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First Live Like Logan scholarship awarded

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Alondra Ortega, left, is the first recipient of the Live Like Logan scholarship to the Vail Athletic Club Climing Team. The scholarship was established to honor the memory of Logan Jauernigg. Jaurnigg's mother, Michelle Schlund, right, presented the scholarship to Ortega.

EAGLE COUNTY — Alondra Ortega, of Eagle, has been named the first recipient of the new Live Like Logan scholarship. That scholarship will provide Ortega with membership in the Vail Athletic Club climbing team.

The life of Logan Jauernigg has been described as a shooting star who's light faded too quickly. In May of 2015, Jauernigg died in a kayaking accident while filming a documentary focused on Class 5 water in Southern Washington. Jauernigg was a Vail Valley local who graduated from Battle Mountain High School in 2013 and was raised by his single mother, Michelle Schlund.

Friends and family describe Jauernigg as an incredible athlete and person, who excelled at any sport he focused on. He learned to telemark ski at 8 and quickly took his skills into the terrain park and backcountry. As a young man, he explored East Vail and the Gore Range. He also began rock climbing at age 10, and became a nationally ranked competitive climber in his first year competing. Excelling at both bouldering and roped climbing, Jauernigg continued to compete at the national level for the next seven years. He became an elite 5.14 climber by the time he graduated from high school — a level of climbing achieved by less than 1 percent of climbers worldwide.

Always excited to share fun times with his friends, Jauernigg introduced many people to climbing, telemark skiing and kayaking. In his honor and to continue his adventurous spirit, Schlund created the Live Like Logan Memorial Scholarship Fund, designed to help children with financial hardship explore non-traditional sports as a means for finding athletic passion, meet new friends and expand their worldview. Scholarships will be provided for team membership or instruction to young athletes who show dedication and maintain a 3.0 GPA in school.

Ortega found rock climbing through a school field trip with Red Canyon High School and immediately showed great promise as a natural, strong climber. She was nominated to receive the Live Like Logan scholarship for a membership to the Vail Athletic Club climbing team, a local program know for producing exceptionally strong and safe climbers. This scholarship was made possible by the Live Like Logan Fund and additional financial support was provided by the Vail Vitality Center.

The Live Like Logan fund relies on donations to provide scholarships for our local youth. Deposits can be made directly at any Wells Fargo branch to the Logan C. Jauernigg Memorial Scholarship Fund account. Donations can be also be made through a youcaring.com site. A direct link is available at the Live Like Logan Memorial Scholarship Fund Facebook page. For more information, email livelikelogan@mail.com.

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