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Junior Mushers
Ten-year-old Olivia Pape will represent Pinedale
January 19, 2009

Select students from Jackson, Lyman, Pinedale, Kemmerer, Alpine and Evanston, grades 3-8, will participate in a sled dog race of their own, the IPSSSDR Jr. Stage Stop on Saturday, February 7, at 2:00 p.m. during the final day of the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race in Park City, Utah.

Host communities for the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race are eligible to send two students to represent their towns in this short exhibition fun run. In order to participate in the race, students agree to perform 10 hours of community service work prior to the race, and donate $25 to the nonprofit Uinta County Community Youth Coalition.

Ten-year-old Olivia Pape, a fifth grader at Pinedale Middle School, will represent Pinedale. Olivia is very much looking forward to taking part in this year’s sled dog race. She has unfortunately not been able to participate in team sports due to injuries. Her doctors have cleared her and she looks forward to being a junior musher. She is very excited about meeting new people and being involved in a competitive sport. She feels that this experience is an experience of a lifetime.

The Jr. Stage Stop program was launched in 1999 by International Stage Stop co-founder Jayne Ottman, and Jackson Hole Musher Maria Hayashida to broaden the goals of the IPSSSDR, and to improve the status of youth in our communities statewide. The Junior Stage Stop provides an opportunity for youth to increase their self-esteem, social competency, community involvement and experience philanthropy.

Students do not need their own dogs or previous mushing experience to participate--equipment and dog teams are provided by the IPSSSDR. The 2009 Jr. Stage Stop is coordinated by the Uinta County Sled Dog Race Committee. The Uinta County Sled Dog Race Committee, Abby Chamberlain, Andy and Hiedi Spray, Angie Dawson, DuWayne Jacobsen, Eric Quinney, Kay Evans, Ken Duncan, Lisa and Troy Bradshaw, Lisa Silcox, Natalee Legault, Paul Knopf, Penny Lewis, Rick Schuler and Terri Arnell all worked together to organize race details.

For additional information, contact Terri Arnell at 307-783-6459 or

Junior Mushers

LYMAN: Ashlee Quinney eleven years old; Lyman Intermediate School, sixth grade, Lyman.

LYMAN: Konner Legault - nine years old; Urie Elementary, fourth grade, Lyman

JACKSON: Noelle Huser - eleven years old; Journeys School, fifth grade, Jackson.

JACKSON: Jack Fenn - ten years old; Journeys School, fifth grade, Jackson.

PINEDALE: Olivia Pape - ten years old, Pinedale Middle School, fifth grade, Pinedale.

KEMMERER: Amanda Pinter - eleven years old; Kemmerer Middle School, fifth grade, Kemmerer.

KEMMERER: Sarah Weston - ten years old, Kemmerer Elementary School, fifth grade, Kemmerer.

ALPINE: Karli Walker - eleven years old, Metcalf, sixth grade, Alpine.

ALPINE: Hannah Demler - eleven years old, Osmond Elementary, sixth grade, Alpine.

EVANSTON: Collins Stephenson - Aspen Elementary School, fourth grade, Evanston.

EVANSTON Kayla Ellis - Davis Middle School, seventh grade, Evanston.

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