PHOTO: Mason Shenk, of Atantic Highands, on the ski racing course.

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Mason Shenk is loyal, courageous, trust-worthy, and if he says that he'll do something, you can count on him to follow through. And that's what he's done.

This year, Mason got FIRST in the whole state of New Jersey for ski racing. This kid lives in our town of Atlantic Highlands and is the Best U-12 skier in the WHOLE state. In fact, he went undefeated, placing first in every race this season, an accomplishment never before seen in NJ - and he even often placed first in the older age group, U-14. 

Back in December, Mason was also selected to compete on the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School's Odyssey of the Mind team. This is a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) competition, where teams compete by solving a problem then they make a skit with the solution in it. And guess what. The Eastern Region Ski Championship and the Odyssey of the Mind Competition are on the same day. So what does Mason choose to do? He decides to pick the intellectually stimulating one, Odyssey of the Mind.

His one chance to be the best skier on the East Coast, and he waves it away without a blink of an eye. Why? Because Mason has such great character. Now that is a crazy awesome decision. Our OM team is really thankful for this decision and I am one lucky kid to have grown up with this amazing person.

W. Benson Chiles, Jr.
Grade 6