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Introducing Vermont's 215 Newest 'Good Citizens' 

Published April 7, 2020 at 6:45 p.m.

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  • The Malikians preparing to participate in the climate strike

On March 6, Kids VT and Seven Days wrapped up our second Good Citizen Challenge, produced with support from the Vermont Community Foundation. Nearly 850 young Vermonters from 78 towns signed up to participate in this interactive civics project! They passed quizzes and completed activities in five subject areas: History, Government, News Literacy, Advocacy and Community Engagement. We tracked their progress using a web platform designed by Burlington-based GameTheory, with support from Dan and Jenna Sonneborn and the Evslin Family Foundation.


To complete the Challenge, they needed to earn at least 251 points, which is equal to the number of towns in Vermont.

We’re excited to announce that 215 players finished the Challenge, almost three times as many who finished the first Challenge in 2018. We were looking forward to bringing these young leaders to the Statehouse and presenting them with their prizes — until the pandemic hit and foiled our plans. We’re working on making it up to them. Thank you to all of the adult team leaders who made this Challenge possible! You are Good Citizens, for sure.

New Challenge

We invite all of you to sign up for our new Good Citizen Coronavirus Challenge! We’ll post a Good Citizen activity each week that focuses on history, community engagement and news literacy — all of which will help us get through this difficult time. No registration, no points to keep track of. We’ll make it easy to send in your work through our website. All who submit activities will be entered into a weekly prize drawing. We’ll share the best work with our audience. Anyone 18 and under can participate — you don’t have to live in Vermont. Find more details and sign up for email alerts at

Shout Outs

The top five point-getters ­— these students completed the most activities:

  1. Lillian Duffy, Bakersfield Bobcats, 570
  2. Jette Gallant, Stockbridge Citizens, 530
  3. Maggie Knox, Stockbridge Citizens, 520
  4. Ana Campos, Stockbridge Citizens, 470
  5. Taylor Smith, Reading Homeschoolers, 460

The five top-scoring teams:

  1. Williamstown Middle High School 6 and 7, 6490
  2. Stockbridge Citizens, 5650
  3. Pierce Peeps (Montpelier), 5640
  4. Guilford 5th Grade, 5390
  5. 4K Class (Weathersfield), 4740

The 2019-20 Challenge Finishers

(listed by team name)


  • Vaughn Richardson
  • Thomas Stimac
  • Sam Hawley
  • Michael Vitta
  • Julian Leendertse
  • Haley McGrath
  • Fiona Murphy
  • Ada Clar


  • Ivy Resmer
  • Graham Resmer

Wilmot 4th

  • Will Tindall
  • Tyler Grace
  • Taylor Tomberg
  • Olivia Westney
  • Lucian Gray
  • Levi Martin
  • Kash Holmes
  • Julius Gilbert
  • Jakobi Davidson
  • Jake Smith
  • Henry Remick
  • Cameron Magliola
  • Callie Breit
  • Autum Reed
  • Aiyonna Gay
  • Adrianna Reid
  • Olivia Follett

WMHS 6 and 7 Blue Devils

  • Clara Launderville
  • Rachael Wilson
  • Riley Laggner
  • Brenna Lee
  • Alyssa Briggs
  • Amelia Mills-Brown

Vermont Coppers

  • Joseph Mora

UES Cruikshank

  • James Carr

The Stones

  • Kayla Stone
  • Carly Stone

The Penguins

  • Myles Donohue

The Malikians

  • Xavier Csizmesia
  • Oliver Nichols
  • Mohamed Abdirahman
  • Max Robson
  • Mara Schulman
  • Lydia Allen
  • Lila Mickenberg
  • Kylee Kraus
  • John Minor
  • Hamoody Kowa
  • Geneva Walker
  • Emma-Rose Holas
  • Calvin Millham-Berry
  • Brooke Wright
  • Aden Ali

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  • Evelyn Fleming holding up her letter to Gov. Phil Scott

The Flemingos

  • Moses Andrews
  • Hazel Fleming
  • Evelyn Fleming
  • Seamus Fleming

The Chipper Chipmunks

  • Luke Goodfellow
  • Max Goodfellow

Team Quest

  • Eliza Whitehair

Team Flapp

  • Theo Fallis

Sunset Hill Kids

  • Bristol Card

Stockbridge Citizens

  • Shannon Colton
  • River Thayer
  • Rylee Peck
  • Rachel Ketchum
  • Mason Ponte
  • Maggie Knox
  • Lily-Ann Nolet
  • Janelly Rodriguez
  • Jacob Kopyscinski
  • Jette Gallant
  • Gwen Rostran
  • Gracie Lambert
  • Emma Austin
  • Aleah Carroll
  • Ana Campos

