An ELHS student with a cold winter passion
BY HANNAH VANASSE
Many ELHS students know senior Reagan Masson for her outgoing, optimistic, and bubbly personality. Her 5"1’ stance and blonde bob is often seen rushing around the halls to catch up with teachers or chat with friends. She plays field hockey in the fall, and rows in the spring. In the winter, however, she takes the New England love for skiing to a new level.
Masson devotes her winter weekends to instructing skiing at Cannon Mountain in Franconia, New Hampshire--nearly four hours away from East Lyme. Both her and her dad, Joseph Masson, make the drive nearly every weekend.
Skiing is rooted deeply within Masson’s family, which has influenced her to carry on her skill to others. Her dad started skiing in his twenties, and her parents put her in ski lessons at the early age of two.
"I am very proud of her because she is paying it forward. Someone who was patient took the time to teach her when she was little," said her mom, Maureen Masson. Skiing allows Reagan to spend more time with her family.
"Skiing means a lot to my family. It allows me to spend a lot more time with my dad, and that has made us become closer," said Masson.
She originally wanted to work in the program aiding handicapped skiers, but ended up "just really loving skiing with the kids."
Masson especially values the relationships she forms with her students: "They are fun to be around. They are their own people. They are not worried about anyone else, and they are relaxed."
Her positivity and ability to connect with the kids has caught the attention of her coworkers.
"Reagan is the kind of friend that can bring a smile to your face no matter the day. She is a joy to work with. She always keeps the work environment positive," said coworker Kyle Lyndes, sophomore at the New Hampshire Technical Institute.
Although this commitment could have led to more stress in Reagan’s already hectic schedule, it has actually had the reverse affect.
"Being a ski instructor increased her responsibility, and improved her ability to manage stressful, difficult situations," Mr. Masson said.