Student of the Week: March 10, 2021

Congratulations to SMS Freeki’s Durham Jones ’23 on being recognized as Student of the Week! 

Durham Jones is the epitome of the Stratton Mountain School student. He demonstrates bravery, effort, accountability, respect, and strength to his teachers and coaches daily. 

“In January, I received one of the most well-written emails from this student to let me know that he would be heading out west a few weeks,” began History Teacher Melissa Oliva during her Student of the Week presentation on Wednesday. 

“While it had the usual information you receive from a student- the dates he’d be gone and how he would do his best to stay up to date on the portal- what impressed me the most was the fact that he was holding himself to the expectation that he would not fall behind on his work. Now, looking back, he held himself to that expectation not only for my class but for all of his classes.” 

A month later, Melissa would receive another email from Durham. This time, he would tell her that he qualified for more competitions by overcoming his fears and proving to himself that he, too, was a competitor. 

As one of his coaches put it, “Durham honored and showed gratitude for that opportunity by taking his schoolwork seriously, communicating proactively and consistently, and making the most of the experience skiing-wise.”

While on snow in Colorado, Durham was able to learn a couple of new doubles, get his feet wet at not one but two Rev Tours (one of them on the X-Games course), and make considerable gains in his skiing and trick progressions.  

“Durham is so deserving of this award,” continued Melissa. “It is so awesome to see that he was able to get all his work done while being on the road for over a month. With this in mind, it's clear he is a mature, hardworking, and driven young athlete with so much potential.”

“We are proud to have Durham represent the Freeski Team so well and couldn't be happier with the news that he has been voted this week's Student of the Week.”
Congratulations, Durham!!
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.