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St. Johnsbury seniors "Cap" off their education

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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. -

"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.

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