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Sophie Chesnut, of Sharon, Vt., a 10th-grader at Sharon Academy High, greets Vermont Gov. Phil Scott before his presentation on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, at the high school in Sharon, Vt. The Governor’s presentation was planned as part of the “Beliefs” curriculum in ninth and 10th grade Humanities at the school. (Valley News – Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott was on hand on Thursday to talk about his beliefs with students at The Sharon Academy.

The speech was part of the school’s two-year “beliefs” curriculum, according to Valley News reporter Matt Hongoltz-Hetling.

For the past decade, the academy’s 10th-graders have delivered lengthy presentations on their own core belief systems. Each student is encouraged to distill the essence of their beliefs down to a single word — a belief word, like a verbal talisman that would forever help them to navigate the rough waters of a post-graduate world.

The event closed out with a lively question-and-answer session once Scott finished his prepared remarks.

The topics ranged from questions about his stances on issues like net neutrality and the role of political lobbyists, to his personal experiences growing up as a motor-savvy tech student in Barre, Vt.

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