Got scholarships? Harvey sure does
Got milk? This summer in Sports Illustrated, Truckee runner and skier Christina Harvey will be featured in one of those ubiquitous milk mustache ads which grace the pages of magazines.
Chosen from among 4,100 entrants nationwide, Harvey, a 1998 Tahoe-Truckee High School graduate, will travel to New York June 26 as one of 25 Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) award-winners.
Perhaps the most useful part of the prize is the $7,500 scholarship that comes along with it.
“This is the most exciting scholarship I have gotten,” said Stanford-bound Harvey, who has received $21,600 in scholarship money to date.
Compliments of contest sponsors, Harvey will to fly to New York City June 26..
With her parents accompanying her, she will stay in a hotel near Central Park and attend a Yankees/Mets game.
During the weekend, there will be an awards ceremony recognizing the scholarship winners.
In the ads, actors and athletes sport white milk mustaches above the catchphrase, “Got Milk?”
Entries were narrowed to 75 by a panel that reads like a who’s-who of American sports from the past decade: Florence Griffith Joyner, Cal Ripken Jr., Jeff Gordon and Pete Sampras.
“I feel special that they thought I was special to have been chosen. At first it was one of those things like, ‘oh, they made a mistake,'” Harvey said.
Harvey said she sent in a 300-word essay describing her academic and athletic achievements. She also sent letters from coaches recommending her for the scholarship.
In her four years at TTHS, Harvey, who moved from Alabama in her freshman year, has run cross-country and track and skied for the nordic team. She is a two-time state champion in the 3,200-meter run, having won in her junior year and repeating the accomplishment this spring.
In addition to her athletic achievements, Harvey graduated co-valedictorian with a 4.24 GPA. In her spare time, she works at Sizzler, plays piano at Jordan’s and writes for the Sierra Sun.
Sports Illustrated’s Robin Shallow said the advertisement will probably run in the issue which comes out on newsstands Monday, June 24.
Winners sent in photos to be enhanced by computer to show the milk mustaches.
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