WSS Community Council — Parent Members Named

September 2nd, 2014

WSS Parents,

We are delighted to announce that three of you have raised their hands, so to speak, and volunteered to serve on the Park City Community Council!  As we had exactly three spots open in 2014, an election will not be necessary.  The new parent members of the WSS Community Council are:

Joe Eyring:  Joe is the father of an active WSS 9th grader, and is the Chair of the WSS Fundraising Committee.  He is also a Board Certified colorectal surgeon, and the instructor of the WSS CTE courses in Medical Anatomy and Medical Physiology.

Brandon Hunt: Brandon is the father of an active WSS 10th grader, and serves on the WSS Board of Trustees.  Brandon is also a portfolio manager with Morgan Stanley.

Jane Yager: Jane is the mother of an active WSS 12th grader, and has extensive grant writing experience in the public and the non-profit sectors.  She has served as Chief Economist for the Office of Endangered Species of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

All Community Council meetings and minutes will be open to the public.  Per our earlier announcement, we expect to invite new WSS parents to join the Council in 2015.

WSS Community Council Formation

August 26th, 2014

To all WSS Parents,

In accordance with State and Federal law, we are creating a WSS Community Council to identify goals, strategies, and funding requirements for certain grants and programs available through the Utah State Office of Education, such as the Utah Land Trust Program, funding for at-risk students, etc.  Active WSS parents will play a critical role on this Council.  If you have any interest in serving, please email an announcement of your candidacy, along with a brief bio, to our Head of School, Dave Kaufman, at dkaufman@wintersportsschool.org, by 5pm on Friday of this week, August 29th.  A list of candidates and their bios will be posted to this news blog on Tuesday of next week.  If we receive notification of more candidates than the number of available spots, then an election will be held on Friday, September 5th via secret, secure ballots, collected by Dave in the school office from 8am until 4pm.  If we receive notification of fewer candidates than the number of available spots, then the election will not be necessary.

The term length for each council member is two years, and the time commitment shouldn’t be too burdensome — a rough estimate, given our school size and the relative simplicity of the programs for which we’re eligible to apply, would be ~10 hours each year.  We have three spots available initially, and we expect to grow the council in 2015 so that the two year terms can be staggered for Council members.

Please feel free to contact Dave with any questions at 435-649-8760 or at dkaufman@wintersportsschool.org.

Thank you!

The Winter Sports School in Park City

KSL Dishes on WSS :-)

February 26th, 2014

Many thanks to our friends at KSL for helping to tell our story during the closing weekend of the Olympics — especially to Shara Park, lead reporter on the segment.  We’re sure it’s all just another day at the office for the KSL team, but we were amazed at how quickly they put this piece together and what a wonderful job they did.  There’s a lot of information here crammed into just two minutes.  Have a look and see for yourself.

Thanks again, KSL!

Ted Ligety ’02 Wins Gold in Giant Slalom!

February 19th, 2014

The last time we hit the blog to write about one of our alums, it was about Steve Holcomb ’97 and his penchant for ending 62-year droughts.

How about… forever?  As in, ending a “forever” drought?

Ted Ligety ’02 has done precisely that by winning the first ever Olympic Gold Medal for the United States in Men’s Giant Slalom earlier today.

For once, the world press isn’t talking about a medal snagged by a Winter Sports School alum at the Sochi Games in terms of being “shocking” or “surprising,” as Ted was favored to win this event given his dominance of it for the past several years.  But competing as the favorite carries its own set of pressures, and Ted rose above them to make history for the U.S.

Kudos to you, Ted!  “Proud” doesn’t even begin to describe how we all feel about you.  We’ll see you when you get home… finally, after an epic season.  Enjoy!

For full coverage of the story, please visit USA Today here.

Ted Ligety -- 2014 Sochi Olympics Giant Slalom Flag

Ted Ligety ’02 after winning the Gold in Giant Slalom

Steve Holcomb ’97 Wins Bronze in 2-Man Bobsled!

