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ARC's Running Scholars 2016

By: Rebecca Coolidge Haviland

The Anchorage Running Club (ARC) has many goals to help foster healthy habits and an active lifestyle within our community. One of these goals is to create lifelong learners as well as life-long runners. A major function of the Anchorage RunFest is to raise scholarship funds for Alaska high school runners to help out with their college expenses.  Each year our scholarship committee sifts through dozens of applicants and chooses outstanding students to receive  scholarships. This year the ARC board is pleased to award scholarships in the amount of $2500 each to six deserving Anchorage graduating high school seniors. The ARC  scholarship class of 2016 has demonstrated educational excellence, a commitment to their community and a passion for running.

Meet this year's recipients.

Julia Ditto


School: Polaris K-12
College attending: Alaska Pacific University
Running Resume
2014 XC skiing varsity letter
2014 Service High Track and Field varsity letter
2015 Service XC running varsity letter
2015 Most Improved
Cougar Award
2015 XC skiing varsity letter
2016 XC skiing varsity letter

About Julia
Julia hopes to earn a masters degree in geology or glaciology from Alaska Pacific University as well as becoming a graphic novelist. She has volunteered with Singletrack Advocates building and maintaining trails near BLM and Kincaid and helped to install new trail signs on the singletrack bike trails near Hilltop. She has spent time helping to maintain Polaris’ schoolyard habitat, been a member of the school Environmental Club, has worked on a school mural and participated in Trick-or-Treat  for UNICEF. Julia has volunteered at the Service High School ski team waxing clinics as well as coached young kids at the Service High track and field camp. Julia comes from a family of outdoor extremists and has a lifelong passion for running.


Kaitlyn Bailly


School: South Anchorage High School
College attending: Concordia University
Running Resume
South varsity XC team four years
South varsity track team three years
2012 Fastest Freshman
2013 Fourth place at Regions XC
2014 Second place 4x800 at regions
2014 Fourth place in the 400m at regions
2013 MVP 2013 Cook Inlet Conference
Award for XC 2015 Most Inspirational



About Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn plans to pursue a degree in nursing and become a neonatal nurse. She has volunteered at Providence Alaska Medical Center and hopes to become a Certified Nursing Assistant over the sum- mer. Kaitlyn ran both varsity track and cross country for South High School as well as the Alaska Running Academy and Team Alaska Track Club. She has been running almost her entire life and has
spent many winters in the Dome perfecting her form and trying to get better. She likes that running is a challenge, but that anyone can be a runner. She is committed to run cross-country and track and field at Concordia University in Portland

Tynan Jordan

School: Chugiak High School
College attending: Boise State University
Running Resume
1st at XC Regions - 10th grade
2nd at XC State – 10th grade
1st in XC Regions – 11th grade
3rd at XC State – 11th grade
10th Nike Cross Nationals – 11th grade
5th 1500m at the Oregon Relays – 11th grade
1st 1600m and the 800m at Region track meet – 11th grade
2nd 400m at Region track meet – 11th grade
2nd 1600m at State track meet – 11th grade
Chugiak school record for the 1,600m – 11th grade
Undefeated during the XC season – 12th grade
First in XC Regions – 12th grade
First in XC State – 12th grade
Chugiak school record for the 800m– 12th grade
First in 1600m and 800m Region track meet – 12th grade
First in 1600m State track meet – 12th grade

About Ty
Ty plans to major in biology at Boise State and minor in Spanish, German and art. He hopes to become a biomedical researcher as well as run professionally. He has run cross country and track every year since sixth grade. Ty has been a part of TEA Club and Key Club and performed more than 200 hours of community service as a member of both clubs. He has also volunteered at aid stations for local race

Derek Steele

School: South Anchorage High School
College attending: Colorado School of Mines
Running Resume:
Fastest Freshman Award
9th at XC Regions – 9th grade
XC running MVP – 10th grade
Cook Inlet Cup Champion – 10th grade
2nd place in 1600m at Region track meet – 10th grade
2nd place in 3200m at Region track meet – 10th grade
XC team captain  - 11th grade
Most Inspirational Award – 11th grade
3rd in 1600m at Region track meet – 11th grade
2nd in 3200m at Region track meet – 11th grade
XC MVP – 12th grade
4th at XC Regions – 12th grade
6th at XC state meet – 12th grade
2nd overall in the Skinny Raven Frightening 4K – 12th grade
Varsity XC running and member of the State team: 9th – 12th grades
Varsity track team and member of the State team: 9th – 12th grades

About Derek
Derek will major in chemical engineering at Colorado School of Mines and run cross-country and track. He plans to return to Alaska after college to work in the oil industry. Derek has run with the Alaska Track Club and Alaska Running Academy as well as participated in many
community running events. He is also very active in community service helping with everything from renovating a church on a mission trip, leading worship at his church,
passing out food to the homeless, volunteering at running events and helping elementary school kids with science projects.

Nathanael Salima

School: Grace Christian School
College attending: Seattle Pacific University
Running Resume
XC running - sophomore through senior years
Mount Marathon race junior division – 2 years
Mount Marathon men’s division – 1 year

About Nathanael
Nathanael is planning on majoring in computer science at Seattle Pacific University.
He has always been interested in computers and hopes to write software
that makes a difference in everyday life. Nathanael has coached after-school basketball
for elementary school kids for three years and traveled to villages around
the state to hold assemblies, open gyms and pancake breakfasts. He also teaches
Sunday School for first- through third-grade boys and hosts Bible study for the
boys at his school on Sunday nights. Nathanael is the first runner from his family
and was the only Samoan to run cross-country for his school.

Jacob Walsh

School: Eagle River High School
College attending: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Running Resume
XC running varsity team – 2012-15
Most Improved Runner – 2013
XC State team – 2014-15
First place in the 4th heat of the New Balance Urban XC Classic – 2014
Ninth at XC Regions – 2014
20th at XC State meet – 2014
XC running team captain – 2014-15
Varsity track team – 2015-16
Eagle River High 5K record (16:26) – 2015
Eagle River High record 3200m (9:52) – 2015
MVP – 2015
10th at XC Regions – 2015
11th at XC State meet – 2015
Second in 4x800m at Region track meet – 2015
Fourth in 4x800m at State track meet – 2015
Third in 3200m at Region track meet – 2015
Seventh in 3200m at State track meet - 2015

About Jacob
Jacob will study geology or mechanical engineering as well as run
on the cross-country team at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and
hopes to stay in Alaska after college. He has been running cross country
since the eighth grade and track his junior and senior years
of high school. He is very active in the community volunteering for
cleanup days, church fundraisers, Junior Nordic ski scraping, helping
at the Mayor’s Marathon and his school’s fall carnival.


ARC Scholarship Recipients
2007 2008 2009 2010
2011 2012 2013 2014
2015 2016