Stratton Mountain School Graduates Moving onto Greatness

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 30, 2012 12:01 pm

Some high schools focus on mathematics or sciences, but Stratton Mountain School helps students pursue their goals in Winter Sports, in addition to academics. 

The tradition of graduating students to four-year colleges continued on Saturday as Stratton Mountain School graduated 23 students.

Since its founding in 1972, the academy has totaled almost 800 alumni. SMS has had 53 Olympic placements and 33 Olympians, while more than 90 athletes have been National Team members. 

Pro triathlete and Stratton Mountain School alum Sarah Piampiano was the keynote speaker. She advised the class of graduates to “Go for it, change direction, take risks.” 

Piampiano graduated from SMS in 1998, then graduated from Colby College. After graduation, she worked on Wall Street for 10 years, then decided to make a change and decided to become a professional triathlete. After three triathlon’s, she got her first win in the Ironman New Orleans this past April.  

Sarah Piampino training on Bike

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In addition to Piampiano speaking, 2012 graduates Trevor Lennox (Valedictorian) and Emily Visnic (Student Body President) spoke as well. 

In honor of the school’s 40th anniversary, Headmaster Chris Kaltsas presented a special award to co-founder Don Tarinelli, and his wife Mary, who were in attendance. “In honor of all that you have done to start this wonderful school, we honor you,” Kaltsas said.

Students of the graduating class earned entry into some of the top colleges, which includes Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and many other prestigious Universities. Not only having a successful graduation-to-college rate, this class boasts several Merit Scholarships, Presidential Scholarships, and five have gained admission to Honors College at various schools. 

Many awards were given at this years graduation. Below you can find the list of Academic and Athletic awards. One of the school’s most prestigious awards, The Founder’s Award was presented to Phoebe Novello this year. Novello earned entry to Dartmouth and has also earned many other accomplishments due to her snowboarding. Some of those accomplishments include  first at the Northstar Revolution Tour, first place at the Main Event at Sugarbush, third at the Copper Mountain Revolution Tour, and sixth place at the FIS Junior World Championships. She was invited to participate in the U.S. Project Gold Slopestyle Camp. 

Class of 2012 Awards

Founder’s Award – Phoebe Novello

Faculty Awards – Eleanor Gilbert and Patrick Caldwell

Lisa Tuttle Award – Miyu Nakamura

SMS Alumni Association Awards – Emily Visnic and Tanner Mottau

Vermont Principals’ Association Awards – Hunter Lathrop and Amanda Reilly

Jay Leach Award – Mackenzie Fisher

Academic Achievement – Trevor Lennox

Honors/High Honors (all quarters) – Patrick Caldwell, Alana Dreimann, Mackenzie Fisher, Danny Fowler, Elle Gilbert, Claire Hamnett, Emily Husson, Trevor Lennox, Phoebe Novello, Alicia Riley, Peter Schow, Calvin Swomley, Emily Visnic

Athletic Awards

Alpine Men Achievement – Tanner Mottau

Alpine Men Improvement – Peter Schow

Alpine Women Achievement – Amanda Reilly

Alpine Women Improvement – Alana Dreimann

Nordic Women Achievement – Isabelle Pelletier

Nordic Men Improvement – Calvin Swomley

Nordic Men Achievement – Patrick Caldwell

Snowboard Women Achievement – Phoebe Novello

Snowboard Men Improvement – Connor Callen

Snowboard Men Achievement – Michael Perle

Photo caption:  Stratton Mountain School Class of 2012. Back (l-r):  Patrick Caldwell, Trevor Lennox, Danny Fowler, Mike Perle, Connor Callen, Tanner Mottau, Hunter Lathrop, Calvin Swomley, Pete Schow, Mackenzie Fisher. Front (l-r):  Claire Hamnett, Emily Husson, Alana Dreimann, Miyu Nakamura, Phoebe Novello, Emily Visnic, Danielle Hughes, Amanda Reilly, Filomena Dardani, Alicia Riley, Isabelle Pelletier, Eleanor Gilbert.