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Hilary Lindh Scholarship Winners announced

Posted: December 20, 2012 - 1:19am
Hilary Lindh runs the course on her namesake hill during a Juneau Ski Club race last season.
Hilary Lindh runs the course on her namesake hill during a Juneau Ski Club race last season.

The Eaglecrest Board of Directors announced the winners of the 2012-13 Hilary Lindh Season Pass Scholarships on Monday. According to a press release 20 very strong applicants made the selection difficult for the committee. This years winners are Claire Engstrom, Iosefa Allen, Daniella Fincher and Dalton Hoy.

Engstrom is a 4th Grader at Gastineau Elementary School. Her favorite thing is “Snow” and she loves to jump over hills and going through the Eaglecrest trees. She is an active runner in her school’s marathon club and has finished top 3 in many races she has set her sights on. Claire plans to celebrate her winnings by getting a basket of her favorite Eaglecrest French Fries and dip them in her cup of Hot Chocolate.

Allen is a 1st Grader at Riverbend Elementary School. He is extremely excited to use his pass to learn to snowboard. Iosefa is an active in swimming, marathon club and has jumped with the Riverbend Ropers. He loves everything outdoors and is excited to take on snowboarding this season. To celebrate, Iosefa said he plans to go snowboarding with his Mom.

Fincher is a 12th Grader at Yaakoosge Daakahidi High School. She is an exceptional student with a 4.0 GPA, is preparing for college and her ultimate goal is to have a career in nursing. Daniella is an extremely hardworking and empathetic individual. One teacher referred to her work ethic as “exceptional” and described her personality as “contagious, sincere and kind.” Daniella intends to further her snowboarding abilities and hopes to even give skiing another go.

Hoy is a 6th Grader at D’zantik’i Heeni Middle School. Dalton is an active young man who participates in hockey, plays trumpet in his school’s band as well as cello in the Student Symphony. A teacher of his says Dalton has “an abundance of energy and is a natural athlete with promising ability.” He is very excited to receive this scholarship to be able to spend more time with his friends and family on the mountain at Eaglecrest.

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.

Lindh stated she did not recall what she initially thought at that time, “It has always been an honor to have this named after me.”

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. Transportation, ski gear and lift tickets are a welcome part of the scholarship.

“It is important to get kids involved and to see what is up at Eaglecrest because a lot of people do not have the resources to go,” Lindh said. “It is a great opportunity for people to see a part of the CBJ that they may not be able to take advantage of normally or as fully as they would like to.”

Continued Lindh, “The thing I like about it is the application. There are questions about what goals the applicant has and what they like about skiing. I think it is cool to see kids that have the initiative to get the application, fill it out, and get references and to actually make that a goal itself. It is just a neat way to reward kids that are making things happen for themselves.”

The press release stated that Eaglecrest would like to thank all those who applied for the scholarships.

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