On Saturday, June 14 Sugar Bowl Academy held its graduation ceremony at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort’s Mount Judah Lodge overlooking Mt. Disney.
In keeping with Sugar Bowl Academy tradition, underclassmen introduced graduating seniors individually before awarding the diplomas. The speeches by the underclassmen demonstrated the important leadership role that seniors play in the SBA community and highlighted aspects of each graduates’ personality and character. Julia Bjorkman, Elise Hardy, Camille Hartley, Hannah Johnson, Erika Klenk, Danielle Nivinski, Bria Riggs, Daisy Schadlich, Marc Talbott and Pieter Weemaes all received diplomas.
The ceremony’s speakers highlighted Class of 2014’s achievements, noting their contributions to the school community. Head Nordic Coach Martin Benes gave the address to the senior class.
“Above all, it is important to continue to seek out opportunity. Don’t settle, and don’t become complacent,” Benes said. “Take chances and seek out the opportunities to improve yourself and your world.”
With thoughtful and humorous reflection, valedictorian Marc Talbott highlighted one lesson inherently taught at Sugar Bowl Academy: flexibility. “Sugar Bowl has taught me to be flexible, to go with the flow, to embrace change … There’s something inherent about SBA that really emphasizes flexibility.”
According to Talbott, a fine example of flexibility ws the 2012 trip to Mt. Shasta. “We woke up an hour late on the second day and failed to reach the summit because of time constraints and exhaustion … Despite the fact that we failed to accomplish our goal, the trip was anything but a failure due to our ability to stay flexible.”
The ceremony also included the recognition of eighth-grade completion and the presentation of three distinctive awards.
Truckee’s Erika Klenk earned the Student-Athlete of the Year Award for all-around excellence. Lauren Dunn of Danville, Calif. earned the Williams College Book Award and the Harleen Family Citizenship Award went to Gresham, Ore. resident Luke Winters.
Head of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy Tracy Keller urged graduating seniors and underclassmen alike “Always swim against the tide, seek out new challenges, and you’ll go on to do things you never thought possible, like you’ve done here.”
Sugar Bowl Academy Class of 2014 graduates will matriculate to Bates College; Harvard University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of California, Los Angeles; University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont, Westminster College and Williams College.
Sugar Bowl Academy is an 8th- to 12th-grade college preparatory school for alpine, Nordic, and freeride skiers.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 academic year.