Norden, CA (June 21, 2016) – Excitement was in the air as Sugar Bowl Academy graduated sixteen seniors on Saturday, June 11that the Mount Judah Lodge. The 2016 SBA class was the largest graduating class and were accepted to thirty-three different colleges and universities, including Bates, Colby, George Washington, Harvard, Middlebury, UCLA, and University of Vermont. 100% of the graduates have committed to the college or university of their choice with over $1.3 million awarded in scholarships. Six of the SBA graduates chose to take a postgraduate year to focus on their skiing, with three continuing on at Sugar Bowl Academy for their post graduate studies. Four of the 2016 SBA graduates will be skiing at the NCAA Division 1 level.
Truckee local and graduating Senior, Hannah Halvorsen took top honors winning the outstanding student athlete of the year. Hannah was recently named to the 2017 U. S. Cross Country Ski Team and will be taking a postgraduate year at Sugar Bowl Academy before attending the University of Vermont in the Fall of 2017. Daphne James, Junior, of Sausalito, California earned the Williams College Book Award for her leadership in the classroom and contributions to the extracurricular life of the school. The Harleen Family Citizenship Award went to Healdsburg, California resident, Sophomore, Peter Schadlich. This award honors a student who exemplifies positive spirit and who is dedicated to the betterment of the Sugar Bowl Academy community. The award is named after one of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy’s Founding families.
Valedictorian and local Truckee resident, Sinead Danagher spoke to the graduating class about turning the impossible into potential. She quote Muhammad Ali, “impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” Sinead challenged the class of 2016, “So, take the impossible as a dare. I leave you with that, class of 2016. Go out and shatter other’s perceptions of the impossible; ignore the small men.”
The Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy (SBSTA) is a nationally recognized Alpine and Nordic ski team and ski academy that has produced multiple US Ski Team members, NCAA collegiate competitors, national champions across all age groups, and numerous nationally ranked athletes. Sugar Bowl Academy located in Norden CA is the country’s only ski in/ski out ski academy. Sugar Bowl Academy inspires and empowers passionate, highly motivated students, setting the stage for competitive skiers to seek and celebrate challenge with grit, grace and courage. Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy student-athletes thrive on the dual pursuit of rigorous academics and competitive skiing in an environment that celebrates hard work and the pursuit of worthy goals.