By Nancy and Christian Persons, Teachers and Ski Coaches, Unalakleet
April was an action packed month for skiers in the Bering Strait School District. The first weekend started with two annual ski racing events. Shaktoolik hosted the southern elementary schools district ski race, and Nenana hosted the 22nd annual Western Interior Ski/Biathlon Championships (WISA) at Birch Hill Ski Center in Fairbanks.
Shaktoolik Elementary Ski Race
Forty-five skiers representing five schools (Golovin, Koyuk, Unalakleet, St. Michael and race host Shaktoolik) participated in the ski races (April 3rd and 4th) held in Shaktoolik. The following photos are students enjoying the competition.
Western Interior Ski/Biathlon Championships WISA
Nenana hosted WISA and races were held at Birch Hill in Fairbanks. Birch Hill ski trails have been skied on by some of the fastest skiers in the world. On April 2nd through April 4th, BSSD skiers had a wonderful experience racing on the world-class ski trails. The WISA 2009 fifteen-member team was made up of skiers from Golovin, Koyuk, Saint Michael, Unalakleet, and White Mountain.
Top row: Renatta Olson GLV, Precious Lincoln WMO, Season Haugen UNK, Rayna Buck-Nassuk WMO, Linda Kimoktoak KKA, Aly Daniels UNK, Katie Daniels UNK, Middle row: Chris Lockwood UNK, Thomas Amaktoolik GLV, Shyler Johnson UNK, Asa Bergamschi WMO, Kevin Ione GLV, Ben Currier UNK, Front: Garrett Kimoktoak KKA, not pictured Alex Otten SMK
Skimeister Season Haugen leads the JR. High girls in the 5K skate race.
WISA Team Champions Unalakleet’s JR High Girls: Aly Daniels, Season Haugen, Katie Daniels
WISA Team Champions Unalakleet’s JR High Boys: Ben Currier, Chris Lockwood, Shyler Johnson
Renatta Olson and Aly Daniels
Unalakleet’s End of Ski Season Picnic
Hot dogs, tree climbing, hill climbing, skiing, and just hanging out under the purest blue sky entertained community members of Unalakleet by SBS (Shyler’s Broken Ski) Loop. One could not ask for a more fantastic day with a gathering of energetic Wolfpack skiers and family members. Thanks for a great season and supportive community that lends a welcome hand!
Arctic Invanoff, and Shawn Mixsooke are skating out to the picnic.
Elementary skiers, Summer, Cyruss and Karlee dash out to the fire and picnic.
William Dick and Deb Currier enjoying the sunshine and skiing.
Jonisha Wilson, Season Haugen and Talon Erickson enjoy a good laugh on a perfect day.
Cyruss Sarren and Shawn Mixsooke soaking up the wonderful day.
Roasting dogs in the pit!
Relish, Ketchup, and Mustard!