Nothing desultory for reigning spelling bee champ Ronan Howlett of Middlebury

first_imgRonan Howlett bested 42 other students from across Vermont to win the Vermont State Individual Spelling Bee on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Howlett, an eighth grader from Middlebury Union Middle School, and last year’ s winner, will now compete against top spellers from every other state in the nation in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC, in June.  The winning word was ‘ desultory,’ an adjective which means ‘ marked by absence of a plan; disconnected; jumping from one thing to another; digressing from the main subject; random.’  Emily Ballou, of South Royalton School, came in second. Nicholas Knudsen, of Frederick H Tuttle Middle School came in third. In addition to advancing to the national spelling bee, Ronan Howlett received a trophy, an iPad and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored by FairPoint Communications, Vermont Lake Monsters, Burlington Free Press, Vermont Humanities Council, Vermont Principals Association and Vermont Agency of Education. For more information on the national bee, visit www.spellingbee.com(link is external). Elementary and middle school students (through grade 8) under the age of 16 were eligible to participate in this competition. Students from across Vermont who participated in the bee already competed in their regional bees this winter. Bob Johnson of the Vermont Principals’ Association introduced the event, which was held in the McCarthy Arts Center at Saint Michael’ s College. Adam Silverman of the Burlington Free Press served as pronouncer for the event. Peter Gilbert, Executive Director, Vermont Humanities Council; Mike Smith, State President, FairPoint Communications; and John Fischer, Deputy Commissioner, Vermont Agency of Education served as judges this year. Linda Wrazen of the Vermont Humanities Council and Deputy Commissioner Fischer presented the awards.2013 Vermont State Spelling Bee Participants Albany Community SchoolAutumnPerronAlbert D Lawton Intermediate SchoolIsabellePetrucciBarre City Elementary Middle SchoolCarliHarrisBarre Town Middle Elementary SchoolJuliaJaminetBethel Elementary SchoolGrace LaFromboiseBrighton Elementary SchoolColbyWorthCamels Hump Middle SchoolBecketHillCharlotte Central SchoolAbigailPostlewaiteChrist The King SchoolEsaAndersonCrossett Brook Middle SchoolHarley Miller-RowleyDanville SchoolChelsea CarcobaDority Home SchoolFinnDorityDothan Brook SchoolJessicaPatersonEdmunds Middle SchoolJuliaDrummondFlood Brook Union 20 Elementary SchoolCorynnWasylikoFrederick H Tuttle Middle SchoolNicholasKnudsenHarwood Union Middle/high SchoolErinMagillLyndon Town SchoolKayannaBurnsMain Street Middle SchoolAsaRichardson-SkinderMater Christi SchoolTracyFergusonMiddlebury Union Middle SchoolRonan HowlettMill River Union High SchoolEmilyBusheyMilton Elementary SchoolSamuelDooleyMt Anthony Union Middle SchoolTuckerBeaudoinNewBrook Elementary SchoolFairen StarkRichford Junior Senior High SchoolJosephWillsRiverside SchoolKaciCochranRutland Intermediate SchoolWilliamLatkinShelburne Community SchoolThomasDaleyShrewsbury Mountain Elementary SchoolOliviaSukerSouth Royalton SchoolEmilyBallouSt. Mary SchoolColinDowdStowe Middle High SchoolRosalieWasserThaddeaus Stevens SchoolLucindaStorzThetford AcademyRaphaelOrleck-JetterThetford Elementary SchoolOwenDeffnerTunbridge Central SchoolConnorLambertTwin Valley Middle SchoolDylanFlorenceWalden SchoolAzariahThomaWaterford Elementary SchoolLindseyWoodWestshire Elementary SchoolLoganGarrWilliston Central SchoolNatalieDurieuxlast_img read more

