Anchorage Running Club 2012 Scholarship Recipients
Article by Rebecca Coolidge
Rebecca Anne Farr
Graduated from East High School.
Rebecca ran varsity distance track her freshman and sophomore years and participated in cross-country running all four years of high school earning varsity letters for each year. She served as team captain beginning her sophomore year and was awarded Most Valuable during her sophomore season. Her junior year she came in 13th at regions.
Rebecca had demonstrated a commitment to her community through multiple volunteer organizations. She has been an assistant camp councilor and assistant riding instructor as Solid Rock Bible Camp, a math tutor at Russian Jack Elementary School and taught elementary students basic science during Science Days. She has also shown a deep commitment to animal welfare by volunteering with Anchorage Animal Control, serving as a Pet Emergency Treatment volunteer and by teaching children how to train service dogs.
Rebecca has been accepted at the University of Edinburgh and Washington State University. She plans to pursue a career in veterinary medicine and hopes to donate time to animal therapy and rescue organizations. She would also like to train and maintain healthy service animals for people with disabilities.
Graduated from West Anchorage High School.
Douglas has participated in cross-country running at West Anchorage High School for three years earning 3 varsity letters. He was a co-captain his senior year and helped motivate his team by leading warm-ups, stretches and team cheers.
Douglas is a member of the National Honor Society and has volunteered with Creek Clean-up, Range Clean-up and course support and setup for many community running and skiing events. He has also volunteered with the West High School Partners Club, PTSA and Douglas has raised hundreds of dollars for research in childhood cancer by shaving his head for St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
Douglas will be attending the University of Michigan to pursue a degree in chemical engineering with a focus on materials science and hopes to continue his education and earn his masters degree. His goal is to become involved in designing sports composites like new weaving techniques for ski poles or new types of rubber for running shoes. .
Maxwell Kepes Romey
Graduated from Robert Service High School.
Running has had a great effect on Max both through the work he put into it and the rewards he has received from it. Max ran track and cross-country all four years of high school. In track he was Most Improved for 2009, 2010, and 2011 and came in sixth in the 3200m at state. In cross-country Max was Most Improved for 2009 and received an ASAA Good Sport Athlete Award in 2010. In 2010 he was 2nd at regionals and 10th at state and in 2011 he was 1st at regionals and 2nd at state.
A National Honor Society member for three years, Max has spent many hours giving back to his community. He has volunteered with the Service High School Partner’s Club, Participated in the Rose Urban Rural Exchange where he spent time as a student ambassador in rural Alaska. Max also delivered groceries to those in need with Fellowship in Serving Humanity and collaborated with CMCA, Volunteers of America and the Service Spanish Club to created an anti-teen drinking PSA.
Max will attend Western Washington University where he is enrolled in the studio arts program at the Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. He plans to attain a Bachelors of Fine Arts and hopes to be introduced to a variety of artistic and creative fields, which he will use to make his mark on the world.
Graduated from Robert Service High School.
Elizabeth has a genuine love of running, participating in track all four years of high school competing in the 400 and 800 and cross-country for three years. She enjoys traveling all over the country running races with her family.
Elizabeth has shown her dedication to her community as a volunteer for many different sports events. She has helped with course setup and tear down for the Tuesday Night Race Series, the Women’s Gold Nugget Triathlon, the Ski for Kids, Tour of Anchorage and Mayor’s Marathon as well as clean up for the Arctic Bicycle Club and the Alaska Triathlon Club. In addition to the hours spent volunteering at sports events, Elizabeth spends time volunteering at the Anchorage Animal Shelter, the Students Helping Students fundraiser for music education in Fairview and at the Covenant House Annual Vigil.
Elizabeth has been accepted to the University of Vermont, Northwestern University and the University of New Hampshire. She will pursue a degree in business and plans to return to Alaska to open her own small business. Elizabeth hopes college will help her grow personally and professionally while helping her prepare for the future.