Jan 27, 2014
Jan. 27, 2014
Westminster to have more students competing in 2014 than any other U.S. college/university thanks to integrated partnership with USSA
SALT LAKE CITY -
Westminster College congratulates 23 students as they prepare to compete in Russia next week - the most of any traditional college/university in the country. The college will be cheering on these exceptional student athletes as they represent the U.S. in events from snowboarding to ski jumping.
Westminster sophomore, Jessica Jerome, will compete with the first-ever U.S. women's ski jumping
team. Between pursuing the historic fight for inclusion in the Winter Games and balancing her rigorous training schedule, Jerome was able to incorporate Westminster classes into her hectic schedule. Understanding the importance of getting an education, she didn't want to put school on the back burner.
"My dad was always very adamant that I could make ski jumping a priority, but I didn't have to sacrifice my education completely," said Jerome. "I love that when I do decide to quit skiing, I'm not going to have to start from nothing."
Tuition Program Renewed
Just as Jerome and Team U.S.A. head to Russia, Westminster and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
(USSA) celebrate the renewal of a partnership that offers tuition remission to qualifying USSA athletes. Since the program
started in 2005, more than 100 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team members have attended Westminster. Nordic combined athlete Taylor Fletcher says the program has made him a better competitor.
"It allows me to take my mind off of skiing and train a different side of the brain for a while," said Fletcher, who is a freshman at Westminster. "When I come to skiing, I'm much more relaxed, much more focused, and I'm a little bit sharper with my everyday thoughts."
"Our USSA students excel in the classroom just as they do on the slopes, with an average G.P.A of 3.56,"said Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, president of Westminster College. "Faculty and staff understand the dedication it takes to compete at this level and work closely with these students to help them achieve their goals."
During the games, Westminster will closely follow the progress of its athletes. Athlete bios and results will be updated at www.westminstercollege.edu/2014Sochi
2014 Westminster athletes headed to Russia:
- Maddie Bowman (Halfpipe) Sophomore, Undeclared
- Joss Christensen (Ski Slopestyle) Freshman, Undeclared
- Alex Deibold (Snowboardcross), Freshman, Undeclared
- Jessie Diggins (Cross Country) Sophomore, Undeclared
- Bryan Fletcher (Nordic Combined) Freshman, Undeclared
- Taylor Fletcher (Nordic Combined) Freshman, Business
- Julia Ford (Alpine), Freshman, Undeclared
- Travis Ganong (Alpine) Freshman, Undeclared
- Jared Goldberg (Alpine) Freshman, Undeclared
- Faye Gulini (Snowboardcross) Sophomore, Undeclared
- Jackie Hernandez (Snowboardcross) Freshman, Undeclared
- Lindsey Jacobellis (Snowboardcross) Freshman, Undeclared
- Jessika Jenson (Snowboard Slopestyle) Freshman, Undeclared
- Jessica Jerome (Ski Jumping) Junior, Economics
- Torin Koos (Cross Country) Master of Professional Communication
- Devin Logan (Ski Slopestyle) Freshman, Undeclared
- Megan McJames (Alpine) Sophomore, Undeclared
- Heather McPhie (Moguls) Junior, Psychology
- Eliza Outtrim (Moguls) Freshman, Undeclared
- Brita Sigourney (Halfpipe) Junior, Business
- Leanne Smith (Alpine) Freshman, History
- Marco Sullivan (Alpine) Freshman, Undeclared
- Jacqueline Wiles (Alpine) Freshman, Undeclared