On January 8th, the recognition ceremony for Vermont’s Presidential Scholars was held at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Governor Phil Scott welcomed the students and recognized their contributions to their schools and communities as well as their commitment to learning. Among those honored was Bellows Free Academy Fairfax senior Shannon Mahoney.

Governor Phil Scott
Governor Phil Scott announces Vermont’s Presidential Scholars.

Shannon was one of the 20 students selected from the many nominees across high schools in Vermont. Shannon’s work at BFA Fairfax on the Farm to School project is well documented and was certainly a part of her qualification and selection, but there are so many more attributes that make her a worthy recipient of this honor. Shannon represents BFA Fairfax through her academic excellence and participation in a variety of extracurricular activities that benefit our students and community.

Shannon Mahoney, Vermont Presidential Scholar
Shannon Mahoney, Vermont Presidential Scholar

Shannon has been a committed athlete throughout her years at BFA. She has played soccer and skied with our Nordic Ski team. This year, Shannon is the captain of the Nordic Team. Shannon has served as an officer and leader in student government as well. Every year she has been either a class, student council, or National Honor Society officer (and even held multiple offices simultaneously at times). Shannon has been a member of Peer Support, helping other students in need. Of course, Shannon was also the founder and president of the Farm to School Club.

Shannon balances her academics, participation, and leadership with a strong desire to prepare for her future. She has attended the National Youth Leadership Forum in medicine and is currently working towards her LNA certification at the Northwest Technical Center. Shannon plans to continue her education and pursue a career in nursing.

Shannon Mahoney and family.
Shannon Mahoney pictured with her family.

BFA Fairfax is honored to join the Vermont Agency of Education and Governor Scott in honoring Shannon as a Vermont Presidential Scholar. Shannon Mahoney exemplifies the spirit of learning at BFA and is truly a kind, caring, nice and deserving young person.

BFA Fairfax is proud of you and your accomplishments, Shannon!

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