SPECIALTY AWARDS
PRESENTED BY THE
AMERICAN KNEEBOARD ASSOCIATION
 

Mr. Pete Salassi Scholarships Mr. Pete Salassi
Sportsmanship Awards
Ron Veno, Andy Remy
Founders Award
Drivers Challenge
American Kneeboard Association members 17 years and under are eligible for scholarships given annually in the amount of no less than $500.  Applicants must write an essay describing their involvement in AKA. their future career plans and any information that may assist  the AKA Board of Directors in their selection process.  Essays must be presented to an AKA Board member prior to the Annual AKA Summer Board meeting held in conjunction with the National Championships.  Further information may be obtained by contacting AKA President Kenny Stuart at Kennystuart@etcmail.com A sportsmanship award  is one of the greatest honors a member can receive.  The recipient of this award is chosen by the membership and may or may not be a competitor.  Ballots are distributed at the Annual Competitors/Officials mandatory meeting held in conjunction with the National Championships.  Mail ballots may be obtained from the AKA Secretary, Dan Kelsey by contacting fourkelseys@msn,com This award is presented annually to an American Kneeboard Association Board member, past or present and is chosen by the Board of Directors.  The award honors a member for his/her life long contributions to and achievements within the association.  Formally known as the Ron Veno Award, retired in 2001, it is regarded as the most prestigious award that can be bestowed on an AKA Board member. Rated AKA drivers are eligible to particpate
in the challenge. Each year, held in conjunction
with the National Championships the drivers are
challenged to a new and exciting competition.The challenge was retired in the late 1990's. The fun and games were brought out of retirement in 2008.
Past Scholarship Recipients
2014 - Allie Maloney, Ga
2013 - McKenzie Wallace, Wi
2012 - Joey Deutsch, Ga
2011 - Patrick Dicus, Ga
2010 - Joey Deutsch, Ga
2009 - Mitchell Ascher, Wi
2008 - Leah Ritchhart, Fl
2007 - Amanda Davis, Fl
2006 - Lyssa Ritchhart, Fl
2005 - Ken Stuart, Tn
2004 - Leah Ritchhart, Fl
2003 - Jennifer Rogerson, La 
2002 - Trisha Rogerson , La
1998 - Crystal McKee, Tn
1997 - Jennifer McDonner, La 
1996 - Kevin Felver, In
1995 - Lisa Caldes, Fl 
1994 - Kristopher Andrus, Mo
1993 - Zachary Rohner, Fl
Past Sportsmanship Winners
2014 - McKenzie Wallace, Wi
2013 - Mike Wallace, Wi
2012- Scott Ascher, Wi
2011 - Dan Kelsey, Mn
2010 - Courtne Brunt, NC
2009 - Gabe Grissom, NC
2008 - John C Haile, Fl
2007 - Chris Dinse, Wi (tie)
2007 - Kenny Stuart, Tn (tie)
2006 - Dave Bohlen, Fl
2005 - Mark Ritchhart, Fl
2004 - Jennifer McDonner, La
2003 - Joey Raffa, Fl
2002 - Dave Brunt, NC 
2001 - Dave Smith,, SC 
2000 - Anita McDonner, La
1999 - Kent Hartshorn, SC 
1998 - Doug Rogerson, La 
1997 - Bob McDonner, La
1996 - Aaron Weible, Oh 
1995 - Zachary Rohner, Fl 
1994 - Doris Rohner, Fl 
1993 - Mark Ritchhart, Fl
Past Recipients
2014 - Mark Ritchhart, Ed Sauls
2013 - Ed Sauls, Fl
2012 - Robyn Bohlen, Fl
2011 -
2010 - John Dicus, Ga
2009 - Kenny Sturt, Tn
2008 - Kenny Stuart, Tn
2007 - George Rohner, Fl
2006 - Doris Rohner, Fl
2005 - Doris Rohner, Fl
2004 - Doris Rohner, Fl
2003 - George Rohner, Fl
2002 - Doris Rohner, Fl
2001 - Doug Rogerson, La
2000 - Bob McDonner, La
1999 - Rick Bradshaw, NC
1998 - Mario Fossa, Fl
1997 - Mark McMillan, Co
1996 - Chuck Purdy, Mi
1995 - Lonnie Marchand, La
1994 - Amy Piper, Fl
1993 - Bill Doyle, Tx
1992 - Dixie Andrus, Mo
1991 - Mary Manion, Fl
1990 - Randy Andrus, Mo
Past Recipient
2014 - Kurt Schmelzer, Mn
(He drove the fastest time on Play Station race car track. Sited his success was due to his son getting a Play Station the week before and he had been racing with his son.

2013 - None
2012 - None
2011
2010 - Ed Sauls - Fl (He drove an in tolerance speed of 20 mph without seeing the control panel or tachometer.)

2009 - Dan Kelsey- Mn ( He drove the fastest time in a paddle boat. He partner was Patti Ascher.)

2008 - Chuck R Piper - Fl (He drove the fastet time in a go cart at International Speedway, Ft. Lauderdale.)

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