Mount Prospect Academy Earns High Honors at NYPUM Rodeo

As part of our mission, Mount Prospect Academy (MPA) is continually seeking therapeutic environments in which to grow and acquire the skills students need to reach their educational and social potential.
One such initiative is our involvement with The National Youth Project Using Minibikes (NYPUM). NYPUM is a non profit organization operating in over 32 communities, including here at Mount Prospect, with a commitment to building healthy peer group experiences with positive adult role models. Several of our students and faculty recently participated in the annual NYPUM Rodeo at Camp Pinnacle in Voorheesville, New York. The event featured an outdoor living experience, group trail rides, games, campfires and competitions. MPA participated with two other programs, one from Albany, NY and the other from Wellsboro, PA. Although the event was impeded by rain, the competitions continued and MPA riders placed in the various events including multiple first place finishes.
The event culminated with an awards ceremony, where MPA received the Sportsmanship Trophy, which goes to the program that best demonstrated good sportsmanship throughout the Rodeo and is voted on by the attending programs. Like hockey’s Stanley Cup, the Sportsmanship Trophy is engraved with each year’s winner and on loan to its recipient until the next Rodeo. MPA was the first-ever winner from the state of New Hampshire.
The students returned at the end of the week having gained new friendships, multiple awards and stories to share with their peers back on campus. Special thanks to the faculty who helped facilitate the trip. Just another example of the incredible lengths they and everyone else at MPA go to help support our students.