Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain honored this season's Beyond the Slopes winners during an awards presentation yesterday, Monday, June 30 in the library of the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa at Boyne Mountain. Winners were Haley Hall of Petoskey High School, Riley Rickfelder of Cherryland Middle School, and Damian Griffith of Pellston High School.
Beyond the Slopes is an optional part of BOYNE's popular Student Freeride Program and further incentivizes students to benefit their academic future while making a positive difference in the lives of others.
First place winner Haley Hall's project "Just Say Hi" got people talking in a world filled with technology and broke down social barriers in school. She created over 800 rubber bracelets that said, "Just Say Hi" and "Pass it On" and chronicled her project with a YouTube video. Her message was received and she continues to see people every day wearing her bracelets and reaching out to talk to new people. As the winning project, Haley received a $1,000 BOYNE Gift Card and a 2014/15 Gold Pass for her mentor.
Second place winner, Riley Rickfelder was concerned about the dying bat population from White-nose syndrome and wanted to create a safe place for bats to inhabit by researching, designing and building three bat houses and placing them in the community. Riley earned a $500 BOYNE Gift Card and his mentor received a 2014/15 Silver Pass.
Third place winner, Damian Griffith's project was called YaarBLY (Young Adults Acting ResponsiBLY), an online marketplace for young adults to showcase and sell their products with 10% of each sale benefitting local charities. For his efforts, Damian received a $250 BOYNE Gift Card and his mentor received a 2014/15 Bronze Pass.
"It's gratifying to see these young people who are motivated to take an idea from conception to real life, and are making a difference," said Brian Main, Beyond the Slopes program facilitator.
The BOYNE Student Freeride and Beyond the Slopes programs are available to grades 6 through 12 in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, and Otsego counties. While the Student Freeride Program is based on GPA performance and provides students with reduced price season passes, the Beyond the Slopes initiative focuses on 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.
To learn more about Beyond the Slopes, visit BOYNE.com/freeride.
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