Pine Creek Students break Skiing record


Seniors Kayla Anderson and Carter Gonzalez broke their own records for the most 

vertical feet skied in a day. Last year, they set the record at 90,000 vertical feet. This year they broke that record with 100,000. They set these records to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The first year they raised $10,000 and this year they exceeded that by raising over $10,000. Kayla Anderson said “Last year we raised exactly $10,000 and we had a shout out from the ski racer Lindsey Vogn, this year we’ve raised $10,630.” Anderson and Gonzalez, who have cancer survivors in their family, decided to donate to St. Jude to help with funding research to find a cure. Anderson said  “3 out of 4 of my grandparents are cancer survivors and I think childhood cancer is something that is really important to fix because kids can’t choose cancer, cancer chooses them and it’s really tragic.”  Gonzalez said “Me and Kayla both have family members who are cancer survivors.” They draw inspiration from the perseverance of family members. Gonzalez said, “The biggest inspiration is everyone in my family who has pushed themselves through something, especially through cancer.” Anderson added “I wanted to help the community especially with St. Jude, St. Jude is an amazing cause that I’m extremely passionate about.” This shows the passion in their hearts not only for skiing but for the kids that are fighting battles with cancer.