End of Year Awards Banquet on Friday, May 29th 




(Highest Academic Average in Class)

Grade 9: Wyatt McDermott

Grade 10: Devon Garber

Grade 11: Erica Jenson 

The following students received awards for their excellence in the designated subjects: 

Chad Hamblet  English 9
Nicholas Prawer  English 9
Henry Kearing  English 10
Bianca Marcello  English 11
Alex Habig  English 11 Most Improved
Elizabeth Mutina  English 12
Erica Jenson  English 12 Most Improved
Ryutaro Koda  English 12
Thomas Maune  Business Economics
Nicholas Prawer  Algebra 1
Wyatt McDermott  Geometry
Kelsey Kubota  Geometry effort
Ethan Collett   Algebra II 
Bianca Marcello  Pre-Calculus
Erica Jenson  Calculus
Kelsey Kubota  Physical Science
Nicholas Prawer  Earth Science
Abigail Zagnoli  Chemistry effort
Ryutaro Koda  Honors Chemistry
Devon Garber  Honors Biology
Bianca Marcello  Honors Biology II
Anna Drumstas  Honors Biology II Effort
Madeline Chamberlin  Honors Physics
Erica Jenson  Honors Physics
Ryutaro Koda  Environmental Science
Sarah Hohmeyer  Environmental Science
Nicholas Prawer  World Cultures
Andrew Bandar  US History
Bianca Marcello  US History
Devon Garber  Western Civilization
Meghan McCormack  Sociology
Chad Hamblet  French 1
Samantha Conzelman  French II
Erica Jenson  French IV
Grant Erickson  French V
Ari Spagnuolo  Spanish I
Jack Joyce  Spanish II
Sarah Hohmeyer  Spanish III
Grace Holstein  Spanish IV
Thomas Maune  Spanish V
William Madden   
Grant Erickson  
St. Lawrence University Book Award   Michael Hayes
Vassar Book Award   Meghan McCormack
Smith College Book Award   Bianca Marcello
Mt. Holyoke Book Award   Anna Drumstas
Phi Beta Kappa Academic Achievement Award  Erica Jenson


MVP  Grant Erickson
Most Improved  Alex Robinson
Sportsmanship  Sarah Hohmeyer
MVP  Sophie Schroeder
Most Improved  Ben Jacobs
Sportsmanship  Ella Spear
MVP  Emma Kearing and James St. Ville
Most Improved  Emer Lynch and Kelsey Kubota
Sportsmanship  Cameron Carey
U18/21 Men  
MVP  Dev Thomas
Most Improved  Sean Sullivan
Sportsmanship  Henry Kearing
U18/21 Women  
MVP  Kelsie Grant
Most Improved  Sophia Morris
Sportsmanship  Erin Buckland
MVP  Jesse Lowell
Most Improved  Noah Fournier
Sportsmanship  Gus Shuster
MVP  Nick Hall
Most Improved  Wyatt McDermott
Sportsmanship  Justin Krebs
MVP  Mike Hayes
Most Improved  Patrick O’Rourke
Sportsmanship  Bianca marcello
MVP   Eli McDermott
Most Improved  Tommy Maune
Sportsmanship  Katie Wilson
Achievement  Chase Blakely (slopestyle)
  Liam Moffatt (BX)



Graduation Awards on Saturday, May 30th

 Alumni Association Award: Tommy Maune 

John Ritzo Headmaster's Award: Sarah Hohmeyer 

David Holmes Most Improved Student Award: Jerry McGuire 

Ben Weisbein Scholarship Award: Noah Fournier

 J. Keith Penninger Award: Abi Zagnoli

H. King Cummings Service Award: Dawn Smith

CVA and Sugarloaf Ski Club Earns USSA Gold Club Certification


Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA) was one of sixteen clubs recognized in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) podium certification process as part of the USSA's new club development program. CVA was recognized on May 13 at the annual USSA Club Excellence Conference in Park City, Utah with the highest classification of Gold Certification.

The podium level certification process involved a rigorous self-study and peer review of best principles and practices for ski and snowboard clubs. The process included two on-site visits and a full review conducted by USSA High Performance staff and club consultants who are leaders in the ski and snowboard club world.

This process not only recognizes program excellence, but also gives a clear roadmap for all clubs to become stronger organizations. This is a strategic part of USSA's plans to support clubs, be a more club-based organization and better understand the challenges and opportunities that exist for ski and snowboard programs in every corner of the country.

Brian Krill, USSA club development manager commented, "Podium-certified organizations like CVA represent a more and more diverse mix of clubs on many levels. This process proves beneficial especially to clubs that may not have gotten as much attention from USSA as others in the past." And club consultant Steve Cohan said, "The structured certification process not only systematically works through the prescribed materials but also provides the opportunity to dig deep into real-world issues facing these clubs."

Through this program, the USSA is working in closer partnership with member clubs to recognize excellence and create a platform for continued success. USSA clubs are skiing and snowboarding's biggest asset to athlete recruitment and development. As USSA works hand-in-hand with clubs the performance and experiences of athletes and teams at all levels will be enhanced.

"The CVA and Sugarloaf Ski Club communities are proud to receive the Gold Club Certification from USSA," said Head of School Kate Webber Punderson. "We would like to thank USSA for being a key partner in our programs. Every day we strive to provide a balanced athletic, academic and community experience for each of our student-athletes. The Club Certification will be a valuable tool as we continually develop new levels of excellence."

Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Club Director Bruce Miles added, "Since 1950, the Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Club has been committed to supporting competitive skiing and snowboarding. Earning USSA's highest accreditation validates all of our hard work and the strong partnership CVA, the Ski Club, and Sugarloaf Mountain have fostered over the years."

Solidifying CVA's Gold Certification was the recent announcement of 2015-16 National Team members. In total, seven CVA athletes were named to their respective national teams including alumni Seth Wescott (U.S. boardercross), Alex Tuttle (U.S. boardercross), Bode Miller (U.S. ski racing), Sam Morse (U.S. ski racing), Jeremy Cota (U.S. moguls), NessaDziemian (U.S. moguls), and current CVA senior Liam Moffatt (Canadian boardercross).

Punderson commented, "Both our USSA Gold Certification and our National Team representation are great motivators to continue and improve upon our best practice programming. I am proud of our organization, employees, Sugarloaf Ski Club, volunteers, athletes and alumni for their uncompromising pursuit of success, and love of our winter sports."  


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