We are honored to announce that three alumni, and one currently enrolled student will represent Team USA and Team Puerto Rico, in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As we anticipate the games beginning in August, we would like to introduce our Olympians. We are extremely proud of their amazing accomplishments and are thrilled to watch them in Rio. Please join us in congratulating them and cheering them on!
1. Alumna Monica Puig: Monica is representing Team Puerto Rico and competing on the Women’s Tennis team. She attended Laurel Springs beginning in 6th grade and graduated in 2012. Monica is currently attending Indiana University East. She began her tennis career in 2007, and went pro in 2010. While enrolled at Laurel Springs, Monica was a NCAA student athlete.
“Laurel Springs influenced my future by enabling me to complete my degree online and to pursue my dreams of a college education in the field of communications. I feel fortunate to have received a private online education such as Laurel Springs and now have the opportunity to attend Indiana University East, contributing to my learning journey; all while pursuing my busy professional career! I am so excited to see what the future has in store for me and beyond excited to be participating in my first ever Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro this summer!”
2. Alumnus Steele Johnson: Steele will be representing Team USA and competing in the Individual Men’s 10-Meter Diving and Synchronized Men’s-10 Meter Diving; partnered with David Boudia. Steele graduated from Laurel Springs in 2014, and is currently a sophomore at Purdue University where he is studying Film.
We interviewed Steele in 2013 for a student story, where he shared his dreams for his future. At that time, Steele said, “When I think about my future, I envision competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, attending college, and continuing my daily vlog (video blog) which gives viewers a peek into my everyday life.”
3. Alumna Maddie Musselman: Maddie will be representing Team USA and competing on the Women’s Water Polo team. Maddie graduated from Laurel Springs in June 2016 and will attend the University of California, Los Angeles in the fall. While enrolled at Laurel Springs, she was a member of the Gifted and Talented Academy as well as a NCAA student athlete.
“Going to the Olympics has always been a dream of mine since I was 8 years old. To now know that I get the opportunity to represent the United States of America for Water Polo in the 2016 Olympic Games, I am truly humbled and honored! I can’t wait to play alongside my teammates and go for GOLD. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this dream without the support from my family and friends. They are a huge part of this amazing journey, and I am excited to represent them and the USA in Rio.”
4. Current Student Aria Fischer: Aria will be representing Team USA in Women’s Water Polo. She attended Laurel Springs Gifted and Talented Academy for her junior year, 2015-2016, and is a NCAA student athlete.
“Because of Laurel Springs’ online and flexible approach, I was able to continue with a high level education while also pursuing my dream of competing for the USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Without Laurel Springs, I would not have been able to train full time with the USA Women’s National Team and still complete my Junior Year of high school.”
Stay tuned for more updates from our incredible community members. We will be sharing and engaging with our school community as the games begin. Don’t forget to follow us on social media to find out how our Olympians are doing! #LSSConnect