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BOYNE Honors Beyond the Slopes Winners

Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain honored the 2014/15 Beyond the Slopes winners during an awards presentation on Tuesday, June 16,  in the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa at Boyne Mountain.  Winners were Quinten and Kaila Kuhn of Boyne City Middle School, Emma Wachler of Charlevoix Middle School, and Lauren Bixby of Petoskey 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 winners were a project completed by brother and sister, Quinten and Kaila Kuhn, an 8th grader and 6th grader at Boyne City Middle School.  The Kuhns project "Alive Inside - Igniting the Spark" focused on uniting teens twith their elders through the power of music and to bring joy and ignite the brain.  They placed collection boxes at Boyne City Middle School and High School for students to donate their gently used iPods and headphones to be provided to residents of nursing homes.  In total, 26 iPods were donated with more donations coming in.  As the winning project, the Kuhn siblings received a $1,000 BOYNE Gift Card and a 2015/16 Gold Pass for their mentor.

Second place winner, Emma Wachler, a 7th grader at Charlevoix Middle School, submitted a project titled "The Great Fairy Door Hunt."  The goal was to bring additional business and good fortune to local stores while financially supporting a local charity of their choice.  Each store that made a minimum $50 donation to a local charity received a hand-painted Fairy Door placed at the business. The project raised $800 for local beneficiaries, as well as brought additional customers who were curious about the Fairy Doors and provided tourists with an activity to do while visiting Charlevoix.  Emma earned a $500 BOYNE Gift Card and her mentor received a 2015/16 Silver Pass.

Third place winner, Petoskey High School sophomore Lauren Bixby's project called Community Cards provided 150 handmade cards to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital providing well wishes, congratulating on the arrival of a baby, and other messages intended to make the patient smile.  Students from Lincoln Elementary helped in making the cards.  For her efforts, Lauren received a $250 BOYNE Gift Card and his mentor received a 2015/16 Bronze Pass.

"The great thing about this year's projects is that they all made an immediate impact and also have the potential to continue going and making a difference in our local communities," 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. 

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