"St. Johnsbury has enough to offer that you don't get too bored," says resident Riley Barter.
She has a new appreciation for the place she calls home.
"I guess I never realized how unique St. Johnsbury was. For example, I wanted the catchy phrase 'A day in St. J' to be the title," she says.
Until this lifelong resident of the Northeast Kingdom found out that this is the only St. Johnsbury in the United States. One sketch at a time, the St. Johnsbury Academy senior spent this fall creating a marketing campaign for visitors who have just one day in St. Johnsbury.
"It's actually gonna help people discover the town, which, having experienced it and lived here, I get to discover it and feel it and know everything a out it. And if you're just here for a day you can still feel that and see that and I wanted to make that an opportunity for people," she says.
"Our idea is that students are doing something that adds value to their education experience that isn't a standardized test, that isn't a timed essay, it's not your traditional education experience, but it's connected to what we think are 21st century skills," says Capstone Chair Hank Eaton.
Eaton spent this week working with students like Brigette Rankin as she prepared for her presentation to Capstone evaluators. This week, those evaluators included 51 community members who evaluated presentations in 10 venues on campus.
Rankin focused her Capstone on knee injury prevention, with a focus on ACL injuries in female athletes.
"There's such a large disparity in the number of ACL injuries that occur in women as opposed to men especially in adolescence from 14-19 years old," she says.
She's thinking of being a physical therapist and loves staying fit herself. She created a warm up plan and exercise program, to prevent knee injuries, for coaches and players at the Academy.
"It has actually been shown that education can reduce injury rates. In a pilot study with Vermont ski instructors, ironically, it that showed that there was a 50 percent drop in ACL injury once they had been educated," she says.
Something she's helping to do through her Capstone project.
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:07:42 GMT
Rain, flooding and now snow. This weather rollercoaster is causing problems all around our region. Temps have dropped so the heavy rainfall has switched to snow. Rivers are spilling their banks, roadsMore >>
Rain, flooding and now snow. This weather rollercoaster is causing problems all around our region. Temps have dropped so the heavy rainfall has switched to snow.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:08 PM EDT2014-04-16 00:08:37 GMT
Flood warnings are in effect around our region as heavy rains begin to move through. There is already localized flooding at some of the typical problem spots, like the wrong-way bridge on Route 15 inMore >>
Parts of our region are already flooding and others are bracing as heavy rains move through. Not only is rain falling fast, but warm temperatures Monday melted snow, adding to high waters.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:06:00 GMT
A man had to be pulled from the Black River in Springfield Tuesday morning. The Hartford Fire Department says it's working to pull a man out from the river. They say he got stuck about 75 feet out inMore >>
Vermont emergency workers have rescued a man stranded in the middle of a treacherous section of river in downtown Springfield. More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:02:17 GMT
The sex crimes trial of a former prison guard has been delayed. Jury draw was scheduled to begin Monday for Richard Gallow. He is charged with sexual assault and lewd and lascivious conduct on a femaleMore >>
The sex crimes trial of a former prison guard has been delayed.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:27 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:27:17 GMT
Arson at the Albany Fire Department was an inside job. On Tuesday former firefighter Elmer Joerg pleaded no contest to setting the blaze. Investigators say the former volunteer was caught on camera settingMore >>
An arson at the Albany Fire Department was an inside job.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:26:03 GMT
There was a plea deal for a man who triggered a 5 hour standoff in Newport last fall. Derek Niles pleaded no contest to reckless endangerment Tuesday. He got a deferred sentence and will be on probationMore >>
There was a plea deal for a man who triggered a 5 hour standoff in Newport last fall. More >>