St. Albans Homeschool

  • Elijah Duhamel
  • Cicely Duhamel

Salway’s Squad

  • Zach Taylor
  • Marissa Kingsley
  • Molly Kehoe
  • Luke Rizio
  • Cody Magnet
  • Abby Pratt

Salway 8-1

  • Sara Stone
  • Noah Dornberg
  • Martha Pereria

SMB Jericho 

  • Jackson Hehir

Ripton 5th and 6th grade

  • Phoebe Edmonds-Beattie
  • Matthew McIntosh
  • Mary Harrington
  • Jack Hoyler

Reading Homeschoolers

  • Taylor Smith

Pierce Peeps

  • Winter Holloway
  • Tatum Kirtlink
  • Somerset Pierce
  • Satori Hamilton-Cohn
  • Sabin Kitchen
  • Nikhil Boora
  • Michiko Padgett
  • Lucy Copans
  • Lily Darcy
  • Lakshita Sivaganesh
  • Juniper Keeton
  • Isabella Seaton
  • Hazel Zachai
  • Haris Brkic
  • Elena Guadagno
  • Django Matchstick
  • Cooper McDermott
  • Chase Burkart


  • Jonah Matte

Oszurek Team

  • Sophia Oszurek
  • Ethan Oszurek

Mrs. Randall’s Class

  • Noah Stone
  • Luke Elsinger
  • Levi Desautels

MillBrook Explorers

  • Henry Swisher


  • Rosalynn Manalo

Krueger Kids

  • Sebastian Krueger
  • Charlotte Krueger
  • Abraham Krueger

Honoring Claudette Colvin

  • Anna Kathleen O’Reilly

Guilford 5th grade

  • Sam Mathes
  • Sadie Cheslawski
  • Natalie Knutson
  • Macie Tkaczyk
  • Lizzy LaClair
  • Lexi Downing
  • Leah Filgate
  • Kayleigh Whelan
  • Isaiah Giroux
  • Isaiah Allen
  • Harley Johnston
  • Hailey Bristol
  • Eli Welch
  • Dakota VonFeldt
  • Charlie O’Connell
  • Camden Shepard
  • Avin Williams
  • Alex Johnson

Girl Scout Troop 52005

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  • Girl Scout Troop 52005 interviewing South Burlington City Councilor Tom Chittenden and Rep. Ann Pugh

  • Tegan Bushey
  • Stella Esckilsen
  • Mae Dery
  • Lucy Esckilsen
  • Kylie Orth
  • Jessica Ziomek
  • Fiona Agnew
  • Emijoi Kukatla
  • Aven Jorgenson

Friends 4-Ever

  • Lila Bushey
  • Emma Cote
  • Chapin Grubbs
  • Avery Siket

Franklin Fact Finders

  • Cosimo Franklin
  • Wisteria Franklin

Fourth Grade Millers

  • Phoebe Bakeman
  • Lachlan Pierce
  • Khalil Armstrong

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  • Ethan Bishop recruiting volunteers for the town of Clarendon


  • Ethan Bishop

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  • Brook Beloin
  • Gabriel Beloin

Epic Kids

  • Ziya Estep-Lewis


  • Canute Hoehn

Climate Comrades

  • Jasmine Cavanaugh

Calais Cougar Leadership Team

  • Victor Bergeron
  • Cartaya Dodge
  • Sophia Giammusso
  • Sylvia Emmons
  • Monty Yaehrling
  • Lyric Luce
  • Isabel Parrish
  • Emma Pulsifer
  • Ellie Reed
  • Colby Tuller
  • Bri Tetreault
  • Ben Fischer
  • Abby Dodge

Bakersfield Bobcats

  • Simone Clark
  • Rose Bessey
  • Montannah Ovit
  • Marianna Recica-Sullivan
  • Lizzie Barnier
  • Lilian Duffy
  • Finn Shookenhuff
  • Dehlia Habedank
  • Ciara Streeter
  • Bella Schultz-Mitchell
  • Ayden Mayo
  • Anya Paquette

BFA Fairfax 6th grade

  • Leigh Brown
  • Keller Greene
  • Kai Von Sitas
  • Emma Foster
  • Elliot Scannell


  • Rene Simakaski
  • August Simakaski
  • Trillian Hyde

4K Class

  • Zeven LeBlanc
  • Shawn Harriman
  • Phillip Rousse
  • Olivia Roberts
  • Nyna Lewallen
  • Nathan Nissenbaum
  • Lucas Gaudette
  • Lilly Sanville
  • Lillian Stavrou
  • Isaac McNaughton
  • Dante Doleszny
  • Collin Watkins
  • Aurora Hensel-Whalen
  • Amaris Seville
  • Aiva Reed
  • Ada McNaughton

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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