Stock Seat Riders Rock Regional Championships (February 9, 2014)
The day after the stock seat’s final regular season competition, qualified riders proceeded on to compete in the regional championship show (also held at the MSU Pavilion).
Among the many Albion riders that qualified earlier in the season to compete at this regional championship, junior Chelsea Weiss (Manchester/Chelsea) won first place in the novice division. Weiss will proceed on to compete as an individual at the semi-finals, joining the Albion team of six other riders that has qualified to compete there as well after winning high point team of the region.
Here are the Albion College riders that will compete at semi-finals:
Chelsea Weiss – Novice
Katie Petchell – Alumni Reining
Megan McNeil – Open Reining
Morgan Carey – Open Horsemanship
Hannah Pankratz – Advanced
Elle Root – Novice
Katie Heim – Intermediate
Jordan McGinn – Walk/Trot
The IHSA stock seat semi-finals will be held March 29-30 at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.
Final Regional Show Secures Top Spot for Stock Seat Team (February 8, 2014)
With multiple teams vying for first place in the region, the Albion College stock seat team went into the final regular season double-header feeling a sizeable amount of pressure. By the end of the day, the Britons rode away with reserve champion and champion high point team ribbons. This secured their spot as regional high point team champion, and they will go on to compete at the IHSA stock seat semi-finals as a team, sending their strongest rider from each of the six divisions.
During the first show, held at the MSU Pavilion, there were many first and second places won by Albion riders. Junior Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community) placed first in open horsemanship and second in open reining, but her highest peak was achieving the regional high point rider award, which automatically grants her a ticket to IHSA nationals!
Sophomores Kaitlyn Anderson (Douglas/Saugatuck) and Camille Sawicki (Jenison/Jenison) finished first in the intermediate and walk-trot divisions respectively. Jordan McGinn (Royal Oak/Shrine) placed second in the intermediate level as well.
The second show again brought first and second place ribbons for Carey, as well as another first place for Sawicki. Other Albion riders, including Megan McNeil (Onondaga/Jackson Christian), Allison Voorhess (Mount Clemons/Lutheran North), and team captain Hannah Pankratz (Bad Axe/Bad Axe) all brought home blue first place ribbons, too.
Sawicki, Voorhess, Pankratz, McNeil, and Carey all qualified to continue on to the regional championship show (held the following day), as well as first year Hannah Schultz (Livonia/Divine Child) who also joined as a regional contender.
Top Placings for Stock Seat Riders at GVSU Show (November 10, 2013)
After a grueling double-header hosted by Grand Valley State University, the Albion College stock seat team sits amongst the top teams in regional standings. Going home with a reserve high point team ribbon and also a third place out of the 10 teams that competed on November 10, the Briton riders had much to be proud of.
First-year students helped carry the team during the first show of the day. Hannah Schultz (Livonia/Divine Child) and Allison Voorhess (Mount Clemons/Lutheran North) earned first place finishes in the intermediate I and II divisions respectively. The team as a whole wound up in third place for the first show.
Voorhess proved successful again with another first place in the second show, accompanied by a win from Kaitlyn Anderson (Douglas/Saugatuck) in intermediate II. Senior Katie Heim (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville Community) won first in her novice class, and freshman Jordan McGinn (Royal Oak/Shrine) rounded out the blue ribbons with a win in walk-trot. The top teams were within just a few points of each other, and in the end Albion came away tied for reserve high point team.
Coach Denise Webber is proud to announce two more riders that have pointed into the next division and qualified for regional championships. Michelle Miele (Bloomfield Hills/International Academy) and Kate Sears (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor-Huron) will both go on to compete at regionals next spring.
Emily Crichton O'Hara
- In a nutshell, what do you do?
- I envision possible visitor experiences, distill expert knowledge into digestible content, and work on teams to build exhibits that excite people about science.
- What are you working on right now?
- I am the lead content developer for a 3,000-square-foot exhibition about the innovations and impact of human engineering in the Charles River Watershed, scheduled to open in December 2015.
- Why do you love what you do?
- I get to learn new things every day. In my job, I play the role of a museum visitor, learning about current research and finding the nuggets that will really excite our visitors. My goal is to inspire them to explore more about science and the world around them after they have left the museum.
- How did Albion help you get there?
- While at Albion, I had the ability to take classes in a multitude of fields. Even though I was an art major, also taking classes in math and science helped me gain a broad knowledge base. I was also able to participate in a museum internship my senior year. Together, these experiences have given me the ability to communicate with scientists and translate their expert understanding of a topic to a larger audience of general museum visitors.
- For me, Albion...
- ...provided opportunities to explore the world beyond my passions, encouraged me to stretch my mind to places where it was uncomfortable, and put me in situations where I had to clearly articulate my ideas. These experiences gave me the foundation on which I have built my current career.
- Anything else you’d like to add?
- Students should take advantage of the opportunities that come with a liberal arts education. Even though the world sometimes projects a specialist education as the only option, you will end up competing for jobs with people who look exactly like you on paper. At a liberal arts college, you will be pushed outside your comfort zone and this will empower you more than you can imagine—you may find connections that strengthen your understanding or reveal a new way of looking at problems in your own field, or even discover a new path that interests you. These are vital skills that you will need to be successful after college.
Take It Further: Museum of Science, Boston; Art and Art History Department; Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program
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