Please Join 

Carrabassett Valley Academy

Past Present Future Gathering

Portland Yacht Club

Saturday, July 20th, 3PM - 6PM

Hosted by:  CVA, Kate Punderson, '89 Head of School

Thank you to our event sponsor:

Pine Capital, Chris Lorenz '89


Please join CVA alumni, parents, students, weekend program families and friends for an afternoon of food, drinks, games and fun at a casual open house to celebrate CVA and our Big Dogs! 

Children of all ages are welcome.  Limited beer and wine will be available. You are also welcome to BYOB your favorite spirits.

Please RSVP by July 11 - The number of attendees is limited so please be sure to RSVP!


FMI contact Melissa Fogg at (207) 237-4505 or Please note this venue is not handicap accessible. Please contact Melissa for any special needs.

Parking is not available at the Portland Yacht Club.  Transportation will be provided via a shuttle service from the North End of the Shaw's Supermarket in Falmouth, located at 251 US Hwy 1, Falmouth, ME 04105. Shuttles will transport you to and from the the Portland Yacht Club every 15-20 minutes.   

We hope to see you there!  

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!


CVA’s graduating seniors: Class of 2019

In the above photo, front row: Bianca Klepper, Upperville, VA; Caper Loomis, East Blue Hill, ME; Ella Spear, Boothbay, ME; Elliane Hall, Bowdoinham, ME; Catherine Holstein, Jamesville, NY; Emma Downing, Carrabassett Valley, ME (Valedictorian).  Middle row:
Kagan Pilsbury, Carrabassett Valley, ME; Simon Spear, Boothbay, ME; Zach Stewart, Cape Elizabeth, ME; Toby Skarsten, Sharon, VT; Matthew Weaver, Leominster, MA (Salutatorian).  Back row: Ben Malone, North Yarmouth, ME; Roscoe Rogers, Ridgway, CO; Ben Jacobs, Damariscotta, ME; David Stine, Mosinee, WI; Sydney Smith, St. Andrews, Canada; Dow Jones, Carrabassett Valley, ME.

Graduation Day June 1, 2019

Under a sunny blue sky at the base of Sugarloaf mountain, 17 seniors graduated from Carrabassett Valley Academy on Saturday, June 1st.

Head of School, Kate Webber Punderson, led the ceremony and encouraged the graduates to “Turn your gaze to the beautiful mountain in front of you. You have climbed it, and many others, these last four years. Enjoy the view from your summit and be proud of your accomplishments. Sit back, relax and soak up this moment. You have earned it.” 

Gathered in the R.H. Bell Chapel, Reverend Dr. Pamela Morse led the invocation.

Keegan Kilroy ’08 inspired the graduates with a funny, uplifting speech about his experiences as a mogul skier, electrical engineer, and about his life with muscular dystrophy.

Kevin Burns, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, reminded the audience about the history of CVA, especially the most recent 20 years. He then explained “While CVA was building these much needed facilities to better deliver student athlete services to achieve excellence, there were two shining stars beginning their tenure at CVA. Those shining stars, [Freestyle Program Director] Nate McKenzie and [Director of Curriculum and Instruction] Karen Lanoue-Egan, have been brilliant for 20 years and are the 2019 recipients of the King Cummings Service Award,” honoring their performance of valuable service beyond normal expectations and outstanding contributions to the growth and development of Carrabassett Valley Academy.

Five students also gave speeches: Emma Downing (Valedictorian), Matt Weaver (Salutatorian), Benjamin Malone (yearbook dedication), Dow Jones (chosen by the faculty), and Sydney Smith (chosen by the students).

Emma Downing received the John Ritzo Headmaster’s Award in recognition of her leadership qualities and contribution to the betterment of the school and the local community.
Ben Jacobs received the David Holmes Most Improved Student Award acknowledging his growth over the course of his time at CVA.
Ella Spear received the Benjamin Weisbein Academic Scholarship Award in recognition of her outstanding athletics, serious scholarship, personal development and strength of character.

Ellison Boord ’20 received the CVA Alumni Association Award honoring his strong and steady character, reliability, consistently positive attitude, and respect for others. 

Molly Bruno ’20 received the J. Keith Penniger Memorial Fund Award. She was chosen by her classmates as the Junior who best represents CVA in terms of leadership and commitment to the CVA mission and community.

After the ceremony, students posed for a group photo with their diplomas, and then joined other families, faculty and coaches for a reception in the Capricorn dining hall.

