Coaches doled out awards and appreciation Thursday during the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's alpine awards banquet for the A, J1, J2, J3 and Travel Teams (ages 13-19).
Awards were divided into J1-J2 Intermountain Division (J1/J2 IMD), J3 IMD Team and C-Travel Team. In addition, there were special awards including the Howard Dean Scholarship, which went to Haley Cutler.
Longevity Awards—Tanner Farrow and Harlan Collins.
Mountain Kidd—Harlan Collins.
J1/J2 IMD—Most Valuable: Teagen Palmer and Tanner Farrow. Most Improved: Petra Zeiler and Connor Farrow. Most Inspirational: Reta Flynt and Connor Farrow.
J3 IMD—Most Valuable: Jordan Fitzgerald and Will Harder. Most Improved: Julia Vorsteveld and Tanner Josey. Most Inspirational: Julia Vorsteveld and Will Harder.
C-Travel—Most Valuable: Sage Rheinschild and Yuri McClure. Most Improved: Isabella Welsh and Mac Mizer. Most Inspirational: Margot Griffith and Yuri McClure.
Engl Awards—Reta Flynt and Collin Waycott.
Odmark Awards—Natalie Vorsteveld, Hallie McPherson, Tanner Dirstine and Will Snyder.
Academic Award—Taylor Adler.
SVSEF scholastic awards
Hitting the books as hard as the slopes, grade 9-12 student/athletes of the SVSEF compiled impressive grade-point averages during winter.
The Nordic Ski Team boosted its fall GPA from 3.64 to 3.66 during the winter. In all, 72% qualified for the SVSEF Academic Elite Team, boasting GPAs of 3.5 or higher. With some members traveling more than 40 days, the Alpine Team knuckled down for a GPA of 3.41 and 55% of the team had GPAs of 3.5 or higher.
Half of the Freestyle Team qualified for Academic Elite status, and the group GPA was 3.33 for the winter, up from 3.21 in fall. The Snowboard Team amassed a GPA of 3.16, 36% earning GPAs of 3.5 or higher.