Off and Running
One of the goals of the Big Wild Life Runs is to raise scholarship funds for Alaska high school runners to help out with their education expenses. Each year the Anchorage Running Club (ARC) sifts through dozens of applicants and chooses outstanding students to receive college scholarships. This year the ARC board is pleased to award six $2,500 college scholarships to deserving Anchorage students. Thanks to the success of Anchorage Running Club programs, the total scholarship amount has been increased by $3,000 from 2013 for a total of $15,000 in scholarship awards. The ARC scholarship class of 2014 has demonstrated educational excellence, a commitment to their community and a passion for running.
Grace Christian School
Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. There she plans to pursue a degree in elementary education and hopes to become certified to teach English as a second language (ESL).
- Freshman year – Region III Championship – First place
- Cross-country State Championship – Second Place
- 3A State Freestyle Race – First Place
- Sophomore year – Region III Championship – first place
- State – first place
- Junior year – Regions – second place
- State – fourth place
- Grace Christian track and field – 4x200, 4x400, 4x800 and open 400.
Elle has been participating in community events with her family since she was just a little runner. She has a long list of running accomplishments to her credit including both school and community events. Elle’s dream is to teach English to children in different countries around the world.
East High School
John will attend the University of Alaska Anchorage where he plans to major in mechanical engineering with a minor in geomatics. He also plans to ski competitively and run recreationally.
- 1st in 4a regional xc championships 2012
- Cross Country State Championship – top ten finish 2013
John started running in the second grade as part of the Roger’s Park Running Club and continued to run through middle and high school. He made steady progress and improved his running over the years and finished his high school running career with a top ten finish at the Cross Country State Championships.
Robert Service High School
Maria will attend Williams College in the fall where she plans to pursue a degree in Economics and possibly Music. She looks forward to joining the Williams Outdoor Club, and spending time running on trails in the nearby Berkshires.
- Service High School XC running varsity letter
- Team captain 2013
- Coach’s Choice Award 2013
Living in Anchorage has afforded Maria many opportunities to enjoy running. School sports, the local running community and the extensive trail system have all contributed to her love of running. Running is incredibly important to Maria as it keeps her physically fit, full
of energy and brightens her mood.
West Anchorage High School
Eli will attend Stanford University in the fall.
- West Anchorage High School XC running varsity letter - four times
- Team Captain XC 2013
- Team Captain Track 2013-14
- Two-time state championship qualifier
- Good Sport Award 2011
- Steve Prefontaine Award 2011 and 2012
Eli is an accomplished runner, skier and academic. In addition to his many running accomplishments he served as treasurer of the National Honor Society, was a course leader of the youth staff for National Youth Leadership Training and was a student representative and secretary of the Parent Teacher Student Association. Eli is an Eagle Scout and played the French horn in the Anchorage Youth Symphony for three years.
Chugiak High School
Tim will attend the University of Alaska Anchorage and plans to study construction management and Architectural engineering.
- Running team captain
- Chugiak High XC running – lettered four times
- Chugiak High Track and Field – lettered four times
Tim earned academic letters all four years at Chugiak High School. Running is a major part of Tim’s life. His focus is on running for fun and enjoyment, especially in the summertime. Tim plans to run in college and his next big challenge is to run a one hundred-mile race
West Anchorage High School
Kate will attend Tufts University where she will double major in economics and mathematics. Kate will run on both the track and cross country teams.
- West High XC running – lettered four times
- West High Track – lettered three times
- Joan Benoit Samuelson award 2010
Kate loves to run. Whether she’s on trails, mountains or the track, running brigs her great joy. In addition to athletics, Kate is a member of her school’s Amnesty International Charter and volunteers at Bean’s Café and Anchorage Youth Court.