TICONDEROGA - Jared Best has been selected to receive the fifth annual Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship. The $1,000 award given by the LaChute Road Runners Club goes to a Ti High graduate who participated in varsity cross country and/or track & field who attends college full-time. The winner, selected by a scholarship committee, is a person who reflects the strong academic, athletic and character traits of Crammond.
Crammond died in a car accident in 2005 at age 24.
Best, a Ti High cross country and track runner, never knew Crammond.
"I've heard his story countless times from my coaches," Best said of Crammond's legacy. "Duane was a spirited runner, the kind we all look up to. It's special to win an award in his name."
Best graduated from Ti June 27 and will attend Clarkson University this fall. He plans to major in environmental engineering and run on the Knights' cross country team.
Best was a member of the 2006 Ticonderoga cross country team that finished second at the state championship race.
"I am not a spectacular runner, but to me, it was the race where I shined the most, and that race was inspiring," Best wrote in his scholarship essay. "From that point on, I made running a non-stop habit."
The Hague teen quoted Dr. George Sheehan: "People begin running for any number of motives, but we stick to it for one basic reason...to find out who we really are."
Matt Karkoski, scholarship committee chairman, said Best is a good choice for the award. Best has many of Crammond's attributes, he said.
"Duane was a great runner, but he was so much more," Karkoski said. "He set a great example for younger runners through his work ethic and determination to succeed.
"We're pleased we can honor Duane with a scholarship and, at the same time, help someone meet their college goals," he added.