The alumni magazine of Stratton Mountain School Winter 2011
Letter from the Headmaster Dear Alumni, Parents and Friends,
Cover shot: The summit of Stratton Mountain during winter of 2010. By Hubert Schriebl
At the opening of school, I had the good fortune of addressing the student body and their families. This year, I challenged each member of the Stratton Mountain School community to look at this school year as an opportunity. We pride ourselves on providing the environment and motivation for student athletes to identify and seize their own opportunities at SMS.
This year has already given us many reasons to be proud. We are in the midst of a very successful school year with a full school of 120 students, 44 of whom are new to SMS this year. We opened the year with 13 new faculty and staff who are infusing the school with energy and promise. Within these pages, you will find an introduction to these new members of our community. You will also find profiles of three new additions to the Board of Trustees, who share our vision and passion for the school. With this sense of renewal and progress, there is a palpable level of excitement as we enter the winter competition season. As we shift our focus toward the future, we are also reminded within these pages to look back at our foundation of academic and athletic excellence. For the past 35 years, Peggy deSantis has been the guardian of academic distinction for Stratton Mountain School. Her steady hand guided the way for SMS academics for more than three decades as a teacher, Assistant Headmaster, Dean of Studies and Winter Term Coordinator. On June 19, we were so pleased to honor Peggy with a gathering to celebrate her retirement from SMS. Her impact on us all will endure for many years to come. The 2009-2010 Annual Report, which begins on page 13, is always a big part of the Starting Gate. We are so grateful to the hundreds of donors who consistently make giving to SMS a priority. With your help, we raised $322,635 in 2009-2010, which is five percent more than we raised the prior year.
Although we realized an overall increase in giving last year, unrestricted annual giving decreased. Unrestricted giving is important because these gifts allow us to budget for annual expenses and ensure that your gift goes to the area of greatest need. If I have one message to convey to you this year, it is this: please consider giving an unrestricted gift to the SMS Annual Fund. Your gift will help us purchase needed materials for the classroom like SMART Boards and science materials as well as new weight room equipment and tuning tools. Importantly, it will help us extend financial aid to the 40 percent of current SMS families who receive assistance.
We continue to make strides toward our goal of $4 million in the Building for Excellence Campaign. This endowment campaign strengthens the financial foundation of SMS and allows us to plan for the future. Stratton Mountain School is stronger and healthier each year because of your vision and commitment to our collective future. I thank you so much for partnering with us to ensure a bright future for all of our students. Sincerely,
Christopher G. Kaltsas Headmaster
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Welcome to the Board
he Stratton Mountain School Board of Trustees welcomes three new members to the Board: Carolyn Beckedorff ’85, Jeffrey Lennox and Joanna Runeare.
Carolyn Beckedorff is no stranger to skiing, SMS and business. Carolyn spent three years as an alpine ski racer at SMS, culminating in 1985, when she returned to her home school in Wellesley, Mass., to graduate. She hasn’t stopped skiing since. In 2008, she was awarded the Al Sise Outstanding Alpine Masters Award by USSA. That year, Carolyn went on to win the Slalom (SL) and Giant Slalom (GS) titles at Masters Nationals in Mammoth, Calif. She traveled to Austria to compete in the FIS Masters World Championships, where she took first in SL, second in GS and third in Super-G (SG) for her age group. Carolyn continued her podium pursuit by nabbing the 2010 Masters National Champion Title for SL and SG. Carolyn graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in English. She competed on both the ski team and the soccer team for UNH but was plagued by injury. She went to work for Shearson Lehman for a year before moving on to The Baupost Group in Boston, where she is the Head Trader and has worked for the past 20 years. Now, Carolyn’s focus remains on her 8-year-old son, Harrison, who is usually waiting for his mother to finish her race so they can go ski the mountain. Carolyn, her husband, Tony, and their son, Harrison, live in Wellesley, Mass. Jeff Lennox is a Senior Vice President and Partner at Leggette, Brashears & Graham, Inc., a hydrogeology and environmental consulting firm headquartered in Shelton, Conn. He has been with the firm since 1982 following graduate school. His work covers environmental investigations and clean-up of sites with soil and groundwater contamination, as well as consulting for several water-utility clients. Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science in Hydrology from the University of New Hampshire in 1979, and he went on to earn his master’s degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on Groundwater Hydrology from Colorado State University in 1982. Jeff and his wife, Linda, are parents to SMS alpine student athlete, Trevor, a junior, and Jared, a sophomore at Northeastern University in Boston. Linda and Jeff have been long-time supporters of SMS and are especially involved in the annual SMS Winter Ball, donating both time and auction items. Jeff has skied for more than 40 years, and he and his family spend their summers sailing aboard their Tartan 5300 sailing yacht. Jeff, Linda and Trevor now live in Weston, Vt. Joanna Runeare has a passion for skiing and the mountains. She is one of seven kids, but her parents’ penchant for skiing motivated her family to get everyone on skis. Joanna, the granddaughter of Walt Disney, said that her family’s connection with snow sports started with her grandfather. She described Disney as a lover of skiing, and his involvement with the pageantry of the 1960 Olympics at Squaw Valley infused her family’s love of the sport. To make skiing more accessible for the whole family, Joanna’s grandfather bought a place in Mammoth, Calif.
2010-2011 Board of Trustees
Ronald Alvarez Carolyn Beckedorff ’85 Jeffrey R. Bennett ’87 James F. Crowley Gary S. Davis David Epstein Gary Giulietti, Chairman James Haffner Michael S. Hahn Dana Hollingsworth Christopher G. Kaltsas, Headmaster Robert J. Lememze, Jr. Jeffrey B. Lennox F. Graham Luckenbill II TD McCormick Chauncey G. Morgan ’82, Treasurer William G. Morton, Jr., Vice Chairman Benjamin F. Needell Joanna Runeare Todd B. Richter Morton T. Saunders Neal H. Schuman Gary Simpson Paul J. Sitarz
For more biographical information on each member of the SMS Board of Trustees, visit www.gosms.org/boardoftrustees.
Joanna raised her children with the same mindset. Her two sons became snowboarders, a passion which led her east to SMS with her son, Sebastian, who graduated from SMS in 2007. Joanna moved to Vermont to share in Sebastian’s SMS experience. During her time in Vermont, Joanna established strong friendships that still endure. “Sebastian pulled me into this wonderful world,” she said. “People worry about their kids leaving home, but sometimes they pull us into this great stuff!”
With her parents and her brother, Walter, Joanna became involved in a family project, which started the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco in 2009. She continues to serve on its Board, which is led by her mother and brother. Additionally, Joanna’s family, including her siblings and parents, own Silverado Vineyards in Napa, Calif., which opened in 1981. Joanna lives in Bonny Doon, Calif., in the Santa Cruz mountains. Starting2011 Gate Starting Winter 2011 Winter Gate
Josh ’03, an alpine coach, joins the SMS coaching staff as a part of the JIII Alpine Program. Josh graduated from SMS in 2003 before heading off to Mount Mansfield Ski Club for two PG seasons. He committed to ski for the Plymouth State Ski Team and became the United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA) Giant Slalom National Champion in 2006. Following his 2006 season, he was the recipient of the Plymouth State Paul E. Arnold Male Athlete of the Year award, which is given to the most accomplished athlete at Plymouth State University. As an athlete at SMS, Josh was consistently a leader on the hill. He earned three Alpine Athletic Achievement Awards throughout his career at SMS and competed on the Men’s Varsity Soccer Team.
Alissa, the Development Program Coordinator, joins the SMS Alpine staff in this new position. Before coming to SMS, Alissa served as the USSA Eastern Competition Manager where she organized events for elite FIS races. She simultaneously worked on special events for Boston-based Preston Marketing Concepts. Before her professional career, Alissa ski raced for Colby College while pursuing double majors in International Studies and French. Her language studies led her to spend extensive time in France where she immersed herself in the local culture. As a graduate of Green Mountain Valley School, Alissa is familiar with the ski academy lifestyle and will prove useful in the alpine program’s youth development.
Kyle, a men’s alpine coach, brings a myriad of skills to the SMS community. He coowned and operated R Tuning in Salt Lake City, Utah, before returning to the East Coast. Additionally, he was an Alpine FIS Coach for Snowbird Sports Education Foundation. He spent two summers as an Alpine FIS Coach at Mount Hood Summer Ski Camps as well as a summer at Fischer as a demo shop technician and sales representative. Kyle graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science. He also earned a minor in Nutrition. As an athlete, Kyle skied for the University of Utah’s Varsity Alpine Ski Team. Before heading out west, Kyle attended Mount Mansfield Winter Academy in Stowe, Vt. He and his wife, Stephanie Darling, tied the knot in early September.
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STEPHANIE DARLING Stephanie, a women’s alpine coach, comes to SMS with exceptional experience. Steph was most recently the co-owner and operator of R Tuning in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as an Alpine FIS Coach at Snowbird Sports Education Foundation. In 2008, Stephanie spent a summer on Palmer Glacier as an Alpine FIS Coach for Mount Hood Summer Ski Camps. She has also spent a summer in Mount Hood working for Fischer as a shop technician and sales representative. Stephanie is very familiar with the ski academy structure. She graduated high school from Waterville Valley Academy and trained for two postgraduate seasons at Mount Mansfield Ski Club. Afterwards, she attended the University of Utah where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition. During collehe worked for the University of Utah at the Neuromuscular Science Lab, studying neuromuscular and aspects of eccentric muscle damage and recovery.
Colin, an English teacher, comes to SMS with a wide array of talents. He is currently a candidate for a master’s degree in secondary education from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Penn. He earned his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts where he was an active leader in the Wheaton community. He played Varsity soccer for Wheaton and has extensive experience as a youth soccer coach. Before committing to earn his master’s degree, Igoe spent 2008-2009 in Thailand where he worked as an English teacher and prepared Thai high school students for English college entrance exams. This past winter, Igoe worked at the Overbrook Educational Center in Philadelphia where he earned his field experience helping 7th- and 8th-grade students understand English. Igoe grew up skiing at Stratton and returned last winter to work as a J5 coach for Stratton Training Center.
Brian, a history teacher, boasts a professional resume with expansive expertise in nonprofit institutions. Most recently, Knight acted as the Curator for Hildene, the Lincoln family home in Manchester, Vt. At Hildene, Knight oversaw the staff, interns and volunteers in addition to fulfilling responsibilities in museum management, collections maintenance and acquisitions. Before Knight’s work at Hildene, he worked at Saint Michael’s College as the Assistant Director for Donor Relations. Knight has extensive experience with several other non-profit institutions. He earned both his master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. He has an undergraduate degree in political science and a Master of Arts in Historical Preservation. Brian lives in Manchester, Vt., with his wife, Corinne, and their two and kids, Lindsay and Archer.
Jesse, the Pipe and Park Program Coordinator, is ready to jumpstart the new program with his impressive qualifications and experience. Since 2005, Jesse had been the Head Freestyle Coach at Mount Snow Academy, where he worked with a small group of freestyle skiing athletes to provide the highest level of training and coaching. Jesse also has experience working with high school athletes. He was a soccer coach at his alma mater of Keene High School. He spent several semesters traveling abroad to Spanish-speaking countries perfecting his communicating skills and learning about the cultures. A native of New Hampshire, Jesse earned his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Keene State College in 2003.
Francesca, the front desk administrator and registrar, recently graduated from Castleton State College in May of 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Science. Mazzola was extensively involved with her college as a staff leader for the student orientation and a student athlete mentor for Castleton Elementary. Outside of her academic commitments, Mazzola played goalkeeper for Castleton’s Women’s Lacrosse team throughout her collegiate career. Before she came to SMS, Mazzola worked as a physical therapy aid for Optimal Care Physical Therapy in Stony Brook, N.Y. She also has experience in recruitment as a Regional Admissions Representative for her alma mater.
Dwaine, a winterterm tutor and student council advisor, joins the SMS staff with enormous experience in psychology and counseling. Dwaine had been practicing family therapy in Hilo, Hawaii, before coming to SMS. Dwaine, however, also has experience working in boarding schools. From 20062008, he worked at Leysin American School in Switzerland as an International Baccalaureate Psychology teacher, a physical education teacher and an activities associate. But before their time in Switzerland, Dwaine worked as a counselor and a therapist for more than 10 years, practicing mostly in Hawaii and California. Dwaine earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii before going on to Argosy University in Honolulu, Hawaii, to work on his Master’s of Arts in Professional Counseling. Dwaine lives on campus with his wife, Kim, and their two sons.
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Kim, an English teacher, has a book of credentials to contribute to her expertise. For more than 15 years, she has been a prolific and published author. Her poems and articles have been published worldwide in literary magazines and books. In addition to her writing experience, she has been teaching English since 1994. She began her teaching career in Hawaii at a boarding school where she worked for a collective of seven years. She went on to teach at a myriad of other schools along the west coast and Hawaii, but she eventually found herself in Switzerland at Leysin American School, where she taught International Baccalaureate English. She most recently took a year away from teaching in Hawaii to focus on her writing before deciding to move back to Vermont, where she earned her master’s degree. She lives with her husband, Dwaine, and their two kids, Rakai and Taiaroa.
Chris, a new business administrator, graduated from Castleton State College in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics. At Castleton, he served as the Business Club’s Marketing Chairman. White also has significant experience in web design and marketing. Before taking the job at SMS as a business office associate, White worked as a freelance web designer for Skene Valley Agency in Granville, N.Y., where he created logos and improved webpage function for the agency’s clients. At Castleton, White also served as an intern for the school’s website redesign. White is a Vermont native and graduated high school from Fair Haven, Vt.
ANDY BISSELLE, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
ndy Bisselle joins the SMS administration as the Director of Development. Bisselle has extensive experience in independent schools and fundraising, which brings a great sense of understanding to his new position at SMS. Bisselle spent the past 10 years working as the Executive Director for Camp Dudley YMCA on Lake Champlain, where he raised $12 million for the Dudley Family Campaign. In his role at Camp Dudley, Bisselle led the admissions and recruitment efforts for 1,000 campers each year. He managed a staff of more than 250 members at two campuses and completed the day-to-day administration. Prior to his time at Camp Dudley, Bisselle spent 12 years as a teacher, coach and administrator at several independent schools, including The Taft School in Watertown, Conn. Bisselle earned his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a master’s degree in teaching from Connecticut College. Bisselle lives in Manchester with his wife, Fran, and his two daughters, Lucy and Aggie.
ROSS POWERS, SNOWBOARD PROGRAM DIRECTOR
oss Powers ’97 joins the Stratton Mountain School athletic staff as the new Snowboard Program Director.
After many years competing on the worldwide snowboarding circuit, Ross returns to Vermont to begin a full-time coaching career at his alma mater. Ross is facilitating a new level of performance at SMS as he integrates the latest coaching techniques as well as innovative strength and conditioning movements. Shortly after graduating from Stratton Mountain School, Powers took the international snowboarding scene by storm. At the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, he captured the bronze medal in Halfpipe, the first-ever US Olympic Snowboarding medal. Four years later, at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, he led the historic sweep by the US Men’s Snowboarding Team and stood atop the podium as the Gold Medalist. Powers continues to hit the slopes and will participate in a few events this winter. In addition to his riding experience, Powers has consistently been a mentor for young riders. He has been running and operating the Ross Powers Snowboard Camp since 1998 and will continue to do so as the program director for SMS. In 2001, he established the Ross Powers Foundation, which assists athletes with a need for financial aid. A Vermont native, Ross and his wife, Marisa, live at Stratton Mountain, Vt., with their two daughters, Victoria and Meredith. 6
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Back row (from left to right): Giorgi, Mensch, Cobb, Roomet, Resek, McLaughlin, Ogle, Caldwell, Haffner, Schmidt, Howe, Bineau, Davis, Skinner, Beauchemin, Stacy. Front row: Caldwell, Decarli, Pawlak, Bamford, Pearson, Fichter, Chardavoyne, Simpson, Hernandez, McCloud, Kuchera, Stephenson, Cohen.
Class of 2010 Graduation
On Friday, May 28, President and Founder of Vermont College of Fine Arts and noted author Thomas Christopher Greene addressed the graduating seniors. Graduation exercises were held at the Burtscher Field House on the SMS campus.
Congratulations to the 29 members of the Class of 2010: Emily Bamford, Doreen, Australia; Eric Beauchemin, Lake Winola, Penn.; Brandon Bineau, Boonton Township., N.J.; Isabel Caldwell, Peru, Vt.; John Caldwell, Peru, Vt.; Paige Chardavoyne, Glenmont, N.Y.; Austin Cobb, Peru, Greene is the author of novels “Mirror Lake” (Simon & Vt.; Jennifer Cohen, Bondville, Vt.; Skyler Davis, Jericho, Schuster, 2003), “I’ll Never Be Long Gone” (Harper/Collins, Vt.; Marta Decarli, Venice, Italy; 2005), and “Envious Moon” (Harper/ AWARD RECIPIENTS Gage Fichter, Putney, Vt.; Gregorio Collins, 2007). In 2006, he founded the Founders’ Award Isabel Caldwell Giorgi, Cento, Italy; James Haffner, Vermont College of Fine Arts, widely Faculty Award Austin Cobb Darien, Conn.; Jacqueline Hernandez, recognized as one of the top graduate Faculty Award Randall Stacy schools in the country focused on writing Lisa Tuttle Award Shelby Simpson Londonderry, Vt.; Cameron Howe, and visual arts. Vermont Scholar Award Gage Fichter Westport, Conn.; Lena Kuchera, New York, N.Y.; Prescott McLaughlin, VPA Award Stefan Schmidt Gage Fichter and Paige Chardavoyne Millbrook, N.Y.; Vienna McLeod, VPA Award Lena Kuchera were selected by their classmates to Queensbury, N.Y.; Joseph Mensch, Jay Leach Award Austin Caldwell address the crowd as senior speakers. Academic Achievement Award Manorville, N.Y.; Jay Ogle, Pittsfield, All SMS graduates have distinguished Paige Chardavoyne Mass.; Marley Pawlak, West Dover, themselves in their respective winter Vt.; Kelsey Pearson, West Dover, Vt.; Hunter Resek, East athletic endeavors. They also have earned admission to top Dover, Vt.; Eric Roomet, Hinesburg, Vt.; Stefan Schmidt, colleges and universities including Dartmouth College, Stratton, Vt.; Shelby Simpson, Bondville, Vt.; Cole Skinner, Middlebury College, The Citadel and the University of Londonderry, Vt.; Randall Stacy, Ipswich, Mass.; India-Louise Vermont. During his keynote address, Greene relayed a story Stephenson, South Export, Penn. to the graduates about doing your best, putting yourself out there and hopefully, “getting the girl” in the end. Starting2011 Gate Starting Winter 2011 Winter Gate
35 years of dedication At a June 19 retirement party, the Stratton Mountain School community bid adieu or valere to longtime teacher and administrator Peggy deSantis. Peggy retired from her role as the Assistant Headmaster, Dean of Studies, English Teacher, Latin Teacher and Winter Term Coordinator at the conclusion of the 2009-2010 academic year.
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the past 35 years, Peggy deSantis set the tone for academic excellence and consistency at SMS. Beginning as a 7th-and 8thgrade English Teacher in 1975, Peggy worked her way up to a position where she was involved in every aspect of the school. Her indelible mark is quite simply everywhere at Stratton Mountain School. Additionally, Peggy worked tirelessly to ensure future momentum of the school when she spearheaded and directed the 10-year re-accreditation process by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Peggy’s many talents, her steady hand and her firm commitment to academic excellence forever changed the landscape of Stratton Mountain School. Nearly every alumnus and faculty member of the SMS community was strongly impacted by Peggy’s presence in their professional and educational development. At Graduation in May, Headmaster Chris Kaltsas awarded Peggy the Richard Miller Award for “performing her task with outstanding leadership.” Upon receiving her award, she addressed the Class of 2010 with these sage words:
“So graduates, as we move towards our next step hand in hand, understand that we will follow yet another unfamiliar path. You will seek continued recognition and an extension of your intellectual promise and athletic talent, and I will be seeking those yet-to-be-discovered adventures that await my husband and me. Promise me that you will never forget your high school alma mater. Stratton Mountain School is such a special place. You have been, and you will continue to be the recipients of a fine education, splendid athletic direction and additional resources for personal achievement from nurturing adults who have and will continue to believe in you. I shall never forget any of you. Enjoy this exciting trip to and through the unfamiliar, as I will enjoy mine. I wish you great good fortune and Godspeed.” The 2009-2010 yearbook was also dedicated in her name. Peggy’s colleagues and former students took the opportunity to thank her for her role in their lives at her June 19, 2010 retirement party. Below are excerpts from her retirement party. Some were also written in her online memory book. Thank you, Peggy for 35 wonderful years!
“I had a wonderful professional experience with Peggy. She led our academic program and maintained the highest standards and quality of education that we’ve come to associate with SMS. It was so important to me to work with someone with her strength and dedication to the values and strict adherence to the mission of Stratton Mountain School. We made tremendous progress over the years, and I attribute much of that to her help and support. I hope she will always remain close to SMS through the years. And that she enjoys the fruits of what has been a long, successful and proud part of our school.” - Chris Kaltsas, SMS Headmaster “Peggy showed me what it was to be a professional, to have high expectations for kids and to do my own homework. She’s been a wonderful person to work with, and I’ll miss her.” - Alex Lehmann, English Teacher, Dean of Academics “Somehow you managed to turn a flooded basement into a classroom and library, and transform a bunch of kids who would rather be playing in the snow into students. Your long-time commitment to furthering academics at SMS has set the school above all other ski academies. There is only one Mrs. deSantis, and the school will never be the same without you. I hope your influence remains for a long time to come. Enjoy your retirement!” - Kristin Luckenbill SMS ’97
“She’s still my teacher. I still learn from her everyday.” - Dave Rothman SMS ’02, Math Teacher
“I’ve been really lucky to work with Peggy for the last 30 years. I have two words to describe Peggy. Consummate professional. She is amazing. In all the time I’ve known her, there’s never been a personal agenda. It’s always been what’s best for the school and what’s best for the kids. It’s been an honor working with you.” - Sverre Caldwell, Nordic Program Director, former Headmaster
“Peggy was the one who set the academic standards of the school and set the standards for the faculty on how you should perform as a professional teacher. As we were transforming the school from a tutoring school to a full-term school, she was really pivotal in providing the standards of a real educational institution. Peggy was always aware of the demands of a ski racer. She was always sensitive to the idea that you should do the best you could on the hill and the best you could do in the classroom. The fact that she could see it from both sides was really good for the school.” - TD McCormick, SMS History Teacher and Coach (1971 – 2006), current member SMS Board of Trustees Starting2011 Gate Starting Winter 2011 Winter Gate
2010 WINTER OLYMPICS REVIEW
Seven Stratton Mountain School (SMS) alumni and past student athletes represented SMS at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Lindsey Jacobellis ’03, Andy Newell ’02, Louie Vito ’06, Kris Freeman ’99 (winter term) competed for the United States. Jacobellis and Vito competed in snowboarding while Newell and Freeman competed in cross country ski racing. Kendall Brown ’08 (winter term) became one of the
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youngest members of the New Zealand Olympic snowboard team and Klara Krizova ’07 (winter term) competed in alpine ski racing for her home country of the Czech Republic. SMS has had more than 53 placements on Olympic Teams in its short history, and more than 90 SMS student athletes have been named to National Teams. To see a complete list of SMS Olympians, visit www.gosms.org/Olympians.
The alpine program boasted 25 Men’s Alpine FIS Podiums, 26 Women’s Alpine FIS Podiums, 20 JIII/JIV State (and up) Podiums across all age groups. Overall podiums include (this list is not comprehensive):
FIRST PLACE FINISHES
Jay Ogle: 1st at Attitash Giant Slalom Jay Ogle: 1st at Attitash Slalom Prescott McLaughlin: 1st at Mount Hood Meadows Slalom Danny Fowler: 1st place at Sugarbush Giant Slalom Amanda Reilly: 1st at Stowe Slalom Brittany Lathrop: 1st place JIII Junior Olympics Brittany Lathrop: 1st place JIII States Slalom Brittany Lathrop: 1st place JIII States Giant Slalom
SECOND PLACE FINISHES
Jay Ogle: 2nd at Attitash Giant Slalom Blake Pendleton: 2nd at Attitash Slalom Prescott McLaughlin: 2nd at Mount Hood Meadows Slalom Eric Rasmussen: 2nd place at Sugarbush Giant Slalom Emily Bamford: 2nd at Sugarbush Giant Slalom Brittany Lathrop: 2nd at JIII Junior Olympics Giant Slalom
THIRD PLACE FINISHES
Danny Fowler: 3rd place National JII Championships Super-G Nick Krause: 3rd at Attitash Giant Slalom Prescott McLaughlin: 3rd at Mount Hood Meadows Giant Slalom Prescott McLaughlin: 3rd at Alyeska, Alaska Slalom Madeleine Hall: 3rd at Cranmore Slalom Emily Bamford: 3rd at Stratton Slalom Emily Bamford: 3rd at Sunday River Giant Slalom Kieran Mottau: 3rd place JIII States Slalom
OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS
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-- 12 athletes competed at JII Nationals, which is double the number of participants from any other individual program in the East. -- Prescott McLaughlin ’10 was invited to train with the National Development System (NDS) Junior Speed Project. McLaughlin is one of 30 JII student athletes invited to
participate in the elite training week. -- Prescott McLaughlin ’10 and Jay Ogle ’10 competed at the US Nationals Downhill in Aspen. -- SMS JIII Alpine Program took 10 athletes to the JIII Junior Olympics, which tied for the most of any program in the East. -- Brittany Lathrop qualified for the
Whistler Cup Ski Championships and earned second place overall. She also won the overall at JIII States. -- Kieran Mottau ’14 finished top10 in two events at the JIII Junior Olympics, allowing him to compete in the 2010 Canadian K2 National Championships.
-- All three Freestyle athletes qualified for Junior Olympics and U.S. Nationals. -- Witt went into JOs ranked as the second-best divisional Dual Mogul skier in the country. -- McLeod has earned several top-five finishes in Eastern Championship Series events
throughout this season, including a second place at Waterville Rosemary Bowl and three top-five finishes at Bristol Mountain, N.Y. -- Lovell found the podium at the Eastern Divisional Championships with his second place finish in Moguls. Lovell increased his overall divisional-competitor ranking from
58th to 21st in Dual Moguls. Lovell earned a spot on the podium at the Bristol Mountain’s ECS Mogul event and has finished top-five several times. -- During the 2010-2011 year, SMS added a Halfpipe and Slopestyle (Pipe and Park) skiing program.
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Overall podiums include (this list is not comprehensive):
FIRST PLACE FINISHES
Skyler Davis: 1st at Presque Isle EC Opener, Sprint Isabel Caldwell: 1st at USSA Junior Olympic Championships, Sprint Isabel Caldwell: 1st at Black Mountain of Maine TD Bank Black Mtn. EC, Distance Isabel Caldwell: 1st at Gunstock TD Bank Silver Fox Trot EC, Distance Heather Mooney: 1st at Presque Isle EC Opener, Sprint Heather Mooney: 1st at Black Mountain of Maine TD Bank EC, Sprint Heather Mooney: 1st at UVM EC, Distance Heather Mooney: 1st at NYSEF Harry Eldridge Memorial, Distance
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Skyler Davis: 2nd at Rumford EC, Sprint Skyler Davis: 2nd at USSA JO Championships, Sprint Gage Fichter: 2nd at Presque Isle EC Opener, Distance Heather Mooney: 2nd at USSA JO Championships, Distance Heather Mooney: 2nd at USSA JO Championships, Sprint Heather Mooney: 2nd at Presque Isle EC Opener, Distance THIRD PLACE FINISHES Heather Mooney: 2nd at UVM EC, Distance Isabel Caldwell: 3rd at USSA JO Championships, Distance Isabel Caldwell: 3rd at Presque Isle EC Opener, Distance Isabel Caldwell: 3rd at Holderness School TD Bank EC Finals, Distance Gage Fichter: 3rd at USSA JO Championships, Sprint Gage Fichter: 3rd at Black Mountain of Maine TD Bank EC, Distance Brooke Mooney: 3rd at Presque Isle EC Opener, Sprint Brooke Mooney: 3rd at Presque Isle EC Opener, Distance Tyler Foulkes: 3rd at Presque Isle EC Opener, Distance OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS -- The program extended its streak to 14 straight years with at least one Junior National Champion and at least one World Junior Team member. -- The girls’ team won the Roger Weston award as the top high school team in the country for the third straight year.
-- Isabel Caldwell ’10, Austin Cobb ’10 and Bridger Tyler ’11 were named to the USST J1 Scandinavian Cup team, which takes the top six J1 boys and girls in the country. -- Isabel Caldwell ’10 and Gage Fichter ’10 placed first and third in the overall Eastern Cup standings. -- Skyler Davis ’10 placed fourth
overall and was the first junior in the Eastern Cup standings. -- 13 of our 14 eligible skiers were named to the New England Junior National team. -- SMS athletes had 14 All-American finishes at Junior Olympics.
Overall podiums include (this list is not comprehensive):
FIRST PLACE FINISHES
Mike Perle: 1st BX USASA Nationals Youth Division Mike Perle: 1st HP Gatorade Free Flow Tour Killington Chris Tierney: 1st SS USASA Nationals Youth Division Shelby Simpson: 1st HP Mount Snow Revolution Tour Shelby Simpson: 1st BX Reef/Corona Open in Argentina
SECOND PLACE FINISHES
Randall Stacy: 2nd SS USASA Nationals Mike Perle: 2nd HP USASA Nationals Serena Shaw: 2nd HP Mount Snow Revolution Tour Spencer Shaw: 2nd SS Copper Revolution Tour Maverick Shaw: 2nd SS USASA Nationals
OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS
-- 26 out of 33 snowboard athletes qualified for USASA Nationals. -- Spencer Shaw ’11, Michael Perle ’12, Shelby Simpson ’10, Maverick Shaw ’15 and Serena Shaw ’13 were invited to participate in the 2010 Project Gold for Halfpipe at Mammoth Mountain, Calif. -- Shelby Simpson ’10 and Jacqueline Hernandez ’10 qualified
THIRD PLACE FINISHES
Shelby Simpson: 3rd HP Copper Revolution Tour Jenn Cohen: 3rd HP Mount Snow Revolution Tour Serena Shaw: 3rd HP Boreal Revolution Tour Spencer Shaw: 3rd HP Mount Snow Revolution Tour Jenn Hawkrigg: 3rd BX USASA Nationals Jacqueline Hernandez: 3rd BX USASA Nationals Karen Kobayashi: 3rd BX USASA Nationals Maverick Shaw: 3rd HP USASA Nationals
for FIS Junior World Championships. -- Jacqueline Hernandez ’10 dominated the Snowboardcross (SBX) field throughout the year: she finished second at the final NorAm Snowboardcross in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, where she scored the highest points of her career. Hernandez clinched second place overall in the final NorAm standings.
Throughout the season, she had more than four podium finishes on the NorAm tour. -- Spencer Shaw ’11, Eric Beauchemin ’10 and Randall Stacy ’10 represented SMS in the semifinals at the U.S. Open. -- Kiley Kennedy represented the SMS women in the US Open Slopestyle Finals.
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TECHNOLOGY IN C O L L E G E G U I D A N C E THE CLASSROOM This fall, the Stratton Mountain School Parents’ Association donated $2,200 toward the purchase of six new LCD projectors. The generous donation covered half the cost of the projector purchase and installation project, and now all classrooms are equipped with this technology. From English to Physics, SMS teachers are using this and other technology to maximize the delivery of their curriculum.
“I’m able to project position-versustime graphs and have a student come to the board and draw a velocity-versus-time graph right on the position graph,” said Tim Taylor, a physics and math teacher. “I also use a document reader with the projector to show student homework assignments to the class.” The projectors also come to great use in the English classrooms. “My new LCD projector makes it possible for me to have several documents prepared for projection in the course of a single period,” said Kim Tait, an English teacher. “I can project a freewrite prompt, for example, but then click back to a Kierkegaard quote on existentialism for reference and then back again, without having to erase material from the board.” No matter what the use, the projectors allow teachers to cater to different teaching techniques and learning styles, making the classroom a more dynamic learning experience.
Stratton Mountain School means a busy beginning to a new year. Students are engaged in intensive academic demands while coaches drive the students to build their physical foundations for the challenges of the upcoming competition season. Seniors, of course, have the added responsibility of preparing their college applications. Stratton Mountain School’s students are certainly a unique and impressive group, and their drive and determination to succeed on so many fronts is a constantly evolving proof of this observation, which manifests itself in the many tangible results our students realize, from the slopes and trails to the classroom, in their personal lives, and in their college acceptances. Our students have adapted admirably to the ever-changing process of the college application, and last year’s impressive list of college acceptances continued a number of trends that we’ve observed over the past few years. As electronic applications have become increasingly standardized and have replaced the paper and ink pages of the past, our students have found increasing opportunity to apply to a diverse array of colleges. This year, the Common Application is being accepted by a record number of over 400 colleges and universities. This fact allows students to apply to any of these schools by filling out a single copy of the application and then submitting it electronically to the list of schools which they, with the oversight of the college guidance department, deem appropriate. I was thrilled last year to see this expansive opportunity result in students who now attend school in locations not traditionally associated with SMS athletes such as multiple branches of the University of California, Whittier College in Los Angeles, and the Citadel, to the more traditional schools such as Dartmouth and Middlebury Colleges where our students continue to thrive. While athletes at some of these schools may no longer be pursuing the athletic opportunities that were so important to them while at SMS, the work ethic and goal-setting abilities that they developed as students here help assure their success in diverse fields as college students. By Alex Lehmann all at
Professional Development Stratton Mountain School Spanish Teacher Matt Seager toured Central America last summer as part of a professional development trip. He spent two weeks at LSSN-León Spanish School of Nicaragua where he took advanced Spanish classes. Additionally, he spent time in Copán, Honduras touring the ancient, Mayan ruins there. Pictured here is the city of León, Nicaragua, as seen from the Cathedral de León. 12
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For fiscal year July 1–June 30
Dear Alumni, Parents and Friends, I’m so grateful to look through this Annual Report and see all of the loyal friends of Stratton Mountain School. Many of you have supported SMS each year without fail. During these difficult economic times, you have made your gift to SMS a priority, and that has made a significant difference in the lives of our student athletes everyday. Thank you for your continued support of this great school!
For the 2009-2010 fiscal year, ending on June 30, 2010, the SMS Annual Fund raised $322,635, which represents a fivepercent increase over total Annual Giving to SMS last year. With giving across all sectors down by 3.6 percent in 20091, we are grateful for your steady support and guiding hand.
The Annual Fund raised $322,635, which represents a fivepercent increase over total Annual Giving to SMS last year.
Your gift to the SMS Annual Fund is crucial to the continued success of Stratton Mountain School. The Annual Fund sustains the excellence in academics and excellence in athletics that is the trademark of an SMS education. Your support allows our teachers and coaches to provide the absolute best in classroom delivery and athletic programming. Your gift allows us as a school to pursue our mission without reservation. With your help, we are able to help a new generation of student athletes pursue excellence in competitive winter sports and college preparatory academics while developing strong personal values.
We realize that each of you have many claims on your time and attention. We are so happy that you continue to value your membership in the SMS community. Thank you for continued support Sincerely,
Building for Excellence Campaign To establish an endowment fund; to provide a secure financial base; to complete current capital campaign building projects; to provide stability for the future of Stratton Mountain School.
$4 million campaign goal $2.8 million raised to date $4,000,000 $3,500,000 $3,000,000 $2,500,000 $2,000,000 $1,500,000 $1,000,000
Thank you to our current campaign donors!
We take great pleasure in recognizing these generous participants in the Building for Excellence Campaign. In turn, we are grateful for their recognition of the importance of this campaign to the mission and future of SMS.
We welcome new donors:
Please contact Andy Bisselle at 802-856-1112 if you would like to learn more about the Building for Excellence Campaign. To access easy ways of giving to SMS, please visit our website at: www.gosms.org/waysofgiving.
Gary Giulietti, Chairman Board of Trustees
1. Giving USA Foundation Annual Report on Philanthropy 2009.
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2009-2010 Gifts and pledges to the Building for Excellence Campaign All gifts and pledges, historical and current, given to the Building for Excellence Campaign.
$250,000 and above Mr. & Mrs. Gary Simpson $200,000 – $249,000 Anonymous The Gilo Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Duncan Tenney $150,000 – $199,999 Mr. & Mrs. David Epstein $100,000 – $149,999 Anonymous (3) Mr. & Mrs. Gary Giulietti Mr. & Mrs. James Haffner Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lememze Mr. Todd Richter* Mr. Morton Saunders $50,000 – $99,999 Mr. & Mrs. James Crowley Mr. & Mrs. Michael Fulton Mr. Michael Hahn Mr. & Mrs. Dana Hollingsworth Mr. & Mrs. F. Graham Luckenbill II Mr. & Mrs. William Morton $25,000 – $49,999 Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Evans
Ms. Jody Foote Mr. & Mrs. Ian Jones Mr. & Mrs. Robert Jones Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Needell Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Smiles Mrs. Jessie Snyder $20,000 – $24,999 Mr. John S. McCormick Mr. & Mrs. Burton Tremaine $5,000 – $19,999 Mr. & Mrs. Mika Brewer Drs. Richard & Tricia Gibbs Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Malloy Mr. & Mrs. TD McCormick Mr. & Mrs. William Stutt $2,500 – $4,999 The Hadden Family $1,000 – $2,499 Andersen Windows Ms. Carolyn Blitz* Ms. Lisa F. Densmore Ms. Cindy Oak Goodin Mr. & Mrs. Paul McNamara MedImpact Health Care Systems* Mr. & Mrs. DW Porto* Mr. & Mrs. William Thomson*
Mr. & Mrs. CB Vaughan* $999 Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Barclay* Mr. & Mrs. Scott Bergman* Mr. & Mrs. Barry Bernard* Mr. & Mrs. Jack Derby* Mr. & Mrs. Robert D’Loren* Mr. Brian Kinkaed* Mr. & Mrs. Jim Lanzillo* Mr. & Mrs. William Miller Mr & Mrs. Philip Pucciarelli* Mr. David Rosow Mr. Kenneth Smith* Mr. & Mrs. John Sohikian* up to
Matching Gift Programs Bank of America Matching Gifts* Bank of America United Way Campaign* *contributions to Todd B. Richter Endowment Fund Although every effort is made toward accuracy, human error is always a possibility, and we would appreciate being notified of any change that should be made to our records. Please contact Wendy Schriebl at (802) 856-1101.
Annual Giving Report for gifts received July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010 For all gifts to all funds excluding the Building for Excellence Campaign, the Winter Ball and Beckie McGill Scholarship Fund.
World Cup Champion $25,000+ Mr. & Mrs. William P. Scully Neal & Elizabeth Schuman
Olympic Gold $10,000 – $24,999 Tony DiGangi & Carolyn Beckedorff ’85 Mustafa Abadan & Susan Brady The Ellen & Gary Davis Foundation TD McCormick Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation Joanna Runeare The Joseph F. Stein Family Foundation Gary & Sally Simpson
World Cup Gold ($5,000 – $9,999) David & Betsy Epstein 14
Peter J. Novello & Dr. Renee Novello Benjamin & Kathleen Needell Morton T. Saunders Chad & Susan Waite
National Gold ($1,000 – $4,999) Dr. & Mrs. James Abbenhaus Dr. Susan Adler James & Pamela Chiasson Class of 2009 Class of 2010 Joseph L. Gillis Gary & Mary Ellen Giulietti Jim & Lynn Haffner Todd & Susan C. Hermanson ’83 Richard H. Holzer Memorial Foundation Starting Gate Winter 2011
Tom & Joanne Head Robert & Laura Lemenze Alex & Liza Lynch David & Lisa Linton Landy Family Foundation Bill & Meg Morton Chan Morgan ’82 David & Julie Nocek Laird & Freya Pendleton Nina & Scott Reichhelm ’76 Tim & Debbie Reilly Rich Ross ’ 77 (in honor of Peggy deSantis’s retirement) Hans Schmidt & Dr. Mary A. Tarkington Paul & Kimberly Sitarz Sun Products Corp.
William & Carolyn Stutt Keith & Marsha Therrien Fritz Wahl ’77
Junior Olympic Gold ($500 – $999) George Abdow ’84 Jeff & Darcy Ahl ’80 Mr. & Mrs. Robert Alexander Michael & Alison Barry Michael & Margaret Cobb Jeff & Maureen Crowley Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Evans, Jr. Heidi Frost ’83 Mr. & Mrs. Edward M. Gillis ’83 David & Suzanne Hudson William & Sarah Hadden John & Heather Kreitler Michael & Laura Kaplan/Aspen Community Foundation Yvonne Lodico Marc & Nancy Lobell Henry & Vivien Malloy Mark & Wendi McKenna Ian & Ann Murray Dave & Mimi McGill George & Norene Peck IV Herve & Mary Pelletier Thomas & Rudy Rasmussen Cheryl LaFlamme Rothman John & Mary Stichter Cornelia V. Tuttle (in memory of Lisa Tuttle ’78, Emo Henrich & Rick Hube) The Winthrop Family
Eastern Cup Gold ($100 – $499) Mr. & Mrs. Stig Albertsson Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Appenzeller Bill & Donna Appenzeller Sandra S. Bennett Carole Brown Megan Brown Brent ’91 Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Crowley Mr. & Mrs. Gary Davis Mr. & Mrs. Michael Fulton Mr. & Mrs. Gary Giulietti Mr. & Mrs. James Haffner
Suzanne M. Callen John Casella David W. Clark (Ben Clark Library Collection in memory of Ben Clark ’79) Kevin & Tricia Davis Dr. & Mrs. Michele deSantis Michael & Joan Dritz Peter & Susie Dow Mr. & Mrs. H. Thomas Dyett Sky & Sue Foulkes Mr. & Mrs. Thomas B. Finan, Jr. Donald & Christina Gilbert Peter & Ruth Hall Becky Hall ’82 Lucy Hamnett Michael & Patty Hernandez Kim Hartsen ’99 Kimberly S. Jochl ’88 Dennis & Kasey Kinsella Hunter Kaltsas ’99 Marianne Lipa ’96 Vincent & Ali Lopez (in honor of Peggy deSantis’s retirement) Jim & Tamra Mooney Al & Mary Mottau Michael & Meredith Morin Clarence F. Michalis Michael & Shari Mattice Mr. & Mrs. D. J. Miller Timothy Mabee Mark Mensch The Maneggia Family Patrick McNamara Mr. & Mrs. Lance Odden Robert & Ellen Page (in memory of Louise Roomet) John Passarelli, M.D. Peter Hentschel & Elizabeth Prete (in memory of Louise Roomet) Neiko Razinger Andres Roomet
2010 Winter Ball Benefactors
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lemenze Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Lennox Mr. & Mrs. Douglas MacKenzie Mr. & Mrs. TD McCormick Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Needell
Bryan & Diane Ross The Rodrick Family Christine Schozer ’08 Nancy Shuell Marc Sorel ’91 Vermont Country Store Kevin & Molly Visnic Louie Vito ’06 Alan Waxenberg White Mountain Capital (matching gift) Kenneth M. Woods
Support Team (up to $99) Cort Ahl ’08 Mike & Laurie Brown Lilly Caldwell Robert M. Davidson Lisa Densmore ’79 Charles M. Feinberg Joe & Laurie Fichter Ellen Leigh Hyde Paul & Pat Killigrew Shayne Lynn ’89 Jeanne H. Larsen ’78 A. E. Laidlaw, Jr. Laura & Chris Megroz Manchester Taxi Bryan Pell ’91 Wendy Schriebl Donald Tarinelli ’75 Paul & Betsy Thornton Frances Weeks
Gifts In Kind
Daniel Crain Paul & Jill Choma Susan Brady Gary Davis Equipe Sport Robbin Gibson Anne Henrich Walker S. Kimball
Mr. & Mrs. Laird Pendleton Mr. Todd Richter Mr. Morton Saunders Mr. & Mrs. Hans Schmidt Mr. & Mrs. Neal Schuman
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Mr. & Mrs. Gary Simpson Mr. & Mrs. Paul Sitarz Stratton Resort
1974 Fritz Wahl lives in New York City and is an active supporter of Stratton Mountain School. 1977 John Grush has opened a new ski shop, First Trax, near Mount Snow Resort. 1977 Scott Hardy is a Stratton Vt., resident. Scott still hits the slopes in the winter and was seen hiking the mountain many times this past summer. 1977 Stephen Diao recently saw Benzi Henrich in Park City, Utah. Stephen wrote, “We had a wonderful time over some wine and caught up on the past 20 years.” 1978 Darcy Chapel Ahl stays busy as the Co-founder and Vice President of Public Affairs of Illume Software, Inc. The company’s first product, iZUP, is a technology solution to the deadly habit of distracted driving caused by cell phone use behind the wheel. The company has recently made tremendous progress. Darcy lives in Connecticut, but works at the company’s headquarters in Newton, Mass. Her son, Cort ’08, is taking a semester away from Duke to enjoy studies in Barcelona, Spain, where Cort’s SMS roommate, John Sitarz ’08, is also studying. Darcy says, “Sounds like trouble to me!” Her middle son, Kemper, began his freshman year at Davidson. As she watched the local news in Charlotte, N.C., when she dropped Kemper off at college, she caught a glimpse of City Councilman Andy Dulin ’79 16
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kim1#100114. In the next few months, she’ll be testing new products, shooting photos and skiing with her friends. She says, “I enjoyed many glasses of Los Vasco with 1978 Jeanne Hammond the wine king, Mario Lobo, Larson just bought a foldran some gates with Portillo’s ing bicycle for adventures in new ski school director, Robin America and abroad. She still Barnes, and made many spends her summers comlake runs, possibly one of my mercial salmon fishing near favorite runs in the world.” Kodiak Island in Alaska with Right now, she’s working on her husband. her 2011 schedule, negotiat1978 Jody Linehan lives in ing contracts for 2011-2012 Newfields, N.H., with his wife and updating her website. and two children. His son, She wishes everyone well, Blake, is a JII day student and she hopes everyone is at Waterville Academy this getting stoked to be back on winter. His son is also an snow soon. Be sure to visit avid, competitive rock climber. her website, His 12-year-old daughter, www.skiwithkim.com. Olivia, is a very accomplished 1978 Sue Long Wemyss had equestrian and field hockey a chance to return to SMS player. Two years ago, Jody this August to be a part of started a new company with Sverre Caldwell’s BKL sumsome colleagues from the mer camp. Four of her skiers footwear business. They from the BKL Club Great purchased a trail running and Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch, outdoor brand from TimberN.H., also attended. She said, land called GoLite Footwear. “It was fun to see that Stratton Jody says his company has athletes are still visiting some innovative technology that of our favorite spots in the is gaining some real market area, such as Pikes Falls!” momentum. Be sure to look She was impressed with the for GoLite Footwear in major improvements in the SMS faretailers across the US. cilities. She frequently follows 1978 Kim Reichhelm recently the SMS Nordic program, returned from a two-month enjoying the daily updates trip in Chile where she heliposted on the Nordic blog skied in fresh snow with fun (www.smsxc.blogspot.com). clients and friends. She spent She wishes the SMS skiers the first 10 days in Valle good luck and hopes to catch Nevado where she and seven the group in action in Rumothers used a private helicop- ford this January. ter to ski 200,000 vertical feet 1979 Glen Mottau recently in a week. Many of their drops purchased a house on Stratwere more than 13,000 feet ton Mountain. He’s the proud high! She’s posted photos father of two current SMS on Facebook or go to: http:// students, Tanner ’12 and gallery.me.com/skiwithKieran ’14. Starting Gate Winter 2011
1979 Heidi Preuss says she loves seeing so many of her SMS classmates on Facebook. Because of it, she had been able to meet up with a number of people she hasn’t seen in years. She says, “Benzi (Ross) posted a great class photo that brought back many wonderful memories. We all wondered about those we haven’t heard from. Come find us!” She’s expanding her gardening passions, running an annual street festival www.9thand9thstreetfestival.com, doing Bikram Yoga as much as possible, managing winter condo rentals in Park City, Utah, visiting her parents in New Hampshire when she can and geocaching everywhere she goes. She says, “If you come through Salt Lake City, I’m always open to have people visit, go skiing, hiking, dinner, etc. Don’t be shy!” 1979 Lisa Densmore lives in Hanover, N.H., and owns Densmore Designs. After almost two decades, she’s resigned from the SMS Board of Trustees. She’ll continue to be involved with the school as an advisory to the Headmaster and in whatever other capacities in which the school needs. Lisa keeps busy as a freelance television producer/ host, writer and photographer. This past year, she ski raced on the Masters circuit, taught women’s ski clinics and promoted her compositions, “Hiking the Adirondacks,” “Hiking the White Mountains,” and Backpacker Magazine’s “Predicting Weather.” 1979 Mike deSantis owns and operates a world-class ski and snowboard tuning
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1980 Deborah Scranton’s most recent film “Earth Made of Glass” premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in the world documentary competition. The film also screened at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Film Festival and will air early in 2011 on HBO. 1980 Anastasia Fischer curWatch the trailer at rently lives in a pink house www.earthmadeofglass.com. in Rockland, Maine. She Her son, Benjamin, is an keeps busy by working as a avid swimmer, and she is Customer Experience consulspending many hours inhaltant (mostly in the Financial ing chlorine instead of being Services industry). She home on snow-covered mountains. schools her son, Lucas, who She lives on her family farm is 9. She tries to keep Lucas in New Hampshire and would and their puppy from tearing love to re-connect with old each other apart. This past SMS friends. year, she stayed busy learning to play the fiddle, traveling 1980 Hayley Wolff moved to to various places and produc- Boulder, Colo., with her family ing events. in August. She accepted a job in the finance group with Vail 1980 Andy and Jack Coghlan Resorts in Broomfield, Colo. ’81 just completed their first Although she says she still year with the Park City Snowhas many boxes to unpack, board Academy. They had 17 her family is settling in nicely. full-time students and nearly Her two daughters, who are 50 students on the local team. 10 and 13, are happy in their This next winter, they have new school, and the entire decided to shift the academy family is looking forward to into a winter-term school only. powder days. They had a mini SMS reunion in Park City last December 1980 Heidi Radloff McClellan when The Frends Crew lives in White River Junction, stopped by the academy to Vt., with her husband, Derek, celebrate Jack Mitrani’s 21st and son, Max, who is 2. birthday. Tyler Emond, Kevin When she’s not chasing Max & Adam Pearce, Jack & Luke on the slopes or at the beach, Mitrani, Louie Vito, Ellery she works as an Athletic Hollingsworth, Danny Davis, Trainer for the Sharon Sports Christian Connors, Andy Medicine Clinic. She says, Coghlan, Scotty Lago and “It’s amazing how many past Jack Coghlan all helped Jack and present SMS families I Mitrani celebrate his big day! have run into in the past 30 Jack Coghlan said, “We are years since graduation. Give really excited to hear about a big ‘hello’ to Sverre and Ross Powers running the John Casella! I still hope to SMS Snowboard Program!” visit the ‘new’ campus someday soon. All the best!”
1981 Connie Lizza Moyer now lives in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. She keeps busy by raising her three children with her husband. This past year, she has been coaching the Mammoth Mountain Mighty Mite Ski Team. Her family enjoys skiing, camping, biking, boating and hiking. 1981 Eric Vainu resides in Colorado Springs, Colo. He works for Hewlett-Packard, travelling the world teaching and managing several sales tools. Besides work, he likes to cook and go geocaching. This past year, he saw SMS alumna Heidi Preuss twice. Before this year, he hadn’t seen her since 1980. Preuss stopped by for a visit last fall and got him hooked on geocaching.
1982 Scott Summers lives in Sonoma, Calif., where he raises his four children who are 16, 14, 12 and 8. He says, “This involves scheduling, negotiating, teaching, coaching, driving, cooking, cleaning, playing, understanding and loving – the usual. It’s often crazy but so worth it.” He works as the information and graphic designer for a wine industry trade publication in his beautiful small town, which is famous for its grapes. He bikes to work, where he creates the graphics for both web and print.
1984 Susanna Giombetti Whitcher lives in Concord, N.H., with her 7-year-old son, Will. She is the Vice President of Public Affairs & Marketing for Elliot Health System in Manchester, N.H. She and 1982 Greg Needell resigned her son stay busy with school, from the US Ski Team in work, football, skiing and 2009 to spend some time at baseball. They are anxiously home with his family. He has awaiting the return of his dad been coaching local kids at (and her husband) from a the ski area in Wenatchee, second tour in Afghanistan. Wis. He recently started a She says, “Life is grand, and business called Alpine Race we are looking forward to hitConsulting, which specializes ting the slopes this winter!” in training and educating ski club staffs. He also writes a 1985 Carolyn Beckedorff is blog called “The World Cup excited to join the Board of According to Grande” on his Trustees at SMS. She curwebsite: rently resides in Wellesley, www.alpineraceconsulting.com, Mass., with her husband and which occasionally appears son. She works as the Head on www.skiracing.com. Trader for Baupost Group in Boston. She is looking 1982 John Borwick is working forward to another season on as the as CEO/COO/Presithe Masters circuit and getting dent of Gilded Otter Brewing time on the hill with her son. Company in New Paltz, N.Y. He resides in Egermont, 1985 Griff Long lives in Mass., where he lives with his Ridgewood, N.J., and is conwife, Ingrid, and sons, Jacksistently training for triathlons, son and Hunter. He is also an particularly the 2011 Lake alpine coach at Jiminy Peak. Placid Ironman. He spends
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1988 Marcus Parmegiani works in public sector management in Toronto, focusing mainly in e-government and e-health initiatives. He was only able to ski once this past year, and he says it was a great day at Whistler-Blackcomb. Most of his free time goes to his two daughters, Tabitha, 5, and Sofia, 3. 1988 Sam Punderson just finished up his first summer as the Director of Mowglis, a summer camp for boys on Newfound Lake in New Hampshire. He is still married to Kate Webber Punderson ’90.
1990 Aili Ojala Blank lives in Somersworth, N.H., with her husband, Brian, and 5-yearold daughter, Harper. She tries to keep up with Harper’s soccer, skiing, school and sense of humor. Aili recently painted the rooms in her house pretty bad colors, she says, and does way too much laundry. She reads the blog “Hyperbole and a Half” when she can. Now that Harper is in Kindergarten, she’s going to try to re-enter the work force. Unfortunately, she says she’s not very certain how to go about it.
1990 Andy Hare is married to 1987 Eric Grosse is the Presi- Wendy Reger and is emdent of Expedia Worldwide ployed by Nordica USA. and lives in San Francisco 1991 Marc Sorel recently with his three children. bought a beautiful home in 1988 Ariana Grosse is marConway, N.H., which gets his ried with three wonderful girls. family closer to the mounShe’s a veterinarian practictains. Marc is living life just ing in the Chicago area. trying to find peace and balance in life, work and relationships. He has seen Rand 18
Neeves ’92 quite a bit, including the party at his place for the Olympics in Whistler. Marc also had a chance to see Gaku. He said, “We talked for hours! It had been 20 years (since I had seen him) but it felt like yesterday. I guess SMS does that to you.” Marc also recently saw Yoshi working for the Ski Team. He misses all and hopes to reconnect with everyone soon. 1991 Megan Brown Brent lives in California and is happily married to Rick Brent. She enjoys spending time with her lovely children.
father-son baseball tournament, a trek they’ve done every year since 2003. 1992 Melissa Welch Patterson teaches and lives in Rutland, Vt. She teaches 11th- and 12th-grade English at Rutland High School and coaches skiing for the hopefuls at Pico. Her son, Drew, is 9 years old and plays hockey. Her daughter, Alexis, 7, plays hockey and ski races.
1992 Randy Neeves lives in Florence, Colo., at the ADX Supermax Federal Prison. He keeps busy by lifting weights and making new friends in the 1992 Darren Bloch still lives big house. OK, just kidding. in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his He kindly hosted a number wife, Jill, and their little one, of SMS alumni and friends of Adison. Their daughter is 18 SMS at his home in Whistler months, and Darren says she during the Olympics. He enis a handful. They’re planning joyed introducing his family to on getting her some training the SMS crew, and we greatly skis this winter just to see appreciate his generosity! what happens. As for work, 1993 Josh Yoshi Applegate Darren had been working as coaches for the US Ski Team. the Executive Vice President Josh often visits the SMS for New York State’s Ecocampus to workout and scout nomic Development Office for new talent for the Team! the past three years, but he just took a new job to be the 1993 Renny Bloch is recently Publisher of Capitol Publish- engaged and ran in the New ing. The company produces York City Marathon. newspapers, online content 1993 Steve Perrins attends and live events focused on University of Vermont’s the New York government School of Medicine and will and politics. Darren also plays graduate in this spring. in a friendly touch-football league and a competitive 1994 Gordy Megroz has men’s baseball league. He moved away from New York says, “Although, at age 36, City and has become a I’m depressingly the oldest on freelance journalist. He is cura team of 20-somethings, I’m rently based in Vermont and happy to still be able to keep continues to write for national up with the youngins — for publications such as Outside, the time being at least.” At the Men’s Journal and several end of October, Ren, Darren other magazines. and their dad headed out to 1995 Jesse Gallagher resides Arizona to play in an annual in Talkeetna, Alaska, and Winter 2011
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a home in Vermont in the near future.
1996 John Bainton lives in South Norwalk, Conn., and 1995 Luke Omand was works as the Sailing Director recently married on October at Indian Harbor Yacht Club 10, 2010, a.k.a. 10/10/10. in Greenwich, Conn. He is He hopes the date gives him also the Head Sailing Coach a shot at remembering his at Rye Country Day School. anniversary. SMS Snowboard When he’s not running sailProgram Director Ross Pow- ing events or coaching, he ers stood by his side as the tries to get some time on the Best Man. He and his wife, snow. He visits his friends Kristina, are settled into their in ski towns and finds some place in Landgrove, Vt. He good snowfall. He also heads recently started his own paint- south to Miami a few times ing business, Mountain View during the winter to compete Painting. His wife now runs in regattas in Key West to all management of the Altru keep his sailboat racing skills Share Securities. He says, sharp. He buys a Stratton “Hunter (Kaltsas) should be value pass every year to enlogging the property here in joy some time at Stratton. Landgrove this winter! I’m 1996 Katy Czesnowski Moore looking forward to seeing the started a new job as a project kid in action with all his toys!” manager for MVP Healthcare. 1995 Drew A. Thorne-Thom- She graduated with her Massen (right photo, p. 18) lives ter’s of Public Health. She in Pinehurst, N.C. He has a and her husband recently wife and two girls. Drew runs built a new home just outside the marketing for a sales and of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. marketing company. He and They are happy to be moved David Lord ’96 often play in and are enjoying the downdoubles together, and they time. She enjoys reading teamed up to compete at the about the new things going state championships this past on at SMS and likes hearing summer. about all the great accomplishments of the athletes. 1996 David Lord (right photo, p. 18) also lives in Pinehurst, 1996 Sarah Laidlaw Wilde N.C., and runs the operations moved back from Italy this for a sales and marketing spring and now works in Burlcompany. David is married ington, Vt., at Tag New Media, and has two daughters. a digital creative studio. She and her husband live in South 1996 Emily Thurber lives Burlington, but they are hopin Boise, Idaho, and enjoys ing to sell their condo and buy spending time with her three a house. Just before print, children: Gray, Briar and AdeSMS found out that Sarah is line. Emily and her husband, pregnant! Congratulations! Matt Carter, spend their summers in Vermont to be closer 1997 Justin Beckwith is the to family. Emily plans to build head Nordic coach at GMVS.
Justin coached the GMVS Nordic athletes to a great season last winter. The SMS golf team ran into Justin at the Middlebury Country Club last spring.
Snowboard Program Director this fall. He has already made a drastic impact on the program, and we are all looking forward to an amazing competition season under his leadership. He lives in the 1997 Kristin Luckenbill (left Stratton area with his wife, photo, p. 17) has ventured Marisa, and his two daughinto a totally new world and is ters, Victoria and Meredith. working towards her Master’s in Business Administration at 1997 Tim Mathews has been the Darden School of Busiliving with his wife, Brandy, ness at University of Virginia. in Albuquerque, N.M., for the She says, “It has been both past five years. They currently very difficult and very fun. have two children, Addison I can’t believe how much I and Connor, and are expecthave learned already!” Not ing their third child in Decemsurprisingly, she was voted ber. Tim works as a Regional the Athletic Representative for Manager for a medical equipher section, and she is happy ment company and enjoys to stay active in sports as one travelling through the region. of her requirements. He still skis every chance he gets, mostly at Taos, N.M., 1997 Kristina Joder Casey but he sneaks a few trips to and her family moved to New Utah and Colorado each seaHampshire. Her husband, son. He says the powder out Pat, got a job teaching Biolthere is addictive, so he has a ogy, coaching running and hard time planning a trip back Nordic skiing at Holderness East for the purpose of skiing. School. Their two daughters, Mabel, 2, and Hannah, 6 1997 Hope Thornton is the months, are enjoying New manager of Nature’s Gift England, and they’re excited Permaculture in Lilongwe, for the snow. Her two older Malawi, Africa. Hope, othbrothers are also doing well: erwise known as ChiyemMarc (Joder) ’93 lives in Salt bekezo (Hope in Chichewa), Lake City, Utah, with his wife, went to Malawi soon after Sandy, and their daughter, her on-campus phase at SIT Kate, 18 months. Eric (Joder) Graduate Institute in Vermont ’94 is in Bozeman, Mont. in 2006. She started to work for Never Ending Food as an 1997 Matt Whitcomb works intern where she organized as a US Nordic Ski Team community outreach activiCoach. He recently ran into ties and worked with comhis classmate Ross Powers in munity members to design the streets of Wanaka, New a model village based on Zealand, where Matt was permaculture principles. As a coaching 2010 US Olympipart of her master’s degree in ans including SMS graduate, International Education and Andy Newell ’02. Sustainable Development, 1997 Ross Powers is in his Hope conducted research first year as the new SMS on permaculture adoption
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1999 Drew Valentine moved from San Francisco, Calif., to Toronto, Canada, where he now attends law school at the University of Toronto. He recently worked on two albums of music, co-authored curriculum for training people with barriers to employment for jobs in the green economy and attended the Peggy deSantis retirement party. He says, “Coming back to SMS this summer after nearly 10 years really brought back some great memories. I miss 1998 Brie Pike-Sprenger is all of my classmates, teachthe Women’s US Ski Team ers and coaches from those Head Physical Therapist. days, and I hope everyone She says, she lives out of her is doing fantastic. I want to Subaru station wagon that is wish Ross all the best this parked in southern Vermont year as he begins his new at her parents’ house. She endeavor as the SMS Snowtravels eight months of the board Coach. What an honor year to places such as New it would be to have one of the Zealand, Chile, Colorado, greats as a head coach!” Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Germany and Austria. She 1999 Ethan Foster resides in has a lot of celebrations in the Andover., Vt., and is emnext year: She’s turning 30. ployed by Marvin Windows. Her sister, Tyne ’99, is getting Ethan traveled to Whistler, married, and her best friend British Columbia, for the and former GMVS racer Olympics this past year in the Madaileine Krebs is having a comfort of a 24-foot RV with baby. Follow her travel stories Ryan Foster ’02, Will Reed on www.bbptvt.blogspot.com. and Rob Bruggemann ’99 (left photo, p.20). 1998 Todd Kremin (right photo, p. 16) lives and works 1999 Hunter Kaltsas recently in New York City with his wife, got engaged to Jessica Roan Jamie. Todd practices law (inside photo, p. 18 and p. in New York and makes it to 21). Hunter continues to own Stratton every winter. and operate Hunter Excavating in South Londonderry, Vt. 1999 Dave Giulietti (right photo, p. 16) lives in West 1999 Logan Thurber still lives Hartford, Conn., with his new in Nampa, Idaho, and spends wife, Jessica, and works for most of her time trying to stay Lockton Companies. He and a step ahead of her daughter, his wife were married on Aug. Reese. Logan was in Ver7, 2010. Dave looks forward mont this summer, visiting to seeing some alumni this family and friends. winter at Stratton. 20
1999 Marina Knight recently moved from Stowe, Vt., to Norwich, Vt. Her husband, Chip, is the new women’s coach at Dartmouth College. She recently left the Stowe Reporter and is now running the T2 Foundation, which supports up-and-coming racers on the US Ski Team. The Foundation advocates for the elite athletes’ involvement to grow the sport at a grassroots level. In addition to her new job, she’s expecting a baby in early December! 1999 Tyler Brinkmann lives in Falmouth, Maine, and can often be found training for triathlons and marathons. This past year, he ran the 2010 Boston Marathon and qualified to run it again in 2011. He works in real estate in and around Portland, Maine. Additionally, he owns and operates Think Water, a filteredwater cooler business.
a Marketing Manager. David works at UBS Financial with a Wealth Management team called the Burish Group. This year, Barron’s ranked his group 33rd as the top advising team in the US. He was promoted to the Business Manager for the team. He and Sydney also help ski coach for the Madison Alpine Race Team, where they coached Morgan Klein ’11. 2000 Gretchen Black Tuff lives in Washington, Conn., with her husband, Ben, and their kids, Wyatt and Maisie.
2000 Jordi St. John Iives in Portland, Maine, with his wife, Katrina. He is the captain of a windjammer in Portland, coaches a high school development Nordic ski team and is teaching one course of US History at Westbrook Vocational High School. He and Katrina bought a house in Portland, where she teaches 1999 Tessa Benoit Westbrook Biology at Waynflete School, had a baby girl named Aven a private school in Portland. on May 18, 2010. She and 2000 Laura Scripture lives her husband, Seth, still live in in Virginia and works for her the Sun Valley area. family business.
2000 Mike Glita resides in Short Hills, N.J., and is finishing up his degree in Sociolo2000 Brookie Kaltsas lives in gy, Psychology, and Music at Stowe, Vt., and re-branded Rutgers University. He hopes her company, TruckieLoo to pursue an Master’s in BusiPhotography. Find her work at ness Administration shortly www.truckieloo.com. after. He has also been work2000 David Koop and Sydney ing on a new musical project Mickelson Koop ’02 bought called “Love Automatic.” a house in Madison, Wis., The project has had more 18 months ago, and they than 100,000 downloads! He both have been moving up in hopes he can make it out to the corporate world. Sydney an alumni event soon to see has worked at Fiskars (think everyone. orange handle scissors) for 2000 Seth Therrien (left the past four years and is now photo, p. 19) was married in Starting Gate Winter 2011
THE FINISH LINE April in Florida. He recently overcame cancer. He’s back in Miami and on the road to recovery! 2000 Tom Wisdom is a Captain in the Marine Corps and lives in San Diego. He flies the AH-1W “Cobra” attack helicopter. This past spring, he returned from a seven-month deployment to the Western pacific and the Persian Gulf. He’ll be deployed again this coming spring to Afghanistan for another six to seven months. He had the unbelievable opportunity to ski in the tunnel at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. Unfortunately, he says, that was the only day of skiing he had this past winter. After he returned, he was lucky enough to come back to Vermont this summer and hang out with his SMS classmates. He also was able to spend a few days in Ann Arbor, Mich. His job keeps him very busy, but he bought a 1968 Dodge Dart to restore. Hopefully, he says, he’ll make it to Tahoe and a few other places to ski this winter.
a first grade teacher for Ann Arbor Public Schools, and Bobby is a Regional Vice President at John Hancock Wealth Management.
2001 Rachel Roosevelt (right photo, p. 17) lives in New York City and visits Stratton as often as possible.
2002 Andy Newell (photos, p. 2001 Erin Davis moved to 20) races and trains throughFayetteville, N.C., in June out the world as a member when her fiance, Kendrick of the US Ski Team. He was Williams, returned from a crucial member of the US Afghanistan. She spent the Olympic Nordic Team in 2010 summer getting to know the and earned a third place area, involving herself in the spot in a World Cup event community and learning how last year. He recently bought to be on the family side of the land in Weston, Vt., where he Army. They’re getting marintends to spend more time in ried in a few months and are the future. starting to hunt for their future 2002 Carson Thurber (left home. It’s been a big change photo, p. 20 and 21) enjoys from Washington, D.C., but living in Stratton, Vt., and she says they are enjoying keeps busy by playing golf, every minute of their time doing Crossfits and enjoytogether. ing southern Vermont. He 2001 Joe Dunn works for Bliz- now works in the Admissions zard and enjoys being back Department at SMS and will on the ski slopes. probably see you on the hill this winter trying to recruit 2001 Margaret Schlachter your athletes! works at Killington Mountain School and has been pro2002 Chance Longley lives moted to BOOST Program in Boulder, Colo., and can be Director and Head of the found on the slopes during Dorm. She was accepted most powder days. into the University of Vermont 2002 Dave Rothman is a Master’s of Education Leader2000 Tyne Pike-Sprenger math teacher at SMS. Dave ship Program in the spring of (left photo, p. 21) works at spent this past summer on a 2010 and is attending school SMS and recently became road trip throughout the US parttime. This past summer, engaged to David Rothman with his finance, Tyne Pikeshe spent two weeks surfing ’02. In the spring, she earned Sprenger ’00. in Costa Rica. She’s recently a Master’s in Education from been competing in adventure 2002 DJ Wassick currently Antioch University. races. She finished in the top lives in Sydney, Australia, 2001 Bobby Barnes and his 10 of the finals in the first-ever where he teaches elementary wife, Christina, were married Spartan Race in Burlington, school and surfs. Before he on August 14, 2010 at The Vt. She also competed in the left for Australia, he worked Wentworth in Portsmouth, Spartan Race in Boston, the at his father’s tire business N.H. They spent a couple Warrior Dash Northeast and to save money for his trip weeks enjoying their honeyRugged Maniac. She plans to to Australia. He also just moon in Italy. They now live start the next season off with finished building a house in in Ann Arbor, Mich., and enjoy the Tough Mudder at Mount Bennington, Vt. college football Saturdays at Snow, Vt., in May of 2011. 2002 Erika Hogan lives in the Big House. Christina is Ketchum, Idaho, and ski Winter 2011 Starting Gate
coaches at Sun Valley during the winter. She recently got engaged! 2002 Greg Hardy has moved back to Vermont and has taken a coaching job at Killington Mountain School. Greg visited SMS many times over the summer and worked out with fellow alumni. 2002 Gus Kaeding coaches the CXC Elite Team, which is a professional Nordic team that races internationally. He had the chance to visit Vermont recently to attend Dave Smutok’s wedding. 2002 Kurt Hostnik lives in Brielle, N.J., and has a son, Harrison, who is nearly a year old. He just graduated from Chiropractic school and started practicing in Long Branch, N.J. 2002 Marley Cloyes was to accepted Duke University School of Nursing. Marley is sad to be leaving Boulder but very excited be starting nursing school. 2002 Pat Bachant is a mechanical engineer at Westinghouse Company in Providence, R.I. He coaches at Wachusett during the winter months and loves to race in the local beer leagues. 2002 Rush Hawkins is living in Park City, Utah. He’s a Regional Promotions Manager for Marker Volkl USA. The SMS alumni office caught up with Rush in Mount Hood this past summer. Rush made a few turns with current SMS students and showed them skiing tricks.
THE FINISH LINE 2002 Ryan Foster (left photo, p. 21) is building a home in Andover, Vt., with his wife, Kate. Currently, Ryan is finishing up his degree in architecture from the Boston Architectural College. Ryan’s full-time employer is McGinley Kalsow and Associates, Inc., in Sommerville, Mass. 2002 Scott Vennis spent the summer skiing in Mount Hood and Chile. This winter, Scott will be coaching full time for Rowmark Ski Team. 2002 Smaranda Munteanu (right photo, p. 17) had a successful first year at Sugar and Spice, her wine and coffee bar in the Stratton Village. She welcomes all SMS and Stratton folks to swing by to check it out. Additionally, she’s building a house in Romania for herself, which will allow her to split time between Vermont and Romania. 2002 Toni-Ann Ammaturo lives and works in Denver, Colo. Greg Hardy ’02 stopped by when he was moving back to Vermont, and they reminisced about their senior trip. 2003 Adam Snyder just finished another successful season of racing the National and World Cup mountain bike circuit for the Jamis Factory Team. 2003 AnnMarie Turner Jermy (right photo, p. 19) is married and living in Burlington, Vt. AnnMarie recently ran the Maple Leaf Half-Marathon in Manchester, Vt. 2003 Howard Foote lives in New York City and works in the shipping industry. In his free time, he enjoys the many sights of the city. This summer he was able to play a lot of golf. He plans to hunt this fall and looks forward to skiing Stratton this winter. 22
2003 Kaitlin Fox just moved to Denver, Colo., in August and is in her second year of law school at the University of Denver. 2003 Kelly O’Hear attends The State University of New York at Buffalo medical school. She will be a class of 2013 graduate. 2003 Lindsey Jacobellis travels the globe competing as a professional snowboarder. Lindsey often finds time for friends and family in Vermont. 2003 Morgan Smyth is living the dream in Anchorage, Alaska, she says. She keeps busy by ski racing and taking graduate classes. 2003 Teri Schlang (right photo, p. 19) loves living in Montreal, Canada. She loves it so much that she recently decided to apply for permanent residency in Canada. She has returned to school at the John Molson School of Business where she is happily learning a lot about management. This past September, she and AnnMarie Turner Jermy ’03 ran in the Montreal Oasis Half-Marathon. They plan to run the full marathon next year. Teri was able to catch up with classmates Kelly O’Hear ’03, Kaitlin Fox ’03 and Megan Barnes ’03 at AnnMarie’s wedding in May of 2010. She says, “It was a beautiful weekend at Hunter Mountain Resort full of new memories and reminiscing about old ones, too.” 2003 Worthy McCormick is working hard at his bar, The Goose, on The Hill in Boulder, Colo. The bar is coowned by Peter O’Brien ’03. Worthy is recovering well from his skydiving injuries and has been flying airplanes around the Rockies in his spare time.
2004 Ben Smiles graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder and continues to live in the area. 2004 Chris Wheeler still lives in Jackson, Wyo., where he works as a guest services manager for Spring Creek Ranch. He still skis a lot and travels when he can. 2004 Mac Cloyes recently worked for the USDA Forest Service with the Ecosystem Services and Urban & Community Forestry program in their Washington, D.C., headquarters. He now lives in Amherst, Mass., and will be graduating in December (a semester early, not late) from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry. 2004 Peter Lodi lives in Bozeman, Mont., where he is finishing his second degree. He first graduated with a degree in aviation science, and he is now earning a sociology degree. He still builds hours flying and hopes to start flying professionally by next year. He is recently engaged to Whitney Hardeman, from Jackson Hole, Wyo. His wedding date is set for June 25, 2011. He’s also working in promotions for a new ski and snowboard brand called RAMP. 2004 Stephanie Hampton Pitts and her husband, Chad, had a baby girl, Charley Lynn Pitts, on August 17, 2010. Stephanie and the baby are doing very well, says Rachel Davis ’03. 2005 Cameron MacKugler lives in Middlebury, Vt., and works for JMA, an architecture firm in the area. He is working on getting a hunting, fishing and outdoors television show in the works. 2005 Chris Culnane lives on the Gold Coast in Australia
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where he is studying for a Master’s Degree in Tourism Management. He’s been surfing, hiking, traveling and getting involved in many activities at his current school, Bond University. He’s also been working as a DJ in both Australia and at the Burning Man festival. 2005 Justine Bushey lives in Los Angeles, Calif., and stays busy by working and acting. This past year, she graduated from Suffolk University and moved out West. 2005 Rachel Beckwith works in marketing and promotions for the United Football League (UFL) for the Hartford Colonials in Hartford, Conn. She lives in Woodbridge, Conn. 2005 Sean Mallia lives in Schenectady, N.Y. This past May, he graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in Government. He recently moved to Thailand with his girlfriend to teach English. They will be living in Thailand for at least eight months. Before he left, he worked for Michele Morris (mother to Kieran ’14 and Tanner Mottau ’12) at her restaurant, Scallions, in Saratoga, N.Y. 2005 Whitney Coombs lived in Salida, Colo., for the summer where she worked as a white water rafting guide. At the beginning of November, she moved to Ohakune, New Zealand, on the north island where she plans to work as a raft guide for the New Zealand summer. She’ll return to the states sometime in March to catch the last couple weeks of the ski season in the Vail or Beaver Creek area. 2006 Briana Ferrera lives in Washington, D.C., where she is attending graduate school at American Univer-
THE FINISH LINE sity. She will graduate in December and is interning at Brotman Winter Fried Communications, a sports and entertainment public relations firm. She graduated from St. Lawrence University in May, and she says, she is on the job hunt! 2006 Connor Lemenze is a senior at Babson College and competes for the Babson Ski Team. 2006 Jen Kish had dinner with Dave Rothman ’02, Tyne Pike-Sprenger ’00, Smaranda Munteanu ’02, Heidi Skinner ’03 and Greg Hardy ’02 in early September. She said it was nice to sit around with everybody and hear about SMS from the perspective of teachers, staff, coaches and alumni. She graduated from St. Lawrence this past May along with, David Slungaard ’06, Chris Culnane ’05, Briana Ferrera ’06, Jim Andersen ’06 and Sean Mallia ’06. She says they all stayed very close throughout college. She recently took a job offer in Cambridge, Mass., as a molecular diagnostic technician at the Laboratory for Molecular Medicine in Partners Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine (an affiliate of Harvard Medical School). She and Heidi Skinner are living together in Boston. 2006 Louie Vito (left photo, p. 18) had a very successful season last year. He competed on the television show Dancing With the Stars, made the 2010 Olympic Halfpipe Team and took second at the Burton U.S. Open at Stratton! He earned several podium spots throughout last year and continues to prepare for another year on the world snowboard scene. 2006 Marty Smith spends most of his time kayaking, working and studying in his
hometown of Steamboat Springs, Colo.
watch the Ryder Cup and cheered on the Americans.
2006 Max Winthrop lives in Boston, Mass., and stays busy as a co-captain of the Babson Ski Team. He will graduate in May.
2008 Sophie Caldwell (right photo, p. 21) skis for the Dartmouth College Nordic team where she spends most of her time training and studying.
2007 Fritz Horst attends University of Vermont (UVM) and is a member of the UVM Nordic team. 2007 Kelly Skinner is a senior at St. Lawrence University (SLU) and will be graduating in the spring. She worked as a zipline guide this past summer with Jeremy Lawless ’07, who also attends SLU. They are both skiing for SLU and are doing wonderfully. 2007 Will Hadden is a junior at Williams College majoring in English and skiing for the Williams Ski Team. This past summer, he worked in Manchester, Vt., at The Ekwanok Golf Course. Will’s parents have their fingers crossed for him to have an injury-free ski season. 2008 Alex Bayer visits Vermont often and always makes time to visit SMS. Alex has found a new-found love for running and fitness. 2008 Amanda Chase plays soccer at St. Lawrence University. 2008 Christine Schozer attends Middlebury College where she races for the Middlebury Ski Team and plays golf. 2008 Dan Feldman is studying abroad at the TelAviv University in Israel for the fall semester. Dan will return to the University of Colorado as a junior in January.
2009 Annie Davis lives in Boulder, Colo. She says, as much as she loves it there, Vermont will always be her home. She is the Creative Director for Boulder Freeride, the largest ski and snowboard club in the world and the largest collegiate club in the nation. She continues to enjoy her classes at University of Colorado at Boulder. 2009 Karmen Whitham attends Northern Michigan University (NMU). She is a member of NMU’s cross country running team and cross country skiing team. She visited Vermont a few times this past summer to see her family. 2009 Kelly Orme is a sophomore at the University of Vermont. She is very happy and enjoying this year so far. She misses the rest of the 2009 class and can’t wait to see everyone over the holidays. 2009 Courtney Lemenze is a sophomore at Bates and is enjoying the Maine lifestyle. 2009 Mike Nocek is a freshman at Boston College. 2009 Richard McCarthy attends the University of Vermont.
2009 Lizzy Beerman was recently cleared to snowboard after a nine-month recovery from concussions she suffered last season. She’s 2008 John Sitarz is currently currently taking classes at studying abroad in BarceWestminster and is heading lona, Spain, with his fellow to Colorado at the end of the SMS classmate Cort Ahl ’08. month to get back on snow He had the opportunity to and start the season. Winter 2011 Starting Gate
2009 Ellery Hollingsworth has been back in the East for the fall, training and getting ready for the season. She recently took some art classes. She’s heading out to Colorado after Thanksgiving, and she’ll be based out of Park City for the winter. 2009 Thomas Tikos-Kadji has been taking photos like crazy at Skidmore College. He says, “It’s been weird going to school with normal people; by that I mean not us winter people?” Keep up with his photos at thomastikoskadji.blogspot.com. 2010 Skyler Davis is a post graduate athlete at SMS and is looking forward to an exciting race season. 2010 Randall Stacy completed his Wilderness First Responder course and was hired as an intern backcountry guide for South American Snow Sessions.
Dedicated to: Patti Kaltsas On Nov. 4, Stratton Mountain School lost one of its most devoted family members with the passing of Patricia “Patti” Kaltsas, wife of Headmaster Chris Kaltsas. Patti also leaves her three children, Paige Kaptuch, Hunter Kaltsas SMS ’99 and Brooke Kaltsas SMS ’00. A talented artist, Patti touched SMS in all areas, from her decorative style throughout campus to her class rocks devoted to each graduating class. Her steady presence was always one of comfort, love and support. 23
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January 29, 2011 Join us at 6 p.m. for dinner, dancing and a silent auction to benefit the SMS Scholarship Fund. Limited tickets are available. Be sure to reserve your tickets today before the event sells out for the third consecutive year!
Published on Nov 30, 2010
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