Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thrill-Seeking Snowboarder from Stanford

By Ashley Walter 

          Cassie Michelotti, 20, a native of Stanford, Connecticut, is a sophomore here at St. Thomas Aquinas College. She enjoys playing for the Spartan ladies lacrosse team, where she excels playing mid field. Cassie was one of the founders of the girl’s lacrosse team at her high school. The team started off as a club team and spent 3 years as JV before the Fairfield County conference approved the team as Varsity. Unfortunately, Cassie wasn’t able to experience her team at the Varsity level because she graduated. When I asked Cassie why she wanted to attend St. Thomas Aquinas College, her face lit up with a smile and a slight crease of confusion in her forehead showed that an ironic story was on the way. She gave a short chuckle and said, “My guidance counselor sent my college application to the wrong school!”
          Regardless of Cassie ending up at STAC out of mistake, she likes it here for the most part because she is able to commute to the mountains in upstate New York pretty easily. She is studying graphic design and isn’t quite sure what she wants to do for a career. She has a part time job working for her father’s company “Raw Design”. This is a motorcycle company that sells metric parts for those people looking to customize their motorcycles for a cheaper price. She works on the company’s website and practices her graphic design skills.
          It comes as no surprise that Cassie’s favorite color is blue since she spends almost every winter weekend in upstate New York snowboarding the slopes at Catamount. She started snowboarding when she was 15 years old and hasn’t stopped since. Nothing stops this snowboarder, not even blizzard conditions!
          “I almost died this past weekend with the snow storm that hit New York!” Cassie explains with excitement. When she was trying to drive back home the roads going down a very steep hill were not plowed yet and visibility was limited with the snow. “I was gripping my steering wheel for dear life!” Cassie remarks. The car was sliding and drifting into the other lane centimeters away from hitting oncoming cars! Luckily, Cassie regained control of her car and was able to return back to us safely.

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