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Julie Rierson
[1987]

School: Franklin

Sports Played: Volleyball, Basketball, Softball

High School Honors: 3 Volleyball letters. 1st Team All-PIL as Junior and Senior. 3 Basketball letters. 1st Team All-PIL as Senior; Honorable Mention All-State 3 Softball letters. 2nd Team All-PIL as Sophomore. Won the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, Mel Fox, and Pete Ward College Scholarships. Senior Class President; Salutatorian.

Post High School Career: 4 Volleyball letters at Lewis & Clark College on Presidential Scholarships. Northwest Conference Championship Teams 4 years, District Champions and NAIA Nationals, 1987. NAIA District All-Star and All-Star in Senior year tournaments; led team in kills, blocks, block assists, and service aces. LC record holder with 52 service aces in a season. Basketball letter as Junior. BA (Math) and MA (Teaching) Degrees from LC. Taught math and coached Volleyball and Basketball at Madison and Franklin over a 25-year career in Portland Public Schools. Presently Vice Principal at Franklin.

Commentary:

From an early age, athletics has brought me a sense of community. Whether it was on the field during Little League, a pick-up game of basketball or playing football on the beach, I loved that it brought people together. As a little kid, I participated in gymnastics and swimming, but I have most appreciated being part of a team, where we pushed one another to our limits and worked towards a shared goal. This sense of community and camaraderie is why volleyball, basketball and softball became such a large part of my middle school, high school and college experience. In addition to a value of teamwork, playing competitively taught me how to strategize, how to be disciplined and how to persevere when pursuing my goals. I am grateful to have had athletics as part of my educational experience and I hope that, as an educator, coach and parent, I have been able to pass these lessons on to others.

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