The GMAA will award three scholarships of $1,000 each to graduating seniors to help fund their college careers. The winners were chosen among many applicants, and were determined based on their academic achievements, community and school involvement, and their contribution of the sport of running.
The GMAA is Vermont’s largest running club. Its mission is to promote good health, friendship, and fitness through running. The GMAA sponsors 11 races throughout the year.
The 2022 scholarship winners are:
Sierra Fisher of South Burlington High School
Sierra was inspired to begin running as a sport when she was in elementary school and her mom was a coach for the Girls On The Run program. Her best running moment was when she broke 5 minutes for the 1500 run in her final high school race – a goal she had worked towards all season. Sierra will attend Marist College this fall where she will run on the varsity cross-country and track programs and major in Communications with a focus on sports communication and minor in Business and Italian Studies.
Ethan Mashtare of BFA St. Albans
Ethan was a key member of BFA’s outstanding cross-country and track teams. Ethan has run blistering times of 1:54 in the 800, and 3:52 in the 1500, which are the second fastest in Vermont history. Ethan will attend the University of Massachusetts – Lowell this fall and major in Exercise Science and run on the varsity cross-country and track teams. Ethan is the son of long-time BFA coach Mike Mashtare, who was also a standout runner at BFA. Ethan also enjoys nordic skiing, hiking, boating, and fishing.
Calvin Storms of BFA St. Albans
It was a banner year for running at BFA, and Calvin was an outstanding member of the cross-country and track and field teams. Calvin ran outstanding times in the 1500 meters, with a best of 3:59.2, and 1:58 for 800 meters. He was a member of BFA’s national title winning distance medley and 4×800 meter teams. He will take his amazing skills to the University of Rhode Island where he will study pharmacy and make an immediate impact on URI’s running program.