Sugar Bowl Academy’s intimate ceremony graduates six |

Sugar Bowl Academy’s intimate ceremony graduates six

Courtesy Andy GiordanoSugar Bowl Academy 2012 graduates from left: Joseph Piercy, Cassidy Cichowicz, Kelly Habibi, Grace Hutton, Joelle Romo, and Dylan Murtha.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; On Saturday, June 18, 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 speeches by the underclassmen, designed to demonstrate the important leadership role that seniors play in the SBA community, highlighted aspects of each graduates’ personality and character. Cassidy Cichowicz, Kelly Habibi, Grace Hutton, Dylan Murtha, Joseph Piercy, and Joelle Romo all received diplomas.

Held on the deck of the Judah Lodge overlooking Mt. Disney, the ceremony’s speakers highlighted the accomplishments of Sugar Bowl Academy’s student body. Head Nordic Coach Jeff Schloss gave the address to the senior class, in which he encouraged them to live in the moment, enjoying every opportunity they’re provided. With thoughtful and humorous reflection, valedictorian and Truckee resident Dylan Murtha spoke about the unique and special nature of a Sugar Bowl Academy education.

Shannon Beets, executive vice president and provost of Sierra Nevada College, gave the formal commencement address. Drawing on her experience as a history professor, Beets told a story about the 1911 race to the South Pole between John Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen. She encouraged the Class of 2012 and the audience to model the efforts of Amundsen, who beat all odds by reaching the South Pole.

Although the Class of 2012 was center stage, the ceremony also included the presentation of awards to other members of the student body for academic achievement, athletic success and campus leadership.

Cassidy Cichowicz of South Lake Tahoe took top honors in the awards ceremony earning the Student-Athlete of the Year Award for all around excellence. Riley Plant of Auburn, Calif. earned the Williams College Book Award for his leadership in the classroom. The Harleen Family Citizenship Award went to Truckee resident Jack and#8220;Augieand#8221; DeRyk. This award honors a student who exemplifies positive spirit by keeping the Sugar Bowl Academy community at the forefront of their mind, and is named after one of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team Foundation’s most supportive families.

Addressing the graduating seniors, students, staff, and parents assembled at the ceremony, Head of School Tracy Keller urged graduating seniors and underclassmen alike to always be a part of positive growth and change as they venture into the world beyond high school.

and#8220;Don’t fear change, but embrace its value in building stronger schools, communities and workplaces; remembering that all changes, even those for the better are always accompanied by discomfort.and#8221;

Sugar Bowl Academy is an eighth through 12th-grade college preparatory school for alpine, Nordic, and freeride skiers. Applications are now being accepted for the 2012-2013 academic year. Visit

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