Norden, CA (June 22nd, 2017) – Excitement was in the air as Sugar Bowl Academy graduated twelve seniors on Saturday, June 10th at the Mount Judah Lodge. In keeping with Sugar Bowl Academy tradition, underclassmen introduced graduating seniors individually before awarding them with their diplomas. The speeches by the underclassmen demonstrated the important leadership role that seniors play in the SBA community and highlighted aspects of each graduate’s personality and character. Ryland Belisle, Hallie Conyers-Tucker, Andrew Elder, Daphne James, Haley Louis, Michel Macedo, Louis Muhlen-Schulte, Louis Norris, Christopher O’Brien, Ian Osselear, Kathryn Parker, and Ian Scott all received diplomas. The 2017 SBA class was one of the most diverse geographically graduating classes and was accepted to twenty five different colleges and universities, including Bates, Colorado College, Harvard University, Middlebury College, and the University of California, Berkeley. 100% of the graduates have committed to the college or university of their choice. Four of the SBA graduates will take a postgraduate year to focus on their skiing. Five of the 2017 SBA graduates will be skiing at the NCAA Division 1 level.
Truckee local and Freeride Junior Cooper Davis was named the Tracy Keller Student-Athlete of the Year. The award was renamed this year, honoring, Tracy Keller, outgoing Head, SBSTA. Cooper won the 2017 overall TJFS (Tahoe Junior Freeride Series) and placed in the top ten for IFSA. Chloe Gorman, Junior, from Truckee, California earned the Williams College Book Award for her leadership in the classroom and contributions to the extracurricular life of the school. The Harleen Family Citizenship Award went to Sausalito, California resident, Senior Daphne James. This award honors a student who exemplifies positive spirit and who is dedicated to the betterment of the Sugar Bowl Academy community. The award is named after one of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy’s founding families.
Valedictorian and local Truckee resident, Louis Norris spoke to the graduating class about Sugar Bowl Academy staff and their passion for mentoring student-athletes. Louis began his speech with a quote from Mark Twain, “When I was 17, I thought my dad was the stupidest person on the face of the earth. When I was 21 I couldn't believe how much he had learned in 4 years.” Louis went on to say, “At Sugar Bowl, we are constantly interacting with an amazing staff and coaches. These people have provided me with the type of mentorship and friendship I never would have dreamed to have found in some crusty old AP teacher. And it is the quirkiness and passion of these individuals that has driven me and my classmates to our best self. It is because of you all that we are able to be up here today and have even the remotest idea of what to do once we graduate.”
The Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy (SBSTA) is a nationally recognized Alpine, Freeride, and Nordic ski team and ski academy that has produced multiple US Ski Team members, NCAA collegiate competitors, national champions across all age groups, and numerous nationally ranked athletes. Sugar Bowl Academy, located in Norden CA, is the country’s only ski in/ski out ski academy. Sugar Bowl Academy inspires and empowers passionate, highly motivated students, setting the stage for competitive skiers to seek and celebrate challenge with grit, grace and courage. Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy student-athletes thrive on the dual pursuit of rigorous academics and competitive skiing in an environment that celebrates hard work and the pursuit of worthy goals.