Over 100 ski racers gathered together this weekend in remembrance of Beckie McGill. Beckie was a Stratton Mountain School student who died freeskiing in Sugarloaf, Maine three years ago. In the young skier’s honor, the community established the annual Rebecca McGill memorial race, which is hosted by SMS.
Stratton Mountain School is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary this year having been founded in 1972. The SMS community of students, faculty, coaches and staff is well known for their passionate pursuit of academic and athletic excellence. The ski and snowboard academy is located at the base of Stratton Mountain and has been an integral part of the the surrounding community since its inception. There is a deep bond created when a young person enrolls in the academic action sports program. This sense of family is a wonderful thing to have, especially when it comes to a difficult situation such as the loss of a young student.
Dave and Mimi McGill, Beckie’s parents, were present at the event and were thrilled to reminisce and take part in the day of rememberance held for their daughter, fondly known as Beckie “Downhill” McGill. Each of the competing racers wore pink in honor of it being Beckie’s favorite color. Many of the SMS girls donned custom t-shirts, banners and even face paint in honor of their lost friend.
In addition to the annual race, the day is also known as “Beckie Deed Day” which calls for individuals to behave in ways that resembled Beckie’s giving personality and to take part in acts of kindness and friendship. There has also been a scholarship fund created in honor of Beckie, and is awarded each spring to a sophomore girl attending SMS.
For more information on the Beckie McGill Scholarship Fund, contact Andy Bisselle at (802) 856-1112.