FARMINGTON — Alessandro Pane, a student at Mt. Blue High School, has won third place in the Beautiful Minds Challenge, a competition hosted by Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vt.

Alessandro took home a cash prize of $500. He will head to the Beautiful Minds Symposium at the college from April 2 to 5.

Alessandro and 24 other finalists will join current Marlboro students and faculty members to share ideas and submissions, learn about creative process and problem solving through group activities, and get a taste of college residential life and coursework.

Marlboro will arrange and pay for transportation to and from Vermont, as well as food, lodging and activities during the symposium.

The challenge tasked entrants to “Take a road less traveled. Make something that shares your journey,” requiring them to keep a record of their journey down any physical, imagined or metaphorical road less traveled.

Alessandro demonstrated his musical, poetic and technical talents in an audio recording titled “Three Roads Not Taken.”

“The project took many forms, often integrating disparate disciplines to express a single idea,” Alessandro said. “In reflecting on this journey of creation, I have learned that I, too, must forge my own path: a road inspired by the others not taken.”

To learn more, visit or contact Ariel Brooks, director of non-degree programs at [email protected] or at 802-451-7118.

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