by Jan Stearns
In a collaboration between New Hampton School and WVBBTS and the Waterville Valley Academy, students AJ Clemens (NHS PG/WVA Alpine PG), Stephen Bouzianis (NHS / WVA Alpine, JII), Zack Godwin (NHS/WVA Alpine, JIII) and Camron Zavell (NHS/BBTS Freestyle B) have all been excelling on the mountain this season.
Bouzianis and Godwin are currently enrolled in WVA’s academic and full-time athletic training programs, Clemens is in WVA’s PG program, while Zavell is in the BBTS club program and is a midweek training athlete.
Just this past week, Bouzianis was named to the Eastern JII team and will be representing the east at the National JII Alpine Championships at Mammoth Mountain in early March. When asked how the collaboration is working for him, Bouzianis says, “Both schools are doing whatever is necessary for me to succeed. High academics at New Hampton School and the focus on skiing at Waterville Valley Academy has made what was hard to juggle before, easy.”
Results from earlier this year by the NHS students at WVA have been truly outstanding. Zack Godwin won the NHARA JIII Regional SG at Sunapee in late January. Godwin matter-of-factly calls the partnership, “Amazing! Basically I’m getting the best of both worlds with academics at New Hampton and skiing at the Academy.”
AJ Clemens finished a lofty 6th place at the FIS Eastern Cup Downhill at Sugarloaf, Maine, and Cam Zavell, as a second year Freestyler, has benefitted greatly from full-time dryland, trampoline and on-snow training with WVA.
According to Christina Zavell, Camron’s mom, “Our son is clearly on an upward trajectory and the improvement we’ve seen throughout the season is a testament to how full-time training can significantly raise the bar on an athlete’s performance, confidence and ability to compete successfully. We are absolutely thrilled with the balance between his social, academic and athletic high school experience. Jamie Arsenault, New Hampton Athletic Director, and Wes Preston, WVA Freestyle B Director, have gone above and beyond to ensure that Camron has maximized his training and educational opportunities. This pairing has been a positive game-changer on many levels.”
What is clearly apparent is that the relationship between New Hampton School and the WVBBTS Snowsports Educational Foundation/Waterville Valley Academy is a successful development path for athletes who are looking for an innovative New England college preparatory boarding school experience coupled with an elite snowsport training program. With the addition of the BBTS Phil’s Hill BagJump facility at the Academy’s Snow’s Mountain campus, these dedicated athletes are getting the best of both worlds as they excel on the mountain and in the classroom on their way to becoming engaged global citizens and the leaders of tomorrow.