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NO. R-459.  Senate concurrent resolution commemorating the 100th football game between Lyndon Institute and St. Johnsbury Academy.


Offered by:  Senator Mayo of Caledonia County, Senator Canns of Caledonia County, Senator Ayer of Addison County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Campbell of Windsor County, Senator Collins of Franklin County, Senator Condos of Chittenden County, Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Gander of Windham County, Senator Gossens of Addison County, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Leddy of Chittenden County, Senator Lyons of Chittenden County, Senator MacDonald of Orange County, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle County, Senator Miller of Chittenden County, Senator Mullin of Rutland County, Senator Scott of Washington County, Senator Sears of Bennington County, Senator Shepard of Bennington County and Senator White of Windham County.

Offered by:  Representatives Hudson of Lyndon, Crawford of Burke, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Bolduc of Barton, Brown of Walden, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Darrow of Dummerston, Gray of Barre Town, Hall of Newport City, Johnson of Canaan, Ketchum of Bethel, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Peaslee of Guildhall, Rodgers of Glover, Sheltra of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Sweetser of Essex, Valliere of Barre City and Winters of Swanton.

Whereas, the exciting football rivalry between Caledonia County’s two outstanding independent secondary education institutions, Lyndon Institute and St. Johnsbury Academy, dates back to a 19th‑century game played on October 27, 1894, and

Whereas, on that auspicious and historic fall day, teams representing each of these schools met on the gridiron at Lyndon Institute to challenge each other in a game of this new and intriguing sport that was evolving quickly into one of Vermont’s and the nation’s favorite autumnal activities, and

Whereas, in this initial football contest between these two squads of interscholastic athletic pioneers, the St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltoppers demonstrated their strategic mastery of the game as they handily defeated their neighboring rivals from the Lyndon Institute 28-0, and

Whereas, having learned quickly that victory is sweeter than defeat, the St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltoppers continued over the next 110 years on a predominantly successful path and have compiled an impressive 55 - 39 winning margin, and the balance of the games has concluded in ties, and

Whereas, although the Hilltoppers have dominated this series, in the years 2000-2002, the Lyndon Vikings proved their football prowess as in each of these years they defeated their rivals by convincing scores, and 

Whereas, through the decades, this intracounty sporting event has become a nearly annual highlight of each school’s fall athletic schedule and is considered both Lyndon Institute’s and St. Johnsbury Academy’s most important football game of the year, and

Whereas, after over a century of experiencing every conceivable offensive and defensive maneuver on the playing field, these two venerable football squads will face each other for the 100th time on Saturday, October 30, 2004 at St. Johnsbury Academy, and

Whereas, in recognition of the 100th meeting of these two Caledonia County football powers, students at both Lyndon Institute and St. Johnsbury Academy are engaged in commemorative history projects, and

Whereas, the continuing football competition between Lyndon Institute and St. Johnsbury Academy is one of the most enduring athletic rivalries in Vermont and is worthy of special recognition, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Lyndon Institute and St. Johnsbury Academy on the occasion of the 100th football game between these two schools, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the headmasters of Lyndon Institute and St. Johnsbury Academy.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont