Stratton Mountain, VT – Today, Friday, May 27, 25 students graduated from Stratton Mountain School (SMS). The ceremony was held at 10:30 AM in the Burtscher Field House on the SMS Campus.
Vermont author and photographer Jan Reynolds addressed the Stratton Mountain School Class of 2011 as the Keynote Speaker. Reynolds urged the graduates to trust. “In order to trust others, you first have to trust yourself,” she said. “Take the time to be reflective and figure out what means the most to you.” She also urged the students to take what comes and to embrace it. “I want you to live fearlessly,” she urged.
Reynolds has written articles for National Geographic, Vogue, The New York Times and Esquire, among many others. Her adventures have taken her around the globe and back again all over the mountain. On skis, in hiking boots, running shoes, snowshoes and even in a hot air balloon.
Could Reynolds be THE Mountain Mama? She even participated in the Everest Grand Circle Expedition, which was the first circumnavigation of Mt. Everest, Tibet/Nepal. She performed a solo crossing of the Himalaya, a camel crossing of the Sahara Desert and attempted to fly two hot air balloons over Mt. Everest. She was also a member of the U.S. Biathlon Team and is a Mountain Man Triathlon Champion. Okay, I think the proof is here for the title.
In addition to several awards (please see below), Headmaster Chris Kaltsas presented special awards to the six current student athletes who have received an appointment to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard National Teams and the three student athletes who will participate in the inaugural 2012 Youth Winter Olympics in Austria.
Ski /Snowboard Team – special awards
Spencer Shaw (US Snowboard, Rookie Halfpipe Team)
Serena Shaw (US Snowboard, Rookie Halfpipe Team)
Nicholas Krause (US Ski Team – Development Team)
Libby Gibson (US Ski Team – Development Team)
Brittany Lathrop (US Ski Team – Development Team)
Skyler Davis (US Ski Team)
Heather Mooney (2012 Winter Youth Olympic Team)
Patrick Caldwell (2012 Winter Youth Olympic Team)
Piera Hudson (2012 Winter Youth Olympic Team – New Zealand)
Congratulations to all the Stratton Mountain School Class of 2011!!
Kelly Appenzeller; Huntington, N.Y.
Charlie Bencze; Tupper Lake, N.Y.
Jacopo Benetello; Padova, Italy
Kelsey Bresnan; Westport, Conn.
Christie Choma; Sharon, Conn.
Rachel Crain; Wyckoff, N.Y.
Connor Davis; Weston, Vt.
Kyle Dorfman; Franklin, Mass.
Cole Gibson; Jamaica, Vt.
Hallie Grossman; S. Woodstock, Vt.
Rachel Hall; Cumberland, Maine
Connor Hudson; Ware Neck, Virg.
Morgan Klein; Oregon, Wisc.
Nicholas Krause; Northborough, Mass.
Dillon Lovell; Bondville, Vt.
Cambria McDermott; Putney, Vt.
Heather Mooney; Peru, Vt.
C. Blake Pendleton; Wayland, Mass.
Tamara Razinger; Manchester Ctr., Vt.
Keith Schuman; Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Spencer Shaw; Bondville, Vt.
Sarah Stichter; New Caanan, Conn.
Bridger Tyler; Brattleboro, Vt.
Takehiro Watanabe; Sapporo, Japan
Hunter Wood; Indianapolis, Ind.