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VMS boasts boatloads of talent

Cindy Ramunno
Kent Pettit
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There are many talents hidden in the souls and bodies of VMS seniors. From dancing to fencing to soccer, the 21 graduates have talents that are diverse and interesting.

Collin Sullivan started fencing in the 3rd grade. He has participated in the Junior Olympics for the last two years and his fencing team took second place at nationals last year.

“I’m not naturally competitive, but when I’m fencing things get heated,” Sullivan said.

Drew Daly, David Bird and Andrew Feldman all shine on the soccer field, as does Taylor Armstead, who was instrumental in getting the girls soccer program off the ground. Ashley Irons dances for the Battle Mountain Huskies and Ariel Pierce dances 2-4 hours a day, 5-6 days per week.

Pierce started dancing at 3-years-old and was the lead in the Nutcracker recently.

Students are amazed at the progression of the performing arts program at VMS.

“Mr. Watson and Mr. Schindel have done an incredible job providing opportunities to students in the area of performing arts,” said A.J. LeGaye.

Katie Johnston is a competitive equestrian rider and David Bird is an amazing snowboarder.

Maggie Haslee, Lara Bossow and Julia Littman performed well on the much-improved volleyball team this year. In fact, the team was very strong and ended 25-2.

And speaking of Littman, she is ranked third in the nation as a skier and competes in some of the toughest ski events in the nation. She was named a first alternate for the US Ski Team. Her classmates divulged this information as she sat – quiet and modest – at the far end of the table. She competes all winter and when she was asked how she got her school work done, she replied with a smile, “I’m disciplined with school work.”

The 21 graduates all possess many strengths and talents, and they are part of our future.

“These students are characterized by many leadership impulses and they are also a socially-minded group,” Vail Mountain School Headmaster Peter Abuisi said.


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