Panic Disorder

first_imgSome health issues cannot be seen, they are the silent sufferings that are felt with the heart and battled with the mind. It could be a stranger, it could be a friend, it could be you. It is me. Last Wednesday, October 10, was World Mental Health Day and in acknowledgement of that day, I am breaking a very personal story to my readers, in hopes it gives strength to others. I suffer from panic disorder.Panic attacks are classified as a mental health disorder. They are not anxiety attacks, which are short lived and onset by a particular stressor. Panic attacks are unprovoked, unpredictable, and can even occur when waking up. Anxiety Disorder is the most common mental health issue in America, affecting 40 million adults (18.1 percent), in that number six million (2.7 percent) have panic disorder (PD). Women, unfortunately, are twice as likely to be affected than men.This is my story.“I am present, I am here, this is real.” This is the mantra I’ve repeated to myself more times than I’d like to admit over the course of my life. I’ve been hiding in the shadows, but now’s the time to step out of the darkness and shine light on the real issue. I struggle with panic attacks nearly every single day. Inhale, exhale. Life’s most basic function has become my biggest burden. Many mornings I wake up afraid to take my next breath, each gasp of air becoming a cognitive chore.When I was seven years old, my mother took me to St. Lucia for our first mother-daughter trip and scheduled my first (and only) scuba diving lesson. Unfamiliar with the breathing techniques while using the air tanks, I panicked. I became faint and fearful I wouldn’t get enough air. As memories fade and blend together, this single moment became an irreversible turning-point in my life. I developed anxiety associated with getting enough oxygen. My life was never the same.Slumber parties, a young girl’s favorite pastime filled with friends, were a dreaded invite. I distinctly remember calling my mother several times from my peers’ houses at odd hours of the night to pick me up. “It’s happening. I’m scared. Can you come get me?” It socially isolated me, “the girl who couldn’t spend the night without her mommy.” I was ashamed.As the months rolled on, so did my emotional triggers. I feared the onset of another attack, thus developing into the classification of panic disorder. Time off from school frightened me, vacation time meant more hours of the day where my mind would wander. I couldn’t be alone with my own thoughts; I needed a distraction. It was all happening so fast. Eventually, any place related to darkness became a call for distress. Then, the worst happened. In a plateau of events, I feared the moment the sun went down, and winter was a chilling reminder that the days were shortened. The darker the hour, the less “alive” the world felt. It became a cycle of isolation.Coming from a family where medication wasn’t the answer, I never sought medical help. This was a mental issue and therefore could be overcome naturally. So, up until I was 17, I had my rituals. Everywhere I went I would map out the nearest hospital and keep relatives’ phone numbers on hand in the event of a full-blown attack. These things provided me comfort, as every moment alive became an opportunity for paralyzing fear to strike. In time, each time, the attacks did dissipate and I never actually had to call an ambulance (though I came close several times). Meanwhile, I continued to travel with family, enjoyed nights out with friends, boyfriends, scholarly awards, and other life milestones. From the outside, I was completely normal. On the inside, I was in a near-constant state of panic, afraid of my own shadow.Upon a life-changing travel opportunity with an educational group, People To People, in 2006, I faced my fear and came back panic free. For over a decade, the attacks dissipated. Then, one cold night in December 2017, I awoke unable to breathe, dizzy, and in a sweat. The symptoms persisted and two weeks later I visited a doctor for the first time regarding my symptoms, to confirm what I was experiencing. I knew it all too well and was in disbelief at its return. To help, she gave me a small dose of Xanax to alleviate the pressure, to remind my body what it was like to be calm. It helped for two days, and a rare occasion since. But I still have most of those pills, on standby in case of a real emergency.Over time, the occurrence has become infrequent but the symptoms are terrifying. Like falling into a black hole, where the gravity continues to pull me in. I’m disconnected, disillusioned from all things I’ve known. I’m no longer real, life feels like another dimension I cannot touch. My chest continues to tighten, unable to get a full breath in. The hairs on my arms begin to stand. I feel faint. I question if I’m dying, so I place my palm in front of my lips to check if air is coming out. It is. Stand up, walk around, take a drive, call someone, anything to remind myself that I am connected to what’s around me. Every moment in it has become an irrational moment of fear.I am not a victim. My attacks do not define my life, they merely become moments of an additional breath. I’ve decided to share my story now in acknowledgement of the severity of this illness, gripping those in its path. It is an illness masked in smiles and silence. If you suffer, know you are not alone and you, too, will continue to find your strength.nicole@indyeastend.com@NikkiOnTheDaily Sharelast_img read more

