Friends of Scotchman Peaks essay competition closes April 15

The deadline is approaching for the annual Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness annual scholarship essay competition. Graduating seniors from high schools in the three counties encompassing the Scotchman Peaks, as well as home-schooled seniors, are urged to submit their essays on the theme “A most memorable wilderness experience.”

“We want to remind seniors that now is the time to get their essays in,” FSPW program coordinator Sandy Compton notes. “We always get a surge as the deadline approaches.”

There is no grade-point average or college entrance requirement for this competition. Winners in each high school will receive a $300 cash prize to be spent in any manner they choose. An additional $300 will be awarded to the best overall essay for the 2016 competition.

The essays may be a first-hand account of an experience of the author or an account of a story related to the author by a friend or relative. The experience may have happened in any Wilderness, designated or not, and must portray traditional wilderness activities such as backpacking, camping, hunting, fishing, berry picking, or horseback riding.

Seniors from Sandpoint, Lake Pend Oreille, Forrest M. Bird Charter, Clark Fork, Libby, Troy, Noxon and Thompson Falls High Schools or home-school seniors from Bonner County, Idaho or Sanders or Lincoln Counties, Montana are encouraged to apply. Essays will also be posted to the FSPW website at and may also appear in local papers as part of the FSPW Voices in the Wilderness project. Deadline for entry is April 15, 2016. The entry form can be downloaded at or acquired from the student counselors at the respective high schools.

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About The Author:

Sandy Compton has been program coordinator for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness since 2009. He is also a storyteller and author of both fiction and non-fiction books, and the publisher at

In addition to his other duties, he runs the FSPW All Star Trail Team (, which works on Forest Service trails in the Scotchman Peaks. He is a trail surveyor as well, and a C-Certified Crosscut Bucker/Feller and USFS National Saw Policy OHLEC instructor.

Sandy grew up on a small farm/woodlot at the south end of the proposed wilderness and lives there still. He is also board member of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and a planning team member for the Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute.

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