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October 22, 2012

Commissioner appoints three students to Harassment, Hazing and Bullying Prevention Advisory Council

Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca recently appointed three additional student representatives to the Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying Prevention Advisory Council. Lexie Federhen, Justin Lambert, and Leah Soule bring diverse backgrounds, personal experiences with bullying, and unique perspectives to the council.

“One of the top priorities for the council is to develop student leadership programs that support anti-bullying,” said Commissioner Vilaseca. “We want to ensure that our schools are safe, and hearing directly from the students is the best way to make that happen.”

Federhen, a sophomore at Mount Anthony UHS, is currently Miss Vermont High School and a USA Ambassador Jr. Teen. She uses both platforms to promote community service, bullying prevention, and respect for the environment. Lambert, a junior at Big Picture South Burlington, believes it is important to look through multiple lenses when discussing issues such as bullying. Soule, a senior at Big Picture, is involved in the Climate Committee at the South Burlington High School and the Amnesty International club.

The council will hold its second meeting on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 1 - 4pm in the UVM Room at the Howard Dean Center, 307 South Street, Springfield VT. This meeting is open to the public.

The student representatives will be attending the meeting remotely via the Learning Network (LNV) of Vermont, a school-based video-conferencing system. There are 118 LNV sites around the state; the sites are mostly schools, but also include the VT DOE, the legislature, adult learning centers, and technical centers.

Information about the Commissioner’s Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying Prevention Advisory Council is available online:

For more information, contact Tracey Tsugawa, Council Chair, at (802) 828-2493 or

Source: Department of Education
Last Updated at: October 22, 2012 10:13:47