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Okemo Mountain School’s Anna Valentine nominated for U.S. Snowboard Rookie Team


LUDLOW, Vt. – Okemo Mountain School snowboarder Anna Valentine (Class of 2018), of Sparta, N.J., was nominated recently for the U.S. Snowboard Rookie Team for Halfpipe.  Valentine will continue to attend OMS for her senior year and work with Head Snowboard Coach Luke Bonang, while also having the support of the U.S.  Snowboard Team at competitions. She will be able to attend U.S. Team projects and training camps. This nomination comes at the end of an incredible season for Valentine. Highlights include placing second in both the FIS Junior World Snowboard Championships and the Swiss National Europa Cup, two U.S. Revolution Tour podiums, and winning the Women’s Open Class for Halfpipe at USASA Nationals.

Head Snowboard Coach Luke Bonang said, “I couldn’t be more stoked for Anna! She has been a part of this program since she was only 8 years old, and it has been amazing to watch her grow and develop as an athlete.  This nomination to the U.S. Rookie Team couldn’t be more well-deserved! Anna has a timeless style in her snowboarding and I am excited to watch her continue to make her mark on the sport.”  

“Anna is an incredible student-athlete who pushes herself to succeed at the highest levels both on the hill and in the classroom.” said Head of School Mariel Meringolo. “Furthermore, she is simply an absolute pleasure to have as a part of our school community. I couldn’t be more proud of her and look forward to supporting her during her senior year with us.”
Okemo Mountain School is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to the academic and athletic development of serious snow sports athletes. Student-athletes are given the opportunity to train in alpine ski racing, snowboarding, freestyle skiing, while pursuing a rigorous course of academic study.

Further information about Okemo Mountain School may be obtained by contacting Mariel Meringolo at or (802) 228-1513. 


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Okemo Mountain Resort | 77 Okemo Ridge Road | Ludlow, VT 05149
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