Samantha McClellan & Nathan Gunesch
SRD USA and World Cup Supply (WCS) are pleased to announce that the winners of the 2014 SRD/WCS “Fast Skier” Junior Alpine Scholarship Fund awards are Samantha McClellan of Waitsfield, VT, a U16 athlete out of the Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS) and Nathan Gunesch of Government Camp, OR, a U16 athlete out of Mount Hood Academy.
Samantha is a student of the Green Mountain Valley School program based in Sugarbush, VT. As an excellent student, Samantha has also managed to be an active member of several community service committees and a dedicated athlete. Before her time at GMVS she was an accomplished ski racer with the club, Gran Uec, training in Andorra, Pas de La Casa in her home country, Spain.
Nathan is racing out of Mt. Hood Academy and has accumulated a list of impressive race results, including 1st in Giant Slalom and 2nd in Slalom at the PNSA U16 Jr Qualifier. He also placed 1st in Super G at the Lone Peak Speed Series. Described as an intense competitor, Nathan has upheld a humble, polite and sportsmanlike attitude with an encouraging presence on and off the hill. Nathan has maintained a 4.0 GPA during his career at Mt. Hood, and hopes to continue both his education and skiing career.
As the recipients of the 6th annual Scholarship award both Samantha and Nathan will receive $1,500 cash, WC Stealth Jacket and a Speed Suit from SRD USA and a WCS Team jacket, WCS Start Cape and a Vt-Ster backpack from WCS.
“Every year we are astounded by the quality of the applicants. Their commitment to not only ski racing but academics and community service clearly demonstrate how well-rounded these young athletes are. Once again we are offered two awards (male and female) to reinforce the growing importance of this Scholarship and our commitment to helping support their efforts”, noted Barry Levinson of SRD USA. “This year, both Samantha and Nathan’s passion for the sport as well as their scholastic and off-the-mountain contributions made them naturals for this years award.”
“On the heels of doubling our Scholarship by recognizing a deserving male and female, we’re energized by the level of support for the Scholarship through the eBay auctions and the number of great applicants. Both Samantha and Nathan are deserving recipients, model student-athletes and wonderful additions and ambassadors of the Scholarship”, commented Jim Komarmi of World Cup Supply.
We congratulate Samantha and Nathan on being recipients of this year’s awards and wish them all the best both on and off the race course.