Student of the Week: May 6th, 2021

Congratulations to this week’s Student of the Week, Kaylen “Hank” Reiley ’22!
As a member of the SMS Freeski program, Kaylen Reiley not only understands but appreciates the importance of effort and positivity. Teachers and coaches alike say that Kaylen makes the most of each day- in every training session, in every class, and every day out on the hill - because he genuinely wants to improve.    

“Kaylen certainly makes the most of his time here,” explained Freeski Program Director Jesse Mallis.  “He wants to get stronger and to grow and learn both as a student and a competitor.  For example, if we want him to try a new trick, there doesn’t seem to be much fear or self-doubt, as he will gladly try - all we have to do is ask.”

Kaylen’s history teacher, Kate Koch, added that “Kaylen has been working really hard in history, and does a great job adding contributions to class discussions.”

On skis, Kaylen has proven himself as a force to be reckoned with. In March, Kaylen competed in the Mammoth Futures Tour, a FIS-sanctioned event series that acts as a stepping stone to higher-level competitive events like the Revolution Tour. The field was much more competitive than years past, and despite the poor weather, Kaylen took home a silver medal in the event, securing a place in all of next year’s Revolution Tour events and grabbing 49.81 FIS points in the process.

“Kaylen is a fierce competitor— one who will go to great lengths to win or to steal the show,” concluded Freeski Coach Liam Downey. “Just this week, he belly-flopped into a pond during a team run and dislocated his shoulder during a fierce dodgeball match. He was also the only competitor in the field doing two double corks at the FIS event in Mammoth.”

Congratulations, Kaylen! 
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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.