Kaylee Sullivan

Colchester athletes forge top-notch bonds

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Applause from almost 200 people repeatedly exploded at Essex Tree Farm last Sunday as young soccer stars with disabilities were called up one by one to receive a trophy and stream of high-fives from coaches and players. The celebration marked Vermont’s 11th season of TOPSoccer, or The Outreach Program for Soccer. The nationwide program, run…

St. Mike’s mental health adviser wins national award

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Instead of a top-down approach, Catherine Welch leads mental health awareness by walking alongside students in their struggles. Welch, assistant dean of students and Title IX coordinator at St. Michael’s College, is adviser of the school’s Active Minds program, which promotes conversations around mental health to rid the related stigma. Three weeks ago, she was…

Join the crew

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Colchester woman drums way to world championships As a dragon boat drummer, Colchester resident Lisa Campion is prone to pressure. “You’re almost the heart and soul; you’re the culture,” Campion said. “You’re fostering the winning mentality throughout the race. So even when you can see on your teammates faces that they’re tired and they’re losing…

Davis joins school board as student rep

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Colchester High School senior Robbie Davis believes there’s a clear choice students can make: Either coast through high school or fully immerse oneself in what the district has to offer. Saying he’s known for choosing the latter, Davis is adding another position to his résumé as the Colchester School Board’s newest student representative. Davis tacks…

Fontaine retires from CPD

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Recalling a day on traffic patrol earlier this year, Cpl. Jeff Fontaine of the Colchester Police Department mused over a three-generation family approaching him, in the middle of the street, to take a selfie. He’d made a connection with each generation through his work in the community and as the Colchester School District’s school resource…

Fight for the right: CCS program bridges students into adulthood

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Editor’s note: This is the final article in a five-part series featuring Colchester’s Champlain Community Services, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities find meaningful employment, living conditions and community engagement. Like many people with disabilities, 22-year-old Thomas Caswell struggled through his teenage years. His difficulties, though, propelled him into a life of self-advocacy that’s…