Steamboat briefs: Emerald Mountain School’s Pepin wins poster contest

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Shea Pepin, a student at Emerald Mountain School, was named the winner of the 2013-14 Steamboat SlopeWise Safety Poster Contest, according to a news release.

“The primary goal of the SlopeWise Safety Poster Contest is to generate awareness of skiing and riding in a safe manner and the appropriate behavior while making the learning process fun for kids,” John Kohnke, patrol director for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., said in the release.

For the contest, students created and submitted posters illustrating their favorite aspect of SlopeWise on-mountain safety or the ski area’s Responsibility Code. All winning entries are entered into the national safety poster contest hosted by the National Ski Areas Association.

As the overall winner from all Yampa Valley school entries, Shea will receive a 2014-15 season pass to Steamboat Ski Area and $50 cash. Each of the first-place winners will receive $50 cash; second-place winners are awarded $25 Steamboat gift certificates; and third-place winners receive a pizza pack.

“The response has grown steadily with over 250 posters submitted and nearly 1,500 children learning about on-mountain safety this year,” contest coordinator and ski area patroller Deb Holloway said in the release. “The sheer volume of posters submitted shows the impact this program is having on children across the Yampa Valley and the ability to keep on-mountain safety fun.”

Contest winners:

■ Emerald Mountain School: Shea Pepin, first place; Mahala Wyant, second place; Will Cowman, third place

■ Heritage Christian School: Bailey Iacovetto, first place; Rubi Regan, second place; Kyan Strong, third place

■ Strawberry Park Elementary School: Colin Kagan, first place; Logan Spiegel, second place; Noah Sabat, third place

■ Soda Creek Elementary School: Natasha Curzon, first place; Ellery Hodges, second place; Isabella Brinkman and Claire Shea, third place (tied)

■ South Routt Elementary School: Eden L. Mayer, first place; Katelyn Dudley, second place; Rochelle Dudley, third place

■ North Routt Community Charter School: Heidi Andie and Colt Larkin, first place (tie); Olive F. Zubr, second place; Thomas Reilley, third place

Ilya Shapiro is speaking today on the Constitution

Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow with the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review, will be the guest speaker for “The Pen & The Phone vs. The Constitution” event today hosted by The Steamboat Institute.

Shapiro is one of the nation’s leading experts on the Constitution, according to a news release. He has filed more than 100 “friend of the court” briefs in the Supreme Court and provides regular commentary for various media outlets, including CNN, Fox News, Wall Street Journal and others.

Doors open at 4 p.m. for the event, which starts at 4:30 p.m. at The Steamboat Grand in the Burgess Creek Room. The event is free and open to the public, and The Steamboat Institute encourages people to attend after skiing.

A cash bar will be available.

Casino Night fundraiser is tonight at the grand

The Family Development Center will hold its annual Casino Night fundraiser from 7:30 to 11 p.m. today at The Steamboat Grand ballroom.

The event provides an evening of fund Vegas-style games, including blackjack, roulette, craps and Texas Hold ’em in a friendly, no-pressure environment. The winners of these games are the families served by FDC programs, which include Newborn Network, Discovery Learning Center and Child Care Network.

Casino Night is open to the public. Gaming is from 8 to 11 p.m., and a silent auction will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at All That Jazz, the Space Station and Christy Sports in Central Park Plaza or from Discovery Learning Center parents.

Volunteer dealers still are needed for the event. Anyone interested is asked to call Tami at 970-879-5973, ext. 11. Dealer training will be held that night.

The FDC’s Parent Advisory Council has decided to use the proceeds from this year’s Casino Night to fund professional development for all staff, scholarship programs and mini jumbotrons for each classroom.

Anyone wanting to contribute to Casino Night and FDC can call Colleen Miller at 970-879-5973, ext. 10 or email admin@familydevelopmentcenter.org.

STARS Mountain Challenge is March 29 at the ski area

Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports will host the 2014 STARS Mountain Challenge on March 29 at Steamboat Ski Area. The event groups participants with Olympians, Paralympians, celebrities and professionals into teams to complete a series of ski and snowboard challenges, such as riding all the lifts at the ski area and reaching Mount Werner landmarks as checkpoints. Registration is $85, not including a lift ticket, with each individual committed to raising at least $250. All money raised will benefit STARS, whose mission is “to empower and enrich lives through adaptive recreational activities,” according to the nonprofit’s website.

The Mountain Challenge will be preceded by a Partini Event with drinks and refreshments from 6 to 10 p.m. March 28 at The Steamboat Grand. For Mountain Challenge participants, a Partini ticket is included with their registration. For all others, Partini tickets cost $125 each, and all attendees must be 21 or older.

For more information about STARS or the Mountain Challenge weekend events, visit www.steamboatstars.com.

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