[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The 10th – or 11th, maybe? – Annual April Fool’s Haiku Contest just wrapped up and this year’s result was unprecedented.  We had a tie.  In all the year’s that faculty member, John Zaber, has hosted this event there have never been 2 winners.  Both winning entries were read aloud at this week’s community meeting and you can hear them here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeqHDGstgyQ”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Curious about the origins of the contest, we asked John to share a little bit about where this wonderful tradition came from and how he picked this year’s theme:  Beards & Bicycles

“My intent behind the Haiku contest is to celebrate my birthday and encourage students to pause and reflect on one of our most anticipated seasons – spring. The other two themes – beards and bicycles – reflect my own personal pleasentries. I am not sure how, or why, I came up with idea of the April Fool’s Haiku contest, other then it would be a fun way to celebrate my birthday and, perhaps, head off some April Fool’s pranks. My personal preference for composing Haikus is during long hill climbs on my bicycle. They introduce a comfortable rhythm, helps to calm my breathing and my mind, and allows me to focus on the present. Every year the haiku contest causes me to pause and celebrate the creative and humorous spirit that is very much alive within the Sterling community.”

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Winner’s received a gift certificate for The Craftsbury General Store.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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