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Colin Pope '13

Colin Pope NU '13wcax.com/2020/09/01/managing-the-white-mountains/ In early September, Colin Pope attempted what he says was the hardest physical challenge of his life. That first week of September he began a journey called the White Mountain Direttissima. Direttissima is Italian for, "direct way."

Pope had plans to traverse across all 48, 4,000-foot mountain peaks in the Whites. It's about 220 miles and 80,000 feet of elevation gain. Pope has been interested in the challenge for about two years. He saw a Facebook post about a man, who in 2016, hiked the continuous route of New Hampshire’s White Mountains in record time, finishing in just over 6 days. If Pope completes the Direttissima, he’ll be one of just more than a dozen to do so.

"Failure to me is success in progress," Pope said. With each one of those failures, I’ve always strived to kind of go back to that point to see if I complete it. If I don’t, I know I gave it everything I had.”

Full interview and video available here.


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Joseph BoothJoseph Booth '10
August 20, 2020 

Six months into his job as a full-time officer with the Damariscotta Police Department, Joseph Booth '10 said he is glad to be back home in Maine after years stationed overseas and around the country with the U.S. Army and Army Reserve. Booth is still a commander in the Army Reserve and instructs a public affairs unit in New Hampshire. Full article available here.


Michel Natali '87
August 16, 2020 
Michel Natali of Halfmoon, TX, a retired State Police investigator and Iraq War veteran, was promoted to major general during a ceremony at the New York Army National Guard Headquarters in Latham on Friday, Aug. 14. Full article available here.


Kevin Mahoney '16
August 16, 2020 
Mahoney, a 2016 graduate of Norwich, served as an assistant volunteer coach with the North Attleboro (MA) High School Big Red program in 2019. At the High School, he has started “The Shed”, which has become the in-person extension of the former Rocketeer’s virtual workouts during the pandemic-stricken final months of the second semester. Full article available here.


David AurigemmaDavid Aurigemma '00, M'03
August 15, 2020 
Skowhegan (ME) Savings welcomes three new vice presidents to the bank, including David Aurigemma. Aurigemma recently joined the bank as the vice president of special assets and will work with the revenue retention department of the bank. He has more than 25 years of commercial credit work and most recently comes to the bank from Huntington National bank, based in Ohio, where he was the vice president senior credit review officer. Full article available here.


Jessica Berube '18

Jessica Berube '18
August 7, 2020 

Jessica Berube of Raynham, MA has received a promotion with the US Army to First Lieutenant. She graduated from Norwich as a Second Lieutenant. Full article available here.


Jonathan Moak '15
August 4, 2020 
On August 4, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Jonathan Moak '15, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptroller. Full article available here.


Jason Gordon '07
August 2, 2020 
Rise to the Top in South Burlington won the Small Business Administration's Vermont Minority-Owned Business of the Year, as reported by Vermont Business Magazine. The company, founded and run by Jason Gordon, provides coaching and mentoring for young student athletes. Gordon's wife, Kourtny, is vice president. Full article available here.


Anthony Parker '08Anthony Parker '08
July 31, 2020 
Anthony Parker '08 is the newest officer for the Berlin Police Department. Filling this role has always been a dream for Parker. Officer Anthony Parker has been field training for some weeks and was part of the 109th class at the Vermont Police Academy. "I wanted to get into law enforcement because I wanted to make a difference in my community... put a more of a positive spin, especially recently with everything going on," Parker said. Full article available here.


Justin Tuthill '10Justin Tuthill '10
July 18, 2020
Justin Tuthill is among four candidates whose names are on the Republican ballot to unseat Congressman Peter Welch in the race for Vermont's U.S. House seat; a position Welch has held since 2007. Vermont Public Radio's Mary Engisch spoke with Justin Tuthill, and their interview below has been condensed and edited for clarity. VPR is interviewing all of the candidates for Congress. Full interview available here.