Check out the photos on Facebook here

The following awards were presented to students at the Big Dog Awards Luncheon on May 31, 2019: 

Check out the photos on Facebook here


Town of Carrabassett Scholarship.  Winner - Emma Downing


Sugarloaf Ski Club Big Dog Scholarship, a merit scholarship for the alpine, snowboard, ski cross or freestyle athlete who will most benefit from being at CVA for the full year.   Winner - Jackson Knobloch



Book & Academic Awards  


  • Clarkson University Leadership Award: This award is given to a junior who “demonstrates leadership and outstanding academic achievement” (awards the student with a scholarship of $15,000 per year for a total of $60,000 over a four year period should they decide to attend Clarkson University).
    • Winner: MOLLY BRUNO
  • University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award: The award is given to a junior that demonstrates “high achievement and rigor in science classes.” 
  • St. Anselm’s Book Award: This award recognizes a junior that demonstrates high academic achievement, awareness of social responsibility, leadership, and strong character. 
    • Winner: MIA HATFIELD
  • St. Michael’s Book Award: This award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement. Award recipients demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, usually holding leadership roles. Book award recipients that apply to St Michael’s through Early Action, if accepted, are considered for a Scholarship ranging from $13,000 to full tuition. 
    • Winner: MEGAN HAUGHT
  • Phi Beta Kappa Award: “Five students at the College of William and Mary founded Phi Beta Kappa in 1776, during the American Revolution. For over two centuries, the Society has embraced the principles of freedom of inquiry, and liberty of thought and expression.” This award goes to the junior who is “going on to higher education and who has demonstrated intellectual curiosity and achievement in and beyond the classroom.”
    • Winner: LUKE KEARING
  • RIT Innovation and Creativity Award: This program recognizes one male and one female from the junior class who: are pursuing a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, rank in the top 10 percent of their junior class, are active and involved citizens in their school and/or community, demonstrate outstanding achievement in innovation, creativity, or entrepreneurship.  Offered in 2019 for the first time

About the Class of 2019

This year’s senior class has big plans for attending college, and many will continue skiing or snowboarding as part of their college experience:

  • Emma Downing from Carrabassett Valley, Snowboardcross, will attend the University of Maine Orono studying Biology.

  • Elliane Hall, Bowdoinham, ME, formerly Jindabyne, New South Wales, Australia, Skicross, will attend the University of Utah studying Astrophysics and will compete in skicross on the Europa circuit next year.

  • Catherine Holstein from Jamesville, NY, Alpine Skiing, will attend Marist College.

  • Ben Jacobs from Damariscotta, Maine, Alpine Skiing, will attend Maine Maritime Academy studying Transportation Operations.

  • Dow Jones from Carrabassett Valley, ME, Alpine Skiing, will attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy studying Marine Science, Environmental Protection.

  • Bianca Klepper from Upperville, VA, Alpine Skiing, will attend Norwich University participating in ROTC and studying Criminal Justice, pursuing competitive shooting (sporting clays) to a higher level.

  • Caper Loomis from Blue Hill, ME, formerly Lake Placid NY, Freestyle Skiing, will attend Sierra Nevada College and join SNC's FreeSki team.

  • Ben Malone from North Yarmouth, FreeRide, will attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University studying Aerospace Engineering.

  • Kagan Pilsbury from Carrabassett Valley, Freestyle Skiing, will attend Kennebec Valley Community College.

  • Roscoe Rogers from Ridgway, CO, Freestyle Skiing, will attend Sierra Nevada studying business, will continue to compete in Freeskiing.

  • Toby Skarsten from Sharon, VT, Freestyle Skiing, will attend Sierra Nevada College studying business, will be a part of CVA's postgraduate team and pursue NorAm and potential World Cup starts.

  • Sydney Smith from St Andrews New Brunswick, Freestyle skiing, will attend Westminster College studying business and work with a company making ski films in Salt Lake.

  • Ella Spear from Boothbay, ME, Alpine Skiing, will attend Colby College studying Economics and will continue ski racing as part of Colby's Alpine skiing team.

  • Simon Spear from Boothbay, ME, Alpine Skiing, will attend the University of Maine Farmington and participate in ski racing and soccer.

  • Zachary Stewart from Cape Elizabeth, Snowboardcross, will attend the University of Portland, Oregon and pursue snowboardcross full time next year.

  • David Stine from Mosinee, WI, Freestyle Skiing, moving to Summit County CO to pursue skiing full time next year.

  • Matthew Weaver from Leominster, MA, Alpine Skiing, will attend Clarkson University studying computer engineering and continue ski racing as part of Clarkson's alpine ski team.

About CVA

3197 Carrabassett Drive
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947


Fax: 207.237.2213