May 5, 2008
MARQUETTE—Twelve United States Olympic Education Center athletes will earn their diplomas this spring. The USOEC will have five athletes participating in Northern Michigan University’s commencement on Saturday, May 3; while seven students will walk during Marquette Senior High School’s graduation on Sunday, June 1.
Women’s freestyle wrestler Amy Borgnini (Terre Haute, Ind.) will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sports science.
“I have never had to work as hard as I have at the USOEC,” said Borgnini, who has also earned numerous USOEC All-Academic Team honors. “Training here, I have already had to face real-life problems, and learned how to make the right decision. I have learned that you have to make the best of every situation and to keep working hard no matter what the circumstances are.
Other USOEC athletes earning bachelor’s degrees from NMU include weightlifter Ashley Suggs (Whitesboro, Texas), sports science, and Greco-Roman wrestlers Jacob Curby (LaGrange, Ill.), history; and Jacob Fisher (Platte City, Mo.), exercise science. Former USOEC boxer DeRae Crane (Rock Island, Ill.) will also graduate with a degree in marketing.
Fisher will continue his education at NMU, beginning a graduate program in the fall. “The USOEC is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Fisher. “I’ve been at the USOEC for 6 years, and it is like a second home to me. I am very grateful for the opportunity to continue wrestling while getting an education.”
Athletes graduating from Marquette Senior High School include short track speedskaters Kyle Uyehara (Lakewood, Calif.) and Barry Winslow (Midland, Mich.), and freestyle wrestlers Schuyler Brown (Montpelier, Va.), Katie Crouch (Merced, Calif.), Erin Clodgo (Richmond, Vt.), Elizabeth Deangelo (Mebane, N.C.), and Beth Johnson (Garden City, Kan.).
“I never expected to have the opportunity to compete athletically at such a high lvel while in high school,” said Crouch. “It feels good to have the opportunity to pursue my wrestling dreamsat the USOEC while getting an education.”
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