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NO. R-425.  House concurrent resolution congratulating John Cunavelis on his induction into the Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame.


Offered by:  Representatives Crawford of Burke, Grenier of St. Johnsbury, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Johnson of Canaan, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Lawrence of Lyndon, Morley of Barton and Peaslee of Guildhall

Offered by:  Senators Coppenrath, Illuzzi, Kitchel and Starr

Whereas, during the middle years of the last century, there was no greater Vermont sports journalist working in the press box, at courtside, and on the playing field than John Cunavelis, and

Whereas, his journalism career started at St. Johnsbury Academy, where he served as the school newspaper’s sports editor and worked part-time as a correspondent for the Caledonian Record, and

Whereas, John Cunavelis left the academy early to enter the U.S. Coast Guard during the closing months of World War II, and

Whereas, he pursued academic studies in journalism at the University of Missouri and Syracuse University before transferring to the University of Vermont (UVM), where he earned his bachelor’s degree, and

Whereas, after graduating from UVM, he was hired to work in the newsroom at the Vermont Sunday News/Burlington Daily News, and

Whereas, John Cunavelis’s journalism skills and educational background were an ideal combination for the newsroom’s demanding tasks, and combined with his experience covering sports, qualified him to be selected as the two papers’ sports editor, and

Whereas, after a brief sampling of life in Washington, D.C., where he was employed as a writer for the Voice of America and part-time on the Washington Post’s sports desk, John Cunavelis and his family longed for home and returned to Vermont, and

Whereas, he resumed his former post as the Vermont Sunday News sports editor, winning praise from his colleagues and sports fans alike, and

Whereas, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association twice named John Cunavelis Vermont Sportswriter of the Year, and

Whereas, for many years he taught driver education at Champlain Valley Union High School (CVUHS) while continuing as sports editor at the Vermont Sunday News until it folded in 1977, and

Whereas, he is a charter member of the Vermont Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association in which he remains active, and

Whereas, in recognition of his extensive and informative reporting on interscholastic sports in this state, he was recently inducted into the Vermont Principals’ Association’s Hall of Fame, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates John Cunavelis on his induction into the Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to John Cunavelis in South Burlington.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont