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Five CVA athletes to represent the U.S. at Junior World Champions

Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA) is pleased to announce the following student/athletes have earned the honor of  representing the USA at this year's Federation International de Ski (FIS) Junior World Championships: Rollie Zagnoli '14 (boardercross), Keegan Kilbride '14 (park & pipe skiing), Nessa Dziemian '12  (moguls), and Mike Hayes from the CVA Weekend Program (skiercross).

This major event will bring together the top junior competitors from across the globe to Valmalenco, Italy between March 26 and April 6. Competitors are invited based on their cumulative results throughout the season.

The results from the Junior World Championships will determine the best overall junior competitors in each discipline and age class. The event is also a proving ground for those athletes that aspire to train and compete for their national teams.

In addition to the above athletes, 2013 graduate and current PG athlete Sam Morse qualified for the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships that took place in Jasna, Slovakia in early March. Morse earned a 7th place finish overall, 2nd in his U18 age group.

"We are extremely proud to have five athletes from five different disciplines qualify for Junior Worlds this year," said CVA Head of School Kate Webber Punderson. "This is the most substantial representation we have ever had for these events." 


About Carrabassett Valley Academy: CVA began operations in 1969 to help racers and freestylers sharpen their skills for competitive skiing. In the winter of 1982-83, spurred by visionary H. King Cummings and other pioneers, CVA opened its doors for the first time as a five-month winter-term tutorial program. CVA's charge was to develop a school for student-athletes based on the Greek ideal of developing equally the body, mind and spirit. In 1989, CVA became the first academy in the country to offer a snowboarding program. For more information, please visit


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