Issaquah Alps Trails Club seeks grand essay in scholarship contest

April 2, 2013

By Staff

Graduating seniors will get a chance to win the Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship again this year by describing their love of the Issaquah Alps .

Begun in 2010, the Issaquah Alps Trails Club celebrates the life of Longwell, an avid hiker and mountain biker who also taught English for many years at Hazen High School, with a $1,000 prize given to the best written essay on a specific topic.

Issaquah, Liberty, Skyline and Hazen high school seniors can submit their 700-1,000 word essays to school counselors by May 1. Runners-up might qualify for lesser awards.

According to a release from the club, essayists can choose from one of two topics:

“What do you like about the Issaquah Alps and their trails systems? How did these trails systems come about? What do you foresee for their future?

“Interest in the environment and long-term sustainability of our planet has never been greater. What should the Issaquah Alps Trails Club do to help our youth be better informed about issues and become more active locally? In other words, support the often repeated phrase: ‘Think globally and act locally.’”

The founding member of the club died in 2007 after many years of trail building and trail-blazing support for local cyclists. With the help of his students, he was responsible for the construction and maintenance of many trails on Tiger and Squak mountains.

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