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10-year-old sells ducks so he can ski

Sky Sonsa with his Ducky Derby selling station outside Clarks Market in Aspen.
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When Sky Sosna was just 8 years old, he started selling ducks at the Rotary Club of Aspen’s annual Ducky Derby competition to raise money for his love of freestyle skiing.

As a single parent, Sky’s mother, Domi Sosna, said she doesn’t have the kind of money to provide him with these kinds of activities.

While the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club has “very generously” granted Sky a skiing scholarship the past few years, Domi said her son doesn’t always want to ask others for help.

“I kind of just wanted to not ask for a scholarship at all because they’ve given me a scholarship the last three years,” Sky said.

The 10-year-old said to his mother, “I will try $6,000 this year, Mom. I want to kill it!”

Domi thought Sky’s goal of making $5,000 by selling ducks for the derby was pretty high — after all, it was $800 more than he sold last year, she pointed out.

However, she said nothing to discourage her son’s ambitious goals and was “ready to support him any way I could.”

In the previous years that Sky had sold the ducks, Domi said she has been “pretty involved with helping her son” — supervising, helping make change, being around, etc.

This year, however, Sky raised every penny by himself.

“Every single person he sold to had an interaction with him,” Domi said. “He had to explain to people out of town what is the purpose of selling ducks, what sport he does, what club. Some people had no idea what Ducky Derby is, and he had to describe the whole thing to them.”

Sky spent 47 hours working to sell ducks to people in front of City Market, Clark’s Market and within various neighborhoods around town.

“Forty-seven hours when he could play with friends, play by the pool, have fun,” Domi said. “He decided to work and get the money for his skiing and for his club.”

She added that Sky “never complained — not once,” and that he was so determined to not only reach, but often exceed, his daily goals.

Domi recalled a day in which Sky met his daily goal of $500 in as little as two hours. Though rather than calling it a day and heading home early, Sky took advantage of the sales opportunity and continued selling ducks outside City Market into the night, reaching $970 — nearly twice his daily goal — by 9 p.m.

His hours paid off. From July 4 through 19, Sky sold 928 ducks to 347 people — making him the top duck seller under the age of 18 for the third year in a row.

The first year Sky was named best seller, he was awarded a $50 gift card to Radio Boardshop, which coincidentally is his favorite store, according to his mother.

Domi said her son bought a skateboard deck that summer, and that every time he rode it and people admired his board, he would proudly say to them, “I got it for being the best seller in the Ducky Derby.”

“Sky takes a lot of pride in being the best seller, … and I couldn’t be more proud of him as a mother,” Domi said.

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