This year’s scholarship winners are Cashmere High School seniors Mackenzi Brunner and Mariah Fitzpatrick. Each will receive $1,500. Cashmere is served by Chelan County PUD.
The two helped found S.A.I.D. (Students Against Illegal Drinking) and its signature event, Sober Day, focused on deterring underage drinking. The public awareness campaign grew into a statewide effort, supported by Gov. Christine Gregoire who designated Dec. 4 as Sober Day in Washington state.
Raising awareness about the dangers of impaired driving and the benefits of seat belts is the mission of the Andrew York Lineman Rodeo. With high school and college graduation season upon us, that effort becomes even more urgent so that celebrations don’t take a tragic turn.
Brunner is a 4.0 student and a valedictorian. She will attend Whitworth University in Spokane with plans to study nursing. She is the daughter of Matt and Janine Brunner of Cashmere. She was Honor Society president for two years and competed in soccer and track.
Fitzpatrick is also graduating with a 4.0 grade average and is a valedictorian who will attend Biola University, near Los Angeles, Calif., to study business. Her parents are Shawn and Jennifer Fitzpatrick. She was FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) president for two years and competed in basketball and track.
|Daryn Klinginsmith, left, and Josh Draper, Andrew York Lineman Rodeo committee members, present the 2012 scholarships to Cashmere High School seniors MacKenzi Brunner, left, and Mariah Fitzpatrick.|
In eight years, the lineman rodeo has provided $24,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors active in preventing teen drug and alcohol abuse. The scholarship fund is managed by the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.
The 2012 Andrew York Lineman Rodeo starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, in Wenatchee’s Walla Walla Point Park on the Columbia River. It offers free, family fun for the audience, including a chance to climb a pole with the help of safety rigging.
|Mackenzi Brunner||Mariah Fitzpatrick|
This year’s Rubber Ducky Drop, an important part of the scholarship fundraising, is set for noon on Saturday next to the rodeo grounds during a break in the action.
Okanogan PUD linemen will also present an electrical safety demonstration during the intermission.
The rodeo is presented by the Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant and Okanogan PUDs and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 77. It honors the memory of Chelan PUD journeyman lineman Andrew York who died in 2000 after being struck while on the job by a drunken driver.
Major sponsors for the rodeo are Alcoa’s Wenatchee Works; ESCI; Henkels & McCoy; PMI/Carhartt; Puget Sound Energy; Washington PUDs Association and Wilson Construction; plus many other community members, business owners and volunteers.
Earhart Collision Repair of Wenatchee is providing live radio reports from the rodeo starting at 8 a.m. on Columbia River Media’s Country 104.7 FM, Wenatchee.
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