Spring Awards Banquet
CVA’s annual academic and athletic awards banquet was held during Spring Family Weekend, May 17th and 18th . at the Anti-Gravity Complex. Eric Chamberlin, Director of Academic Programs, and the teachers recognized the following students for their high academic achievements:
Khadijah Mirzan (English 11)
Gabriel Dalessandro (Senior English)
James Marshall (Business Economics)
Andrew Dobson (Algebra I)
Sarah Hohmeyer (Geometry)
Maria Leech (Algebra II)
Khadijah Mirzan (Pre-Calculus)
Samuel Morse (Calculus)
Bianca Marcello (Physical Science)
MacKenzie Carr (Earth Science)
Madeline Chamberlin (Environmental Science)
Adam Hohmeyer (Chemistry)
Khadijah Mirzan (Honors Chemistry)
Grant Erickson (Honors Biology)
Sarah Fossett (Honors Biology II)
Madeline Chamberlin (Honors Biology II)
Samuel Morse (Honors Physics)
Anna Drumstas (World Cultures)
Christoph Hauck (Western Civilization)
Alexander Conrad (U.S. History)
Sarah Hohmeyer (Spanish I)
Jebediah Dulac (Spanish II)
Kyle Easton (Spanish III)
Liam Bechtel (Spanish IV)
Cora McCandless (Spanish V)
Finn MacKay (French I)
Elizabeth Mutina (French II)
Libby Shanahan (French II Spirit Award)
Jesse Lowell (French III)
Samuel Morse (French IV)
Sarah Fossett (French V)
GRADE 9: Anna Drumstas
GRADE 10: Madeline Chamberlin
GRADE 11: Khadijah Mirzan
Each coach asked his athletes to come to the front of the room where all were recognized for their contributions to the team. This was followed by the coaches awarding the MVP, Most Improved and Sportsmanship to following athletes:
Nate Jenckes, Head U16 alpine coach awarded Eric Jenson the MVP Award, Most Improved Award went to Mike Miller, and Sportsmanship to Kyle Easton.
Jen Steilow and Sawyer Fahy, U18/21 alpine coaches awarded Paige Chardavoyne the MVP Award, Most Improved went to Jenie Rowland, and Sportsmanship to Eric Buckland.
Doug Williams, Head Men's U18/21 alpine coach awarded Sam Morse the MVP Award, Most Improved Award went to Max Richard, and Sportsmanship to Derek Banat
Mike Mallon, Snowboard Program Director, awarded Bianca Marcello the MVP Award, Most Improved Award went to Jerry McGuire, Sportsmanship to Austin Manley-O'Brien and Adam Hohmeyer, and the Achievement Award to Abbie Zagnoli
Nate McKenzie, Freestyle Program Director, awarded Nessa Dziemian the MVP Award for Moguls and Keegan Kilbride the MVP Award for Park and Pipe. The Most Improved Award went to Jamie Hock for Moguls and Lucas Brown for Park and Pipe. Sportsmanship Award went to Alex Jenson for Moguls and Miguel Ordoqui for Park and Pipe.
Ian Hubbard, ALPS Program Director, awarded Liam Bechtel the MVP Award.
Carrabassett Valley Academy summer camps… For everyone; not just skiers and snowboarders.
Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA) is offering 3 camps on their campus in Carrabassett Valley this summer for athletes of all sports; not just skiing and snowboarding. Featured camps will be Human Performance Camp, Trampoline and Skate Camp, and Mountain Bike Camp.
The Human Performance camps focus on fun and overall development of athletes where they can gain access to sports scientists and coaches during the off-season. This camp gives the athletes the opportunity to evaluate their fitness, manage their fitness, and gain an invaluable education in athleticism. They will receive a complete fitness evaluation and receive a personal report.
Trampoline and Skate Camp is for those ages 9-17 who want to sharpen their skills. They will train with CVA coaches at the Anti-Gravity Complex (AGC) to increase confidence on the trampoline and in the park, all while having the summer camp experience.
Mountain Bike Camp is a great introduction to the sport of mountain biking. The town of Carrabassett Valley has an extensive network of high quality mountain bike trails suitable for any ability level. During the one week camp, bikers will be exposed to mountain bike maintenance and riding skills. Campers should be capable of riding a mountain bike 10 miles comfortably in variable terrain.
For more information on any of our summer camps, please contact CVA at 207-237-2250, or visit our website at www.gocva.com.
