Final Regular Season Show for Stock Seat Team (January 18, 2015)
The Briton stock seat riders returned a few days early from winter break in order to compete at the double-header show hosted by Michigan State University on January 18. Ten teams competed in this final regular season show, and in the end the Albion team came away in fourth place in the morning show and third place in the afternoon show.
There were many notable finishes, including the following:
1st place: Morgan Carey (open and reining), Kristine Mussell (novice), and Danielle Townsend (novice).
2nd place: Megan Winkler (walk-trot), Taylor Sandberg (novice x 2), Brooke Viele (advanced), Elle Root (open and reining), Morgan Carey (open), Allison Voorhess (advanced), and Heather Conner (intermediate II).
3rd place: Kate Sears (novice), Kristine Mussell (novice), Elle Root (open), Megan McNeil (open), and Abby Voglewede (intermediate II).
A main highlight was that two more riders qualified to compete at the Regional Championships. Brooke Viele (Midland / H.H. Dow) and Jordan McGinn (Royal Oak / Shrine) will join the other eight Albion team members who will vie at Regionals to go onto compete at Semi-Finals from there. Regionals will be held on February 15 at the Michigan State University pavilion.
Jordan Herron, '16
As soon as Jordan started walking, his dad gave him a football, a basketball, and a baseball. His preference for basketball was clear as he spent hours playing in the yard with his Little Tikes basketball hoop. "I told my dad that my dream was to play ball, and he told me that it’s not about playing ball, but it's about getting a degree," Jordan says.
As the first of seven children to attend college, Jordan is thriving at Albion as a student-athlete on the men's basketball team. He feels that everyone on campus, from his teammates to his professors, has pushed him to become his best. "Some of my professors have even given me their home phone number in case I ever need anything. I don't think I would get that level of involvement at a bigger school," he says.
Jordan was nervous about coming to Albion because he didn't know if he could keep up with the academic rigor of the students here, but he didn't let that stop him. "I met (former NBA player) Shane Battier at a gas station when I was little and he told me that it's not about how high you can jump, but it's about how high your GPA is," he says. "Because of my experience here, I now realize that I'm just as capable as anyone else. I just have to work a bit harder to achieve my goal of graduating with a high GPA."
Jordan hopes that his story will inspire his nieces and nephews to continue their education when they're older. "Albion is definitely worth the investment and you won't be sorry about coming here," he says. "The experiences, the relationships, and the education are one of the best in the country. I feel prepared for my future, and I’m a better person because of Albion."
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