Aug 21, 2018

BOYNE Honors 2017-18 Beyond the Slopes Winners

Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain honored the 2017/18 Beyond the Slopes winners during an awards presentation held recently at Boyne Mountain Resort.  Winners included Jurgen Griswold of Ellsworth Community School, Kathryn Rohrer of Charlevoix Elementary, and Allison Shaw of Petoskey Middle School.  Beyond the Slopes is an optional part of BOYNE's long-standing Student Freeride Program that further incentivizes students to benefit their academic future while making a positive difference in the lives of others. 

First place winner Jurgen Griswold's project was titled "Sticking to Kindness Everyday." The 6th grader shared encouraging and inspiring notes on his classmate's lockers in an anti-bullying movement.  The project launched in September during Suicide Prevention Month with a goal of spreading kindness, and many in the school were impacted by this act of positivity.  As the winning project, Griswold received a $1,000 BOYNE Gift Card and a 2018/19 Gold Pass for his mentor.

Second place winner, Kathryn Rohrer, a 6th grader at Charlevoix Elementary, submitted a project titled "STEM Girls."   Rohrer created a program for 5th and 6th grade girls to have fun while learning about the importance of STEM subjects.  Girls in the program learned Scratch coding, conducted science experiments and competitions, and made a Rube Goldberg machine.  For her project, Rohrer earned a $500 BOYNE Gift Card and her mentor received a 2018/19 Silver Pass.

Petoskey Middle School 8th grader, Allison Shaw, submitted the third place project.  Her project "Better Bags" repurposed bird seed and animal feed bags into reusable bags for Manna Food Project to distribute food in to those in need.  Shaw cleaned, cut, and sewed the bags and added handles for easy transport.  For her contributions, Shaw received a $250 BOYNE Gift Card and her mentor received a 2018/19 Bronze Pass.  

The BOYNE Student Freeride and Beyond the Slopes Initiative are available to grades 6 through 12 in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, and Otsego counties.  While Student Freeride provides local students the opportunity to earn a discounted season pass based on academic achievement, Beyond the Slopes focuses on students launching a positive idea.  Students participate by submitting a project idea, outlining the benefits and/or positive impact, identifying a to-do list of manageable steps and selecting a mentor. Students then provide an update reviewing how successfully the idea was implemented, the impact, benefitting parties, and what if anything they would do differently. The projects are evaluated 50% on quality of idea, and 25% each for implementation and impact.   

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Media Contact: Erin Ernst, director of communications