Vergennes Union High School

Our purpose as a school community is to develop knowledgeable, responsible, respectful, and healthy individuals who flourish in, and contribute to, an ever-changing society.

50 Monkton Rd., Vergennes VT, 05491 Ph:(802)877-2938/Fax:(802)877-2558

Welcome To VUHS, Home Of The Commodores

We are a 7th through 12th High School located in Addison County, Vermont, approximately 8 miles from Lake Champlain.

We are excited by the recent news that U.S. News and World Report has named us a Silver Medal School (nationally) and the 9th best high school in VT ( How about that?


The Vergennes Union High School Board of Directors will hold a SPECIAL MEETING on Monday, April 28, 2014, at 6:00 P.M. at the ANWSU Office. The purpose of this meeting is for planning for the FY ’15 budget vote.

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VUHS In Washington D.C.

DC TripDuring the five day odyssey to Washington D.C., students of Mrs. Step and Ms. Taylor met with Senator Patrick Leahy and talked about issues pertinent to Vermonters. The Senator's staff also let the teens tour the senator's office and took them into the rooms where the Watergate Hearings were held. Senator Leahy is the only remaining US Senator on the hill who was present at the Watergate process. The group was very appreciative of the time and caring provided to them by the Senator and his staff.

Hannah Hatch was selected to represent Vermont at the American Legions’ 77th National Oratorical Contest

Hannah Hatch

Under the golden dome of Montpelier on Mar. 1, Hannah Hatch was selected to represent Vermont at the American Legions’ 77th National Oratorical Contest April 4-6, 2014 in Indianapolis, IN. Hatch placed first in the Vermont Department Oratorical Contest Finals. The daughter of Jason and Jennifer Hatch of Vergennes, Hatch is a junior at Vergennes Union High School. Her Prepared Oration, “The Power of 9: Article 3 and the Supreme Court”, was completed in the 8-10 minute time limit. One of 5 judges, Rep. Diane Lanpher summed the accomplishments of both student orators by noting that it takes concentrated focus and knowledge of subject to speak 8-10 min. without notes or a microphone (contest rules), challenging even to a legislator. Though representing VUHS in the Brain Bee, the Math Team and a member of the National Honor Society, Hatch acknowledged that this was the most difficult competition thus far. By the contest rules, her prepared oration had to be on some aspect of the Constitution, with emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government. An Assigned Topic, based on one of four Amendments selected 5 min. before presentation, had to be given in a 3-5 min. time limit. The purpose of the assigned topic discourse is to test the speaker's knowledge of the subject, the extent of his or her research, and the ability to discuss the topic as related to the basic principles of government under the Constitution. The randomly selected Assigned Topic was the First Amendment, an amendment that protects the freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. March 1st was the third time Hatch competed for top honors. She first competed at Vergennes Post #14 in January. As the winner of the local contest, she represented Post # 14 at the District 1 contest run the morning of Mar. 1 at the Capitol. After lunch break, Hatch returned to face the District 3 winner, Gage Sironi of Cabot High School. For first place, Hatch received $1500.00 and will go on to compete for the top prize of $18,000.00 in Indianapolis. The National Finals contest will be live streamed on at 10 AM, Sunday, April 6, 2014. To learn more about the Oratorical Constitutional Speech Contest, go to

Much credit goes to her coach, Cookie Steponaitis. She impressed leading senior American Legion members as much as Hannah did. - Karlene DeVine, Chairwoman, Department of Vermont, Oratorical Program.

Summer Adventure Camp at VUHS

Summer Adventure Camp at VUHS
June 16th- June 20th 2014

Climbing Wall

For kids entering grades 5-8, from 9am to Noon

For more information contact Sarah Cook at
scook(at) or 453-7978
Applications are accepted on a first come first serve basis.
More Adventure Camp Information

Student Waiver Form

Teacher of the Year

Matt DeBlois is patient, kind, humorous and keenly intelligent. He demonstrates the perfect combination of humor and sensitivity and always goes the extra mile for his students, not just in French, but in Morning Meeting, or Call-Back. His humor is contagious and always cheers you up when you’re down. Matt challenges his students academically; he supports them and never gives up on them. Matt is always there to give thoughtful, intelligent, and honest advice to colleagues. He cares deeply about his students and VUHS as an institution. He has displayed outstanding leadership as a teacher and has put the student front-and-center of everything we do as a school.


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