“You are such an inspiration,” said Dallas Reed, PhD, Vice President of Student Development and Campus Life. “At such a young age you do an amazing job at balancing your life. You have such fortitude and grace. Someday you must write a book!”
Kevin L. Luing, Chairman of the Board, also expressed his pride as Ms. Pross sat surrounded by her parents, students, family and friends. “I heard that your nickname in the downhill longboarding world is ‘The PROSSecutor,’ but after I saw you racing on the internet, flowing from side to side, and thought about how well you balance your studies, both onsite and online, with athletics, I would call you ‘The Balancer.”
After explaining the gear she brought with her and a little about the sport, Ms. Pross fielded questions from the audience. “I want to break the barriers for women in this sport,” she said. In one open race that did not separate the female racers from the males, Ms. Pross came in 6th among 100 riders. Her top speed during a race in Vermont was 67 miles per hour.
Ms. Pross travels often, including this past summer when she competed in European races with women from more than a dozen countries throughout the world. She will attend a “garage” race in Texas in January of 2016. The IDF 2016 racing season begins in April. Having clear goals, a supportive family and flexible scheduling of classes has helped her rise to the top as she begins her third year in the sport and completes her second year at Berkeley College.
In high school, Ms. Pross was a member of DECA, an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges in the United States and abroad. That helped her make the decision to choose Berkeley.
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