Railway supply industry news round-up

first_imgRolls-Royce’s MTU business has announced an agreement for it to be the exclusive supplier of diesel engines to Knoxville Locomotive Works. MTU Series 4000 and 2000 engines produced in Aiken, South Carolina, will be used on KLW’s SE Series four- and six-axle locomotive designs which were awarded EPA Tier 4 emissions certification last year. The companies are also developing a 4 400 hp Tier 4 locomotive.On February 28 Malaysian engineering group AWC announced an agreement to acquire a 60% stake in Trackwork & Supplies through a cash and shares deal valued at 43·5m ringgit.FreightCar America announced on February 26 that it had agreed to acquire Navista’s Shoals wagon manufacturing and repair assets in Cherokee, Alabama, making it the sole tenant of the site owned by Retirement Systems of Alabama. ‘This acquisition will allow us to now control our own destiny and benefit from the full economics of all future railcars built within the Shoals facility’, said President & CEO Jim Meyer. FreightCar will receive a one-time front payment to cover future operating costs, and net proceeds to FreightCar of $3m at closing.Pandrol opened a Centre of Engineering Excellence at Hudiksvall in Sweden on February 27. ‘We have a big engineering department and a workshop where prototypes can be built’, said Erika Berg Managing Director of Pandrol AB (formerly Rosenqvist Rail). Polish rolling stock manufacturer Newag has applied to Deutsche Bahn for approved supplier status. Russia’s competition authority has approved a deal for Transmashholding’s Sapfir to acquire the 49·4% of the voting shares in Tver Carriage Works which it does not already own.Kazakhstan Railways has approved a standard for identifying the manufacturer of rolling stock components which had been agreed at the 61st meeting of the Council for Rail Transport of the Commonwealth Member States in October 2014.last_img read more

Global stuns Meralco, 2-1, in PFL semis

first_imgWith the score tied at 1-1, Global – playing as the home team – surged to 2-1 in the 93rd minute via a Minegishi conversion from a pass by Paolo Salenga.“We never gave up. We just worked hard until 90 minutes. Even additional time, we just focused 100 percent. We were a bit lucky, but we never gave up, that’s why we got a good opportunity,” said Minegishi.After a scoreless first half, Meralco gained the 1-0 lead on a penalty kick by Tajh Minniecon from inside the box after being fouled by Global’s Darryl Regala.After missing their goal attempts, Global finally scored in the 90th minute on a header by Dos Santos before the Cebuanos virtually tied the aggregate score on a cross by Minegishi.“We had a bad first half,” said Global head coach Akbar Nawas. “We got into the game only in the last 20 minutes. Of course, credit to Meralco. They fought well.”Despite the result, Global and top seed Meralco were virtually tied heading into the semifinals’ second leg on Dec. 9 at the same venue./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Global stuns Meralco, 2-1, in PFL semis ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]Monday, December 4, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]MANILA – Hikaru Minegishi scored the game-winning goal as Global Cebu escaped with a 2-1 win over Meralco Manila in the first leg of the Philippines Football League semifinals on Saturday night at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.last_img read more

FIFA’s Samoura says Russia sets bar high for Qatar 2022 World Cup

first_imgMOSCOW (Reuters) – FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said on Wednesday that Russia’s staging of the soccer World Cup had set the bar high for Qatar, the tournament’s next hosts in 2022.“I feel for Qatar, because (Russia) has set the bar very, very high,” Samoura, referring to the next World Cup in four years’ time, said at a meeting with Valentina Matviyenko, speaker of the upper house of Russia’s parliament.Samoura asked Matviyenko to convey to Russian President Vladimir Putin FIFA’s “profound appreciation for everything that he has done to make it possible for the world to watch the beautiful game.”“I’d like to express to Russia the dear, heartfelt thanks of FIFA,” Samoura said.The tournament has left visitors with good memories, Samoura said, adding that she thought the doping level has been at record lows. Russia is hosting the tournament for the first time, in 12 stadiums spread across 11 cities including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi.France will take on either Croatia or England in the final at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on Sunday.last_img read more