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Sam Jackenthal poses with the Bjorn Thorsen Memorial Scholarship Award. Courtesy Axis Freeride

On Tuesday, May 7, at the Axis Freeride End of Season Movie event, Treasure Mountain Junior High School eighth grader Sam Jackenthal was awarded the Bjorn Thorsen Memorial Scholarship Award.

Jackenthal was chosen from 130 athletes to receive this award. Axis Freeride coaches nominate and then vote on the athletes to determine the winner.

Bjorn Thorsen was a Park City High School student who passed away in his sleep in 2007. He was a budding freeskiing athlete and a member of Axis Freeride. The award is presented each year to the athlete that most exemplifies the following four attributes that Bjorn embodied: enthusiasm, love of the sport, hunger to grow and improve, and a caring attitude toward others.

Sam graciously accepted the award from Thor Thorsen, Bjorn's father.