Scholars, Skiers, Athletes

School News
March 25, 2014- VMS is a proud academic partner of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, which, like VMS, was founded in 1962, and provides elite snowsport training recognized as among the best in the world. VMS students participate in both SSCV part-time training as well as their full-time program, which requires significant dedication to achieve as both scholars and athletes.

During winter, the full-time athletes train on snow three hours a day, Tuesday-Friday, in addition to weekend training or competition. To accommodate this demanding schedule, VMS has an academic support program specifically designed around the needs of elite student-athletes. In addition to flexibility and support from their regular teachers, dedicated tutors work one-on-one with students after school to ensure that all work is completed. Increasingly, students are also taking advantage of flexibility to complete academic work during summer months in order to lighten their course load during winter.

The arrival of spring brings the culmination of the snowsports competition season with regional and national championships. VMS is proud of our student-athletes'  achievements and dedication, both on and off snow.

Nordic Junior Nationals: Stowe, VT
Hannah Hardenbergh, Annie Blakslee, and Maddie Donovan traveled to Stowe, Vermont to compete at the Nordic Junior Nationals. Hannah Hardenbergh competed in the 3x3 km relay and her team placed 4th overall. She also had the 3rd fastest leg of the day. In the 5K mass start, Maddie Donovan placed 20th of 63 competitors, and in the 5K classic race, Annie Blakslee placed 27th of 63 competitors.

Alpine U18 National Championships: Copper Mountain
Upper school students Grace Merriman, Matt Calarco, and Clay Kirwood competed in the under 18 National Championships at nearby Copper Mountain, which consisted of races in slalom, GS, super-G, and dual slalom. Grace finished 6th in slalom, 16th in super-g, and 24th in GS.  Matt Calarco finished 7th in GS.

Alpine U16 Junior Championships: Steamboat Springs
Michael Resnick, Bri Trudeau, Jack Keane, and Whitney Merriman train and compete in the under 16 age class. The championship for their division was held at Steamboat Springs. Jack Keane took second overall--a tremendous achievement--as a result of his 3rd place finish in downhill, 4th place in super-g, and 2nd in GS. Michael finished 20th in GS, and Bri placed 18th in super-g, 26th in GS, and 15th in slalom.

Freestyle Mogul Junior Nationals: Park City, UT
Hunter Bailey, Jack Harty, and Morgan Harty compete in freestyle moguls, a discipline that includes traveling through a minefield of bumps with a couple of aerials, which are often inverted. In Park City, Jack finished 4th in his age class and 10th overall among 69 competitors, as well as placing 4th in the duals competition. Morgan placed 8th in duals. Unrelated to Nationals, but equally important, Hunter Bailey will represent the U.S. in Italy at the Junior Worlds against the four best under-19 mogul skiers from each country.

Alpine U14 Junior Championships: Winter Park
After qualifying regionally in the Prater Cup, Hannah Lautenberg, Shane Cole, Gigi Kelsey, Allie Resnick and Henry Heaydon were among the top 110 boys and 110 girls from across the country who earned the title of best in the under 14 age group. The format for the championships was a super-g, GS, slalom and Kombi, which includes a mix of slalom and GS is the same course. Allie Resnick had a strong showing, finishing 2nd and 3rd in slalom, 4th and 6th in GS, and 4th in Kombi. Hannah Lautenberg placed 26th in GS and Shane Cole finished 29th in Kombi. Allie Resnick was also one of five athletes invited to represent the Rocky Mountain/Central division at the Can-AM Games in Sugarloaf, ME.

Alpine U12 Championships: Powderhorn
SSCV came away from the U12 Championships with the overall title with help from VMS students Sammi Trudeau, Trey Kelsey, Emma Resnick, Patrick Keane, Marley Chappel, Brendan Archer, and Mackay Pattison. Sammi Trudeau finished 1st and 2nd in GS and took the top spot in both slalom races. Emma Resnick had an 8th place finish in slalom and a 10th in GS. Marley Chappel finished 8th in the other slalom race. Mackay Pattison took 5th in slalom and 11th in GS. Patrick Keane finished 37th in GS; Trey Kelsey, 38th in slalom; and Brendan Archer, 29th out of 99 racers in GS and 50th out of 98 racers in slalom.

Alpine U10 Championships: Telluride
67 boys and 43 girls from Arizona and Colorado gathered in Telluride for the under ten championships including Cole Pattison, Phoebe Heaydon, Kaitlin Keane, Liv Moritz, and Kjersti Moritz, who are lower school students at VMS. With multiple races in GS and slalom, notable results are as follows. Cole finished 2nd and 3rd in GS and had two 5th place finishes in slalom. Phoebe took a 2nd and 3rd in GS  and a 3rd and 4th in slalom. Kaitlin Keane crossed the line 4th and 5th in GS and 3rd in slalom. Liv Moritz was 19th in both GS races and placed 22nd and 24th in slalom. Kjersti Moritz finished 8th and 11th in GS and 12th in slalom.

Alpine YSL Championships: Copper Mountain
Many students also participate in SSCV’s part-time program and competed at the YSL Championships held at Copper Mountain March 15-16, which consisted of slalom and giant slalom races.  In the girls U10 age class, Elliot Dryoff placed 20th in slalom and 3rd in GS. Her teammate, Avery Forstl, placed 12th in slalom and 18th in GS. Girls U14 had four SSCV/VMS athletes. Renata Alvarez placed 11th in slalom and 9th in GS; Emma Calarco finished 4th in slalom and 3rd in GS; Bess Daniel took 6th in both races; and Jane Geisman placed 8th in slalom and 10th in GS. Ellie Brown competed in the U16 class and placed 2nd in slalom and 1st in GS.  In boys U10, Hunter Roach stood on the podium  twice, finishing 1st in slalom and 2nd in GS. In U12, Will Brown placed 3rd in slalom and 5th in GS; Graham Spessard finished 7th and 8th, respectively in slalom and GS. Jorge Ballesteros  finished 2nd in both races in the U16 group.