In 2017, the State of Vermont put out a challenge to Independent Schools. Show us how your school is unique and why students and families would like to choose you. We entered the competition in 2017 & 2018 and won 1st place BOTH years! Go US! Now, this year, we decided we’d do our best to make it a 3-peat, or like my hockey loving son likes to say a HAT TRICK…

The waiting was intense. The week after submission, a day in Montpelier was planned. The morning we were supposed to go, a snow storm canceled the event. The people in charge of the competition said, sorry all, but there will be no results until our make-up date. So, we waited a couple weeks. Then, on the morning we were planning on heading to the capitol, another snow storm cancels the event!
At this point, I contacted the people and asked if we could please have the results. With some reluctance, they emailed me back, swearing me to secrecy, and with that email, I was able to gather our school together, show them the video, and share the news that we took FIRST place again this year! We did it!

Flash forward a month, and our 3rd make-up date finally got to take place on 3/20. Callie, Jason, and myself headed to the capitol. We got to see our video shown to everyone in attendance, hear guest speakers, tour the capitol and attend a press conference, have a luncheon, and then attend the House Chamber, where a committee member introduced us, and we got to stand proudly and wave. Both students were in awe of the paintings, architecture, history, and process. It was both celebratory and educational. Just like we like it!

Now that it’s official, we can shout it from the roof tops! Bellcate is the 2019 winner of the Vermont Independent School Challenge! We got our Hat Trick! Bellcate: Where Dreams Become Reality!

Click HERE for this years video!

-Jac, Events Director