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KMS’s Allison Benedict takes silver in dual moguls, sixth in moguls, at the USSA Freestyle/Freeskiing Junior National Championships in Park City, Utah

Killington Mountain School senior Allison Benedict, of Scarsdale, N.Y., took second place on Sunday, March 10, in the USSA Junior National Dual Moguls Championships in Park City, Utah. She finished sixth overall and third in her age category in Thursday's moguls competition.

"I love the sport and I love to win," said Benedict. "I love the adrenaline rush you receive when you compete and the satisfaction you get from completing a goal." Benedict entered the season with three goals including qualifying for the Junior World Championships. She began skiing at age 2 and freestyle skiing at age 7.

The Junior Nationals consist of moguls, dual moguls, aerials, big air, halfpipe, aerials and slopestyle. The Junior Nationals bring together the top junior competitors from each of USSA's regional divisions. Results determine who are the best overall junior competitors in each discipline and the best competitor in each age class.

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In age-category results for moguls, Chittenden's Olivia Giaccio, a KMS seventh grader, won the F4 class and  took 38th overall. Hannah Soar finished third in the F3 class and 26th overall. Pittsfield's Christina O'Brien finished 35th overall.

In men's competition, eighth-grader Sam Gnoza, of Mendon, took second overall in the combined category, third in the M3 class in moguls, and finished 33rd overall in Thursday's moguls competition. Abe Studler finished 29th overall in the moguls competition, followed by Gnoza, Myles Frendel, of Mahwah, N.J., in 44th, and Trevor Wahl, of Furlong, Penn., in 53rd. Studler qualified for the round of 16 in dual moguls competition as did Georgia Wood, of New York, N.Y.

Killington Mountain School is a fully approved Vermont independent school whose mission is to inspire students to pursue excellence in academics and athletics in a culture that promotes integrity, leadership, responsibility, and respect. KMS freestyle alumni include: Bryan Zemba '10, 2013 U.S. Ski Team Member and Junior World Freestyle Champion; Michael Morse '99, 2010 Olympian and 2008 National Champion in moguls and dual moguls; Evan Dybvig '97 - Nagano and Salt Lake Olympics, Two-time National Champion; Luke Westerlund '98 - 2004 US National Mogul Champion; Evan Rapps '96, who skied for the U.S. Freestyle Team but is known for his musical interests and a successful career in the skiing community as one of the innovators in the freeride movement; and Olympian and four-time World Pro Tour Champion Chuck Martin.

To learn more about alpine, snowboard, freestyle, and freeride training and opportunities, visit www.killingtonmountainschool.org or call 802.422.KMS1.