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ABOVE: Sydney Borntrager, a student at Martin County West, has raised practically $11,000 for adaptive sports at the Sioux Falls Veteran Affairs Overall health Care Method.

TRIMONT– Sydney Borntrager, a higher college senior from Trimont, has raised practically $11,000 for adaptive sports at the Sioux Falls Veteran Affairs Overall health Care Method given that final August.

Borntrager is the Honorary Junior President of the American Legion Auxiliary Division of Minnesota and attends Martin County West Higher College. She initially joined the junior auxiliary when she was seven years old simply because her grandfather, John Borntrager, served in the Air Force.

“I didn’t definitely know what it meant at the time but I stuck with it simply because as I got older, I discovered what it was about and I usually had a definitely close bond with my grandpa,” stated Borntrager.

In 2018 and 2019 Borntrager raised $four,300 for the Minnesota Veterans House in Luverne as a higher college freshman. The income went towards the obtain of electronic music players which helped calm residents in the memory care unit. She thought of fundraising projects in subsequent years but was unable to pursue them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now as Honorary Junior President Borntrager chosen the Sioux Falls adapted sports plan simply because of her experiences in the four-H shooting sports plan and the applications proximity to southern Minnesota.

“Although it is not in Minnesota, a lot of our southern Minnesota veterans go there for their VA solutions simply because it is closer than the Cities or Saint Cloud,” stated Borntrager.

The plan assists veterans with physical or mental disabilities participate in activities they are no longer capable of undertaking simply because of injuries sustained in the course of military service. Veterans can participate in a wide variety of activities covered by the plan, such as sports games, hunting trips and inventive arts events. The plan also organizes national events and tournaments as nicely as programming that occurs outdoors the Sioux Falls location.

“This is not localized just in Sioux Falls, they also have several applications positioned at VAs across the county,” stated Borntrager.

Most of the donations she’s collected has come from members of the American Legion and their households across the state.

Borntrager also received donations from people and nearby firms. The income raised by Borntrager will go towards the adaptive sports’ basic-objective fund. The fund mainly assists spend for gear but also covers other expenses connected to the activities.

Soon after graduating higher college later this spring, Borntrager will attend Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. She plans to big in Biomedical Science with the eventual objective of becoming a pediatric oncologist who would assist create easier and significantly less invasive remedies for kids and teens with cancer.

Outdoors of four-H and the junior auxiliary Borntrager is on Martin County West’s trapshooting, track and cross-nation teams and dances for Dancin’ Plus in downtown Fairmont.

Borntrager will continue raising funds till the middle of July. These interested in contributing can mail a verify created out to “American Legion Auxiliary” with “For Honorary Jr President’s Project” in the memo line to Sydney Borntrager 230 Birch St W Trimont MN 56176. Any additional inquiries can be addressed to

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