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‘Ice Prince,’ Ice Ball raise funds for Rotary

CAITLIN ROW
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Summit County, Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY “Winner Mike Dardi nobly wore his rhinestone-studded tiara at Saturday’s Ice Melt Princess coronation ” hopefully the first of many appearances he’ll make in his newly won bling.

In his campaign, the 16-year Breckenridge resident promised to wear the ice crown proudly while “servin’ up Breck’s best food and drinks” if he won.

And he did. Dardi, of Fatty’s Pizzeria Bar in Breckenridge, collected more dollars than any other princess candidate. He’s the second man nominated for the female-dominated Ice Princess contest in two years, and the first to win. Token male Bryan Batista entered in 2008.

Prince Dardi was joined in competition by Melissa Ball, Elle Davis, Paula Parker and Robin Tencick ” locals visited them at work to vote with dollars, “Chicago style.” One dollar counted for one vote. Together, candidates raised $4,022.

“That’s amazing,” said Jennifer Kermode, the Rotary’s scholarship chairman. “They did a great job.”

All funds raised by the Ice Princess candidates, the Ice Ball and the Ice Melt Contest will support the Rotary College Scholarship programs. The goal is to raise $5,000 for Summit High School scholarships.

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Rotary scholarship recipients for 2009 were announced Monday night ” Marie Alarcon received the First Generation grant; Lucas Hill, Brady Jo Holland, Sydney Schwab, Hillary Terrell, Katie Holton and Katie DeFlieger were awarded with vocational scholarships; and Abdoulaye Kane took home a nontraditional grant.

The rotary’s signature scholarship, the First Generation scholarship, started in 2006, Kermode said. It’s a four-year commitment ” $5,000 a year ” awarded to someone who is the first person in their family to go to college. A First Generation scholarship recipient must also have a good GPA and demonstrate civic and extra curricular participation.

Michal Infante, Tara Kelley and Kelly Berger are previous First Generation recipients, and they’re all studying education.

“We did not plan it this way,” Kermode said. “It’s not just for those going into education.”

The Rotary provides a mentor for each First Generation student, and recipients come back twice a year to tell the Rotary Club how they’re doing.

“We want to stay connected with them and give them the opportunity to have a relationship with someone other than a parent,” Kermode said. “We’re not just giving them the money and saying good luck.”

The Rotary also provides vocational scholarships ” for students interested in attending four-year schools for a specific study ” and a non-traditional scholarship ” for someone looking to attend a trade school or a non-traditional program.

“We recognize that there’s a tremendous amount of talent in students not following a four-year plan,” Kermode said.

Scholarship funds available to students change every year. Students apply for grants through the high school.