SVSEF Alumni Association
SVSEF alumni form a unique community that reaches across the United States and around the world. The SVSEF Alumni Association is intended to support continuing engagement for athletes, both while they are in the program and beyond.
Membership in the Alumni Association is granted to all graduates of SVSEF, as well as non-graduated athletes.
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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: ADELE SAVARIA
Adele Savaria, head coach of the Alpine North Series team, has seen the organization from all sides – she’s been a coach, mother of athletes, and an athlete herself. “They learned how to move on from race days that didn’t go so well and know there is always another day that will be better,” Adele said of her sons’ experience. “I am always telling the parents and kids I coach that they will learn all of these skills and that the ski racing is a “bonus” to all of it.” READ MORE ->
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: GEOFF UNGER ’97
In a very direct way, Geoff Unger ’97 still uses the skills he learned as a SVSEF moguls skier today. After leaving the Wood River Valley, he attended Colorado College before pursuing a career in mountain guiding. An American Mountain Guides Association Certified Rock, Alpine and Ski Guide with over 15 years of experience, Geoff now calls Rosendale, New York home, where he owns and operates Extreme Alpine. READ MORE –>
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: COREY WARREN ’04
Known locally for his iconic Idahome line, Corey Warren ’04 now resides in Seattle, where he focuses on a career in design. Having delved into different schools, cities and companies, Corey has found that “defining success takes experience, plain and simple. One has to live life and learn what they resonate with, what makes them tick, what incentivizes them and what challenges them.” READ MORE –>
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: TAYLOR SUNDALI ’08
Taylor Sundali, SVSEF ’08, is changing the way small businesses grow with their online presence. From studying at Middlebury College to running Compass, his own company, Taylor has applied values learned at SVSEF – first and foremost, a strong work ethic. READ MORE –>
SVSEF SENIORS JOIN THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Graduation from high school is a milestone for SVSEF athletes, and not just from an academic perspective. Student-athletes who have participated in SVSEF programming have managed to juggle academic requirements with time-intensive training and competition schedules – not to mention all of the other hobbies and interests they have invested in beyond school and snowsports. This year, SVSEF saw 19 student-athletes graduate from high school and from the organization; 16 from Community School and three from Wood River High School. Of those, 10 athletes have made their way through the programs and teams of SVSEF since they were 12 years old or younger.
Twelve SVSEF athletes are going on to top colleges and universities across the country. Making the transition to higher education programs are Brody Buchwalter (Montana State), Cooper Dart (Bowdoin College), Blake Deilke (University of Denver), Lukas DeWolfe (University of Puget Sound), Addy Jacobsen (Western State University), Kiran Merchant (Brown University), Keene Morawitz (Dartmouth College), Katelyn Rathfon (St. Mary’s College of California), Sage Rheinschild (Santa Barbara City College), Nikki Sabiers (Montana State Honors Program), Alexandra Schaffner (Whitman College), and Peter Wolter (Middlebury College). Keene Morawitz and Peter Wolter will both continue in their sport of cross country skiing at their respective schools; Keene will represent the Big Green at Dartmouth, and Peter will race for the Panthers at Middlebury.
Six graduates will be staying with SVSEF for a post grad year on the alpine FIS team. John Blackburn (deferred at Montana State University), Charlie Lamb, Noah Leininger, Erin Smith, Hayden Terjeson and Spencer Wright (deferred at University of Denver) will continue to train and compete under the tutelage of top FIS coaches here in the Wood River Valley.
The final graduate is Filippo Collini, who attended Community School as an international student and was a member of the FIS team. Filippo will return to Italy for another year of school.
With the graduation of our athletes, we look forward to seeing how courage will supersede conformity, how passion will dispel fear of failure, how a sense of self will bolster resilience, and how all of these qualities will support an inclination to embrace opportunity, gain new perspective and continue to grow as individuals and as community members. Congratulations, Class of 2017!
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