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NO. R-215.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Nathaniel Alexander Soares on being named the Vermont state winner of the 2007 AXA Achievement Scholarship.


Offered by:  Representatives French of Randolph and Hutchinson of Randolph

Whereas, the AXA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AXA Equitable, awards annually 52 AXA Achievement Scholarships, one in each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to promising college-bound students, and

Whereas, the 2007 Vermont AXA Achievement Scholarship recipient is Nathaniel (Nate) Soares, a senior at Randolph Union High School, and

Whereas, the educational odyssey that resulted in his winning this prestigious college scholarship began without fanfare when Nate Soares had to select a senior project, a graduation requirement for all Randolph Union High School students, and

Whereas, Nate Soares was disappointed that, due to budgetary difficulties, his high school had closed its computer lab and discontinued computer science electives, and

Whereas, his strong desire to study computer science in preparation for college prompted Nate Soares to approach the school regarding his teaching a computer science course in place of the discontinued classes, and

Whereas, the strong reluctance of the faculty to authorize this student-taught course led Nate Soares to declare this academic pursuit as his senior class project and seek the support of the faculty at Randolph Technical Career Center (RTCC) and

Whereas, the computer instructor at RTCC permitted Nate Soares to use the computer classroom to teach his class which included students from both schools, and

Whereas, in order to solidify his preparation for teaching the class, he consulted Jeremy Lesniak, the proprietor of Randolph-based Vermont Computing, and completed a programming class at nearby Vermont Technical College and consulted teachers and textbooks on teaching methodologies, and

Whereas, the course, which he began teaching in January, has been a rewarding experience for both Nate Soares and his dozen students, and

Whereas, Nate Soares’ receipt of the AXA Achievement Scholarship recognizes the creative ingenuity of this young scholar who hopes to attend college at Tufts University, George Washington University, or the Rochester Institute of Technology, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Nathaniel Alexander Soares on being named the Vermont state winner of the 2007 AXA Achievement Scholarship, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Nathaniel Soares in Randolph.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont