BANGOR, Maine — John Bapst Memorial High School student Abigail Bowman received the Julia Clukey Courage Award during a “Julia Inspires” presentation Monday at the school.

Olympic luger Julia Clukey of Augusta makes motivational presentations to students during the school year through her relationship with the Maine Beer & Wine Distributors Association and made a presentation Monday at John Bapst.

This year Clukey also is presenting her courage award to a student at each school she visits.

Bowman received the award for her ability to persevere through tough times in her personal life while maintaining her strong grade point average and positive attitude, according to a news release.

Clukey encouraged students to find their passion, create a plan and go after their dreams during her presentation.

Clukey, who was officially named to the USA National Luge Team for 2016-17 season on Monday, has shared her story and message at more than 40 Maine schools, reaching more than 14,000 students.

She has set a goal to compete in the sport of luge at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.