Champions On & Off The Field

We are very proud of our 2017 state championship and our 3 state championship game appearances in the past 5 years.  We are equally proud of our Gatorade player of the year and USA Today Offensive and Defensive players of the year, but what we are most proud of is something very few people know.2019-05-09 Cady Award

On Sunday, May 5 the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation hosted its annual scholar-athlete banquet.  The foundation provides 6 scholarships to the top student-athletes in the state every year.  They also provide scholarships to the most courageous athlete and the recipient of the Community Service Award.  In the past 3 years, St Johnsbury Academy Hilltoppers have captured 5 of those scholarships.

We have had one of the top scholar-athletes in each of the past 3 years (2016-Collin Urie, 2017-Jasper Rankin, 2018-Renwick Smith).  In 2016, Shane Alercio captured the Most Courageous Athlete scholarship for battling a rare vestibular disease called Dandy’s Syndrome that negatively impacts balance and ocular tracking.  This weekend, Jake Cady took home the Community Service Award for his efforts in creating a non-profit called Team Sullycat which has raised over $40,000 to help support families battling cancer.

Our players are champions on the field, in the classroom, in the community, and in life.

Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss coaching philosophy, X’s & O’s, or teach his O-Line “techniques in the trenches.” Contact Coach at and share with your colleagues and friends.

Thanks for your time!

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