Greatest class of all time at the winter sports school

The class of 2022 is the 27th class that the winter sports school has completed since its inception in 1994. Principal Tess Miner-Farra says the public charter college prep school offers its athletes a lot of flexibility.

“We have a couple of young athletes who are on the US freeski rookie team, so they’re taking the leap before they even graduate to compete at the highest level,” said Miner-Farra. “We have almost half the class of four-year-olds with us, and many of them were dual athletes who competed not only in skiing but also in mountain biking and soccer, among other things. We also have our first two sport climbers who are completing the winter sports school. Yes, it is not a winter sport. And yet we were the right choice for these two young athletes who are pursuing a summer Olympic sport.”

Student body president Slater Rodman was in Europe for a competition, so he delivered his class speech via video.

Miner-Farra says while many of the students go to college, some are taking an extra year off to continue training and competing in their sport. There is no way of knowing the numbers at this point as they are in the process of applying to college.

The school meets all of the state of Utah’s graduating requirements—and more.

“In addition to all of these academic requirements, our students must also complete 40 hours of community service during their time with us and a minimum of 1,000 hours of competitive training during those years,” Miner-Farra said.

Utah schools require 180 days in the classroom. Miner-Farra says winter sports school students have 35 days less.

“So we can summarize the school year in this April-November time frame,” Miner-Farra said. “This is also because our students earn their PE points through the training competition they do with local sports clubs.”

In addition to diplomas, several students were awarded special prizes.

The Kay Wright Award, named after the school’s founder, was presented to alpine skier Lillie Walden, who best embodies the school’s mission and spirit.

The Dave Seiger Award is presented to the top-performing senior in math and science based on GPA and teacher recommendation. This year’s award went to freestyle skier Jake Brand.

The Sam Jackenthal Award for Citizenship honors a senior student who embodies the school’s values ​​of leadership, integrity, teamwork and helping others. Alpine racer Fiona Sawyer and mogul skier Slader Rodman both received the award.

The Youth Sports Alliance’s Stein Eriksen Merit Scholarship Award went to alpine racer Hadley Platt, which included $3,000 in prize money.

With 25 athletes currently on national or junior national team rosters, Miner-Farra says the popular school is already enrolling students for the next school year, which begins in April.


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