Student of the Week: February 3, 2021

Congratulations to SMSFreestyle’s Juliet Ragland ’26 on being recognized as SMS’s latest Student of the Week! 
Juliet Ragland is not your average seventh-grade student. She is tenacious, hardworking, incredibly independent, and displays a maturity level that is well beyond her years. Juliet has demonstrated a profound sense of responsibility for her decisions and actions in recent months, both in the classroom and on a moguls course, which has caught coaches’ and teachers’ attention alike. 
“Juliet has been an excellent student in both English and Civics, checking in proactively while on the road and completing all of her work,” said one of her teachers. “As a result, she aced an exam from material covered during that time and handed in one of the best “Old Man and the Sea” essays.
Juliet is one of our most mature and organized 7th graders,” added another. “Every time I see this student, she is working hard-  something I remember from our trip to Mt. Hood during the summer of 2019!”
Juliet joined her teammates out west last month for a whistlestop competition tour, featuring three events at Snowbird Resort, UT, two events at the Utah Olympic Park, and three more events in Sun Valley, Idaho. It was a non-stop schedule for the team, spending their days on the course and their evenings in study hall.
Ashlee O’Hara, who joined the team in Utah as a chaperone, was continually impressed by Juliet’s dedication to excellence. “She was always the first one in the hotel lobby, ready to crack open her laptop and dig into her work or load up the car with gear.” 
As the youngest member of the team, not only did Juliet manage the crazy schedule, she also accumulated a ton of fantastic finishes. 
“Juliet claimed the Gold in her age group at all five mogul events,” explained Freestyle Deb Newson. “She was top 20 at all of the events and continued to improve with every contest - taking 8th place overall at the last event in Sun Valley!”
Just yesterday, Juliet continued to check off boxes on her goal sheet, landing her first 360 of the season, and Head Coach Sam Tarrant could not be happier with her success. 
As Athletic Trainer Kate Boobar says, “She may be little, but she is fierce.”  We cannot wait to see what she archives next. 
Keep up the excellent work, Juliet! 
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.