Four SMS Student-Athletes named to 2021 VARA Team

The Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) recently named Stratton Mountain School student-athletes Henriette Borgia ’24, Bronson Culver ’24, Bode Gutchess ’25, and Eliza Sullivan ’22 to their 2021 team.
STRATTON- The Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) recently named Stratton Mountain School student-athletes Henriette Borgia ’24, Bronson Culver ’24, Bode Gutchess ’25, and Eliza Sullivan ’22 to their 2021 team.

Each year, VARA selects its team members to recognize their achievements in several events throughout the prior season at the U14, U16, and U19 levels. 

“This is a great accomplishment for these athletes to be at the top of their peer group in Vermont,” said SMS Alpine Program Direction Mike Morin. “SMS athletes and staff work so hard for these achievements, and we are thrilled for them to receive this recognition.”

Since 2013, a total of 27 Stratton Mountain School student-athletes have been named to the VARA team, marking a significant milestone not only in individual development but also the program’s dedication to athletic excellence.

“Vermont is consistently one of the most competitive Alpine Skiing Divisions in the Nation,” continued Morin. “For these student-athletes to be among the very best in the State says a lot about each athlete and the SMS program itself.”

However, it is not the first time some of these athletes have received high-levels of recognition. Sullivan was named to the VARA team last year thanks to her incredible achievements in the 2018-2019 season, including 10 podiums and 5 wins.

Culver was among the first SMS athletes invited to the Kandahar Junior Invitational last year, hosted by Ski Club Les Houches in Mont-Blanc, France, which was later canceled due to COVID-19. 

“I am very fortunate to have coached Bronson for the last three years, as well as his sister, Jacqueline Culver ’20, who also made VARA Team in 2018,” said U14 Head Coach Naga Kusumi. “This fine young man has had his share of ups and downs over the years, but his commitment and love for the sport landed him the VT States Slalom title and ranked 2nd overall, proving that hard work does pay off.” 

The Stratton Mountain School community is immensely proud of these student-athletes and looks forward to seeing what they achieve this season. 

Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, SMS serves students in grades 7 – 12.
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Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, SMS is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.