Hannah Borowsky of Hopkins High School and Aaron Bartnik of Eden Prairie High School have won Twin Cities In Motion's 2011 College Scholarships, the organization has announced.
Borowsky and Bartnik distinguished themselves from 107 qualified candidates based on academic performance shown through a combination of grades and level of difficulty of curriculum; being a proven leader in the candidate’s school or peer group; commitment to community service or helping others; and demonstration that the candidate has maximized their running potential.
“Both Hannah and Aaron are exceptional examples of student athletes,” Virginia Brophy Achman, Executive Director for TCM, said. “Their passion for running, dedication to their community and strong leadership qualities exemplify why we created the TCM College Scholarship program.. We hope that this scholarship helps offset a portion of their education expenses, allowing them the opportunity to continue to pursue their passion for the sport of running.”
Borowsky is a four-year varsity letter recipient on Hopkins’ track team, as well as a three-year recipient on the cross country team. She was co-captain of the 2011 track team. She was voted “Most Valuable Track Athlete” in 2009 and is a Minnesota All-Time State Record Holder in the 4 x 400 meter relay as well as a school record holder in the 4 x 800 meter relay.
In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Hannah carries a 4.0 GPA, placed second in the national Young Epidemiology Scholars competition for her research regarding adolescent smoker’s perception about the risks of smoking and used her research findings to instigate a new bill that bans smoking in Hopkins parks. While Hannah has not decided on a university, she plans to study Public Health and Cognitive Science.
Bartnik was the captain of the Eden Prairie track team and served as the captain of the cross country team in 2010. In 2009, Bartnik won the MSHSL Class AA state title in cross country, leading his team to the Class AA team title as well.
In addition to running, Bartnik also participated in nordic skiing for four years and was elected Captain of the team in 2010. Academically, Aaron carries a 3.9 GPA while maintaining a challenging course load. He is a member of Destination Imagination and was the recipient of the Distinguished Leader Award. Aaron plans to study Engineering at the University of Minnesota and run for the Golden Gophers.
Twin Cities In Motion organizes the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and other running events.