TODAY: Sanders to Hold Virtual Town Meeting to Hear From Vermont Students

Updated: Student panelists will be joining from schools across the state, including Brownington Central School, Crossett Brook Middle School, Proctor Jr./Sr. High School, Burlington High School, North Country Union High School, Mount Anthony Union High School, Bellows Free Academy-Fairfax, Winooski High School, Bellows Falls Union High School, Peoples Academy, Twinfield Union School, Rutland High School, and Lake Region High School.

Burlington, Vt., Feb. 16 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will hold a statewide virtual town meeting with Vermont middle and high school students today, February 16, at 6:30 p.m.  

A panel of students will join Sanders for a discussion to speak about the issues that matter most to them. The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session about how the federal government can address the needs of young people. A number of experts from Vermont will also join the event to provide resources and answer students’ questions.

“I believe it is more important than ever to listen to the perspectives of young people,” said Sanders. “After the difficult years we’ve all experienced, I know our students have ideas about how we can address the challenges we face and move forward as a country. I very much look forward to the discussion and to hearing about how we can better support and engage young people in Vermont and across the country.”

Vermont Middle School Student Panelists:

  • Lee Blanco, Brownington Central School
  • Grady Hagenbuch, Crossett Brook Middle School
  • Jayda Perry, Proctor Jr./Sr. High School

Vermont High School Student Panelists:

  • Ella Ambroggio, Burlington High School
  • Callie Beloin, North Country Union High School
  • Sam Blackman, Mount Anthony Union High School
  • Hunter Cargill, Bellows Free Academy-Fairfax
  • Khellmar Daring, Winooski High School
  • Joey Jacques, Bellows Falls Union High School
  • Max King, Peoples Academy
  • Ana Lindert-Boyes, Twinfield Union School
  • Gabriella Olsen, Rutland High School
  • Grace Wilson, Lake Region High School

Vermont Expert Participants: 

  • Jocelyn Bouyea, School Nurse, Shelburne Community School
  • Chad Butt, Executive Director, Mentor Vermont
  • Michael Hartman, Chief Executive Officer, Lamoille County Mental Health Services
  • Dr. Breena Holmes, Pediatrician and faculty member, Vermont Child Health Improvement Program, UVM
  • Tara Howe, Transition Program Manager, HireAbility Vermont
  • Holly Morehouse, Executive Director, Vermont Afterschool

What: Virtual Student Town Meeting
When: Wednesday, February 16, 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Virtual event hosted via Webex; phone-in option available
Details: Vermont middle and high school students interested in participating in the Q&A session must register in advance at

The discussion with middle school students will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the discussion with high school students will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Family members, educators, school staff, members of the media and the public are invited to watch the livestream of the event at