By Alicia Dziak

Photo Elizabeth Pellette Photography

SGI senior Katie Schlemmer recently received the New York State Ski Racing Association (NYSSRA) Sally Davis Scholar athlete award for excelling at her academics as well as ski racing. Qualification requirements included being on the honor roll, qualifying and competing in the Empire State Winter Games (ESWG) and writing an essay.

“I’ve been racing since I was nine and joined the Kissing Bridge Race Team at 13,” Katie said.

While Katie said she has reached some of her goals in ski racing, like qualifying for ESWG all four years she was eligible, she also missed out on some.  “I had an ACL injury mid-season last year,” she explained. “I found it tough to get back into competition this season, so qualifying for ESWG this year was really special.”

Katie said that after all her time and effort put into ski racing over the years, it was nice to be recognized by NYSSRA through the award.

“I wouldn’t have been able to come back this season without the support of my coaches and teammates. They are like family to me,” she noted.

Next up for Katie? She will attend RIT in the fall and major in Biomedical Sciences. She also plans on racing for their club ski team.

“Katie has been a pleasure to coach and has been a leader of our KBAC race team over the years,” said one of her ski racing coaches, John Schleyer.  “The ‘Queen’, as she is called, always moved at her own pace, but was also a warrior of our team, battling many times through injury and adversity. She was a great teammate, always supportive of her fellow racers and a great friend to the KBAC family. I and my fellow coaches will surely miss her not being on the hill with us next year. We are proud of her accomplishments and are sure her successes in ski racing will help her through college.”