Edward Smith ’66 played baseball, basketball, and was a member of the first-ever soccer team at Burr and Burton. Ed was a member of the 1965 MVL Championship Baseball Team. Ed is the President of Morrison Sales and Service, Inc., in Bennington, and he won the TIME Magazine Quality Dealer of the Year Award in 2002. He is a Past President and Director of the Vermont Automobile Dealers Association.
Guy Boyer was instrumental in bringing football back to BBA in 2000, after a hiatus since 1976, culminating 20 years later with a Division I win in 2020. Guy is the former President and CEO of Factory Point National Bank in Manchester, and was most recently the CFO of Fidelity Bank. He served on the Burr and Burton Board of Trustees.
For 21 years, BBA Director of Athletics Dave Miceli has been BBA’s steward of athletics and leadership. During his 15 years coaching girls lacrosse for BBA, Dave’s teams have earned four State Championships in 10 State Finals appearances. Dave is a six-time Marble Valley League Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year, and he has coached the Twin State Girls Lacrosse Team for the VT/NH game twice. In his coaching career, Dave has also earned state championships in field hockey and youth ice hockey. Dave co-founded and co-directs the Bulldog Leadership Summit, and he is also the Director of the Student Athlete Leadership Team.
The Burr and Burton 1985 Softball Team was the first softball team to ever win the State Championship title. Melissa Evans Rice ’86 and Carolyn Rovnak Weber ’85 were named to the all-opponent Central Vermont Girls Athletic League (CVGAL) title. Coached by Dan DeForest, the team was led by Carolyn Rovnak’s pitching, center fielder Karen Geriak, and catcher Leslie Griffis. Teresa Day provided some outstanding leadoff hitting, while Missy Evans kept things tight at shortstop.
The 1965 Baseball Team won the Marble Valley League Championship by beating Poultney High School 6-5. Burr and Burton finished the season at 7-1 for its first MVL title since 1948. The pitching by Aaron Hill ’67, Vinnie Kayatta ’65, John Waite ’65, and Jim Pecor ’68 gave the team their edge. Power hitters were Carroll “Binty” Bowen ’65, Ed Smith ’66, and Mike Kilburn ’67, who scored the winning run.
2021 Alumni Recognition Award Winners
2021 Alumni Achievement Award
Gwenn Wisell Bogart ’76
Gwenn Wisell Bogart ’76 is a founding member and chair emeritus of Casting for Recovery (CfR), which provides healing outdoor retreats for women with breast cancer at no cost to participants. Gwenn said, “Some of the most special moments in my life have been when CfR retreat participants, past and present, happy tears welling up in their eyes, tell me how much CfR has changed their lives. I am ever so humbled.” At BBA, Gwenn participated in athletics, belonging to the field hockey, ski, and cross country teams.
2021 E.H. Henry Distinguished Faculty and Staff Award
When Chris Kochenour gets cut, he bleeds green and gold. In addition to his 18 years as a BBA science teacher (1997-2015) and Science Department Chair (2000-2007), Chris coached Burr and Burton’s Ham Radio Contest Team from 1999-2015, earning four consecutive High School World Championships from 2012-2015, the Overall World Championship in 2014, and 14 Vermont State Championships. The BBA Class of 2015 dedicated the yearbook to Chris to honor and thank him for his many years of service.
2021 Alumni Arts Award
Pierce Fulton '10
Pierce Fulton ’10 was a record producer, multi-instrumentalist, musician, and DJ who became well-known in the electronic music (EDM) world soon after his graduation from Burr and Burton for his assorted styles of original material and remixes. A lifelong musician, he released his debut solo EP Pardon My French while in his late teens just following BBA graduation. His single Runaway hit number one on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists charts. In 2016, Pierce released Borrowed Lives, an album inspired by getting back to non-digital instrumental roots of his BBA years, studying with Neil and Julie Freebern. Pierce passed away in April 2021 following a mental health struggle. His brother, Griff said upon his passing, “He could captivate a room of strangers in the blink of an eye with only one hope - to make everyone feel loved, comfortable & welcomed.”