Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Principals’ Association will honor seven distinguished educational leaders at the VPA Leadership Academy awards banquet on August 5th at Killington’s Grand Hotel. Nominated by their peers and from the public at large, each of the seven principals listed below was selected recently by a committee of the VPA Executive Council and past award winners for outstanding building and educational leadership. William Olsen, Principal of Rutland High School, Steve Cone of Riverside Middle School in Springfield and William Anton of Dover Elementary School and will also travel to Washington DC at various times during the 2014-15 school year to be honored with other distinguished principals in their category from across the country.The 2014 VPA Leadership Academy will feature keynote speaker Dr Andy Hargreaves, author of Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School; Christine Ward from the impact Institute speaking about “Communication and the Skillful Leader.” There will also be seven day and one half learning strands for school leaders. Over 200 school leaders will gather for the three-day event in Killington, August 5-6-7.The Vermont Principals’ Association provides professional develop, mentoring, and advocacy for school building leaders across Vermont’s public schools. The VPA also coordinates and administers statewide academic competitions and post-season athletics for students. To learn more about VPA, visit www.vpaonline.org(link is external).This year’s award winners were chosen by the 15 member VPA Executive Council assisted by the 2013-14 Principals of the Year are as follows:William Olsen, Principal of Rutland High School, has been chosen as the MetLife/National Association of Secondary Schools High School Principal of the Year;Rosemary Fitzsimons, Principal of Wardsboro Elementary School, is the winner of the Henry Giaguque Vermont Elementary Principal of the Year.William Anton, Principal of Dover Elementary School, is the winner of the National Distinguished Principal Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals;Dean Stearns, Director of the River Bend Career and Technical Center in Bradford is named as the 2015 Vermont Technical Director of the Year;Georgie Andrews, Assistant Principal of the St Albans City School is the winner of the Vermont Elementary Assistant Principal of the YearRyan Parkman, Principal of Northfield High School is the selection for the Robert F. Pierce Vermont Secondary Principal of the Year;Steve Cone, Assistant Principal of Riverside Middle School in Springfield is the winner of the National Association of Secondary Principals and Virco Assistant Principal of the Year from Vermont.Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) http://www.vpaonline.org(link is external).4.17.2014
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Rugby BY SIMON KESLEP There are brighter days ahead for rugby to reach new heights especially competition pathways. PNG Rugby Football Union administrator Martin Liri said there is determination and drive towards achieving the possibilities of hosting Oceania Rugby competitions in the future here in PNG. Liri said this during Wednesday’s media conference with Oceania Rugby competitions manager Wayne Schuster. The highlight of Schuster’s visit to Port Moresby was to discuss with key corporate communities the possibilities of hosting a regional competition targeting the mens 15s format. “We have the drive and determination and so we must make the most of the opportunities we have,” said Liri. “You can never measure how good you are until you play competitions. Regular competitions are important and we are amateur athletes and that is the incentives for sports men and women to aspire, to represent their country.” Liri added this is such opportunity available they are appealing to all corporate sponsors that there is facilities, boxes have been ticked and what needs to be done now is to make use of opportunities. He said international competitions are not easy, they are high standard and the visitation by Schuster depicts the prospects of hosting regional competitions at facilities in the country. “For us a country like PNG, we have the home crowd advantage, we have corporate who are supporting PNG RFU to get mileage of their sponsorship and international competition provides that opportunity,” said Liri. This minimizes the gap of having to travel overseas to witness international games and the opportunity of being a host is to provide rugby follows the chance to witness international teams coming and playing in PNG.