Sugar Bowl Academy graduates largest class to date |

Sugar Bowl Academy graduates largest class to date

DONNER SUMMIT, Calif. and#8212; On Saturday, June 12, Sugar Bowl Academy held its graduation ceremony at the Mount Judah Lodge at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. In keeping with Sugar Bowl Academy tradition, underclassmen introduced each graduating senior before awarding them with their diplomas. The underclassmen provided examples of the seniorand#8217;s personality and character in a manner that made evident the influence of the seniors on the entire SBA student body. Mallory Duncan, Zoe Fiorio, Sonia Giacomazzi, Max Krone, Jacqui Lebel, Macaulay Lyon, Jake Scannell, Brent Talbott, Corey Talbott and Lance Topper all received diplomas.

Held on the deck of the Judah Lodge overlooking a snowy Mt. Disney, the ceremonyand#8217;s speakers highlighted the accomplishments of Sugar Bowl Academyand#8217;s unique student body. Teacher and dorm parent Andy Giordano gave the address to the senior class, in which he reminded them of how their sense of togetherness has helped develop Sugar Bowl Academy into the school it is today. and#8220;You have defined a legacy of kindness and humor; of intelligence and sound decision making and#8230; these students in the crowd today, they have you to thank for breaking trail.and#8221;

With thoughtful and humorous reflection, valedictorian and Truckee resident Jacqui Lebel spoke about the long-term value of a Sugar Bowl Academy education and how the perseverance, independence and character built by students during their time at SBA will enable them to climb the many mountains ahead. She stated, and#8220;We have climbed one giant mountain. But, there will be more to come. As one Haitian proverb states, and#8216;Beyond the mountains there are mountains.and#8217; But we shall not fear, by attending SBA we are ready to take on the world.and#8221;

Anton (Toni) Standteiner, a former U.S. Ski Team member, NCAA All-American and Truckee resident was the commencement speaker. With personal reflection, Standteiner spoke about the ways his experiences as a ski racer and student helped shape him into the person he is today and the importance of giving back to oneand#8217;s community.

Although the Class of 2010 was center stage during the event, the ceremony also included the presentation of awards to other members of the student body for academic achievement, athletic success and leadership. Lebel took top honors in the awards ceremony earning the SBAand#8217;s Student-Athlete of the Year Award for all around excellence and the Outstanding J1/J2 Female award for her outstanding ski season. Dylan Brooks earned the Williams College Book Award for his leadership. Truckee residents Drew Hartley, Austin Meng, Dylan Murtha and Jake Scannell were also recognized for outstanding academic and athletic performances this year.

Head of School, Tracy Wilson, closed the ceremony by delivering a personal message to each graduating senior and giving them a copy of Dr. Seussand#8217;s quintessential graduation book, and#8220;Oh! The Places Youand#8217;ll Go.and#8221;

Sugar Bowl Academy is an eighth through 12-grade college preparatory school for Alpine, Nordic and Freeride skiers. Applications are now being accepted for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Sugar Bowl Academy,, 19195 Donner Pass Road

Norden, 426-1844.

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