It’s an event that has been near and dear to the hearts of Londonderry High School skiers and their supporters for years now, the sixth annual Rebecca Tenney Memorial Ski Races held at Mount Sunapee in Newbury Tuesday, Feb. 2 provided a special day for the LHS athletes and those supporters as they proudly played host to giant slalom and slalom competitions.
High school squads from LHS, Dover, Exeter, Spaulding of Rochester, Keene, Bishop Guertin of Nashua, and Portsmouth took part, with over 125 teens racing.
“Becca Tenney was a vibrant, fun, beautiful girl who suddenly passed away in 2010 from viral meningitis at the age of 16,” said LHS Ski Boosters’ secretary Mike Costello. “She was loved by so many, and the outpouring of support to her parents and sister after this tragedy was an amazing testament to how many people Becca had touched in her short life. She was a member of the Londonderry High alpine ski team and the LHS marching band, she spent many years as a Girl Scout, and she was heavily involved in her church. Two of Becca’s best qualities were her big smile and her warm personality.”
Proceeds from the annual skiing event go to the Becca Tenney Foundation, which supports the Becca Tenney Memorial Scholarship Fund at Londonderry High, the Compassionate Friends organization, which gives its support to parents who lose children, and the Meningitis Foundation of America.
Londonderry’s Evarts family is particularly proud to have had at least one member of its clan compete in all of the first six sets of Tenney Memorial races. The event will no doubt remain close to Lancers’ hearts in future.