By Graham Rosen | Copy Editor
Junior Sebastian Elverskog returned to Pearce after spending the fall semester of 2014 at a boarding school in Vershire, Vt. Elverskog attended the prestigious Mountain School of Milton Academy.
The Mountain School is a co-ed semester high school program that gives high school juniors the opportunity to live, work and study at a fully functioning organic farm in rural Vermont.
Each semester 45 students are chosen from across the U.S. to participate in their program.
“All of the students were extremely gifted academically and well rounded,” Sebastian said. “Many of the students were National Merit Scholars, and others are Ivy League material.”
The school has set classes that all of their students have to take.
“At the Mountain School everybody takes classes that focus on environmental science and English,” Sebastian said. “The rest of the courses are chosen by the individual student.”
Students at the school have a heavy academic load of homework and classes.
“We had an average of 4-5 hours of homework a night,” Sebastian said. “Our classes would begin at 9 a.m. and end at 6 p.m.”
Sebastian said he had an incredible time at the school. “My time spend at the Mountain School was probably the best four months of my life,” he said. “Everyone was smart, honest, and really cared about each other.”
“I learned how to know a place away from home,”Sebastian said. “I learned to love it, and the people there are like my own family.”
Sebastian attended the Mountain School because it offered an opportunity to to expand his academic skills and because of its prestige.