On Sunday, June 7th, at 11:00am, LiHigh School will celebrate the high school graduation of two of our twenty-five middle and high-school age students, Codi Woodard of Hubbardton and Nathaniel Smith of Pawlet. This will mark the second graduation ceremony for the independent school, which provides personalized learning for students all throughout Rutland and Bennington counties.
The ceremony will be held on the front lawn of the school’s historic building, located on Main Street in Poultney. Everyone is invited to join students, staff, families, and friends as they honor the accomplishments of these two young men.
Codi Woodard has been a student at LiHigh School for close to seven years, and he will become the second student to graduate from the school’s Therapeutic Program. By fully embracing the therapeutic model of the program, Codi pushed through the barriers and obstacles he had upon his arrival. He has completed paid internships in computer hardware repair, the culinary arts, and landscaping, but more importantly, Codi served as a mentor for many of the school’s incoming students, becoming a pillar of the LiHigh School community and deeply enriching the school with his presence. Moved by his experiences, Codi now plans to take classes at the Community College of Vermont with an eye toward building a career in education.
Nathaniel Smith will become the fourth person to graduate from LiHigh School’s Social Entrepreneurial program, which helps teenagers develop the skills and passions they’ll need to recognize and solve community-based problems. As part of his senior capstone project, Smith organized a TED-style conference at the Poultney Public Library based around the theme “To Live A Local Life.” For the other part of his capstone project, he completed an in-depth research paper on the history of communes and communal living. Smith is still exploring his options for college, but he has already been accepted by Vermont Technical College’s Renewable Engineering program if he wishes to pursue it. Before he resumes his schooling in the Spring, however, Smith will travel to Sweden to volunteer on an organic farm in exchange for room and board and time to explore the countryside.
Please join the entire LiHigh School community on June 7th at 11am as they send these two young men into the next great chapter of their lives.