St. John Teens Get Yacht Club Scholarships

Aug. 20, 2008 — Quincey Pentrack and Max Nickbarg have won scholarships from the St. John Yacht Club, which also paid for three $150 memberships in the St. John Kids and the Sea program.
Pentrack, 18, recently graduated from the Tilton School in New Hampshire. She received $1,000 toward her studies at Florida Institute of Technology. She plans to major in biology with a minor in marine biology.
"Growing up on St. John, I always loved the water," Pentrack said. "I want to help because I see the destruction going on."
Her parents are Ray and Alison Pentrack.
Nickbarg, 16, received a $500 scholarship to help further his sailing career. An Antilles School junior, he spent the summer in California participating in races up and down the coast. His best finishes came at the Pacific Coast Championships, where he finished eighth, and the Junior Olympics, he said. Nickbarg finished seventh in that race.
"Next year I hope to go to the Youth Worlds," he said. His parents are Loren and Mary Nickbarg. St. John Yacht Club member Jerry Hills called him a top youth sailor.
Funding of three KATS memberships will help the organization continue its work of teaching children about the sea.
"It's nice that someone is stepping up to the plate," said KATS President Vicki Rogers.
The organization never turns away a child because they can't afford to join. KATS' goal is to work with as many children as possible, Rogers said.
The yacht club has long awarded scholarships, Hills said. It will hand out this year's scholarships during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pastory Gardens.
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