Community Organizations Send Six Students to Governor's Institute

February 16, 2016

BENNINGTON, VT—February 16, 2016— Six Mount Anthony Union High School students have been selected to attend the Governor’s Institute of Vermont (GIV) Winter Weekends February 57 and February 19–21 at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. Their participation was made possible with support from Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), in collaboration with Global-Z International, The Lightning Jar, and the Community College of Vermont. GIV engages students in advanced, hands-on learning in subjects ranging from the arts to STEM and inspires them to pursue careers in fields they might not otherwise consider.

“The health and vitality of the Bennington community and its surrounding area is so important to SVHC,” said James Trimarchi, PhD, SVHC’s director of planning. “Partnering with GIV, Global-Z, The Lightning Jar, and Community College of Vermont to provide these growth opportunities to students is a great way to show our commitment to the community and ensure we have a high quality workforce for the future.”

“This is a tremendously important program providing high school students with access to critical STEM and entrepreneurship skills,” Dimitri Garder, CEO of Global-Z and interim director of The Lightning Jar, a collaborative work space. “Supporting this program allows us to further our mission of promoting entrepreneurial development and the creative economy.”

Through GIV, students gain knowledge of their choice of one of the subjects offered, networking opportunities, and an impressive addition to their college and employment applications. The following students have been selected to attend: sophomore Taylor Brandmeyer for Debate and National Issues, freshmen Jayden Buck and Lucas Longtin for Astrophotography, junior Noa Chaney for Acting Masterclass, junior Mia Prouty for Entrepreneurship, and junior Faith Sullivan for Global Issues Dialogue. Four of the six students are also members of the Emerging Leaders program, which is supported by a Vermont Department of Labor internship grant.

Erika Nichols-Frazer, development director for GIV, notes that this is the largest number of Mount Anthony students to attend Winter Weekends in recent years.

“Thanks to generous support from Bennington area partners, the Governor's Institutes of Vermont is thrilled to have a record number of Bennington area students attending our Winter Weekend programs this year,” said Nichols. “We applaud the members of the Bennington community and the dynamic team at Mount Anthony Union High School for their concerted efforts in encouraging Bennington students to explore learning opportunities outside of the school setting, prepare themselves for the future, and for helping students gain access to these incredible opportunities.”


Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the SVHC Foundation; the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit