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Starting Gate

The alumni magazine of Stratton Mountain School Winter 2010

The Starting Gate

Winter 2010

Headmaster’s Corner Dear Alumni, Parents and Friends, In this Olympic year, we happily turn our focus to the world stage as winter athletes put their talent to the test. At Stratton Mountain School, we are exceedingly fortunate to count more than 30 athletes as current or former Olympians. Within these pages, you will see a few profiles of possible 2010 Vancouver Olympians from SMS. We know that you share our sense of community pride in encouraging these athletes to achieve their dreams. The biggest point of pride for all of us in the SMS community this past year was the receipt of the 2009 USSA Club of the Year Award, the highest honor from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). This award honors the best program in the country that provides the most successful framework for athletes to achieve at the highest levels. We are honored that our hard work and achievement has been recognized on the national stage. In addition to the Club of the Year Award, the SMS Snowboard Program earned the 2009 Snowboarding Club of the Year, and Snowboard Program Director Mike Mallon earned the Westhaven Award. Long-time Nordic Program Director Sverre Caldwell earned the 2009 Domestic Coach of the Year Award as well.

“We cannot do what we do

without your help.

As a member of the SMS community, you are an integral part of this collective pride and success. Quite simply, we cannot do what we do without your help.

You will find within these pages the SMS Annual Appreciation Report for 2008-2009 (for gifts received by June 30, 2009). As a school, we have been hit by the worldwide financial crisis, as have most independent schools, business and personal accounts. However, it is with your continued support that we are able to navigate this storm successfully. This past year, we saw an increase in requests for financial aid, and with your financial help, we were able to increase our scope of aid to more than 40 percent of our students (up from 38 percent last year). For Annual Giving in 2008-2009, you helped raise more than $307,275 and increased your “unrestricted” gifts by 6.5 percent. Unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund are the foundation of giving at SMS. These gifts allow us to budget for new, planned projects as well as continue to offer current programs. We are continuing progress on the Building for Excellence campaign, and we thank you for your continued support. This endowment campaign strengthens the financial foundation of SMS and allows us to plan for the future. In spite of market fluctuations, we have been very careful with the stewardship of our endowment. Although many colleges and schools have experienced 40-percent drops in their endowment values, SMS actually realized a two-percent gain last year. On the Cover: The 2009-2010 student body gathers together

Headmaster Chris Kaltsas


The enduring strength of SMS comes from your continued support. Please use the enclosed envelope to make your donation to the 2009-2010 SMS Annual Fund. We are proud of our collective success, and we look forward to a bright future. Sincerely,

to celebrate

2009 USSA Club of the Year Award. Photo by Hubert Schriebl the

Christopher G. Kaltsas Headmaster The Starting Gate

Winter 2010

New Trustees 2009-2010 Board of Trustees

Ronald Alvarez: Technology Executive, retired (Informix Software, Healtheon/WebMD, Capstan Systems) Jeffrey R. Bennett ’87: Manager Director, Institutional Sales, BTIG James F. Crowley: President, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area; Co-owner and operator, Wachusett Mountain Inn and Polar Beverages Gary S. Davis: Director and Principal, DKR Capital, Inc. Lisa F. Densmore ’79: Broadcast Journalist; Sports Marketing Consultant Stephen Diao ’77: Managing Director, Depfa Bank, Hong Kong Representative Office David Epstein: Founder and Partner, The Abbey Group Michael S. Fulton: Senior Vice President, RBC Dain Rauscher Gary Giulietti, Chairman: President, Lockton Companies, Inc. James Haffner: Managing Member, JH Investments Michael S. Hahn: President, CEO and Director, Churchill Capital, Inc. Dana Hollingsworth: COO, EZM Inc.; Director, Hollingsworth Family Charitable Foundation Christopher G. Kaltsas: Headmaster, Stratton Mountain School Robert J. Lememze, Jr.: President and CEO, BLL Enterprises F. Graham Luckenbill II: Investment Advisor, Financial Group West; Director of Development, retired, University of Pennsylvania TD McCormick: History Teacher, retired, Stratton Mountain School Chauncey G. Morgan ’82, Treasurer: President and CEO, NSA Industries LLC William G. Morton, Jr., Vice Chairman: Former Chairman and CEO, Boston Stock Exchange Benjamin F. Needell: Managing Senior Partner for Real Estate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom Lance R. Odden: Managing Director, New Providence Asset Management; Headmaster Emeritus, Taft School Todd B. Richter: Managing Director and Head of Strategic Transaction Development, Bank of America Morton T. Saunders: Founder and President, Dixon and Saunders Printing Neal H. Schuman: Owner and CEO, Arthur Schuman, Inc. Gary Simpson: Owner and President, JG Transport, Inc. Paul J. Sitarz: Managing Director, FICC-Repositioning Group, UBS AG Stratton Mountain School


SMS Board of Trustees welcomes three new members: Ronald Alvarez, Neal Schuman and Paul Sitarz. Each will serve a three-year term through the spring of 2012. Although not a requirement for serving as an SMS trustee, all three gentlemen have children who are current SMS students or who have recently graduated. Ronald Alvarez, of Vail, Colo., is retired from a career as a technology company executive. He moved to New York City for about a year, wanting to be closer to Vermont, but returned to Colorado as soon as he could. He and his wife, Alice Ruth, also share a home on Stratton where the family gathers as often as they can. Ronald’s background is “all business” and that includes his education. His bachelor’s degree in business from Sacramento State College led to an MBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His career includes positions as Vice President for the Americas at Informix Software, Vice President and General Manager at Healtheon/WebMD, and CEO of Capstan Systems. He is a Co-founder of Mountain Montessori, an early childhood education provider. Their younger son attends Eaglebrook School, their daughter attends Vail Mountain School, and Dylan is in the Class of 2012 at SMS. Neal Schuman is the CEO of Arthur Schuman, Inc., the largest importer of hard cheeses in the country. He has called upon his company to provide excellent hors d’oeuvres at several SMS events, including the annual Winter Ball. Neal received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, after which he joined the family business and involved himself in his community. He has served on several county and town boards throughout New Jersey. Additionally, Neal has acted as President of the Cheese Importers Association, and served three terms as a Technical Advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Outside of business, Neal occupies his time with golf, skiing, traveling and coaching. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have both been consistently involved, supportive and generous to many SMS programs. They have three children: Ian, who graduated in ’08, Keith, who will graduate in ’11, and Allison, who attended SMS as a Winter Term student. Paul Sitarz is a proud parent to SMS Alpine skier, John, who graduated in 2008. He and his wife, Kimberly, have three children, John, Katie and Krissy, with whom they share a home in the Stratton area. Their ‘other’ home is in Greenwich, Conn., from which Paul commutes to his job as Managing Director of the FICC-Repositioning Group at UBS AG. Paul prepared for his business career at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. His knowledge in specific areas of business and finance has already proven to be an asset to the board and the school. Outside of the business setting, Paul is an avid golfer and skier. —Wendy Schriebl, he


N e w S ta f f Stephen Jasikoff, history teacher and dorm parent, comes to SMS with a plethora of history, education and political experience. Stephen graduated from Columbia University’s Teachers College with a master’s degree in teaching social sciences. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Middlebury College. Prior to joining SMS, Stephen worked for the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he taught history and worked as a dorm parent. Before teaching, Stephen worked in the Office of the Attorney General of Vermont, the office of U.S. Congressman James Walsh and New York State Senator Michael Nozzolio. After working in public offices from New York to Vermont and meeting such luminaries as Hillary Clinton, Stephen decided to go back to school and teach. “I wanted to teach history so that I could have a more direct impact on people,” he said. Megan Osterhout, Spanish teacher, follows the rhythm of the seasons – both with her passion and her vocation. Earning her bachelor’s degree from Middlebury in Spanish with a minor in environmental studies, Megan completed coursework in Chile, and while there, worked with a non-profit organization that advocated sustainable agriculture. Since graduating, Megan has worked as a ski instructor at Mount Hood and as an adaptive instructor at Sugarbush. She worked as an intern at North Country School and Camp Treetops in Lake Placid, N.Y., which combined her love of farming with her love of teaching. In Oregon, Megan worked as the flower manager for Dancing Moon Farm, where she maintained five acres of organic flowers, as well as managed Spanishlanguage workers. Currently, Megan is the President and Farm Manager of Green Peak Farm in Dorset, Vt., where she organized a community-supported agriculture shareholder program for the small, organic farm. As a fluent Spanish speaker with a deep background in applicable Spanish use, Megan brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to her position at SMS. Matthew Seager, Spanish teacher and dorm parent, came to SMS with a varied background that includes everything from the expected (former Spanish teacher) to the unexpected (former Spanish hockey player). Matt is an independent school graduate, who is no stranger to dorm and campus life. After high school, he studied in Spain for two years where he also played hockey for the city league. He graduated from the College of Charleston with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in Spanish. Matt worked at Rumsey Hall School in Connecticut, where he taught ESL history and Spanish, and coached football and hockey. He also spent time working on Capitol Hill in the Senate. A native Vermonter, Matt was excited to get back to the Green Mountain State. Additionally, he was drawn to the SMS philosophy. “Sports have always been a huge part of my life,” he said. “I was really intrigued by the academy aspect of the school, and liked the idea of being around, so many dedicated and talented athletes.”


Mike Sullivan, SMS Snowboard Coach, is no stranger to snowboard coaching or Stratton Mountain. For the past four winters, he’s worked as a snowboard competition team coach at Stratton Mountain. From 2002-2003, he worked in Mammoth on their terrain park crew, and he’s worked at snowboard camps for Windells and on Mount Hood. For the past three years, however, Mike has taken a turn as the Head Snowboard Coach for Boston University. Mike has also competed on the professional level for many years, including the USSA Grand Prix and U.S. Open. He is AASI level-3 certified, holds his AASI Master’s Freestyle accreditation and his USASA coaching certification. In addition to snowboarding, Mike attended the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and has worked as a chef. Coming to SMS is a “dream job” for Mike. He said, “At SMS, you get to coach student athletes who have aspirations of competing in the Olympics.” How cool is that? Morgan Taylor, dean of residential life, shows students the playful side of SMS. “The kids are fun, smart, hard working, easy to talk to, engaged, and like to play – whether on the mountain, on the field, in the skate park, or simply, in the many silly games we organized during orientation.” Morgan earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Mount Holyoke College and her master’s degree in science education from the City College of New York. Morgan came to SMS with her husband, Tim Taylor, this fall from Leysin American School in Switzerland where she was the Dean of Residential Life and taught biology for five years. At Leysin, Morgan expanded her world view by getting to know kids from more than 60 countries. She and Tim are happy to be part of SMS where she says, “Coming from a school in the mountains to another school in the mountains felt right.” Tim Taylor, math and science teacher, comes to SMS with an appreciation for hard work and small ski towns. Tim enjoys outdoor, mountain endeavors of all kinds. Tim came from the Leysin American School in Switzerland, where he was the math department head and taught geography in the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Prior to Leysin, he spent five years at Colorado Rocky Mountain School teaching math, coaching whitewater kayaking and telemark skiing. Tim also spent two years teaching math at the Aspen, Colo., public school. He also worked at a public alternative high school, teaching math and outdoor skills in San Diego. Tim has also been a successful entrepreneur: he owned two restaurants in San Diego that served wraps and smoothies (favorite smoothie=peanut butter banana). Coming to SMS was an easy decision, he said. “I am fascinated by people with passion and determination; by young adults who want to be the best they can be at something and are willing to work hard to achieve their personal glory,” he said. —Meredith Morin,

The Starting Gate

Winter 2010

With more than 12 SMS alumni vying for spots on U.S. Olympic teams, SMS caught up with Ellery Hollingsworth ’09, Andy Newell ’02 and Lizzy Beerman ’09 to find out how their seasons are shaping up.

Q: Where are you and what are you doing? A: I’m living and training in Carlsbad, Calif. I recently returned from a trip to Chicago where I went to GSSI (Gatorade Sports Science Institute), which was a really neat experience. The Gatorade sports scientists did all of these tests on my personal hydration and fitness to see where my body is at physically and where they can help me for this upcoming Olympic year.

Photo: Rick Shimpeno

striving for success



Q: How is this year different from years in the past? A: It’s very surreal. This time last year I was completely focused on my college applications. It’s amazing how much changes in one year. Being able to completely focus on training and this coming season is a huge plus, but it’s also a lot of work. I am lucky that SMS instilled the dryland training aspect in me when I was young, Q: What are your plans for this fall and winter? because now I understand and know how important it is to prepare A: My plan for this fall is to train and prepare as much for the season as best I can. as possible for the winter. It’s going to be an intense season with the Olympics and what not, and I want to Q: What are your thoughts on the Olympics in 2010? feel confident that I have done all the preparation once A: The qualification process is very difficult. I believe that the best men and women will be representing the U.S. in Vancouver. You the snow comes. can expect that I am going to try my hardest to get there; it would Q: How is your recent training schedule? be a huge honor to be one of those four women. A: For two years now, I’ve been working with a trainer in Southern California. The National team recommends Q: What keeps you motivated? that all of the snowboard Halfpipe athletes work with A: My goals are constantly on my mind, so I would say that is him. In a few days, I’m making a trip to the Center what drives me the most. There are certain things that I want to of Excellence in Park City, Utah, to meet up with my accomplish, and for the most part, I know what I need to do to get coach Ricky Bower and do some trampoline work with there. In the off-season months, I try to do things that will still help me reach my goals but that are also different: I surf as much as I my teammate Gretchen Bleiler. can and I visit my family. Q: How are your sponsorships going? A: My support system could not be any stronger. I’m so Q: What are your goals for the next few years? fortunate to have the sponsors that I have. Like I said, I A: After this season, I would like to start riding more than just was just at GSSI, doing tests, learning about the product Halfpipe. Halfpipe has been a big focus for me because of the and how it can help me. I recently went to Vancouver upcoming Olympics; however, I would love to start to compete in for a Nike Media Summit. I was fortunate enough to Slopestyle again and learn more about big-mountain riding. spend a few days with Winter Olympic athletes and Q: What else have you been up to? learn about their training for the upcoming season. A: My good friend Gretchen (Bleiler) got married in Costa Rica Burton, Oakley, and Nixon have also been presenting in the beginning of the summer. I was there for three weeks with me with amazing media and product opportunities. Stratton Mountain School


a bunch of my friends. It was one of the best trips ever: surfing, hanging out on the beach, rope swings and fresh fruit! Q: What do you miss the most about SMS? A: I don’t even know where to start. Now that I’m out of SMS, I miss it so much more. I miss soccer and the team and the fun road trips when we would go to games! I miss the dryland with the Snowboard team and the county-loop run at 6 a.m. I even miss my classes at SMS. I now understand why quite a few alumni go back and work at SMS.

Photo: Thomas Tikos-Kadji

Q: Do you have any advice for your former SMS schoolmates? A: Enjoy everything while you’re there. I went there for five years, and it goes by way too quickly. Also, listen to your coaches because the hard work does pay off! —Madeline Senkosky,



Q: What has your training schedule been like recently? A: This summer, I had two training camps, both with the U.S. team. The first was in Mount Hood, Ore., for three weeks in July, and the second one was in New Zealand. I began the New Zealand session as a guest coach for SMS, and then I moved over to work with the U.S. team for another month.

Q: What competitions have you competed in recently? A: I was most recently in the Burton New Zealand Open in August. I made it through qualifiers, which I was stoked for. In the finals, I definitely didn’t land the run that I wanted to, and I ended up getting injured. In my attempts, though, I earned best trick with a frontside 900! I walked away with 6th place, so in the end, it turned out to be a pretty good result. Q: What are your upcoming training and competition plans? A: I’ll be in Colorado, riding and training for the upcoming season. One of the first competitions is a Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, which is an Olympic qualifier. Just before Christmas, I’ll ride in the Winter Dew Tour at Breckenridge. The traveling gets pretty crazy, and I don’t return to Vermont until March for the U.S. Open. Q: How do you feel about your sponsorships right now? A: My sponsorships are going pretty well. DC Shoes, Oakley and have been spectacular sponsors for me. I’m pretty lucky to be in the position that I’m in because of how the economy


is affecting the industry. A lot of companies have had some pretty substantial layoffs and budget cuts; I’m happy with where I’m at. Q: How will this year’s training and competition schedule be different than in years past? A: It’s definitely a relief to not have to worry about schoolwork, which is one of the main reasons why I decided to take a year off. College is definitely a high priority and in the near future. It’s not something I’m willing to miss. But it is always going to be there, and it’s always going to be an option. On the flip side, however, having a career in snowboarding at 18 isn’t going to come around twice, so I’m willing to put college on hold for a while. Q: What are your thoughts about the Olympics? A: It’s always a tough one to answer because I don’t know. No one knows, and no one is going to find out until the last qualifier, which is two weeks before the Games. Either way, I am happy with the position that I’m in because I’m not in the spotlight coming into this Olympic year. I have goals besides making it to the Olympics, and if making those goals puts me on the Olympic team, then of course I’m going to be ecstatic. I know I have a lot of time to continue to develop as a snowboarder as well. Q: What keeps you motivated? A: During the off-season months, I focus on getting stronger and getting into really good shape before the season starts. I like to spend as much time as I can with my family and friends before the season starts because when it does, I hardly get to see them at all. Q: What are your goals for the next few years? A: Being among friends and teammates provides a lot of motivation to learn new tricks and to push myself further in the sport. Q: What do you miss the most about SMS? A: I’m going to miss my schoolmates the most. I loved how small and close of a community we all were, and I couldn’t imagine anything different. Also, between my coaches, teachers, parents and friends, I’m really going to miss the support system that I had. ­—Madeline Senkosky, The Starting Gate

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Q: What’s your training schedule looked like recently? A: Since it’s an Olympic year, it definitely feels like the training has been ramped up throughout the summer. The U.S. Team likes to schedule several training camps together during the off-season so that we’re not away from our coaches for more than a few weeks at a time. We’ve had camps in Park City, on-snow in New Zealand, at the Olympic venue in Whistler. We just got back from a camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. Q: What are some of the highlights from the summer training program at SMS? A: Training for cross-country skiing is tough; there’s no doubt about it. Some days can be incredibly long if you’re out there by yourself. It’s really helpful for me to be able to train with Sverre and the SMS team a few times a week. We had a group that got together at least three times a week during the summer, so we tried to pair up when we’re doing hard workouts such as three-hour runs or roller-skiing intervals. A few weeks ago, a few of the older guys and I were hammering out two-minute intervals as hard as we could; those guys must have been hurting because I was going hard, and I almost puked. It’s great to have a strong group of kids to work out with. That’s what makes Nordic skiing such a team sport; you can push yourself so much harder with other people around. Q: What are your goals for the World Cup season? A: The number-one focus for the season will be on the Olympics. But the best way to prepare for beating the fastest skiers in the world is to race against them a lot, so I’ll be competing on the full World Cup schedule, too. It’s a hectic schedule; we’re basically in a different country every 10 days and racing each weekend. I will leave for Europe in a few weeks and won’t return home until just before the Games. I really want to focus on scoring a podium or two in the first World Cup competitions, so we can bring a lot of momentum into the Olympics. Q: How are competitions different in Europe? A: They lay down snow in the middle of cities and have us race in the downtown streets. There is so much energy when you are racing right next to thousands of people who love your sport. It makes me wish it were like that in the U.S. I think it will be some day, but people just need to see how exciting Nordic ski racing is. Over there, every race is shown live on TV, and the spectators are packed 10 deep around the course. It’s like a whole different world. We do this one city World Cup in Drammen, Norway, where the course runs right in between a live concert that is going on. As we’re racing, we hammer right between the stage and a sea of people rocking out to this metal band. That’s what we need more of in the U.S.—metal music and crosscountry skiing. Q: What were the biggest challenges you faced in Torino at the last Olympics? A: Torino was a good experience, but at the same time, I didn’t know what to expect. I was one of the youngest guys on the start line. Now I’ve reached the age where I can realistically go for a medal. Since Torino, I’ve had my first World Cup podium results, we have had World Championship medals won on our team, and the U.S. came in second last year in the medal count at the Nordic World Champs. It seems like for the first time in 30 years, we’re taking a cross-country ski team to the Olympics that can win some medals. Q: Do you think we’ll see you at the Olympics this year? A: The U.S. Olympics team won’t be named until right before the Games, but I’m not focusing on that as much as I am making every day count leading up to February. I don’t want to just ‘go’ to the Stratton Mountain School


Newell Olympics—I want to do some serious damage while I’m there and show everyone that the U.S. can make it happen. Q: What has you the most excited for this year’s Winter Olympics? A: You pretty much can’t pick a better place than Whistler to compete for the Olympics. It’s not that close to Vermont, but at the same time, it’s going to be great to have so many American fans there. Every Olympic Games are huge, but it just feels bigger since it’s so close to the U.S. Q: Any parting words of wisdom for Nordic athletes at SMS? A: Train hard, have fun, and listen to Sverre. He’s the best coach in the country, and SMS kids have the best training facilities in the country. The roads in Vermont are better for roller skiing than anywhere else in the world. The SMS gym is better than most Olympic training centers, so take advantage of it. SMS has graduated 30 Olympic athletes, and I want to see that number increase after Vancouver. —Pete Davis,


G r a d u at i o n

Photos: Hubert Schriebl

The class of 2009: From top left (clockwise): Alex Bayer, Doug Amos, Mike Nocek, Kevin Mattice, T.J. Carroll, Alexander Hernandez, Richard McCarthy, Jin Wook Jung, Thomas Tikos-Kadji, Giacomo Giorgi, Annie Davis, Courtney Lemenze, Caroline Barry, Elizabeth Beerman, Emily Pannkuk, Sadie Simpson, Courtney Kazar, Megan Killigrew, Ellery Hollingsworth, Kelly Orme, Karmen Whitham.

Award Winners

Senior VPA Award Richard McCarthy Emily Pannkuk Senior Academic Achievement Award Megan Killigrew Lisa Tuttle Award Courtney Lemenze Jay Leach Award Doug Amos Faculty Awards Giacomo Giorgi Annie Davis Founders Award Megan Killigrew

Top photo: Mattice, Tikos-Kadji, Giorgi, Davis, Beerman. Second photo: Carroll, Jung, Nocek, Amos, Bayer. Third photo: Lemenze, Orme, Hollingsworth, Pannkuk, Barry. Bottom photo: Headmaster Chris Kaltsas, Gov. Jim Douglas, Board Chairman Gary Giulietti.



n Friday, May 29, Vermont Governor Jim Douglas addressed the Stratton Mountain School Class of 2009 as the Keynote Speaker at the graduation exercises in Burtscher Field House on the SMS campus. Governor Douglas acknowledged that the SMS Class of 2009 might not remember all he had to say, but that they would surely remember this day as being an important turning point in their lives. Governor Douglas went on to praise the SMS graduates for their hard work and their admission into competitive colleges and universities. He urged the seniors to consider bringing their expertise back to Vermont as part of the workforce after they graduate. Of the 21 graduating seniors, three were delegated to speak at the ceremony. Thomas Tikos-Kadji (Snowboarding), Courtney Kazar (Alpine) and Karmen Whitham (Nordic) each told tales of their experiences throughout their careers at SMS. Depending on their sport discipline, each said, their memories of SMS are different. Nonetheless, they each admitted, the experiences they shared shaped their lives forever. The Starting Gate

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This year,

College Planning

a majority of our seniors are applying Early Decision or Early Action to colleges in order to have this process completed by the time their competition season begins. The seniors have been busy researching schools, editing essays, and completing applications. Increasing numbers of schools now accept Early Action applications, which are non-binding applications that allow students to receive admissions department responses by mid-December, a perfect option for SMS students. This year, Holly Wendell and Kate Nolan-Joyce are assisting Alex Lehmann with seniors’ applications. Alex Lehmann, Head of College Guidance, works with Prescott McLaughlin to perfect his college essay.

The senior class is impressive on many fronts, and all indications suggest another very strong year of college placement, with early applications being submitted to many of the prestigious schools at which our students have established an excellent track record. Our athletes are also being recruited for some sports outside of our traditional focus of winter athletics, with at least one student as a compelling golf recruit. Applications will be sent to many schools this fall, including Dartmouth University, Middlebury College, Colby College, Harvard University, Bates College, the University of Vermont, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Denver, and the University of New Hampshire. The Class of 2009 also had an impressive list of college acceptance, which included Bates College, Boston College, Brown University, Colby College, College of the Holy Cross, Dartmouth College, Dickinson College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Middlebury College, Northern Michigan University, Oregon State University, Portland State University, San Diego State University, San Francisco State University Skidmore College, University of Colorado at Boulder (8), University of Denver (4), University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of Wisconsin, University of Utah, University of Vermont (8), University of Rhode Island, Westminster College (3) and Williams College. —Alex Lehmann,

T e ch n o l o g y U p d a t e

Throughout the past two years, major changes in technology have been happening throughout the SMS campus. Our goal is to incorporate technology into all aspects of academic and athletic life at Stratton Mountain School. Today, every building on the SMS campus is fully equipped with wireless internet. The in-house platform has been upgraded to a Windows Server, allowing staff and students to access shared folders, printers, and email from anywhere on campus. This new platform increases productivity and collaboration through shared department folders, shared contacts and distribution lists.

Web design teacher Matt Maloney instructs Shelby Simpson ’10 on one of the seven new Macintosh computers in the computer lab.

In addition to the internet and server changes, SMS has upgraded the Stutt Family Computer Lab with the purchase of seven new Macintosh computers, which are fully equipped with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, and Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel. Classes such as Digital Media, Web Design and Yearbook Design expose students to realworld use of technology with these programs. Several classrooms have also been upgraded. With the addition of 13 computers, donated by Gary Davis, and three new projectors, teachers are utilizing cutting-edge technology to teach lessons in innovative ways. Stratton Mountain School

Math and physics teacher Tim Taylor utilizes his new projector during class to show the students examples in class.


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Chris Beadon PG ’09

Alpine Highlights

Chris Beadon PG ’09 2/05 Okemo, Vt., FIS Super G (SG), 2nd  1/25 Alpine, Ontario, FIS Slalom (SL), 3rd  1/23 Georgian Peaks, Ontario, FIS Giant Slalom (GS), 4th 1/22 Georgian Peaks, Ontario, FIS GS, 1st  1/13 Sugarloaf, Maine, FIS SG (Super G), 3rd  1/12 Sugarloaf, Maine, FIS SG, 2nd  12/21 Sugarloaf, Maine, FIS GS, 4th   Danny Fowler ’12 1/27 Sugarloaf, Maine, FIS Downhill (DH), 15th  Prescott McLaughlin ’10 4/03 Smuggler’s Notch, Vt., FIS SL, 6th 4/02 Smuggler’s Notch, Vt., FIS SL, 14th 3/18 Sugarbush, Vt., FIS GS, 15th  3/11 Aspen, Colo., Nat. Jr. Championships SL, 15th  12/14 Alyeksa, Ala., Entry League FIS GS, 7th  12/13 Alyeksa, Ala., Entry League FIS SL, 8th 12/12 Alyeksa, Ala., Entry League FIS SL, 7th  Chris Nocek PG ’09 1/15 Stowe, VT FIS SL, 4th  Michael Nocek ’09 3/18 Sugarbush, Vt., FIS GS, 7th   3/17 Sugarbush, Vt., FIS GS, 9th  1/09 Sugarbush, Vt., FIS GS, 13th   Jay Ogle ’10 3/06 Sugarloaf, Maine, FIS SG, 14th   2/05 Okemo, Vt., FIS SG, 5th  2/04 Okemo, Vt., FIS SG, 13th  1/28 Sugarloaf, Maine, FIS DH, 7th 


Christine Schozer PG ’09

1/13 Sugarloaf, Maine, FIS SG, 9th 12/19 Attitash, N.H., FIS SL, 2nd Blake Pendleton ’11 3/11 Aspen, Colo., National Junior Championships SL, 11th   2/27 Stowe, Vt., NJR SL, 1st 2/25 Stowe, Vt., NJR GS, 3rd  1/09 Sugarbush, Vt., FIS GS, 7th   Hunter Resek ’10 4/02 Smuggler’s Notch, Vt., FIS SL, 13th  3/12 Aspen, Colo., National Junior Championships GS, 12th  2/27 Stowe, Vt., NJR SL, 9th 2/26 Stowe, Vt., NJR GS, 13th   2/25 Stowe, Vt., NJR GS, 4th 1/09 Sugarbush, Vt., FIS GS, 9th 

Marley Pawlak ’10

Morgan Klein ’11 2009 invite to JII National Championships, Eastern Team 3/18 Mount Sunapee, N.H., Eastern Cup GS, 27th overall, 2nd JII 3/17 Mount Sunapee, N.H., Eastern Cup GS, 30th overall, 3rd JII 2/26 Stowe, Vt., Eastern JII Championship GS, 2nd 1/19 Sunday River, Maine Eastern Cup SL, 32nd overall, 1st JII

Kristen Leggett PG ’09 2009 National Championships, Eastern Team 1/23 Sunday River, Maine, Bates Carnival GS, 4th 1/14 Okemo, Vt., Eastern Cup SG, 2nd 1/13 Okemo, Vt., Eastern Cup SG, 1st 1/9 Stratton Mountain, Vt., Eastern Cup Cole Skinner ’10 4/03 Smuggler’s Notch, Vt., FIS SL, 2nd  GS, 8th 4/02 Smuggler’s Notch, Vt., FIS SL, 10th   1/8 Stratton Mountain, Vt., Eastern Cup GS, 11th Kelly Appenzeller ’11 12/21 Sunday River, Maine, Eastern VT State DH Champion Cup GS, 2nd 4/17 Mammoth Mountain, Calif., FIS Marley Pawlak ’10 DH, 32nd overall, 3rd first-year FIS 2009 JII National Championships, Emily Bamford ’10 Eastern Team Australian Jr. National Team Member 2009 JII Eastern Champs, 2nd overall 2009 World Junior Championships Christine Schozer PG ’09 Team Australia 2009 National Championships, 4/09 Mammoth Mountain, Calif., FIS Eastern Team SL, 15th overall, 2nd JII 4/9 Mammoth Mountain, Calif., FIS 2/13 Sugarbush, Vt., NJR GS, 11th SL, 8th overall, 3rd JII 3/8 Sugarloaf, Maine, Eastern 12/21 Sunday River, Maine Eastern Championships SL, 3rd Cup GS, 25th overall, 2nd JII 2/22 Snow King, Wyo., Western Elite Paige Chardavoyne ’10 FIS SL, 6th 4/03 Killington, Vt., Eastern Cup SL, 2/21 Snow King, Wyo., Western Elite 14th overall, 3rd JII FIS SL, 5th 4/02 Killington, Vt., Eastern Cup SL, 1/20 Sunday River, Maine, Eastern 16th overall, 3rd JII Cup SL, 6th 1/19 Sunday River, Maine, Eastern Cup SL, 9th The Starting Gate

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Martin Garcia ’12 3/3 VT State Championships SL, 9th 3/1 VT State Championships SG, 3rd Libby Gibson ’13 3/3 VT State Championships GS, 10th 3/1 VT State Championships SG, 3rd Brittany Lathrop ’13 K2 Nationals Supercombined, 1st K2 Nationals GS, 7th K2 Nationals SG, 10th 3/17 JIII JOs SG, 9th 3/14 JIII JOs SL, 4th Top-10 overall to qualify for K2 Nationals VT State Championships Overall, 3rd 3/3 VT State Championships GS, 7th 3/2 VT State Championships SL, 2nd 3/1 VT State Championships SG, 1st Trevor Lennox ’12 3/1 VT State Championships SG, 10th Brain Mangiacotti ’13 3/3 VT State Championships SL, 10th Amanda Reilly ’12 3/15 JIII JO’s SG, 10th Top-10 overall to qualify for K2 Nationals 3/3 VT State Championships GS, 5th 3/2 VT State Championships SL, 7th 3/1 VT State Championships SG, 6th

Stratton Mountain School

Cambria McDermott ’11

Nordic Highlights

Chris Nocek PG ’09

Austin Cobb ’10 USSA Junior Olympics (JOs) Sprint race at Auburn Ski Club (ASC), 6th All American at JOs Classic relay at ASC, 2nd New England Final age group standings for Junior Olympic team, 7th Skyler Davis ’10 USSA Junior Olympics Sprint race at ASC, 5th All American at JOs New England Final age group standings for Junior Olympic team, 1st Megan Killigrew ’09 USSA Junior Olympics Sprint race at ASC, 5th All American at JOs Classic distance at ASC, 8th Classic relay at ASC, 2nd New England Final age group standings for Junior Olympic team, 2nd Cambria McDermott ’11 Freestyle 5km at ASC, 4th Classic distance at ASC, 6th Classic relay at ASC, 1st All American at JOs New England Final age group standings for Junior Olympic team, 6th

Austin Caldwell ’10

New England Final age group standings for Junior Olympic team, 7th Hilary Rich ’09 USSA Junior Olympics Sprint race at ASC., 7th All American at JOs Classic distance at ASC, 9th Classic relay at ASC, 4th USST J1 Trip to Norway New England Final age group standings for Junior Olympic team, 1st New England Final age group standings for Junior Olympic team Doug Amos ’09, 6th Isabel Caldwell ’10, 5th Gage Fichter ’10, 10th Rachel Hall ’11, 5th Karmen Whitham ’09, 7th Overall Highlights Mooney and McDermott received gold medals at Junior Nationals, extending the streak at SMS to 13 straight years with at least one gold medal at Junior Nationals. Twelve SMS skiers qualified for Junior Nationals (no other New England team had more than seven qualify).

Heather Mooney ’11 USSA Junior Olympics Sprint race at ASC, 6th All American at JOs Classic distance at ASC, 7th Classic relay at ASC, 1st New England Final age group standings for Junior Olympic team, 1st

The girls’ team won the Roger Weston Award as the top high school team in the country for the second year in a row. They also won the award for the best female club at Junior Nationals.

Isabelle Pelletier ’11 All American at JOs Classic distance at ASC, 9th

Rich, Mooney and Isabel Caldwell swept the podium at the final Eastern Cup race held in Gilford, N.H.

The boys’ team placed third for the Roger Weston award.


Photos: Rick Shimpeno

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Eric Beauchemin ’10

Thomas Tikos-Kadji ’09

Josh Cohen ’12 USASA Nationals SL, 1st

Ellery Hollingsworth ’09 U.S. Snowboarding A Team 04/05 Snow Angels Invitational, 3rd 03/21 U.S. Open HP, 3rd 03/14 La Molina WC HP, 4th 02/22 Dew Tour HP at Northstar, 4th 01/23 X-Games HP, 4th 01/11 Mount Snow Dew Tour HP, 3rd

Joe Mensch ’10 03/20 U.S. Open HP, Semis 03/09 Sugarloaf Revolution Tour HP, 4th USASA Nationals HP, 1st

Snowboarding Highlights

Lizzy Beerman ’09 U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Team 03/21 U.S. Open Halfpipe (HP), 6th 03/15 Killington Grand Prix Slopestyle (SS), 4th 03/14 Killington Grand Prix HP, 4th 02/22 Dew Tour HP at Northstar, 6th 01/16 Copper Revolution Tour HP, 1st 01/15 Copper Revolution Tour SS, 1st 09/03 New Zealand SS, 3rd

Phoebe Novello ’12 USASA Nationals Slalom (SL), 3rd USASA Nationals, 2nd overall Shelby Simpson ’10 03/09 Sugarloaf Revolution Tour HP, 3rd 03/01 Sno Mountain, Pa., HP, 4th India Stephenson ’10 USASA Nationals SS, 2nd 03/09 Sugarloaf Revolution Tour SS, 4th Makayla Tierney ’13 USASA Nationals HP, 2nd USASA Nationals SS, 2nd USASA Nationals BX, 2nd 03/14 XBox Junior Jam at Killington, 1st

James Haffner ’10 02/06 Boreal Revolution Tour HP, 3rd 01/27 Park City SS, 3rd 01/16 Copper Revolution Tour SS, 4th Kevin Mattice ’09 USASA Nationals SS, 1st USASA Nationals HP, 2nd

Mike Perle ’12 USASA Nationals BX, 2nd Randall Stacy ’10 USASA Nationals HP, 5th Chris Tierney ’12 USASA Nationals SS, 2nd USASA Nationals HP, 4th Hunter Wood ’11 03/22 U.S. Open SS, Semis 03/15 Killington Grand Prix SS, Semis Jin Wook Jung ’09 03/09 Sugarloaf Revolution Tour HP, 3rd

Joe Mensch ’10

Freestyle Mogul Highlights Aspen Witt ’12 03/01 Eastern Divisional Champs at Killington Dual Moguls, 1st 02/21 Stratton Mogul Fest at Stratton Mountain Moguls, 3rd 02/15 Kagan Cup at Sugarloaf Moguls, 2nd 02/07 Rosemary Bowl/Phil’s Hill at Waterville Valley Moguls, 1st 01/31 Killington Klassic at Killington Moguls, 2nd 01/18 Western NY ECS at Bristol Mountain Moguls, 2nd 01/17 Western NY ECS at Bristol Mountain Moguls, 3rd 01/11 ECS A Competition at Sunday River Dual Moguls, 1st 01/10 ECS A Competition at Sunday River Moguls, 1st 01/04 Greg Francoeur Memorial at Sugarloaf Moguls, 1st Katherine Brennan ’11 01/11 ECS A Competition at Sunday River Dual Moguls, 4th 01/10 ECS A Competition at Sunday River Moguls, 5th Jake Becker ’11 01/19 Western NY ECS at Bristol Mountain Dual Moguls, 5th 01/10 ECS A Competition at Sunday River Moguls, 7th

Eric Beauchemin ’10 USASA Nationals SS, 3rd 03/22 U.S. Open SS, Semis 03/15 Killington Grand Prix SS, Semis 03/10 Sugarloaf Revolution Tour SS, 3rd 03/02 Sno Mountain, Pa., SS, 3rd 01/16 Copper Revolution Tour, 7th


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Stratton Mountain School named 2009 USSA Club of the Year Snowboarding Program earns Snowboarding Club of the Year

“Winning such a prestigious award gives us great pride as a school, and we are honored to earn such recognition,” said SMS Headmaster Christopher Kaltsas. “Our unmatched combination of coaches, staff and community made this award possible.” Every year, each discipline recognizes one specific club that surpasses its peers in direction and performance. This year, USSA honored the SMS Snowboarding Program as the Snowboarding Club of the Year. In 2008 alone, more than seven SMS alumni accounted for U.S. Snowboarding Team nominations. The SMS Snowboard Program also earned this distinguished award in 2005 and 2002. Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is the only other club to be given this award more than once in the award’s 11-year history.

Coach Sverre Caldwell

The USSA Club of the Year, a USSA gold-level award, honors an entire program that demonstrates the best framework for athletes to find success. USSA felt SMS’s coaches and dedicated volunteers demonstrated the necessary direction under which athletes are successful. More than 30 Olympians and 72 national team members have come out of the SMS programs, including more than 11 current national team members.

Mike Perle and Eric Beauchemin Coach Eric Harlow

Stratton Mountain School was named the 2009 recipient of the USSA Club of the Year Award, the highest honor in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). The SMS Snowboarding Program was also named as the 2009 Snowboarding Club of the Year.

“This award is a true testament to the commitment that SMS puts into the athletic endeavors of these young athletes,” said Snowboarding Program Director Mike Mallon. “The success The award letter for the Snowboarding Club of the Year of Stratton Mountain School proclaimed the SMS Snowboard athletes over the years has been unmatched.” Program as one of the most continually successful programs in the country. “The success of Stratton Mountain School (SMS) athletes over the years has been unmatched,” the award letter said. “Together Mike Mallon and Rick Shimpeno have put more athletes on the U.S. Snowboarding team than any other program.” Coaches from the Nordic Program and Snowboarding Program were also honored for their leadership throughout the year. Mallon earned the prestigious Westhaven Award, which acknowledges the most honorable USSA/FIS technical delegate in the country across all disciplines. Nordic Program Director Sverre Caldwell was named the Cross Country Domestic Coach of the Year Award for the third time in his career. This year, the SMS Women’s Nordic Program won the Roger Weston Award for being the best high school program competing at the 2009 Junior Olympics. All four USSA awards were presented to Headmaster Kaltsas and Snowboard Program Director Mike Mallon during the USSA Congress 2009 at the Chairman’s Awards Dinner on Friday, May 15. Stratton Mountain School


Annual Report

For fiscal year July 1 - June 30 2008-2009

Dear Alumni, Parents and Friends, I am proud to open this year’s Annual Giving Report with good news. This year, we raised $307,275 for the 2008-2009 SMS Annual Fund. This represents a nearly 50-percent increase over our Annual Giving for 2007-2008. Through the generosity and support of each and every one of you, we have been able to navigate difficult financial waters with confidence and hope for the future.

remain steadfast in our mission — to provide student athletes with the opportunity to pursue excellence in competitive winter sports and college preparatory academics while developing strong personal values. Your commitment matters! It matters because it furthers our mission and allows us to deliver the best ski and snowboard program in the country. Don’t take our word for it — just ask the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). Stratton Mountain School was named the 2009 USSA Club of the Year, the highest honor awarded to any academy or program. This award validates our purpose, mission and direction, and we are proud to share it with all of you.

At this time of financial uncertainty, we have been humbled by the continued support of our community. It is your consistent generosity that makes our commitment to academic and athletic success Thank you for continued support! possible. Your support of the SMS Annual Fund is the key to sustained excellence, as it allows the school to Sincerely, support daily operations and smoothly deliver worldclass academics and athletics. Every day, SMS athletes are working to achieve Gary Giulietti their goals, and every day, SMS teachers, coaches Chairman and administrators are working to help them. We Board of Trustees

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 $2.7 million raised to date

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 Meredith Morin at 802-856-1120 if you would like to learn more about the Building for Excellence Campaign. 14

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2008-2009 Annual Report Gifts 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

Mr. & Mrs. Ian Jones Mr. & Mrs. Robert Jones Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Needell Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Smiles Mrs. Jessie Snyder $20,000 - $24,999

$150,000 - $199,999

Mr. John S. McCormick Mr. & Mrs. Burton Tremaine

$100,000 - $149,999

$5,000 - $19,999

Mr. and Mrs. David Epstein 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

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Evans Ms. Jody Foote

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* up to


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* 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, 2008-June 30, 2009

For all gifts to all funds excluding the Building for Excellence Campaign and Beckie McGill Scholarship Fund.

World Cup Champion ($50,000 and above)

Neal & Elizabeth Schuman

Sandy & Julie Luckenbill Mr. & Mrs. TD McCormick Ben & Kathleen Needell Peter J. & Renee Novello, MD Chad & Susan Waite

Olympic Gold ($10,000 - $24,999)

National Gold ($1,000 - $4,999)

Mr. & Mrs. William P. Scully

($25,000 - $49,999)

Carolyn Beckedorff ’85 Hellman Family Mr. & Mrs. James Horst John S. McCormick Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation Laird & Freya Pendleton Gary & Sally Simpson

World Cup Gold ($5,000 - $9,999)

Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Alexander Gary & Ellen Davis Irene Eisenberg David & Betsy Epstein Jeff & Linda Lennox Stratton Mountain School

Mustafa Abadan & Susan Brady Dr. & Mrs. James Abbenhaus Jeffrey & Darcy ’80 Ahl Kevin & Colleen Bamford Jake & Donna Carpenter Class of 2008 Doug & Laney Fowler Drs. Richard & Tricia ’76 Gibbs Gary & Mary Ellen Giulietti Bill & Sarah Hadden Tom & Joanne Head Barney Hodges ’87 Hollingsworth Family Richard H. Holzer Memorial Foundation

Ian & Lori Jones Bob & Joyce Jones Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation Alex & Liza Lynch Alexa Raether Maddock ’92 Andrew Malloy ’76 & Family Chauncey G. Morgan ’82 Bill & Meg Morton Michihiko Nakamura ’79 David & Julie Nocek Tim & Deb Reilly Andy & Louise Roomet Rich Ross ’77 & Family Morton T. Saunders Hans Schmidt Michael & Adria Schozer Paul & Kimberly Sitarz Stratton Resort William & Carolyn Stutt Keith & Marsha Therrien Fritz Wahl ’77 Fred ’75 & Liz Weiner

Junior Olympic Gold ($500 - $999)

George Abdow ’84 Susan S. Adler, Psy.D. Marilyn Alfeld Mark Baker Anthony Barbiero ’83 Michael & Alison Barry Carole Brown Alan & Susan Bushell Michael Carreira & Family Michael & Margaret Cobb Guy & Kristen Fava Richard & DeAnn Florey Edward M. Gillis ’83 Susan Cooper Hermanson ’83 Per Johansson & Family Steve & Diane Kerstein Peter & Judith McCarthy-Parke Heidi McGee & Family George Peck IV George S. Perry Margaret Peters Karl Pfister The Starting Gate

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Eastern Cup Gold ($100 - $499)

Anonymous (2) William & Donna Appenzeller Rand April Frank Artayet Terrill Barnard Barry Family Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Bayer Perry & Karen Beadon Douglas Becker Jim Beckwith Bill & Cathy Beerman Renny Bloch ’93 Robert & Carolyn Brennan Bresnan Family Sverre & Lilly ’81 Caldwell Chardavoyne Family David W. Clark Dan Crain Crochiere Family Annie ’09 & Connor ’11 Davis Mary Davis Realtor Peter Davis Deerfield Packaging Service Catherine Degnon Lisa Densmore ’79 Dr. & Mrs. Michele deSantis Michael & Joan Dritz Francois Dugast Chuck & Karen Feldman Robert Fisher Howard Foote ’03 Sky & Sue Foulkes David Fleming Jeff Franzen Heidi Frost ’83 Glenn & Robbin Gibson Mr. & Mrs. James Haffner Michael Hahn Becky Hall ’82 Kathy Hall Peter & Ruth Hall Lucy Hamnett Erika Hogan ’02 James & Patty Howe David & Suzanne Hudson Dean & Daphne Jackson Kim Schmidinger Jochl ’88 Paul & Patricia Killigrew Dennis & Kasey Kinsella Stephen & Debbie Klein Paul & Joanne Krause Stanley Kushner Ed & Helen Kweskin Greg Lennox Marianne Lipa ’96


Kristen Luckenbill ’97 Shayne Lynn ’89 John Maloney Bob & Mary Mangiacotti Buck & Linda Margold Damian Maroun Patricia Martins Michael & Shari Mattice Michael & Beata McCormick-Tikos Kenneth & Karen McLaughlin Frank McTeigue Connie Meerman Ted Melton Mark Mensch Clarence F. Michalis Jim & Tamra Mooney Michael & Meredith Morin Michele Morris Al Mottau Glenn A. Mottau ’79 Bruce Nelson David Newell Kris Odwarka Nancy Ogle Eric Palola ’75 William Bo S. Peabody Adam Perle Heidi Preuss ’79 Colleen Quinn ’85 Dave Redden Walter & Karen Rogers Ryan Ross Dave Rothman ’02 Greg Scott ’75 Andrea Sessa-Sayago ’93 Nancy Shuell Hayley ’06, Sadie ’09 & Shelby ’10 Simpson John & Laurene Skinner Jessie P. Snyder Peter Spittle Peter Sprayregen Leland & Michelle Stacy John & Mary Stichter Stuzin Family Carson Thurber ’02 Cornelia V. Tuttle (In memory of Lisa Tuttle ’78) Kevin & Molly Visnic Masahiro Watanabe PJ Wiebel ’00

Friend of SMS (up to $100)

Cort Ahl ’08 Amodeo Family Barr Family Ingrid Bahler Steve Barthowski John Bentley Tina Bentley Matt Boobar John ’82 & Ingrid Borwick

Charles & Susan Boswell Patrick Burtis ’87 John Caldwell Stacie Chiodi Lena Choma Paul & Jill Choma Troy Claveran Stephen Coombs Randy Davis David Farrell Charles Feinberg Richard Ferrazzo Robert & Angela Fichter Joseph Fichter Richard & Beth Florey Giacomo Giorgi James Grossman Peter Hall Pam Haag Sue Hodgekins Urs Joder Timothy Johnson Brooke Kaltsas ’00 Mark Katzman Neil & Patti Katzman Fred Klein Daniel Knickmeier Abigail Kweskin Jeanne Hammond Larsen ’78 Kate Leonard Jeff Liebenow Michael Maybee James McDermott Judy Meiklejohn Katheryn Mitchell Billy Montague ’04 Mark Navin ’91 Leslie Nell George & Kate Orme Bob & Ellen Page Justin Panchley Maureen Patten Dan Pawlak Herve Pelletier Kris Pepper Lisa Proulx Neiko & Alejandra Razinger John Rich Carole Riley Todd Riley David & Laurie Rogers Amanda Rutherford ’96 Paul & Diane Schwippert Lin Schimel Allen & Sally Seymour Gloria Slovick Joan Spittle Joanne Tarantino Emily Thurber ’96 Logan Thurber ’99 Howard Truss Joe Vater Eric Vollmecke Francis Watzka

Fran Weeks Jill Weiner Susan Long Wemyss ’78 Sarah Laidlaw Wilde ’96 Winhall Real Estate Debby Winkler ’77 Julie Woodworth ’81

Gifts in Kind

Rebecca Abadie Dan Crain Equipe Sport Jody Foote Doug & Laney Fowler Gary Giulietti Gatorade Gilded Moon Framing Chez Henri Lindsey Jacobellis Jeff & Linda Lennox Herve Pelletier Pink Inc. Decorations Polar Beverages Todd Richter Andy & Louise Roomet Holderness School Arthur Schuman Inc. Joseph & Kathy Smith Stratton Resort Teddy & Tammy Trudeau Von Bargen’s Jewelry Create

Matching Gift Foundations & Programs

AIG Merck Partnership for Giving UBS

Winter Ball Benefactors

Jeffrey Bennett ’87 Mr. & Mrs. Peter Davis Mr. & Mrs. Gary Giulietti Mr. & Mrs. James Haffner Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lemenze Alexa Raether Maddock ’92 Mr. & Mrs. William G. Morton Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Needell Mr. & Mrs. Laird Pendleton Mr. Morton T. Saunders Mr. & Mrs. Neal Schuman Gary & Sally Simpson Stratton Resort

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2008-2009 Annual Report Beckie McGill Scholarship Fund

Ben & Anita Jacobellis James & Patty Howe Michael & Margaret Cobb On Jan. 21, 2009, SMS Steve & Rhonda Lathrop junior Rebecca Ann Michael & Meredith Morin McGill died after an accident during downhill Warner Nickerson Bret Hines training. We remember Beckie’s David & Suzanne Hudson kindness, friendship, loyalty and leadership. Her family set up a memorial Andy & Louise Roomet Herve Pelletier scholarship fund for her at Stratton Randy Burwell & Lois Kagan Mountain School, and to date, nearly Seth & Debi Marx $50,000 has been contributed to this Robert & Jane Taylor fund. Thank you to all the donors who contributed to this fund. Beckie’s legacy Paula Cooke Bob & Holly Wendell will be carried on with us for future Mr. & Mrs. Edmund R. Saunders generations of SMS student athletes. World Cup Supply, Inc. ($2,000 and Above) Robert & Sarah Fisher Mr. & Mrs. Christopher W. Smiles William & Donna Appenzeller ($1,500-$1,999) George & Kate Orme Evan Marks Douglas Becker SMS Parents’ Association Stephen & Susan Giulietti Gary and Dede Longley Peter & Susie Dow Hans Schmidt Jody Foote Gary & Sally Simpson Sky & Sue Foulkes Jeffrey Bennett ’87 Paul & Jill Choma Peter & Judith McCarthy-Parke Lucy Hamnett Jeff & Linda Lennox Karin Hardy Laird & Freya Pendleton Dan Pawlak Ronald Alvarez & Alice Ruth Stephen Morse Doug & Laney Fowler Will Hadden ’07 Mustafa Abadan & Susan Brady Margaret Schlachter ’02 Kevin & Colleen Bamford Dave Rothman ’02 David & Mimi McGill Carson Thurber ’02 ($1,000-$1,499) Nancy Ogle Kevin & Molly Visnic Nick Stagers Alex & Liza Lynch Jim & Tamra Mooney Tim & Deb Reilly Christina Henrich Hamilton ’94 Tom & Joanne Head Dr. & Mrs. Michele deSantis Richard & Jujica Goodwin Hunter Kaltsas Kenneth & Patience Epstein ($750-$999) Katheryn Mitchell Douglas & Christie MacKenzie Thomson Riley Larry & Kim Wohler Robert Udolf & Family ($500-$749) Robert & Rose Giguere Roxanne Prescott David Edry Edward & Candy Fusco Eric Harlow Joe & Kathy Smith Walter & Peg Lawrence Jonathan & Cindy Chase Donald Masley & Carol Shaw Paul & Kimberly Sitarz Richard & Carol Gaughan Bill & Sarah Hadden Raschid & Kate Nolan Joyce Anthony & Marianne Conroy Matt Prendergast Bresnan Family Dylan Snell Leland & Michelle Stacy Christopher & Susanna Thiele Bob & Mary Mangiacotti Mike Mallon Robert & Lisa Cannon Quechee Alpine Ski Club Norse House Alpine Racing Association Merrill Lynch Matching Gifts Program (3) Vermont Waterville Valley B.B.T.S. ($250-$499) Robert Koury Willard Mountain Ski & Snow Sport Club Jim & Mary Ruth Kenneth & Karen McLaughlin Paul & Joan Barbuto Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Bayer Zeke & Carol Bly James Boulger ($100-$249) Burke Mountain Academy Ellery Hollingsworth ’09 Stratton Mountain School

($50-$99) Virginia Kerensky Jean Joseph Eleanor Lee Ray & Karla Andersen Robert & Carolyn Martino Norman & Lucy Southergill Heidi Forrest Peter & Gretchen Stein Kelsey McBride Mark & Joni Hansen Michael & Karen Quinn American School at Hartford for the Deaf Southeastern Employment Services, LLC Madeline Senkosky Julie Fox Stanley & Nancy Kemmerer Mr. & Mrs. John J. Connole Cheryl A. Morgan Hubert & Wendy Schriebl Walter & Phyllis Lowell John & Meryl Casella Stephen & Debbie Klein Lawrence & Rebecca Amos (Up to $50) Willard Mountain Ski & Snow Sport Club Judith S. Ortiz Mary P. B. Gallagher Robert J. Quarti Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Dombrowski David & Kathy Lefeber Carlene C. Rhea Michael & Patricia Lutian Elizabeth M. Garmise Richard & Donna Fochi Dorothy Blythe Lorraine Crowder Allen & Judith Kronick Marjorie Kania Joseph & Rosanne Golino Creative, Inc. Holderness School

Dede Longley and Debbie Hallett

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The Finish Line Emo Henrich (1922 – 2009) Teacher, artist, musician, friend There are so many words to describe Emo Henrich, yet none of them suffice. He was a true renaissance man, excelling in fields as disparate as artistry, ski instruction, music and entrepreneurship. Stratton Mountain’s Ski School founder (1961) and Director for more than 25 years, Emo Henrich died on May 3, 2009 in his home in Igls, Austria. He was born in Innsbruck on Nov. 30, 1922. He is survived by his wife, Annedore, his daughter Christina Henrich Hamilton ’84 and her husband, Grant, and his daughter Mercedes Henrich Ross ’79 and her husband, Scott, and grandchildren, Olivia and Rory. A service will be held for Emo Henrich at the Chapel of the Snows in Stratton Mountain, Vt., at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009. As a young man, Emo was a ski racer. He followed his passion to the United States in 1957 to coach racing at Sugar Bowl in California and came to Vermont in 1961 where he bestowed his love of skiing onto countless numbers of Stratton Ski School participants. Emo served on the original Board of Trustees of Stratton Mountain School in the early 1970s. He went on to send his two daughters, Benzi ’79 and Tini ’84, to graduate from SMS. When SMS moved to its new campus in 1999, the library was named The Henrich Library, for his enduring commitment to advancing the mission of the school. Emo’s passion for ski racing and his love of Stratton put an indelible mark on the foundation of SMS, which is evident in all that SMS student athletes strive for today. Emo and his wife, Ann, owned and ran The Birkenhaus from 1962-2005. Ardent supporters of SMS, Emo and Ann also supported many other non-profit endeavors at Stratton, including The Chapel of the Snows, the Stratton Mountain Fire Department, The Carlos Otis Clinic and the Stratton Foundation. In addition to skiing and business, Emo shared his talents in music and artistry. He was a long-time member of the Stratton Mountain Boys, a Tyrolean folk-singing group. Emo sang, played guitar, accordion and many other traditional instruments, as well as yodeled and performed schuhplattler (shoe-slapping dance). Emo was also a talented artist, working in media from woodworking to watercolor and drawing. Shortly before he died, Emo published a book of his artistic work, featuring paintings from his world travels, from his native Austria to Greece to Stratton. Emo and Ann, long-time supporters of SMS, generously arranged to donate a limited number of books to the school for use in fundraising. For more information on this book, contact Wendy Schriebl at (802) 856-1101. —Meredith Morin, Richard “Dickie” Erdman ’74 is a world-renowned marble and bronze artist. He resides in Williston, Vt., with his wife and children on their horse farm, Imajica! Dan Frost ’73 works for his family business, Frost Well Drilling, in Dorset, Vt. Jerry McNealus ’74 is active in alpine ski racing. He’s the director of Willard Mountain in New York and lives with his wife, Marley, in Manchester, Vt. Sara “McNealus” Radamus ’74 lives in Colorado with her husband, Aldo. Recently, Sara made the pilgrimage back East to celebrate the wedding of


her niece, Tera Palmer, daughter of Tyler Palmer. Fritz Wahl ’74 resides in NYC and is an active supporter of SMS. Fritz joined SMS in NYC last year for an alumni event! Steve Hardy ’75 owns a forestry business in southern Vermont and coaches for Stratton Training Center during the winter months. Mike Kenney ’75 is heading to the Winter Olympic Games in British Columbia as a member of the United States Ski Team coaching staff. With his nephew Bode Miller’s return to the USST, the team recruited Mike to work with Bode as he prepares

for his third Olympic Games. Prior to his departure for his preOlympic coaching assignment, life in Franconia, N.H., kept Mike very busy. He and his wife, Beth, have been enjoying their bouncing baby girl, 15-month-old Reece Helena, who has been walking since she was 10 months old. New England Tennis Courts, founded by Mike’s dad Jack in 1952, celebrated its busiest, most profitable year in 2009. The winner of the prestigious SMS Founder’s Cup in 1975, Kenney will be globe trotting with his nephew and the USST throughout the winter.

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The Finish Line Andy Malloy ’75 lives in Colorado with his family. He enjoys riding his Ducati street bikes whenever the weather permits, spending time with his family and hitting the slopes. Eric Palola ’75 is a forest policy and economics expert and has been directing the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) northeast regional office for 10 years. Palola serves as a member of the international Board of

Peter Federa and Tini Henrich Hamilton

Directors of the Forest Stewardship Council and is currently the Chair of the Northern Forest Alliance, a broadbased forest conservation coalition. He worked previously as a project manager for a private renewable energy firm as a policy analyst at U.S. EPA and as an associate director for the Vermont Natural Resources Council. Palola has degrees in natural resource economics and public policy from the University of Vermont and Harvard University. Peter Roberts ’75 resides in Moscow, Vt., and leads an active life with his wife and kids. Richie Woodworth ’75 has had a very successful career in the sporting and sporting goods industry. He was the president of the National Hockey League’s Licensed Goods Division (NHLE). Recently, Richie was named president of Saucony. Tinia Tutt Adams ’76 lives in Breckenridge with Charlie Adams, president of Level USA and Carrera Helmets USA. Tinia’s daughter, Colby attends college. Tinia son, Dunkin, is a world-class freestyle skier and was the youngest competitor in the 2009 Winter X-Games Super Pipe Competition. Tinia remains active in the sport and coaches in Summit County. Brent Bernard ’76 is waiting for Snowbird to get crushed with snow! Jim Collinson ’76 has been living and working at the Snowbird Ski Resort for more than a decade. He has become one of the nation’s most Stratton Mountain School

experienced and respected authorities in avalanche control. As a member of the prestigious Snowbird Ski Patrol, Jim and his wife, Deb, raised their two children, Angel and John, slopeside at the top of the Perriwinkle lift at the resort. Angel, one of the top-ranked amateur alpine ski racers in the country, has shifted her focus to academics and began her course studies at the University of Utah on

Darcy Chapel Ahl ’78 resides in Connecticut. Her son Cort Ahl (’08) attends Duke University. Darcy and her husband, Jeff, are supporters of SMS. Their daughter Signe races for Stratton Training Center. Brenda Buglione ’78 hosts a skiing tips program on RSN. Brian Burnett ’78 is enjoying his time at Alyeska Resort in Alaska after

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a full academic scholarship. John, Jim and Deb’s son, is attempting to accomplish an amazing feat of mountaineering: to successfully climb “The Seven Summits” (the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents) in 365 days. Tricia Hellman Gibbs ’76 resides in California. Stephen Diao ’77 lives in Hong Kong and enjoys traveling with his family to find good surf and snow. Stephen is an SMS trustee and is still hoping to get to SMS for a board meeting. John Grush ’77 can be found on or near the podium at the annual George Syrovatka Downhill at Jay Peak Resort! Scott Hardy ’77 lives in Stratton, Vt. This past summer, Scott enjoyed the company of his oldest son Greg (’02) on his Hardy Construction job sites. Tiger Shaw ’77 was recently inducted into the VARA Hall of Fame on October 23rd. Tiger was on the U.S. Ski team for 10 years from 1981 to 1991. He made the USST while skiing for Dartmouth College. He is a two-time Olympian, once in 1984, in Sarajevo, and again in 1988, in Calgary. He is an NCAA All-American with a gold in GS and a Bronze in Slalom. He was the U.S. National Champion many times over! In addition, Tiger has been a member of the Board of Directors for USSA for 15 years. Having spent years as the subject of sports photographers around the world, these days Shaw finds himself on the other side of the lens, shooting photography that may be found on his Web site: tigershaw.

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years of success working with the U.S. Ski Team. Mike Frost ’78 lives in Charlotte Vt., with his wife Karen. He owns Vermont-Eco Floors and still hits the slopes during the winter. Jeanne “Hammond” Larsen ’78 spends her summers commercial salmon fishing off Kodiak Island in Alaska. She teaches at a Waldorf School and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters. Sue Long Wemyss ’78 and her husband, Howie, run the Great Glen Trails and Outdoor Center in Gorham, N.H. Lisa Densmore ’79 lives in Hanover, N.H., and owns Densmore Designs. Recently, Lisa was on the SMS campus for a Board of Trustees meeting. Glen Mottau ’79 works and lives in southern Vermont. He is the proud father of two current SMS students, Tanner (’12) and Kieran (’14). Michihiko “Mickey” Nakamura ’79 lives in Japan. SMS welcomed Mickey’s daughter Miyu this year as a member of the graduating class of 2012. Heidi Preuss ’79 lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and from what the alumni office can tell from Facebook, she is busy with some major home remodeling projects! Mercedes “Benzi” Ross ’79 lives in Boulder, Colo. Benzi attended the SMS alumni gathering in Boulder last winter at The Goose.


The Finish Line Deborah Scranton ’80 has been working on her new film “Earth Made of Glass” (2010), a political thriller set in post-genocide Rwanda, featuring unprecedented access and interviews with sitting President Paul Kagame. “My son, 9-year-old Benjamin, is swimming competitively. Who knew I’d trade in snow for the smell of chlorine on many a wintry weekend,” she said. Otherwise, she’s living on the farm in New Hampshire and hopes to see more of you all soon. Andy ’81 and Jack Coghlan ’82 started the Park City Snowboard Academy and have 17 students, both full and winter term, for their first season! They’re really excited and are starting the school just like SMS did back in the 1970s. “We are renting frat houses in downtown Park City next to the high school and less than a mile from the Park City Mountain Resort. We have several Olympic hopefuls coming this season and will slowly build the academy into the future,” Jack said. Pam Fletcher ’81 resides in Westford, Mass., and is still very involved in alpine skiing. John Borwick ’82 lives in Manchester, Vt., with his wife Ingrid and their two sons, Jackson and Hunter. Greg Needell ’82 resigned from the USST after seven years on the road. He founded a new business called Alpine Race Consulting. Check it out on Facebook!

Parker Tyler and Skyler Davis

Mike Farnum, TD McCormick, Howard Foote and Peter O’Brien

Russell Shay ’82 owns Surefoot. Check him out http://www.surefoot. com/about.php Heidi Frost ’83 lives in Norwalk, Conn., and works for Nestle in Greenwich, Conn. She has been married for 10 years to Ed Torres. They have a 7-year-old who has been on skis since age two. She enjoys wine and cars, and frequently visits her father’s farm in East Dorset, Vt.


She’s happy to be connected to her old friends from Stratton via Facebook! Carolyn Beckedorff ’85 completed the Maine Marathon on October 4th. She ran in support of the American Academy of Neurology Foundation and successfully raised more than $50,000 for the foundation. In addition to her running endeavors, Carolyn is preparing for another successful year on the slopes! Genene Jarosz-Crofut ’86 owns a dental practice in Amherst, N.Y. She has three children: Hannah, Peter, and Tucker, and they are keeping her very busy with sports. Ingrid Punderson Jackson ’88 lives in Cornwall, Vt., with her two boys and three step sons. She is busy working at her real estate business and enjoys hiking, swimming, and relaxing with her family. Marcus Parmegiani ’88 is married and living in Vancouver, Canada, with his wife and two girls, ages two and four. Sam Punderson ’88 has left his job coaching at Carrabassett Valley Academy and has taken the job as the Director of Mowglis, which is an all-boys summer camp in New Hampshire. He officially started at the end of August and spent time on campus this summer. He says: “Mowglis was started more than 100 years ago and is still the wonderful, traditional institution it’s always been. I am very excited about this

ago! Living in Maine at the base of Sugarloaf has allowed their son to ski to his heart’s content, skiing more than 45 days last year at the ripe old age of four! Much to his mother’s happiness, he’s an all-alpine skier. “I have not been able to interest him in Nordic gear,” said Sam. Devon Cheshire ’90 lives with his wife, Patty, and two boys, Colin and Camden, just outside of Philadelphia. Carrie Sheinberg ’90 and her husband, Paul, both work in journalism and media. They live in Boston and have a son named Oscar. Rand Neeves ’92 will be attending and working the 2010 Olympics. Additionally, Rand will host an SMS alumni gathering on Feb. 18, 2010 in Whistler. Details to come! Josh Yoshi Applegate ’93 coaches for the U.S. Ski Team. Josh is usually on the road but was able to come to Vermont in September to visit with friends and enjoy some time off. Renny Bloch ’93 lives in NYC and, we hope, is still running Marathons! Sandy Perrins ’93 lives in Burlington, Vt., with a little more than a year left at UVM’s medical school. He just finished a rotation in Family Medicine at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend, Vt., but was only able to make it over to Stratton on one weekend. He enjoyed a hike up the hill and could not get over the differences since he last skied here in ’95. “Lots of memories came flooding back,” he

Hannah Tsai and Howard Foote

new move, which will give me the opportunity to work with even more kids on an annual basis. The best part about it is that it allows me to work from my home here at Sugarloaf for 10 months of the year. If there are any SMS alums looking for a summer camp experience for their boy, I’d love to hear from them.” Sam’s wife Kate (Webber) ’90 and their son, Calvin, are great. He and Kate just kayaked the Grand Canyon in June on a private permit that they’d applied for 13 years

Smaranda Munteanu, Hayley Jones, Heidi Skinner, Headmaster Chris Kaltsas, Connor Lemenze, Kelly Skinner

said. He’s interested in Orthopedic Surgery, along with Emergency medicine and sports medicine. Gordy Megroz ’94 is a Senior Associate Editor at Men’s Journal magazine. Gordy still makes it to Stratton to ski during the winter!

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The Finish Line Sara Brophy ’96 graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., in May of 2008 with a master’s degree in interior design. After graduation, she relocated to Salem, Mass., and is currently working for the mid-size architecture firm, Goody Clancy, in the Back Bay. Most of her company’s work is in higher education at schools such as Dartmouth and MIT, as well as civic buildings throughout the country. She most recently purchased a condo in Salem. She married Jason Davis on June 27, 2009 in Middlebury, Vt. They are at Stratton every weekend, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for her!

Andy Newell

been away from skiing and misses it so much. He recently visited SMS and was stunned at all the changes. Justin Beckwith ’97 is the Head Nordic coach at GMVS. The alumni office spoke with Justin on October 16th, and he had already skied this season at Mad River Glen! Kristina “Joder” Casey ’97 is pregnant with her second baby and is very excited about it all. Beth Festa ’97 got married this summer. Congratulations! Ross Powers ’97 spent the summer training, riding and spending time with

TD McCormick, Josh Applegate, Gordy Megroz, Andrea Sessa, Renny Bloch

Ian McAller ’96 lives in Shanghai, China, and hopes to attend an alumni event someday. Katy “Czesnowski” Moore ’96 married Chris Moore in May and lives in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Peter Thorndike ’96 lives in New Hampshire and coaches snowboarding. He got married this past summer! Emily Thurber ’96 lives in Boise, Idaho, and teaches high school English. She enjoys spending time with her three children: Gray, Briar and Adeline. Emily and her husband, Matt Carter, spend their summers in Vermont to be closer to family! Sarah Laidlaw Wilde ’96 is back in Italy again, in Bolzano. She attended the WC Opener in Soelden and saw Josh Applegate ’93 and Brandon Dyksterhouse. She hung out and did some hiking with Chip and Marina Knight ’95 in Italy. Gabriella Thiele Whitbeck ’96 had a little boy! Takeshi Taru ’96 currently lives in Nashville, Tenn., and works for Mitsubishi Electric as a Sales Manager. He recently met up with his brother, Tsune, and Osamu Uchiyama for a weekend in Vegas. He and Osamu met up for the first time since they graduated from SMS. He has Stratton Mountain School

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his family. Ross is hoping to go to the Olympics again in 2010, this time in Boardercross! Tyler Brinkmann ’98 lives in Falmouth, Maine, and qualified for the 2010 Boston Marathon at the Sugarloaf Marathon this past May. Todd Kremin ’98 lives and works in NYC with his wife, Jamie. Brie Pike-Sprenger ’98 works for Porter Hospital in Middlebury, Vt. Ethan Foster ’99 lives in Andover, Vt., and remains employed by Marvin Windows. Ethan and his brother Ryan Foster ’02 enjoy backcountry skiing from their ski cabin in Eden, Vt. Dave Giulietti ’99 is engaged to Jessica Canning. Dave works for the Lockton Companies and resides in Connecticut. Kim Hartsen ’99 lives and works in Rochester, N.Y., as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She is looking forward to this winter and actually getting to ski. Hunter Kaltsas ’99 owns Hunter Excavating in South Londonderry, Vt. Hunter’s business was awarded the 2009 Best of Topsham Award by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). The award recognizes companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. Companies such

as his enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. Charlie Morace ’99 attends the University of Rhode Island and is pursuing a degree in math and computer science. Logan Thurber ’99 lives in Nampa, Idaho, with her husband Chad. She has been busy with her daughter Reese. Logan was in Vermont during the summer visiting her family. Brookie Kaltsas ’00 lives in Stowe and recently started a dog photography business, Green Dog Photography.

SMS Alumni and staff at a Red Sox game during 2009.

Be sure to visit her Web site at www. David Koop ’00 and Sydney “Mickelson” Koop ’02 are enjoying married life but need to make it back to Vermont! Margo Lipman ’00 is studying for her doctorate at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. Tyne Pike-Sprenger ’00 is an art and science teacher at SMS and is working on her master’s degree in education from Antioch University. She and her boyfriend Dave Rothman ’02 spent most of the summer traveling and spending time away from the classroom. Jordi St. John ’00 married Katrina Blanchard in August. The marriage took place in Maine and photos can be found on Facebook! Seth Therrien ’00 lives in Miami and will be getting married in April of 2010. He completed the escape from Alcatraz triathlon in June, where he swam in from Alcatraz. He would like all to know, he’s doing awesome! Tom Wisdom ’00 is on active duty with the U.S. Marines and flies attack helicopters. Gretchen Tuff ’00 welcomed the birth of her second child, Maisie Gyger, on June 7th.


T T hh ee FFiinniisshh LLi innee Bobby Barnes ’01 lives in Ann Arbor, Mich. Jenny “Williams” Bitter ’01 works in Boston. She visits Stowe with her husband, Ward, almost every weekend in the winter. Zach Cooper ’01 lives in London and is finishing up his doctorate. He plans to start looking for jobs in the U.S. For the second summer in a row, Zach spent time Vermont and proved his golf game is getting very sharp! Erin Davis ’01 lives in Washington, D.C., and works for Watson Pharmaceuticals in Government Affairs. Erin is applying for graduate school in North Carolina and will be moving there after her boyfriend returns from Afghanistan. Joe Dunn ’01 is completing his master’s degree in organic chemistry at University of New Hampshire. He will be coaching this winter for Killington Mountain School. Jason Epstein ’01 lives in Boston and is employed by The Abbey Group, a commercial real estate company. Jason got married during the summer to Cecily Lowenthal. There are great photos from the wedding online. Rachel Roosevelt ’01 lives in NYC and has plans to visit Stratton this winter. Nicole Rubensein ’01 is a nutritionist at the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Margaret Schlachter ’01 spent the summer getting her Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT Certification from SOLO in Conway, N.H. She also worked with a charity (BEST) in Saratoga Springs, which helps the backstretch workers (grooms, hot walkers, etc.) at the Saratoga Race Course. She began work at Killington Mountain School this fall, where she will be the BOOST Program Coordinator. Margaret is working alongside several familiar SMS faces: Bruce Johnston, Tom and Mary Sell, Jack and Marybeth Bailey, and classmate Joe Dunn ’01. Margaret is also working towards her master’s degree in education leadership from University of Vermont. Diana Stastny ’01 resides in NYC and is working to finish her MBA at Columbia this year. Pat Bachant ’02 is employed by Westinghouse Company as a mechanical engineer. Pat coaches at Wachusett Mountain during the winter months and loves to race in the local beer leagues. Pat makes it up to Stratton a few times a year.


Marley Cloyes ’02 is the assistant manager for Boulder’s Planned Parenthood. She loves Boulder but misses Vermont! Ryan Foster ’02 attends The Boston School of Design and is studying to become a licensed architect. Ryan got married over the summer to Kate Ittleman. Their ceremony was in Vermont and several SMS alumni attended. Molly Grey ’02 recently traveled to Uganda and said this: “It was an incredible experience. In February of 2009, I started this cool job doing Congressional Affairs for the International Committee of the Red Cross (known as the ICRC). As part of my work, I’ve lead and organized some trips to conflict and post-conflict zones for Congressional Staff to give them a real feel for what humanitarian assistance looks like, how it works, etc. This past August, I took a team of senior foreign policy and defense staffers to Uganda. There, we met up with our staff working in the field and travelled to the far north where a rebel group, the Lords Resistance Army—known for its child soldiers— had devastated the population years earlier. We travelled up to the border with Sudan and over to the border with the DRC. We spoke with refugees, and the internally displaced, we visited hospitals and health clinics, and spoke with villagers about climate change, and the need for drought-resistant crops. That said, I miss Vermont like crazy. I hope all is well up north and have banked vacation days to maximize the winter holidays.” Greg Hardy ’02 had a great summer in Vermont, working for his dad, Scott. He spent many afternoons throughout the summer fishing for “monster” bass on Gale Meadows. Recently, Greg moved to Park City, Utah. Jim Hardy ’02 works as a contractor in Iraq, working on helicopters. Rush Hawkins ’02 lives in Park City. Rush is the Marker-Volkl Regional Promotions manager for Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Utah. Rush can usually be found on the slopes, running an event, or on the road. Erika Hogan ’02 lives in Ketchum, Idaho, and coaches during the winter. Erika spent time in Vermont this past summer. Gus Kaeding ’02 is training hard and racing full time for CXC, a pro Nordic team based out of Michigan. Gus had a very successful 2008-2009 season and hopes his 2009-2010 season will be even better! We wish him luck!

Chance Longley ’02 moved to Breckenridge, Colo., and is employed by Elan-Dalbello Sports Inc. Smaranda Munteanu ’02 opened a successful wine and coffee bar, Sugar and Spice, in the Stratton Village. She welcomes all SMS and Stratton folks to swing by to check it out! Andrew Newell ’02 is a current member of U.S. Nordic Team. Andy trains and races around the globe but always finds time to visit SMS and motivate our students. Be sure to see the Q&A with him on page 7. Carson Thurber ’02 is now a part of the admissions department at SMS. He is hoping for a ton of snow this winter to hit the epic back country of Vermont on his snowmobile. Scott Veenis ’02 spent the summer in Mount Hood coaching camps and enjoying the sunshine. DJ Wassick ’02 graduated from Pepperdine University last spring with his master’s degree in education. Currently, he is working on his new home in Bennington, Vt. DJ plans to spend most of his winter cross country skiing at Prospect Mountain and snowboarding at Stratton. Josh Wylie ’02 competes in World Cups for Snowboarding Parallel Slalom and is trying to make the U.S. Olympic Team. Check out his Web site at Courtney Culnane ’03 works as a clinical therapist in Boston and hopes to see everyone up in Vermont this winter. Rachel Davis ’03 lives in Pittsburgh and works as a therapeutic staff support with special needs children. She says: “Loving it! I miss Vermont, but I don’t think I’ll be able to get there anytime soon! Say hi to everyone for me!” Lindsey Jacobellis ’03 continues to compete for the U.S. Snowboarding team. She is riding well and getting ready for the upcoming season. Lindsey was in Mount Hood this summer and, as always, she was amazing, supportive and friendly to our current students! Worthy McCormick ’03 has had a very busy year recovering from a skydiving accident. Currently, he is doing great and working hard at his bar, The Goose, which is co-owned by Peter O’Brien ’03. Kelly O’Hear ’03 is attending The State University of New York at Buffalo Medical School and will graduate in 2013.

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The Finish Line Teri Schlang ’03 has moved to Montreal where she lives with her boyfriend. Teri visited SMS in September! Heidi Skinner ’03 is a senior at UMass-Amherst and is spending a semester in Italy with her boyfriend. Morgan Smyth ’03 is training hard with the U.S. Nordic Team. Morgan was on campus in October, training and working with young Nordic skiers from around southern Vermont. AnnMarie Turner ’03 is engaged and plans on a May wedding in the Catskill Mountains. Mac Cloyes ’04 attends UMassAmherst and specializes in their Urban Forestry Program. Mac is still dating longtime girlfriend Heidi Skinner ’03. Heidi and Mac are living and studying in Rome for a semester. Louisa Lodi O’Brien ’04 is enjoying her two wonderful children, Lila and Conner. Ben Smiles ’04 graduated from CUBoulder and lives in Colorado. Hannah Tsai ’04 works for Morgan Stanley and lives in NYC. Rachel Beckwith ’05 graduated from Alfred University in the spring. Whitney Coombs ’05 graduated from Dartmouth College last spring. Sean Cumminskey ’05 attends Williams College with SMS alumni Will Hadden ’07 and Chris Nocek ’08 (PG ’09). Sean reports that Chris Nocek will be a dual-varsity athlete at Williams, competing in skiing and lacrosse. Hayley J. Jones ’05 continues to ski for Dartmouth College and will graduate in the spring. This June, she attended the SMS summer camp in Les Deux Alpes, France, with several other SMS alumni and PGs. Cameron MacKugler ’05 graduated from Middlebury College. He is training with the SMS Nordic team but finds time to fish for northern pike in Lake Champlain. Paul Weber ’05 lives in Waltham, Mass. Paul is attending Bentley’s MBA program with a concentration in economics and financial Markets. Briana Ferrera ’06 is in her senior fall doing a “Study Away” Program at American University in Washington, D.C. She is currently an intern at ABC WJLA in the television sports department. She will graduate from St. Lawrence University in May with a degree in English and a minor in Performance/Communication Arts. She hopes to move back to the D.C.

area after graduation and is currently job searching and looking into grad programs in communication/ journalism fields. Jen Kish ’06 is in her senior year at Saint Lawrence University. She will be graduating with seven SMS alumni this year: Sean Mallia ’05, Jim Andersen ’05, Alex Crowley ’06, Briana Ferrera ’06, Chris Culnane ’06 and David Slungaard ’06! She can’t believe how fast her time at SLU went by. She and Slungaard are living in a seven person suite together with an alpiner, Graham Flinn, who is a Burke Mountain Academy graduate, and three Nordies! She’s psyched to watch fellow classmates at the Olympics this year. Connor Lemenze ’06 is a senior at Babson College and races for the Babson ski team. Hayley Simpson ’06 attends Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, and was back on the SMS campus for her sister Sadie’s graduation. Louie Vito ’06 is a hot TV star on “Dancing with Stars.” He is also a current member of the U.S. Snowboarding Team. Louie continues to be a vocal supporter of SMS and we can’t thank him enough for his efforts! Mike Farnum ’06 attends CU-Boulder and caught up with a few SMS alumni at The Goose in January of last year. Max Winthrop ’06 is a junior at Babson College and currently pursuing finance. Max will be skiing on the Babson Ski team this winter. Andrew Albertson ’07 at Denver University with classmates Michael Hughes ’07, Michael Orme ’07. He claims they are all doing well! A-Basin and Loveland are open, and the ski season is under way in Colorado! He hopes all is well on the East Coast and wishes everyone a good season! Fritz Horst ’07 attends University of Vermont and is a member of their Nordic team. Fritz trains most of the summer at SMS and helps our students ski faster and train harder. Kelly Skinner ’07 is a junior at St. Lawrence University and loves having SMS alumni as classmates at SLU. Britt Wohler ’07 is a sophomore at St. Lawrence University. Sophie Caldwell ’08 attends Dartmouth College and skis for their Nordic team. Sophie spends a large amount of time training with the U.S. Ski Team. Amanda Chase ’08 and Elena Rogers ’08 are happily rooming together at St. Lawrence University.

Bond Longley ’08 visits them all the time. Amanda and Elena are in the midst of their soccer season right now, but they can’t wait for skiing to start, so they can hang out with all the other SMS alumni. Dan Feldman ’08 is a sophomore at CU-Boulder. Colton Hardy ’08 is attending University of Vermont. He spent the summer on the Cape working as a baker. Chase Marston ’08 attends Middlebury College and continues to compete for their cross country skiing team. Chase won Junior Olympics this year in California. This summer, he worked for his dad’s company, Vermont Bike Tours. Bond Longley ’08 is a sophomore at St. Lawrence University. Bond spent her summer in Burlington, Vt., working and enjoying the Lake Champlain. Christina Schozer ’08 (PG ’09) is a freshman at Middlebury College. John Sitarz ’08 is a sophomore at Denver University. His father reported that Johnny will be off on a trip to Mexico soon! Alex Bayer ’09 is a freshman at CUBoulder. Elizabeth Beerman ’09 graduated in the spring and is taking the year off from school to pursue her snowboarding career. She is currently a member of the U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Team. Be sure to read the Q&A with her on page 6. Ellery Hollingsworth ’09 can be found on multiple ads in several snowboarding magazines. Gatorade sponsors her as one of its leading Action Sports Athletes. She can also be found in the Nike 6.0 ads. She is currently a member of the U.S. Snowboarding Team. Want to know more? Read page 5! Sadie Simpson ’09 is a freshman attending CU-Boulder. Karmen Whitham ’09 graduated from SMS last spring and is now a freshman at Northern Michigan University (NMU). Karmen is a member of NMU’s cross-country running and Nordic team. Mike Nocek ’09 deferred his admission to Boston College to race for another season. Mike will be skiing out west and hopes to attend Harvard next fall. Best of Luck! Richard McCarthy ’09 is a freshman at University of Vermont and, from what we’ve heard in the alumni office, he’s having a wonderful time!


How can I help? We’re so proud of all of the accomplishments of SMS students and alumni, and we want all of us in the SMS community to share the success. So, how can you help? We’re so glad you asked! • Donate to the Annual Fund. Use the enclosed envelope, and donate today. Annual Fund donations directly impact the way SMS operates every day. It’s tax deductible (and it improves your karma — just a hunch, but it might.) (802) 856-1120; • Refer a student. On the chair lift, at a meeting, or at your home ski area, use that time to spread the word — SMS is the best program in the country! Don’t take our word for it, just ask USSA! (802) 856-1108; • Share the love. Married, kids, new degree, starting a new business? Share your news with us, so we can share it with your fellow alumni. Stay in touch, we love you, man! (802) 856-1108; • Keep in touch. If you’re still getting the Starting Gate at your parents’ house, and you graduated 10 years ago, that’s not a good sign. Send us your current address, phone and email. (802) 856-1101; • Attend alumni events. We miss your face! We’re meeting up at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics — come celebrate all of the talented SMS alumni who will be competing! We’ll also be hosting events throughout the country. Stay tuned on email for more details. (802) 856-1108; Stratton Mountain School 7 World Cup Circle Stratton Mountain, VT 05155


2009-2010 Starting Gate  

The 2009-2010 Starting Gate is the alumni magazine of Stratton Mountain School.