Student of the Week: May 27, 2021

Congratulations to SMS Snowboard's Victoria Powers '21 on being recognized as this year's final Student of the Week!
Being recognized as Stratton Mountain School’s final Student of the Week for the academic year is no easy feat. Every student-athlete has been pushing themselves physically and mentally for months, with many locking in new PRs for the season ahead. So, it would be easy to coast out these last few weeks of school, especially as a graduating senior. But for SMS Snowboard’s Victoria Powers ’21, that could not be further from the truth. 

“This student-athlete, since I’ve known them, has been dedicated to their craft,” began Snowboard Coach Tommy Gambino, who nominated and presented Victora as Student of the Week on Thursday. “She is hardworking, competitive, passionate, and engaged-  all of which are traits that run in the family.”

Victoria acts as a positive role model for her younger teammates, consistently demonstrating what it means to stand up for what is right or put in the extra work. Victoria’s dedication to excellence is reflected in her results, with a total of 8 podium finishes this year and securing herself a spot in next year’s Revolution Tour. 

“'I’ve had the pleasure of working with Victoria on the soccer field each fall for the last six years,” added Women’s Head Soccer Coach and Freeski Program Director Jesse Mallis. “She is the type of player that asked what she could do to get better and would stay after practice to put in some extra time and improve her skills.”

When Tommy reached out to SMS faculty and staff for their thoughts on Victoria, he was overwhelmed by the sheer number of positive contributions he received. 

“Everyone has praised your positive attitude and your ability to keep moving forward despite obstacles in the road. You are respectful, coachable, tenacious and always greet the day with a smile. Your nature is infectious, and your spirit is consistently strong. It has been a pleasure coaching you, Victoria!” 

We are all going to miss you next year, but we wish you all the best at UVM! Congratulations, Victoria!
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.