February 17th, 2014

Ha!  Well, there must be something about the number “62″ that gets Steve Holcomb ’97 especially agitated.  After a 62-year Olympic medal drought for the United States in the 4-Man Bobsled, Steve brought home the Gold Medal from Vancouver in 2010.  Now, in 2014, since the United States Olympic drought had reached the magic 62 years in 2-Man bobsled, Steve once again stepped up and grabbed the required hardware to end it — the Bronze Medal this time.  “If anyone else has a 62-year drought, let me know,” Holcomb said after the conclusion of the event.  “I’ll help you out.”

Way to go, Steve, and we’ll all be watching you later in the week for the 4-Man race!

For full coverage of the event, please visit Yahoo Sports here.

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Steve Holcomb ’97 on his way to 2-Man Bronze!

Andrew Weibrecht ’03 Wins Super-G Silver!

February 16th, 2014

Hey hey!  We’re not sure why the world press is so shocked at Andrew Weibrecht’s thundering Silver Medal run in the Olympic Super-G earlier today.  We can’t be the only ones who remember that Andrew’s a big-game player, what with the bronze he won in the exact same event in Vancouver four years ago.  Can we?  Well, today the lad upgraded himself to silver.  We’re not surprised.  We’re hugely impressed, but not surprised.

Awesome job, Andrew!  We look forward to your Super-G gold in 2018.  :-)

For complete coverage of the race, please visit Yahoo Sports here.

Andrew Weibrecht -- 2014 Olympic Super G

Andrew Weibrecht ’03 Mines Himself Some Sochi Silver

Joss Christensen ’09 Wins Gold in Slopestyle Skiing!

February 13th, 2014

Unbelievable!  Just unbelievable!  Joss Christensen ’09 has just made history by winning the first gold medal in Men’s Slopestyle Skiing ever to be awarded at a Winter Olympic Games.  Joss came into the competition as a bit of an underdog — followers of the sport probably had laid odds a little more favorably on some of Joss’s friends and competitors — but then Joss blew past all expectations not only to medal, but to win the whole shebang, leading a United States podium sweep in the event.

Your world is forever changed now, Joss, but it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person, and we’re all so proud of you.  Enjoy!

For full event coverage and a little more backstory on Joss, please visit espn.com here.

And for those of you who might want to see what Joss looked like as a fledgling competitor back in his high school days, check out this video, created by the man himself during his senior year with us in 2009.  :-)

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Joss Christensen ’09, flying high on his way to Olympic Gold

Michaela Webb ’13 Named National Merit Finalist!

February 13th, 2014

Woo hoo!  Lest we forget, The Winter Sports School is… well… a school.  We take great pride in the athletic accolades racked up by our students and alums, but at the core of our mission is getting our students ready for college.  So we take equal pride in all those graduates who go on to study at the top tier colleges and universities in the nation, and manage to rack up awards and distinctions along the way.  And now Michaela Webb, Class of 2013, has just been named a National Merit Finalist for 2014!  Out of 1.5 million applicants, she’s made it into the top 15,000 — or 1%.  We should know in another few months whether she becomes one of the 8,000 who receive a monetary scholarship award.  Of, course, we’re betting that she will.  :-)

Kudos to you, Michaela!  Outstanding job!

2013 Commencement

Karsten Hokansen ’13, left, Amy Hoyt ’14, center, and Michaela Webb ’13
pose for a photo afterthe Winter Sports School graduation ceremony
Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at the Utah Olympic Park. Christopher Reeves/The Park Record.

Julia Mancuso ’00 Wins Bronze in Super-Combined!

February 10th, 2014

Julia is at it again.  We’re not sure what gets into Julia come Olympics time, but she now has four medals in three consecutive Olympics, and is the most decorated female Alpine Olympian in United States history.  We’re all hopping from one foot to the other to see what happens in Wednesday’s Downhill event.  :-)

Way to go, Julia!   We’re all so proud of you!

For full event coverage, please click here.

 Julia Mancuso ’00 — 2014 Super-Combined Bronze Medalist

WSS February Newsletter

February 10th, 2014

Oo… there’s a lot going on with The Winter Sports School these days!  Please download our February newsletter to get yourself caught up.  :-)

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