Vermont students posted a strong showing on the 2010 College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams and Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT), as well as the 2010 ACT exams, ranking fifth in the nation, the Department of Education announced today.The AP program offers high school students college-level courses in a variety of subject areas. In all, 3,677 Vermont students participated in the AP program (up 5.2 percent from 2009) and took 6,057 AP exams (up 5.3 percent from last year). According to the College Board, Vermont continues to increase the number of students taking AP courses even as student enrollment is declining overall.AP exams are scored on a scale of one (lowest score) to five (highest score). Sixty-two percent of Vermont exams were scored at three or higher. A score of three or above is considered demonstrating college-level mastery of the content.Vermont students continue to perform above the national average on the SAT exams. Since 2009, Critical Reading increased by one point to 519 (compared to 501 nationally), Mathematics increased by three points to 521 (compared to 516 nationally) and Writing stayed the same at 506 (compared to 492 nationally).In addition, 70 percent of Vermont high school seniors took the exam, with the number of SAT test-takers in the 2010 high school cohort in Vermont decreasing from 5,306 to 5164.More females than males take the SAT exam in Vermont, and gender gaps still remain by subject area, with males excelling in Math and Reading, and females excelling in Writing. Females scored an average of 516 in Critical Reading compared to 522 for males; 504 in Mathematics compared to 541 for males, and 511 in Writing compared to 500 for males.The ACT college admission and placement exam tests student skills in Reading, Writing, Math and Science. The scores from those exams are averaged to create a composite score. Vermont’s high school graduates in the class of 2010 earned an average composite score of 23.2 on the ACT, up from 23.1 last year and up from 22.5 in 2006. A total of 2,054 Vermont graduates took the exam, or 26 percent of that class. Vermont’s average ACT score of 23.2 is higher than the national average of 21.0 and ranked fifth in the country. According to ACT, Vermont high school graduates outperform the national averages across all subject areas in terms of college readiness and scores. Source: Vermont DOE. 9.13.2010
What’s one ride going to hurt?I spoke with Jeff Keener, head of the Pisgah Area SORBA to get his input on riding muddy trails, “Once you get two to three inches of mud, it’s a hell of a lot of work to repair,” says Keener. “What most people don’t realize that it takes hundreds of man-hours and volunteers to fix the damage.”It goes without saying, but when Keener and his team are working to fix these trails, they aren’t riding. This means you won’t be riding either. Why? Because the same conditions that are perfect for riding are perfect for trail maintenance.So lets weigh the pros and cons here. Squeeze in a ride when it’s crappy and have the trail closed during the good weather for repair? Or would you rather sit out the rain and ride when it’s beautiful outside?According to Keener, some of the trails in Bent Creek are in the worst condition he’s seen in over a decade. “I could not believe the number of people that were riding. It was packed,” says Keener. “This is the first time in don’t know how many years that it’s been closed.”Give Back To Your TrailsThe easiest and best thing you can do is to stick to the gravel when it’s wet and muddy. Want to get involved and help improve your local trails? Then get out and volunteer! Look up your local SORBA group to spend some quality time in the woods, meet some great folks, and help maintain the singletrack you love.See you on the trails (when it’s dry).Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes. Due to the excessive amount of rain in WNC, Bent Creek Experimental Forest and Dupont State Forest are closing singletrack trails until Friday, June 1, to prevent further damage.Both forests are keeping gravel roads/forest roads open, but encourage users to be careful due to slippery conditions. Cars are encouraged to take it easy on forest roads to prevent ruts from developing.In a press release issued by the Pisgah Ranger District, “We’ve had some pretty bad soil erosion so far and we need the public’s help to protect these trails by staying off them when they’re this vulnerable to damage,” said District Ranger Dave Casey. He added, “It will take a few days for the trails to dry out and stabilize before they can handle the number of visitors we usually see in Bent Creek.” The N.C. Forest Service issued a similar release on Tuesday, May 29, stating that “Saturated trail surfaces will be muddy and foot traffic, bicycles, and equestrian users will cause erosion issues and the trails to become rutted. There will be temporary closures of all DSRF singletrack trails.”Other forests in the area are suffering from the above average rainfall as well. Trail systems across Georgia and South Carolina are closing due to the wet and muddy conditions. The Green River Games has organized a trail restoration weekend in the Green River Gamelands, just outside of Saluda, N.C. They haven’t seen weather like this in over a hundred years, with mudslides completely decimating some of the trails.But I came to send it on some epic downhill bro!Whether you live here full time or are traveling here to ride, stay off the singletrack when it’s wet and muddy. We’re fortunate to have amazing volunteer groups who maintain our trails, but this only makes their work harder. Selfishness for one muddy session can ruin trails for countless others. If you see someone heading out into closed trails, contact an official. They will be happy to teach them a thing or two.If you’re caught on closed trails, you will get a hefty fine, which could’ve gone towards some new components or a new bike. That’d put a pretty huge damper on future riding. To report issues or trail misuse at Dupont State Recreational Forest, contact them at (828) 877-6527. For Bent Creek, Contact the Pisgah Ranger District at (828) 877-3265.
Wellington Police note: Tuesday, May 10, 2016:â€¢7:15 a.m. Officers took a report of found bicycle in the 200 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.â€¢8 a.m. Officers took a report of Found Property in the 200 block E. 20th St. South, Wellington.â€¢9:11 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary and criminal damage to property in the 1100 E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢9:59 a.m. Officers took a report of a mental subject in the Wellington.â€¢Brian K. Mashburn, 38, Wellington was served a summons to appear for failing to stop at accident scene involving attended property.â€¢12:13 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a vehicle in the 800 block Homestead, Wellington.â€¢3:50 p.m. Bryan B. Jarvis, 41, Caldwell, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 57mph in a 45 mph zone.â€¢4:30 p.m. Officers took a report of lost keys in the city.â€¢6:10 p.m. Kati J. Elmore, 29, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 57mph in a 45mph zone.â€¢6:25 p.m. Nicole M. Kyle, 54, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration.â€¢8 p.m. Officers investigated giving a false alarm by known suspect in the 900 block W. 7th, Wellington.â€¢10:32 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic family dispute in the 1000 block S. F, Wellington by known subject(s).