Mangiacotti, Merryweather win VARA awards

STRATTON MOUNTAIN - Stratton Mountain School senior Alice Merryweather, Hingham, Mass., has won the Shelley Glover Award, and SMS parent and volunteer Bob Mangiacotti, South Londonderry, has won the Vermont Alpine Official of the Year Award from the Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA).

The two will receive their awards at the VARA Celebration Gala at the Equinox Resort in Manchester on Nov. 8.

This year, SMS parent and longtime alpine volunteer Mangiacotti will receive the Vermont Alpine Official of the Year Award. A fixture of SMS ski races, Mangiacotti has proven to be an irreplaceable member of the SMS Alpine Program. Father of two SMS alpine athletes: Brian (SMS '13) and Sarah (SMS '17), Mangiacotti has been volunteering and working in Vermont ski racing for more than seven years. He is a Technical Delegate for USSA and VARA, and his wife, Mary, is an English teacher at SMS.

"We are fortunate to have someone like Bob Mangiacotti as a parent volunteer at SMS," SMS Alpine Director Mike Morin said. "His desire to help and his attention to detail make him a valued member of our team. He is so deserving of this award."

Merryweather is the recipient of the Shelley Glover Award, which is presented to an individual who is compassionate, dedicated and committed to both academics and athletics. This award carries with it a $1,000 scholarship. In her standout 2013-14 season, Merryweather finished first at the U.S. Nationals Downhill (DH) for U18 racers. She had two Nor-Am junior podiums last year in Super-G (SG) and Slalom (SL) and ranked first in the U.S. for her age in SG and SL. Merryweather is ranked third in the world for her age in SG, ninth in the work for her age in DH and finished third at World Junior Championships in Super Combined (SC). In addition to her unparalleled athletic excellence, Merryweather maintained top honors in her classes throughout her competition season and is relied upon by her peers for her positive example and solid friendship.

"I'm so happy that Alice is receiving the Shelly Glover Award," said Morin. "Her constant commitment to excellence in athletics and academics makes her a positive example for all of her peers in ski racing."

In 2012, SMS alpine athlete Amanda Reilly (SMS '13) won the Shelley Glover Award, and in 2010, Morgan Klein (SMS '12) also won this most prestigious award.

In 2010, SMS alpine athlete Brittany Lathrop (SMS '13) won the George Tormey Award from VARA.

Stratton Mountain School is a ski and snowboard academy located at the base of Stratton Mountain. SMS serves students in grades 7-12. The SMS community of students, faculty, coaches and staff share the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.


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