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The Eaglecrest Ski Area Board of Directors recently announced the recipients of the 2008 Hilary Lindh Season Pass Scholarship.
The board usually awards two season pass scholarships, one to a boy and one to a girl in grades K-12, but this year decided to double the number.
Winners are 10th-grader Megan Axmaker, second-grander Cedar Keaton Miles, eighth-grader Mizani Rawhani, and eighth-grader Ashlynn Kay.
Axmaker is homeschooled through Interior Distance Education of Alaska. She has been skiing for the past three years but has never had an Eaglecrest season pass. In addition to skiing, she is a competitive figure skater, winning multiple gold medals in figure skating competitions. She plans to apply the same determination and practice to skiing that she has in other winter sports, with the possibility of one day becoming a ski instructor or a member of the ski patrol.
Miles is also homeschooled through the IDEA program. Although he can't "remember ever not wanting to ski," he said skiing teaches him to be confident and determined and that he would like to be on the next "Snow Search." At 7 years old, he is described by his teacher as passionate, energetic and enthusiastic.
A student at Floyd Dryden Middle School, Rawhani plans to buy an Eaglecrest Snow Bus pass (with his own money) so he can ski every weekend. He believes that to ski well he must "practice, practice, practice." Seeing as Rawhani weighs only 100 pounds and is not yet 5 feet tall, he thinks skiing would be a great athletic alternative to playing football.
Finally, Kay is another Floyd Dryden student. A straight-A student, she is a student council representative and member of the FDTV News Team. Her goals for her season pass include "skiing every Saturday and Sunday." Her application emphasized the thrill she gets by skiing downhill.
The Hilary Lindh Season Pass Scholarship applications are judged on academic excellence, competitive spirit and financial need. Each applicant is required to submit answers to application questions, two letters of reference, and proof of academic achievement.
The applicants in this year's pool were both passionate and qualified, and it was a difficult process for the selection committee to pick the winners, the board said. Because of the quality of the applications, and to show appreciation to all who participated, the board will extend a complimentary All Mountain Lift Ticket good for any one day of the Eaglecrest 2008-2009 season to each of the applicants.