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(J.R.H. 125)

Offered by: Representative Coleman of Londonderry.

Whereas, 19 year-old Ross Powers, of South Londonderry, snowboarded into winter sports history when he captured the prestigious Bronze Medal at the first ever Olympic Halfpipe Competition at the 18th Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, and

Whereas, Ross's preparation for this momentous athletic accomplishment started when he first strapped on a snowboard at Bromley Mountain, and

Whereas, determined to become as proficient and swift as possible on his chosen device of winter propulsion, Ross enrolled in the first snowboarding class at the world renowned Stratton Mountain School, and

Whereas, during his school years, Ross vastly improved his snowboarding speed, style and grace, impressing many an observer, both at Stratton and far beyond, and

Whereas, as an 11th grader, Ross demonstrated his snowboarding prowess on the international stage as he won the World Cup Halfpipe Competition, and

Whereas, despite his increasing notoriety, Ross has remained very modest about his success on the slopes, and

Whereas, as Ross journeyed across the sea to Japan, he had great hopes of success, and

Whereas, Ross has brought great joy to the students, faculty and alumni of the Stratton Mountain School as his alma mater's first Olympic medal winner in any sport, and

Whereas, in the years ahead, Ross will continue to thrill his many fans as a member of the Stratton Pro Team, and

Whereas, both his mother, Nancy and his brother, Trevor are extremely proud of Ross's stunning success, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is proud to congratulate Ross Powers on being awarded the first Olympic Bronze Medal in halfpipe snowboarding, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to

Ross Powers and to Stratton Mountain School Headmaster, Christopher Kaltsas.