2020’s Kootenai River Run has been canceled in the spirit of social responsibility, but that hasn’t deterred the committee’s commitment to our community’s exceptional youth. This year there were three qualified candidates for the Kootenai River Run’s $1,000 scholarship.

The  run typically awards two scholarships each year and budgets for them.

Three candidates put a strain on their bank account, especially with the absence of this year’s race entries.

Enter Shelman Realty.

Last year was the first year the Kootenai River Run partnered with Shelman Realty as a sponsor, contributing an additional $1,500 “Shelman Realty Kootenai River Run Scholarship.”

“We didn’t have a qualified candidate in 2019 to accept the new scholarship Shelman Realty offered,” said Paul Bonnell, “so we’re especially excited to have three deserving students this year who can all be rewarded for their excellence in cross country and track and field as well as being stewards of this community.”

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Austin Donn

This year’s scholarship award winners are Austin Donn, Abigail Gorton, and Serenity Fahey.

Austin has been accepted into the welding program at North Idaho College, where he plans to study in the fall. He also has interests in machining and design.

Abigail will be studying nursing at Lewis Clark State College this fall. Last winter she completed her senior project with mentor Sunshine Bartlett, a nurse at Boundary Community Hospital. Abigail will be competing in cross country and track for LCSC.

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Abigail Gorton

Serenity Fahey will also be attending Lewis Clark State College in the fall, where she too will be studying nursing.

Whether competing in Distinguished Young Women, participating in band, or working on college classes through the N.I.C. Bonners Ferry Center,

“Serenity pushes herself to excel,” Bonners Ferry High School cross country coach Tyler Warner said, “We could not be more proud of these three and their high school careers. We knew going into this year that choosing scholarships out of this class would be difficult and we’re so happy that Shelman Realty was able to step in and help us support three deserving individuals. They work hard, do the little things well, listen, encourage, and always give their best in the classroom and in racing. They are good athletes, but even better people. BFHS distance running is in a better place for their participation these last four years and we know they’ll go on to greater things in their post-secondary education.”

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Serenity Fahey

“Next year’s race is going to be our best one yet,” said Jim Cadnum, race director. “We plan to advertise early and increase our participation by offering an even higher level of the fun our race has become known for, with bands along the course, merchant discounts in our race bags, and great prizes donated by our incredibly generous local business owners. We’ve got a few surprises in the works that we can’t disclose just yet.”

“Be sure to watch our posts on Facebook’s “Kootenai River Run” for updates on 2021’s event and fun facts on running and staying healthy,” said Carolyn Testa, volunteer race promoter.

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