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Sugar Bowl Academy: Lights off on Norden campus, activities on in Truckee

NORDEN, Calif. and#8212; New to Sugar Bowl Academy this year, Caitlyn Bishop knew that the Academy would help hone her competitive skiing skills.

What she probably did not anticipate when she enrolled at the Norden, Calif. college preparatory school for student-athletes was that it would also have her volunteering at an animal shelter and competing on a championship-caliber dodge-ball team and#8212; on what normally would have been a school day. Students and faculty turned a power outage on campus Thursday into a day of community service and a fiercely-fought dodge-ball tournament at Truckee Community Recreation Center. Bishopand#8217;s team, The Snow Leopards, won the tournament despite dropping one game en route to the championship round.

and#8220;Iand#8217;m just happy that Carrie (Adams) and I got Dylan (Murtha) and and#8216;Critterand#8217; (Landsinger) on our team,and#8221; said Bishop.

and#8220;Snow leopards are fierce, and we wanted to emulate our mascot,and#8221; added Adams.

Prior to pizza lunch at Zanoand#8217;s and the ensuing dodge-ball tournament, the ninth-grade advisory group spent the morning working with the Sierra Teen Education and Parenting program in Truckee. STEPP is a child-development program for children of teen mothers struggling to complete their high school education while raising a family. The ninth-grade Academy students, along with faculty advisors Kristen Lew and Jeff Schloss, worked one-on-one with the STEPP toddlers at the KidZone Museum.

and#8220;Jeff and I were very proud to see how caring and willing our girls were with the toddlers,and#8221; said Lew.

The 10th-grade advisory spent their morning sorting through food donations at Project MANA, the Tahoe/Truckee hunger-relief agency. The groupand#8217;s task was to organize food donations into healthy packages for delivery to needy families.

and#8220;It was clear to me when we left how impressed the people at Project MANA were with the work that our student athletes did,and#8221; said Peyton Jobe, co-advisor of tenth-grade Academy students. and#8220;I think they didnand#8217;t really expect us to sort and organize several pallets full of food in just a couple of hours. Itand#8217;s a real tribute to the work ethic of the kids we have.and#8221;

The 11th-12th grade girlsand#8217; advisory group volunteered with the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, while the male advisory group of the same grades combed the shores of Donner Lake for garbage, collecting 10 garbage bags full of refuse.

and#8220;We were able to spend time with the animals; pet the cats, play fetch with the dogs and each student took a dog on a long walk through the neighborhoods of Truckee,and#8221; said junior class co-advisor Kelly Farrell. and#8220;The animals were very excited to have company and it didnand#8217;t hurt that the shelter loaded our pockets with treats to give them.and#8221;

The dodge-ball championship tournament, sponsored by the SBA Student Council and planned and organized by faculty members Devin Gill and Student Council advisor Aly Kendall, featured a student tournament followed by a student-faculty competition, with the faculty prevailing in the end over the students in a spirited game that saw Bill Hudson, executive director of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team Foundation, hit hard twice in the face.

Even so, Hudson found something serendipitous about his venture onto the dodge ball court with SBA students.

and#8220;Oh yes, I definitely and#8216;feltand#8217; the intensity on the court!and#8221; said Hudson. and#8220;Our kids have been working very hard this fall in the classroom and on their physical conditioning programs, so it was nice to see them blow off a little steam. It was also great to see how good they felt about themselves after their community service contributions.and#8221;

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