An unexpected thing happened last Thursday during the Open Class boardercross awards ceremony. Michael Perle, of Saddle River, NJ was awarded a gold medal for first place in the Open Class Men's division, and was also handed a check for $3,000. Michael returned this check to USASA, asking that it be used for the scholarship fund. "Coming to huge events like this makes Michael realize how lucky he is, as he is able to both pursue his academic and athletic dreams by attending Stratton Mountain School, and he would like to give that opportunity to others," says Michael's mother. USASA would like to thank Michael; we are definitely proud to have competitors like you!