Four Juneau youth win Hilary Lindh scholarship

Olympic skier Hilary Lindh and scholarship winners Dalton Hoy, Claire Engstrom, and Iosefa Allen. Not pictured: Daniella Fincher. Photo courtesy Eaglecrest Snow Sports School.

Four Juneau youth are the winners of this years’ Hilary Lindh Scholarships at Eaglecrest. The program gives the students a pass to the city-owned ski area for the 2012-2013 season.

The Eaglecrest Board of Directors awards the passes every year to a boy and girl in kindergarten through 5th grade, and a boy and girl in 6th through 12th grade. Their applications are judged on academic achievement, competitive spirit and financial need.

This year the passes go to Claire Engstrom, a Gastineau Elementary School 4th grader; Iosefa Allen, 1st grader at Riverbend Elementary School; Dalton Hoy, in 6th grade at D’zantik’I Heeni Middle School, and Daniella Fincher, a senior at Yaakoosge Daakahidi High School.

Claire Engstrom says she likes to jump over hills and go through the trees at Eaglecrest. She is in Gastineau school’s marathon club and has finished in the top three in several races.

Iosefa Allen says he plans to use his pass to learn to snowboard. He’s a swimmer, in the Riverbend marathon club, and has jumped with the Riverbend Ropers. He says he loves everything outdoors.

Daniella Fincher maintains a 4.0 GPA at Yakoos and plans a career in nursing after college. She says she will snowboard at Eaglecrest this season.

In addition to skiing this season, Dalton Hoy plays hockey. He’s also a musician, playing the trumpet in the DZ band and the cello in the Student Symphony.

The Hilary Lindh scholarship program was established in 1992 in recognition of Lindh’s silver medal in the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics as well her dedication to ski racing. Lindh learned to ski at Eaglecrest and went on to become a professional racer with the U.S. Ski Team. During her 11-year career, she was the first American to win the downhill title in the World Junior Championships, then won three World Cup championships, and had 27 top-ten finishes. Lindh was inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.