As U.S. Ski Team athlete Sam Morse builds stamina and confidence competing on world famous slopes and notoriously challenging steeps with the U.S. Alpine Europa Cup Team, Coach Chip Cochrane keeps a watchful eye. In a recent update from across the pond, Cochrane gives a glimpse into the duo's life on the wintery road.
Please join the faculty, coaches, staff and students of Carrabassett Valley Academy on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, from 3 - 5 p.m. for our 3rd annual Discover CVA Day.
It's a busy week of skiing, riding and events so be sure to pencil in your family's visit to the King Cummings Campus right off the access road. Tour the facility and learn more about everything from our exceptional academic programming (beginning as early as the 7th grade), to student life, financial aid and even preparing for the college transition.
When you think of CVA, the small private academy dedicated to preparing middle- and high-school aged kids for success on the slopes and in the classroom, you may think of families driving hours to get to campus, through windswept wintery nights, and dropping their children off for months of focused training and academic rigor; and you wouldn’t be completely wrong. But it isn’t just these out-of-towners that make up the student-athlete population here in the valley.
FEBRUARY 23, 2019 6-9PM
The annual Scholarship Event, AKA "The Big Raffle," is held each February on the Saturday following President’s Day. CVA supporters turn out in numbers to bid on auction items, socialize with friends, and most of all, observe the drawing of the Big Raffle, a one in approximately 400 chances to win $10,000!
For over 35 years CVA has focused on a mission of providing a balance of rigorous college preparatory academics with world-class athletic training in skiing and snowboarding. The strength of the combined programming has provided a foundation for hundreds of CVA alumni to pursue their passions at acclaimed colleges and universities around the country. To celebrate these many achievements and recognize the continued passion CVA graduates bring forth into their lives long after they leave the valley, current Big Dog parents [of Natalie and Kagan Pilsbury] Kimberly Lyman and Mike Pilsbury of Jardine Associates, curated and donated a collection of collegiate banners representing schools to which CVA graduates have achieved acceptance.
CVA Senior Alpine athlete, Dow Jones, recently received an award by Young Writers USA for creativity in a short story. Dow submitted his 100-word essay titled "Repeat" to a one sentence prompt provided by the organization. His full essay will be published in March in the Young Writers’ USA book titled "Stranger Sagas, From The Shadows.”
Recent features in the press on Big Dog alums demonstrate a lifelong passion for their sport and for competition at the highest levels. Currently, CVA has three alumni competing on the World Cup circuit in their respective disciplines, Sam Morse (Alpine), '13, Nessa Dziemian (Freestyle), '12, and Alex Jenson (Freestyle), '13; along with several members of the National Team coaching staff, perhaps most notably, Mikaela Shiffrin's Head Coach, Mike Day, CVA '89.
Sam Morse, '13, U.S. Ski Team (Alpine): Sync Performance Blog feature
When you think of CVA, the small private academy dedicated to preparing middle- and high-school aged kids for success on the slopes and in the classroom, you may think of families driving hours to get to campus, through windswept wintery nights, and dropping their children off for months of focused training and academic rigor; and you wouldn’t be completely wrong. But it isn’t just these out-of-towner's that make up the student-athlete population here in the valley.
Each month the CVA faculty, coaching staff, and administration nominate and select three individuals who demonstrate exceptional commitment and/or growth in their studies, their sport, and the community. Congratulations to this month's recipients.
Athlete of the Month:
Emma Downing, Senior, Snowboard
Emma always demonstrates tremendous dedication to her fitness and her sport. She does everything she can to improve herself in each aspect of her training and consistently keeps a positive attitude when on the hill.