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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 285

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Stowe High School Raiders 2008 championship girls Division II Nordic ski team

Offered by:  Representative Scheuermann of Stowe, Peltz of Woodbury and Smith of Morristown

Whereas, with many miles of cross-country skiing trails contained within the municipality’s borders, the town of Stowe is not surprisingly home to some of Vermont’s swiftest and most talented Nordic skiers, and

Whereas, the familiarity of many local youngsters with the specialized techniques of this popular winter sport is reflected in the outstanding skiers who are members of Stowe High School’s Nordic ski teams, and

Whereas, in 2008, the Stowe High Division II girls’ Nordic ski team proved its command of the snowy trails by surpassing its competitors at the state championship meet by an overwhelming scoring margin, and

Whereas, the exciting two-day championship begins with a day of classical ski racing that, in 2008, took place at the Rikert Ski Touring Center in Middlebury, and

Whereas, in Division II girls’ competition, three Stowe High School students,  Ruth Ann McGovern, Lillian Katherine Van Dyke, and Maeve McGovern, and one People’s Academy student, Kaitlyn Miller, who skis on the Stowe High School team, earned the top four spots in the classical races, and their first-day victories established an insurmountable point advantage that remained intact during the second day of freestyle skiing at the Mountain Top cross‑country ski area in Chittenden, and

Whereas, the proficiency of the Stowe skiers resulted in these fine young athletes earning a perfect score in the freestyle competition and missing this enviable mark by just a point in the classical competition, and

Whereas, when the final tallies from both days were calculated, the Stowe High School Raiders scored the lowest (and winning) score of 41 points, far ahead of their nearest competitor, BFA-Fairfax, which was in second place with 137 points, and

Whereas, Stowe High School can be proud of the entire skilled girl Nordic skiing Raiders, including Samantha Drew Purnell, whose contribution and much welcomed team spirit proved essential for the Stowe High School Raiders’ convincing 2008 Division II championship, and

Whereas, coach Carol Hillman Van Dyke deserves credit for her careful work all season preparing the team for the decisive two-day championship meet, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 Stowe High School Raiders 2008 championship girls’ Division II Nordic ski team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Carol Hillman Van Dyke.


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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont