Kreuder of Bennington, who attended Arts; Faith Sullivan of Bennington, who attended Current Issues and Youth Activism; Charlotte Windover of Bennington, who attended Young Writers; Rimmele Wood of North Bennington, who attended Information Technology and Digital Media; Sarah Wood of North Bennington, who attended Arts; and Ashley Finkelstein of Pownal, who attended Environmental Science and Technology.


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Representing AMHS were Thomas Jayasankar of Bennington, who attended Mathematical Sciences; Katie McCartney of Arlington, who attended Astronomy; and Sofie Pedemonti of Arlington, who attended Environmental Science and Technology.

From Burr and Burton were Corynn Wasyliko of Londonderry, who attended Environmental Science and Technology; Lauren French of Manchester, who attended Current Issues and Youth Activism; and Sophie Spiro of Rutland, who attended Current Issues and Youth Activism.

The students from the Long Trail School were Brennan Murphy of Manchester, who attended Information Technology and Digital Media; Liam Murphy of Manchester, who attended Engineering; Jason Wilborn of Manchester, who attended Information Technology and Digital Media; Nava Crispe of Danby who attended Current Issues and Youth Activism; Samuel Groom of Danby, who attended Engineering; and Nathaniel Misasi of Dorset, who attended Engineering.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.