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MICHAEL COOPER (2013 Recipient)

This season has definitely been rough. It started out great with some early season speed races at Copper Mountain in December which went very well for me. It was my first time running a true Downhill and it was some of the most fun skiing I've ever had. Later in December, I had some tech races at Mammoth, CA and scored well in my GS to start my FIS points at a fairly low number. Unfortunately, early January I contracted Mononucleosis which kept me off snow for about 5 weeks. I was planning on traveling to Europe to race over there with the National Training Group, but being really sick prevented me from going. It was a rather quick recovery according to my doctor especially for someone with Mono. My first race back was the Elite Tech series in Snow King, Wyoming which turned out to be pretty good. The results from those races qualified me to go to U18 Nationals at Copper Mountain, Colorado. One of my main goals for U18s was to place top ten in one of the tech events, but unfortunately I didn't achieve that goal. Some goals are supposed to be extremely hard which helps me push myself even further.

One of the most frustrating parts about ski racing is not achieving goals that you have set for yourself. Goals can seem like a promise to yourself that you will work hard and achieve great things in the future, which makes goals very disappointing when we don't achieve them. Goals are just small steps in the direction of everyones' success and even if you don't achieve some, there will be plenty of others for you to work after.  Every ski racer has felt those frustrating moments where we just want to give up, but you have to learn that no matter where you are in you skiing career, you still have time. This has been something that I have been struggling with this year. My initial thought when I didn't achieve some of my goals was, "Well thats the end of that and I won't get another chance". I was completely wrong and it was a terrible thing to tell myself. For a while this year, I wasn't able to get past the mental block that I had created for myself and it was a struggle to find motivation. I knew I had to find a different way to think about things and so I came up with three things that will helped me to figure out how I could get through this tough part in my career. These three things are, to hard work, make small goals, and a keep a continuing positive attitude. With small goals and hard work, and individual can feel confident that they are progressing with their career. Small goals should be realistic with a relatively short time frame. An example of a small goal could be, "keep my hands up all the way down a course". The hard work the individual puts in to this small goal can lead to great strides in their career. If the individual continues to make small goals and continues to work hard, they can feel much more confident in their own success no matter what level they may be competing at. The final thing, keeping a good attitude, is always tough. Like I said before, goals are not promises and not all of them will succeed, but keeping a good attitude and continuing to work hard even if you fail, will definitely help out in the success of your athletic career. I have been thinking about these things for a about a month and I have already seen improvements towards my skiing and the confidence that I have in myself. With this all said, its still not a direct path to success and it is definitely not easy, but if you find the right motivation to work hard, anything is possible.


HANNAH UTTER (2013 Recipient)

After 4 years as a U14 I was excited for my first year as a U16 and all that it would bring.

My prep period was much the same this year as previous years; lots of athletic training, soccer, theater and on-snow time. Also like other years my season has had some ups and downs. I’ve had some good crashes but fortunately only minor injuries. Overall though, I am pleased with how my season has evolved.  I have also enjoyed a few new experiences this year.

Thanks to the financial help from the scholarship from SRD and World Cup Supply, I was able to go to Austria to train and race with my team.  One of the highlights of my season so far was racing my first SG at the Salzburg Championships at Kitzbuel.

Next on my list of firsts, I am heading out to the U16 National Championship’s in Park City, UT.  I am excited to meet other U16’s from around the country and see what the competition is like. Thanks again for your support.


STEPHANIE SCHOTT (2009 Recipient)

• Made US Devo team but got injured

• Learned to play golf sophomore year, junior year won State Championship

• State Championships for Track & Field

• Accepted to the Leadership Program of the; Coast Guard Academy, Air Force Academy and Army National Guard

• Continues to do community service in her home town and Mexico

• Honored to be studying at the Honors College of the University of Utah. A very prestigious program only accepting 500 students per year. Her major is Computer Science.


KARINA SCHWARTZNAU (2010 Recipient)

• Last Summer traveled to New Zealand with Treble Cone Academy

• Last season raced in Nor-Am races with great results as well as an 8th in Super G at J2 Nationals.

• Headed to Chile in September

• Lots of community service with a focus on environment and folks struggling to make ends meet.


ANDREW BLACK (2011 Recipient)

• 4.0 gpa student

• Switching from Schweitzer to Mission Ridge

• Goal to Lower super G, GS and SL point to below 100 all accomplished

• This fall Quarterback varsity football, Lewis & Clark High School.


2009 Recipient Stephanie Schott Teaches in Mexico over Spring Break:

April 12, 2010:

Laden with hundreds of dollars of school and art supplies she purchased, Rowmarker Stephanie Schott enjoyed teaching art class—in Spanish—to elementary students at the Netzahualcoyotl Primary School & Kindergarten for indigenous Indian children in central Mexico over Spring Break.

“She's absolutely extraordinary!” commented Lisa Martin, founder of The Netza School Project. “Helping our program since she was 11 years old, Stephanie is one of our youngest and most consistent annual supporters. Through the years, she has shared her jewelry-making and babysitting money and sent funds to help purchase school supplies. Her drive in ski racing shows in her effort and passion helping these children, who until two years ago, she had never met. It exemplifies how one young person can make a difference in the lives of so many more.”

Stephanie is a sophomore in Spanish II at Rowland Hall. Inspired by the Netza school children to switch from studying French to learning Spanish last year, she gave it her best effort in teaching art to first graders as well as sixth graders. “She did a great job teaching and the kids responded beautifully,” Ms. Martin said. The Netzahualcoyotl Primary School and Kindergarten is a state-certified school with 340 elementary students ages 5-12 who are indigenous Indian and urban migrant poor; most families live on less than $2 per day. The school gives the children not only a chance to learn, but a hope of a better future.

The many smiles in the photos express the joy of having a special watercolor class— in an art exhibition at the end of each class, the children proudly shared with classmates what they would do over Easter break. In addition to lots of supplies, Stephanie shared colorful pencils as a gift for each child in the school. Something as simple as a pencil is a treasure to these children!

You can learn more about Stephanie’s passion in helping the indigenous Indian children of Escuela Netzahualcoyotl by logging onto http://netzaproject.org/.  A tax deductible donation of any size is welcomed by the program and can make a tangible difference.