WENATCHEE, Wa. — Mission Ridge Ski Team members can now attend Wenatchee Valley College and earn credits while pursuing ski racing following high school.
The ski team and the college have partnered to offer aspiring ski racers both brick-and-mortar and online college classes that workaround their training schedules.
If the ski racer enrolls in 11 credits or less a quarter, they will not start their 5-year NCAA eligibility clock. Generally a class at WVC is worth 5 credits.
“For our athletes, this gives them the ability to chip away at college credits and still race at a high level,” said Ryan Shorter, executive director of the Mission Ridge Ski Team. “Athletes wanted this and needed it. They aren’t sacrificing their education with a Post Graduate year or 2. It makes a lot of sense academically and athletically.”
Under the program, ski team athletes must apply for and receive admission at WVC and then take a Compass Placement Test. After that, they will meet with college officials to plan their schedule.
For more on applying to WVC and taking the Compass Placement Test, visit https://www.wvc.edu/directory/departments/admissions/Checklist.asp.
WENATCHEE, Wa. — Mission Ridge Ski Team has formed an academy, in partnership with Wenatchee High School, to formalize educational offerings to U16, U19, and U21 athletes who are racing for MRST and living in the community during the winter months.
When the ski racers move to Wenatchee in fall, they will meet with a Wenatchee High School counselor and schedule similar classes to what they are taking at their hometown schools. The athlete’s training and race schedules are taken into account, and athletes do not miss school for training.
MRST executive director Ryan Shorter said the Mission Ridge Academy is part of the program’s commitment to offering student athletes a high-quality and well-rounded experience.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Mission Ridge also ran an academy for ski racers.
“We are returning to our roots,” Shorter said. “Kids have been doing online schooling for several years now, but there has been a switch in what parents and athletes want — they want more of a brick-and-mortar experience. With Wenatchee High School, we can offer that.
“We had two athletes do it last year as part of a trial period to see if it met their needs and if they could transfer in and out. That went well so we decided to formalize the academy,” Shorter said.
Wenatchee High School offers honors and Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum as well as an extensive Running Start program in partnership with Wenatchee Valley College.
Since 2006, four Mission Ridge Ski Team athletes have been high school valedictorians, and 100 percent of MRST graduating seniors have gone on to college.
“Wenatchee High School teachers and counselors understand the needs of ski racers and schedule their classes around training,” Shorter said. “Pursuing your ski racing goals doesn’t need to be expensive, far away from home, or at the expense of a normal high school life.”
For more on the Mission Ridge Academy, visit: Mission Ridge Academy or contact Ryan Shorter at 509-293-2241 or email@example.com.
Registration is now open for the Mission Ridge Ski Team’s Ski Stars and Youth Ski League! The programs are for children ages 5 – 11 years old and help kids learn to ski better and improve their skills quickly! The kids ski in small groups with highly qualified coaches and instructors. The programs focus on learning proper skiing technique while the groups ski the entire mountain in all conditions including powder, off-piste and groomers. Safety is the number one priority with all of our programs. MRST has a great chain of communication which helps to ensure all families are in the know, with updates going out weekly. Both Ski Star and YSL skiers get exposure to racing and running courses (a skill that allows them to improve at a much faster rate as all around skiers). These highly popular programs fill fast and the numbers are limited to ensure quality so if you are planning on signing up make sure you do so ASAP! Registration is up at www.mrst.us and you can order your OPTIONAL team coat there too. For any questions email Alex Shorter (Head YSL & Ski Stars Coach) at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the MRST office at (509) 888-2372.
What: NCW’s largest ski swap
When: Saturday, October 22, 2011 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Orchard Middle School, 1024 Orchard St., Wenatchee
Proceeds Benefit: Mission Ridge Ski Team and Orchard Middle School PTA
Sellers Check-In Friday, October 21, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Doors Open to buyers promptly at 8:00 AM on Saturday morning.
Qualified ski personnel will be on hand to answer questions. Unsold equipment and checks for items sold must be picked up on Saturday between the hours of 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. The ski swap will not store unclaimed equipment. Sorry, no “straight” alpine skis; no “rear entry” boots.
Road Clean Up, Ski Exchange, Potluck, and Team Meeting
The Mission Ridge Ski Team will be hosting a ski exchange, potluck, and team meeting for members, prospective members, and friends of the team. This is a great time to sell or buy quality used gear within the team. Coaches will be on hand to help you make your selections. Last year many athletes bought excellent gear from their teammates at good prices.
When: Sunday, September 25, 2011
Where: Hampton Lodge, Mission Ridge Ski Area
What to Bring: Skis, boots, poles, bindings, helmets, goggles, suits, uniforms, and any outdoor gear you think would sell with in our club. You do not need to limit yourself to just gear for racers.
Schedule of Events:
1:00 PM Mission Ridge Road Clean Up
3:30 PM Set-Up and beginning of sale
4:30 PM Program overview meeting
5:15 PM Foundation/Raffle meeting
5:30 PM Potluck Dinner
Last names A – J – Bring a salad
Last names K – R – Bring a main dish
Last names S – Z – Bring a dessert
MRST will supply drinks, plates, and utensils.
Online bidding for the Bomber Wing Auction is live today. Check out the link and let the bidding begin. http://www.mrst.schoolauction.net/auction2010/
Scholarship Donations can be made through the ‘Special Appeal Tab’.
Go to ‘Browse’ to view all Live Items.
Online bidding on Live Items will close Friday Dec. 3rd, 2010 and will resume on Sat. Dec. 4th, 2010 with in person bidding at the MRST Bomber Wing Auction Event.
This is a great way to bid early and get it out to those who may not be able to attend.
The MRST Bomber Wing Benefit Auction will be Saturday December 4, 2010 6 PM to 9 PM Cashmere Conservatory.