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    By Alyssa Chambers - from Lexi Watson / Fresno State Athletics Communications

    Lexi Watson wrote in after her graduation to provide us with some graduation photos and what she has been up to since concluding her volleyball career and education at Fresno State.

    Lexi: I will be taking several road trips.  I will be driving to New Mexico with Clay and his family and then we will be driving to Montana and stopping in Oregon on the way.  We plan on doing a lot of fishing, enjoying the lake and stopping to see friends and family along the way! I also got a head JV coaching job in Visalia at El Diamante (volleyball of course) so I will be helping out with their summer practices until season starts.  In August my Teaching credential program begins in Visalia.  
    Jennifer Jory JumpingBy Jennifer Jory / Fresno State Alumna (Class of 2010)

    The time has come for me to hang up my hat and pass the reins on to a new Fresno State Equestrian team member.  I am now an official Fresno State college graduate and no longer classified as a student-athlete, but as alumni.  My senior year flew by so fast and I felt like I could not live in the many precious moments long enough.  As a senior captain of the Equestrian Team I knew it was my job to be an outstanding leader and to leave behind large and defined footprints for fellow younger teammates to fill in the years to come.

    The first defined footprint I wanted to leave behind was to earn my degree by the end of my four years of eligibility.  Graduating in four years was an important goal for me to achieve because I wanted to show the other girls on my team that academic achievement is just as important as competition achievement.  If you can successfully compete for the Bulldogs both in the arena and in the classroom, you will be a successful student athlete.

    The second footprint I wanted to leave behind was in community service.  I participated in Holiday thank you calls, Light the Night Walk for Cancer, Coats for Kids, and reading to younger Bulldog fans.  As student athletes we are very fortunate to be given all of the perks that come with competing for the Bulldogs.  I want my fellow teammates to remember how important it is to be grateful and give back to the community and all of the amazing Bulldog supporters.

    The third footprint I wanted to leave behind was dedication to the sport.  Dedication and practice is the key to creating winners.  The Equestrian team has been blessed with three amazing coaches and a group of talented and inspiring young women.  With continued hard work and dedication this team can and will earn incredible achievements.

    The fourth and final footprint I wanted to leave behind was sportsmanship and a positive attitude.  Over the last four years I have watched the Equestrian team improve in so many ways.  The team unity shared among the women has become so strong that nothing is impossible for this group.

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    Former Bulldog equestrian rider Rebecca Flood will share her graduation with some very special people in her life: her three brothers.

    Flood, graduating in Food and Nutrition with an emphasis in dietetics and food administration, will attend commencement ceremonies on Saturday on the Fresno State campus. Joining her in receiving degrees are brothers Erik, Timothy and Steven.

    As all four Flood children receive their degrees on the same day, their parents, David and Susan, will be present for the commencement ceremonies. As unique as the circumstance is, it will be nonetheless a proud day for the entire family.

    Rebecca has long been admired as a tireless worker on a squad that not only practices and competes in their beloved sport, but also must care for the horses on which they ride. Feeding, grooming and cleaning stalls are as part of their daily routine as attending classes and studying for tests.