By Alex Slusher and Luke Morissette
Luke S. ‘19, the lone member of the OES Snowboarding Team, has been successfully competing against Oregon’s best.
For the first time in many years, OES will be represented in the OISA Championship. The OISA championship is the state championship of snowboarding, and Luke S‘19 will be competing in Border Cross, Halfpipe, and Slopestyle.
Luke started snowboarding at the age of five and has been in love ever since. Freshman year, Luke made lifelong memories as part of the ski club, led by Harrison N. ‘16, Adam N. ‘16, and other members of the class of 2016. Additionally, Luke had a blast split-boarding at Alpine Lakes on an OES Winterim trip. Luke has been attending OES since 8th grade and has never had the opportunity to compete in the sport he is most passionate about. After some convincing from a friend at Lincoln High School, Luke decided to make his dream of competing in the OSIA championship a reality.
For the past few weeks, Luke has trained with the Lincoln snowboard team at Meadows. He drives up to the mountain for practice every Wednesday and participates in competitions representing OES on the weekends. When we spoke with Luke he admitted his slight nervousness heading into his first competition. While all the other competitors had professionally designed jerseys, Samiee was wearing a self-designed penny using only a sharpie. Needless to say, Luke did not look as if he was going to do anything special on the slopes, but this was not the case.
Luke had been riding all weekend in preparation for the race and on that brisk Sunday morning, he was feeling the fatigue. Despite the tiredness, Samiee’s first day competing surpassed his expectations greatly. After qualifying for and reaching the final round, Samiee placed second in the Metro League championship. Samiee surpassed many established snowboarders on Sunday and looks to continue his quest for the OISA Championship this Sunday.