The academic year is coming to an end as we head into finals week and plan to honor our seniors one last time during graduation on June 12. While the year may be winding down, life at KMS continues to be packed with fun events and student acheivement. Check out this snapshot and stay up to date on the latest happenings at school.
KMS Gives Back
From Green-Up Day to trail building, the KMS community loves to give back. This year, all NHS members sojourned to Sherburne Trails to assist Ben Colona of Base Camp Outfitters in shaping and repairing trails. This included everything from fighting off bugs to digging out mud and removing debris and other hazardous material from the pathways.
We would like to thank Ben for providing us with an opportunity to give back in a way that is meaningful to both the KMS and greater Killington communities. In a similar trip, over 70 KMS faculty and students gave back to the community at Pine Hill Park. Organizer Shelley Lutz met us in the parking lot, and we hiked up to Milk Run trail to begin digging, raking, and mining rocks - with the goals of building a French drain and banked corner. The clear direction and organization of this project combined with the strength and teamwork of KMS was a winning recipe. We plan on making this an annual Day of Giving and will return to the park soon to ride and enjoy all of the hard work! Vermont's Green-Up Day was also a big hit, with NHS students leading the charge as KMS groups cleaned up the Killington Access Road.
Annual Fund: Push to the Finish
We have raised over 90% of our Annual Fund goal and are counting on you to help us close the gap! KMS relies on your support of the Annual Fund to continue to provide a world-class education and athletic experience. Please consider making a contribution to ensure that our students continue to have access to the developmental opportunites they deserve.
Click here to donate before June 30 and enhance the KMS experience.
Jason Sullivan '24 was awarded Honorable Mention in the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance's 3rd annual PSA video contest. View his poignant submission below!
Downhill Season is Here!
The downhill cycling season is in full swing! The team began with an intense and rewarding training trip spanning from Tennessee to Virginia. Athletes rode paved pump tracks in Knoxville, scenic cross country, and most importantly, world-class downhill tracks at Windrock Bike park. The team then traveled to Massanutten, VA to train and compete in the Downhill Southeast series where Lenci Bogdan ‘24 placed 1st for junior amateur women and Gabe Johnson ‘25 placed 1st in the U15 category. Owen Crossmon ‘23 earned 14th for Cat 1 U18s; Liam Attebury ‘24 was 21st for U16s; Jamie Hamlin ‘23 was 6th and Lucy Attebury ‘23 was 5th for Cat 2 U18s. The team would like to send a huge thank you to Alex Johnson for his incredible support on the trip and thank each family for their continued support this season.
Upon return from the south, the team shifted their focus to building strength and endurance utilizing the vast trail systems near KMS prior to the opening of the Killington Bike Park. The group added a few new athletes with the advent of the May BOOST program, and grew stronger for it. KMS alumna, USA Cycling UCI DH World Championship Team Member, and World Cup Racer, Mazie Hayden joined our coaching staff alongside collegiate athlete Wade Hirschbul. The entire group was thrilled to compete in the first Eastern States Cup race of the season at Powder Ridge, CT. The podiums were plentiful, and the performances were stellar. In the Expert 15-18 year old boys category, Matt Krimmel ‘22 and Evan Tighe ‘22 placed 3rd and 6th respectively. Henry Mix ‘24 led the U15 Boys in 4th place with Gabe Johnson ‘25 close behind in 5th and Simon Miller ’25 in 6th place. Rounding out the U15 Boys were Liam Attebury ‘24 in 29th and BOOST athletes Xavi Violette, Max DiDomenico, and Cole Longfield in 16th, 18th and 19th respectively. Jamie Hamlin ‘23 earned 3rd place and Owen Crossmon ‘23 came in 5th place for the U18 Boys. Lenci Bogdan ‘24 bagged another 1st place for Ameteur Women and Sarah Hamlin ‘27, Lucy Attebury ‘23 and Victoria Johnson ‘27 ripped into 10th, 13th and 15th in the same division. Our Pro Women dominated the podium with Riley Miller ‘23 in 2nd and Coach Mazie Hayden ‘18 in 3rd place. Well done, team!
Crit Shows Endurance Cycling Team Strength
The KMS endurance cyclists dominated the recent Nutmeg State Games Crit. Sarah Gibertoni '21 took the inside line to a top-10 finish in the Women’s Pro-1-2-3 field and Owen Ballard '23 cranked into a top-10 finish. Bridget Wilson '25 took the top spot in her first-ever crit!
KMS Lacrosse Ends a 500 Season
The boys came out extra excited for their game against Stratton Mountain School, and it showed. After a few penalties and a four goal deficit, the Black Bears settled into their rhythm, and took the lead with less than 5 minutes of play left. The final score was 13-9, KMS. The contest with GMVS proved tougher, but the support of the community who traveled to the away game was much appreciated. It was a hard fought battle, but the boys walked away without the “W.” All-in-all the short season ended with 1 win and 1 loss. Until next year…
KMS Soccer Kicks-Off this Fall
The benefits of play are undeniable and KMS students are looking forward to showing their skills on the pitch this fall. Football fans and experienced coaches, Craig Bennett, Brendan Bucksbaum, Robert Cavanna and Ian Grozinger will be guiding our men and women through the trials and joy of the sport this next season. Interested students should reach out to Coach Bennett. Soccer will not replace essential training for athletes’ primary sports and will be built into training plans.
Prom & Senior Festivities
Thank you to our parents, the Killington Ski Club and Killington Resort for helping to make an unforgettable night for our students. Check out the decor on our instagram!
The Senior Class of 2021 has been enjoying a multitude of celebrations in the remaining days of the academic year. Thank you to our newly minted alumni and dedicated faculty for making these last weeks so special. Graduation will be at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel at 10:30am on Saturday, June 12th. Please RSVP at the link here.
Community Events and Middle School Field Trips
With COVID-19 restrictions relaxing and vaccination rates increasing in our community, we traveled as a school to enjoy the shores and trails of Lake St. Catherine and gathered for a faculty vs. students softball game. Vermont Adaptive visted to share opportunites for student egagement and everyone is looking forward to student-organized Fun Day, at the end of finals week. Our middle school has been taking full advantage of our location in the beautiful state of Vermont, going on daily excursions with faculty. Scroll through the images below to see some of the fun!
Academic Standout- Eli Kinsler
Eli Kinsler was named our final Academic Standout for the 2020-21 school year. Eli was recognized by several of his teachers this week, all praising this young man’s strong work ethic, his kind and contributing presence in the classroom, and his overall strength of character. We are proud to name him Academic Standout this week, and consider ourselves lucky to have such a driven student within our classrooms!
Click here to read Eli's full Academic Standout recognition.
Alumni Panel: Where Are They Now?
Earlier this month, the Student Council moderated the 2nd Annual Alumni College Panel. We asked alumni a variety of questions about their college experiences and life beyond KMS. They shared with current students that there is no one "correct" path for anyone and that there are so many interesting classes and other opportunities to look forward to after graduation. When asked about their college experiences, alumni agreed that communication is essential in college and that building relationships with faculty is very important. The group echoed that KMS prepared them well to navigate each of their unique paths. Watch the video to learn more.