The weeklong international tournament ended Friday in Nuuk, Greenland. On the final day of competition, athletes from Nome and Unalakleet earned six medals.
The 2016 Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race starts Saturday at noon on Nome’s East Beach.
Team Alaska holds a commanding lead with 198 medals — double the awards of second-place Team Yukon.
“Things look promising — as best as they could,” said Superintendent Shawn Arnold. “As it is right now, education spending is fairly intact.”
The school board also extended Superintendent Shawn Arnold’s contract. He will continue to lead the district through the 2018-2019 school year.
Nome’s Tim James won his second award of the tournament by taking bronze in Stick Pull. Wilson Hoogendorn also earned a spot on the podium with a bronze medal in Biathlon Ski.
Tim James of Nome earned the silver medal in Junior Men’s Snow Snake. The distance event has competitors throw spears along an ice track, recreating a traditional hunting technique.
Nine athletes from Nome are competing at the international tournament. They’ll participate in four events: Dene Games, Arctic Sports, Biathlon Ski, and Alpine Skiing.
Over the last five years, donations have kept JROTC afloat. But the district can’t sustain the program any longer — especially as they expect cuts in education funding.
The closure would save more than a million dollars outright, but some say it would come at the expense of kids who live in western Alaska.