A Vergennes Union High School teacher who has inspiredstudents for 22 years has been named Vermont’s humanities educator of theyear for 2006. The Vermont Humanities Council has chosen RobertaSteponaitis, a teacher of history and geography, to receive its annualVictor R. Swenson Humanities Educator Award. The award is the fourth givenout by VHC since inaugurating the award in 2003.”Roberta Steponaitis is the teacher they [students] will remember when theythink back to their high school days, as having made a pivotal difference intheir lives,” said Dr. Carol Spencer, Director of Curriculum and StaffDevelopment of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union, in her nominationletter. “She touches the lives of the students she meets in a personal andinfluential way.”Vermont Humanities Council Chair Melissa Hersh will present the award atVHC’s Fall Conference, “Setting as Character: Vermont’s Landscape, Stories,and Sense of Place,” November 4 at the Killington Grand Hotel in Killington.The ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m. and will include a presentation ofa $1,000 check to Ms. Steponaitis.VHC created the award to recognize a Vermont educator on an annual basis andto honor Victor R. Swenson, the Council’s first executive director. Theaward is given to a Vermont educator in grades 6 through 12 who exemplifiesexcellence in the teaching of the humanities.Steponaitis has taught at Vergennes Union High School since 1984. Duringthose 22 years, she has taught at the middle and high school levels,offering courses in US History, global religions, world cultures, civics,and current events.She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in 1982and her Masters of Education from the University of Phoenix in Arizona in2005. She will complete her PhD at the University of Phoenix in 2008.Says Spencer, “I believe that the spirit of inquiry that she fosters in herstudents clearly represents the spirit that the Victor Swenson HumanitiesEducator Award celebrates.”Steponaitis encourages her students to use primary resources to investigatethe lives of historical people. She founded the Otter Creek Basin StudentHistory Club to encourage passion about local, state, and national historyin her students. And she takes her students to museums and reenactmentsthroughout the region. Her students have earned many local, state, andnational awards.”Ms. Steponaitis’s . . . commitment to bringing history alive for herstudents has given two generations of students a stronger sense of belongingto a place in history,” notes Spencer. “She helps students to becomescholars. . . . She inspires students to aspire more highly in their lives.She reaches out and taps them on the shoulder and says, ‘you would be goodat this history project. Come on. Give it a try.’ For so many kids, that isall it takes to get them involved, and to help them make a commitment todeeper engagement in their schooling.”For more information about the award, contact the Vermont Humanities Councilat [email protected](link sends e-mail) or 802.262.2626, or visitwww.vermonthumanities.org(link is external).The Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring thepower and the pleasure of the humanities to all Vermonters – of everybackground and in every community. The Council envisions a state in whichevery individual learns throughout life – a state in which all its citizensread, reflect, and participate in public affairs.
Rushville, Ind. — A dog credited with saving the lives of four children in a Rush County crash is missing and the owner is looking for help from local residents.Driver of the car, Austin Underhill, says he was on State Road 3 near State Road 244 Saturday around 9:30 p.m. with four children when a van crossed the centerline causing him to run off the road. When the airbag deployed it pushed Underhill out of the driver’s side door. Underhill suffered a broken hand and abdominal injuries.During the impact their dog, Simba, the Great Dane stood up, absorbing the impact and prevented the children from hitting the rear of the front seat. Underhill believes Simba’s actions prevent serious injury to the children.Following the crash, Underhill saw Simba running from the crash with an injury to one his front legs. The dog was last seen in the Rushville area. Information about Simba can be left by calling 765-716-7815.
No. 14 Syracuse (6-1) saw its undefeated season come to a close, losing to Wisconsin (5-3), 66-58, in overtime, in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge on Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome. Here are three quick observations from the SU loss.Getting Board Syracuse was severely outrebounded on the glass on Wednesday, 51-25. In the first half alone, SU had fewer defensive rebounds (8) than Wisconsin did offensive rebounds (9). Head coach Jim Boeheim said it would be a problem the Orange would have to make up for all season when the team found ways to overcome its rebounding woes in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.The first bucket of the second frame was from Ethan Happ, when he raised up over two defenders to get a put back. Two minutes later, he retained possession the same way by getting a board over Tyler Lydon and Tyler Roberson.Malachi Ricahrdson led Syracuse in rebounds with seven, and he had three more than any other Orange player.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis Shot After being taken almost completely out of the rotation against Connecticut and Texas A&M, Kaleb Joseph was given a chance to contribute on Wednesday. He played eight minutes in the first half and scored six points. His first shot was a long two that he made while being fouled in the act of shooting. His last basket was a step-back jumper.He reappeared in the second half to spell Roberson, who had four fouls. He assisted on one Trevor Cooney 3 in the second half that put the Orange on top. When he came out of the game with just over nine minutes to play, he did so to a round of applause.After combining for eight minutes in the last two games, he played 14 on Wednesday and recorded two assists, a steal and no turnovers to go with his scoring.Long Distance Relationship Syracuse started off its night by shooting just 2-of-12 from behind the arc well into the second half. It’s defense was keeping it in the game when the rebounding and shooting was not.But when Joseph fed Michael Gbinije a 3 at the right wing and then hit Cooney 31 seconds later, it capped off a two-minute stretch that saw the Orange hit three 3s and turn a one-point deficit into a 41-35 lead.With Syracuse up two, Gbinije took a step back on the dribble and his shot splashed through the net again. The Orange had lost its season-long touch in the first half, saw it revitalized in the second half, only to have it disappear again in overtime. Comments Published on December 2, 2015 at 9:30 pm Facebook Twitter Google+