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Press Release: April 25, 2012 - Bay BTS Scholarship Announcement

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Tracey Bradnan, 440-781-7690 or tracey@centurycycles.com
Karen Derby-Lovell, 440-617-7307 or Karen.Derby-Lovell@bayschoolsohio.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 25, 2012

Bay Bike To School Challenge Scholarship Announced
Applications accepted through Monday, May 7

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio – Bay Bike to School Challenge announces that one of its sponsors, bicycle manufacturer Raleigh Bicycles, will be awarding two scholarships of $1,000 to Bay Bike To School Challenge participants – one female and one male in the senior class at Bay High School.

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Complete an application and submit it to the Bay High School Guidance Office by Monday, May 7, 2012.
  • Bicycle from home to Bay High School at least 10 days during the Bay Bike To School Challenge between May 7 and May 24. Applicants must submit their completed Bike To School ride cards to the Guidance Office, where a copy will be made of each one and attached to their application. The original ride card can then be redeemed for the BTS Challenge t-shirt and/or put into the grand prize drawing.
  • Once the applicant has biked 10 times (or completed two ride cards), the application will be activated for consideration.
  • There is no GPA requirement.
  • Representatives from Raleigh Bicycles and the Bay Bike To School Challenge will select the winners based on the following criteria: Application essays showing a passion for bicycling and a commitment to a healthy life and/or environment, as well as participation in Bay Bike To School Challenge.

The two scholarships will be awarded on Friday, May 25, at the school-wide assembly at Bay High School that concludes Bay Bike To School Challenge.

For more scholarship details and to download an application, go to www.centurycycles.com/to/BTS or www.bayvillageschools.com.

“Raleigh Bicycles is honored and excited to be a part of the Bay Bike To School Challenge,” said Chris Speyer, Vice President of Product Development and Marketing for Raleigh Bicycles (www.raleighusa.com), which is headquartered in Kent, Washington. “We view this as a unique and inspiring program that promotes a healthy lifestyle for students and teachers alike. Bay Schools and Century Cycles are doing very special things here, and I am glad that we can play a part.”

In addition to offering these scholarships to Bay Bike To School Challenge, Raleigh Bicycles is providing the program’s grand prizes (two Raleigh bicycles each for Bay Middle School and Bay High School), which students can enter to win after every four bicycle rides to school between May 7 and May 25. Raleigh Bicycles will also give each school $500 if its students exceed the bike-riding milestones set by last year’s Bay Bike To School Challenge.

“The generous addition of the scholarships by Raleigh Bicycles shows Raleigh is not just a partner in the Bay Schools’ effort to make the planet a better place by encouraging students to find healthy and green methods of transportation, but that they also support the value and importance the Bay Schools place upon education,” said Jason Martin, principal of Bay High School.

Bay Bike to School Challenge sponsored by Century Cycles on May 7-25, 2012, encourages Bay Middle and High School students to bicycle to school for three weeks in May to help the environment, improve their health and the community, and have fun. Now in its fifth year, the program has had a big impact: Bay students have biked 102,803 miles since 2008, saving an estimated 113,083 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

Century Cycles teams up with Bay Middle School (BMS) and Bay High School (BHS) to organize the program, with the support of other sponsors including Raleigh Bicycles, Subway of Bay Village, Honey Hut, Bay Village Kiwanis, Bay Schools Parent Teacher Student Association, Project Earth Environmental Club and the Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation.

About Bay Schools

The schools in Bay Village, Ohio, are award-winning and consistently earn the state’s highest ratings for student achievement. Bay High School was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Education. www.bayvillageschools.com

About Century Cycles

Century Cycles is an award-winning, locally-owned chain of independent bicycle stores in Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River, providing all types of bicycles and friendly, expert service to northeast Ohio bicyclists and their families. Founded in 1992, Century Cycles is an authorized dealer of Raleigh, Giant, Electra, Surly and Haro bicycles, as well as Santana tandems. The Peninsula store also rents bicycles year-round for riding on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. www.centurycycles.com