The Eaglecrest Board of Directors announced the winners of the 2011-12 Hilary Lindh Season Pass Scholarships on Friday. They are Ella Goldstein, Isaak Avenson, Briana Sievenpiper, and Preston Perfors.
“We received 29 applications this year and the selection committee had some difficult decisions,” said Eaglecrest Ski Area’s Jeffra Clough.
Ella Goldstein is in 2nd grade, has been skiing since the age of 4 and loves “having hot chocolate and French Fries” after a day of skiing. Ella plans to use her Hilary Lindh Season Pass to ski with the Juneau Ski Club’s Mighty Might program this season and plans to challenge herself to ski with the Devo ski racers. In her spare time she is very active with her synagogue, plays the violin and enjoys taking on a leadership role in the classroom.
“I am going to invite a few friends over and make cupcakes and make a cake and it will be a party,” Goldstein said of celebrating the scholarship.
Isaak Avenson is in 3rd grade and has never been to Eaglecrest. Avenson has snowboarded elsewhere before and absolutely loves it. He plans to learn to ski and improve his snowboarding skills with lots of practice now that he has received the Hilary Lindh Season Pass. Isaak is an exemplary student in all subjects and is an active member of his school’s Marathon Club and enjoys all athletics and outdoor activities Avenson hopes to bring his whole family to Eaglecrest and celebrate by snowboarding, skiing and sledding.
Briana Sievenpiper is in 8th grade and is described by her middle school teachers as being Intelligent, industrious and considerate. Sievenpiper loves skiing and this will be her very first Eaglecrest season pass. In addition to skiing, Briana is actively involved in many school clubs, soccer, and plans to participate in volleyball and cross-country this year. Sievenpiper stated her mother was her inspiration.
“She is a single mom raising 4 girls,” Sievenpiper wrote in her application. “My sisters and I throw so much at her sometimes, that I don’t know how she handles it, but she does and I love her for that.”
Preston Perfors is in 9th grade and recently moved to Juneau from Oklahoma with his 3 siblings. This will be Preston’s first Eaglecrest Season Pass and he plans to ski and snowboard at least once a week throughout the season. On his application high school teacher of Preston’s refers to him as a “remarkably brave and hardworking young man.”
When asked who inspires him, Preston wrote, “My brother (and guardian) David.”
The Hilary Lindh Season Pass Scholarship program was established in 1992 in recognition of Hilary’s silver medal in the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics and of the hard work that she has dedicated to downhill ski racing. Each year the Eaglecrest Board of Directors awards four season passes to one girl and one boy in grades K through 5, as well as one boy and one girl in grades 6 through 12.
Events on Eaglecrest include: The Snowsports School Holiday Camps are Dec. 19-22 and Dec. 27-30; Annual Christmas Eve Celebration Dec. 24; and the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Adaptive Exams Dec. 28-31. Juneau Ski Club races are on Jan. 15 and Jan. 21-22. The Juneau Ski Club Jr. Olympic Qualifier Series is Feb. 18-20.
January is also Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Eaglecrest is the only ski area in Alaska to participate in this effort to get folks out skiing and snowboarding.