Mendes honored for work with youth
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A member of the U.S. Ski Team for over a decade, Jonna Mendes is the recipient of the 2008 USSA Russell Wilder Award, presented annually to recognize outstanding effort in focusing the interests of American youth on the sports of skiing or snowboarding.
Mendes, who was raised in South Lake Tahoe, won a bronze medal in the 2003 World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. She scored many World Cup points for the U.S. and skied to numerous national championship titles before retiring from the team in the spring of 2006.
Throughout her athletic career, she always was an ambassador for skiing. Since her retirement from the team, she has enthusiastically engaged with the National Development System, providing leadership to young racers and coaching expertise at many events, including the Beaver Creek Junior Speed Camp and the June NDS Fundamentals Camp.
Vath, Reeder to be honored tonight in Reno
South Tahoe High senior Karli Vath and Whittell High senior Jordan Reeder will be honored tonight as two of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association’s Northern Nevada Top 10 Student-Athletes of the Year.
The NIAA will present the awards during a banquet at the Atlantis Resort in Reno. Vath and Reeder will receive commemorative awards from the NIAA, as well as $500 savings bonds and NIAA courtesy cards. Reeder has also been selected as a $2,500 recipient of a NIAA-Famers Insurance Scholarship.
Next fall, she’ll attend Cornell University, where she will play volleyball.