Student of the Week: February 17, 2021

Congratulations to SMS Snowboard’s Noah Avallone ’25 on being recognized as SMS’s latest Student of the Week!
“There are few people that bring the level of stoke like Noah Avallone ’25,” began SMS Snowboard Coach Tommy Gambino, who nominated Noah for Student of the Week. “He is always ready to shred and loves every minute we are on the hill.” 

Noah began his SMS career this fall, joining the snowboard program as an eighth-grade Winter Term student-athlete. Being the new kid on the block can be a challenge, but according to his coaches, that could not be farther from Noah’s truth. “He fit right in with the team right away, adding extra flair on jumps, rails, in the pipe, and just carving his board.” 

“His positive energy and attitude are an excellent representation of his riding:  smooth, fast, engaged,” explained Coach Tommy during his Student of the Week presentation. “ He is willing to try new tricks and features just to elevate his riding for the sake of getting better at something he loves.” 

Most recently, Noah earned himself a Rev Tour Halfpipe spot after placing sixth at a Futures’ Tour event and 1st and 2nd at the most recent USASA Halfpipe events at Okemo. He’ll be traveling for those well-earned Rev Tour events in the next few weeks. 

However, Noah’s genuine interest in bettering himself does not end at the base of the mountain. As his Math teacher Justin Hoak put it, “Noah is constantly pushing himself to produce high-quality work and maintain his course load- he is always thinking ahead of what needs to be done. For example, he is leaving on Monday for Rev Tour, and he has already handed in most of his work for that week. And in the classroom, he always asks questions and never hesitant to admit his faults and rectify them, which I appreciate.” 

Even faculty members who spend less time with Noah can attest to what a great addition he is to the SMS community. He is polite, considerate and brings a positive attitude to every situation, including his trip to the Emergency Room at the end of 2020. 

Coach Tommy explained, “While in the ER, Noah’s positivity didn’t change until they tried to use gravity to set his arm back in place. Then he asked me politely to see if the doctor could get his arm out of what looked like torture. If you were wondering, he still said please and thank you while we were leaving.”

We are stoked that you are part of the community, Noah! Good luck out West!
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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.