CVA Female Alumni Thrive in the Sciences | By: Karen Lanoue-Egan
Over the years we have continually received feedback from our families that our science program is strong and that it prepares our students for college. In recent years we have seen more of our female student/athletes choose science majors in college so we followed up with female alumni to ask what they are doing and if their experience with the CVA science department influenced their decision to focus on science.
Recent graduates share their thoughts:
“I was never strong in math or science in school, until I went to CVA, and through the teachers’ passion and knowledge I fell in love with science too. When I was thinking about what I wanted to study in college, all my interests were science based, which I would have never pictured myself doing prior to attending CVA.”
Marissa C. Cap CVA '08
Massachusetts Maritime Academy, B.S. Marine Engineering
Third Assistant Engineer, Maersk Missouri, Maersk Line, LTD
“Before attending CVA, I had always considered myself a humanities person, but the CVA science program was such a positive experience that I discovered my love for the sciences. While Bio II was not considered an AP class, the depth of which we went into the material allowed me to excel on my Bio AP test. In addition, the fieldwork I did in environmental science guided me toward the subject I am currently pursuing as my major, geology.”
Julia Savage CVA '12
Bates College, Pursuing: Geology/Politics double major (possible Chemistry minor)
“I have always loved science, and the strength of the CVA science department was a huge factor when I was looking at and applying to ski academies. CVA science prepared me extremely well for my science courses at Colby. There was a very high level of expectation in terms of quality of work and level of detail, and that made the transition to college science courses very easy.”
Katie Houser CVA '08
Colby College, Pursuing: Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience
“I absolutely loved the science department at CVA. I felt like it really prepared me for my introductory biology and chemistry classes at Smith. The teachers expected us to not only remember the information but be able to combine different ideas together to answer more in depth and thoughtful questions. This skill was extremely helpful coming into Smith.”
Katharine Von Herrmann CVA '07
Smith College, BA Biochemistry, minor Philosophy (2011)
MS Biological Sciences (expected this May, 2013)
“I had a great experience with the CVA science department. I went into college wanting to take more science classes, as I had found something I was both interested in and good at. I truly believe that if I had not had such amazing teachers I might not have pursued a degree/career path in science.”
Julia Coffin CVA '05
Colby College (BA Biology, minor Chemistry), University of Maine Fort Kent (BSN)
RN Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
CVA sciences are taught by Karen Lanoue-Egan (B.S. Zoology, University of Vermont, M.S. Biology, Utah State University), Shelley Koenig (B.A. Geology, Hamilton College, M.S. Geochemistry, University of Idaho), and Dan Frost (B.S. Geology, Bates College). As well as being experienced in the classroom, they all have worked (or still do) in the field and offer a wealth knowledge to their students.
CVA currently offers physical science, earth science, biology I & II, chemistry, physics, and environmental science. With most of the courses offering honors options, today’s students continue to be challenged and adequately equipped for college science classes and careers in the sciences.
USSA National Development Director, Dr. Lester Keller visits Sugarloaf
Dr. Lester Keller, the USSA National Development Director made one of three east coast stops to Sugarloaf Mountain. Dr. Keller spent the weekend with the SCVA Alpine program, launching the SkillsQuest system for the athletes and coaches. SCVA is a weekend training program collaboratively run by Carrabassett Valley Academy and Sugarloaf.
The SkillsQuest program focuses on the development and maintenance of fundamental skills through a multi-phase system of drills and coaching techniques. On Saturday, SkillsQuest drills spanned over three Sugarloaf trails accommodating over 70 skiers and 15 coaches; the most in SkillsQuest history.
The founder of the program, Dr. Keller, also held several speaking engagements for both SCVA/Perfect Turn coaches and parents of SCVA athletes. During his seminars, Dr. Keller addressed the importance of fundamental skills, fun, and free-skiing as the building blocks to developing great skiers.
SCVA will be one of the first programs in the country to utilize the SkillsQuest techniques for its athletes.
SCVA Program Manager, Andrew Willihan had this to say about the weekend: “It was a wonderful experience to have the national director be a part of our program. His knowledge and passion for the sport is unmatched. Dr. Keller’s program will help us make great skiers who have a passion for the competitive side of the sport, as well as providing the frame work to create an experience that is both rewarding and fun.”
"The future of ski racing success will be in how well programs like SCVA and CVA can follow a path that lays down a base of sound technical skills at the beginning of a racer's athletic experience,” said Dr. Keller. “I am excited by what is happening here. This is a great turnout of racers, coaches and parents for a first experience of the new USSA SkillsQuest program. If enthusiasm is any measure, we are off to a great start."