Top athletes graduate from San Jose campus with honors

Top athletes graduate from San Jose campus with honors

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As the valedictorian and salutatorian of the Winter Quarter 2015 commencement at Palmer’s San Jose campus on March 6, the medallions that Syl Corbett and Melissa Hoar received for their outstanding academic achievements symbolized the same degree of dedication and hard work the duo has invested in their elite athletic endeavors.

Syl Corbett graduated as class valedictorian at the Winter Quarter '15 commencement at Palmer College's San Jose campus -- and she competed in the 2010 Snowshoe World Championships, a “showcased” sport held in conjunction that year with the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Syl Corbett competed in the 2010 Snowshoe World Championships, in conjunction with the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

As a member of the Canadian team competing in the 2010 Snowshoe World Championships, a showcased sport held in conjunction that year with the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C., Corbett completed a grueling 10K-course of steep ascents and descents on Grouse Mountain in just over an hour.

As a member of the Australian team at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Melissa Hoar competed in the sliding sport of skeleton. In skeleton, the riders rocket down the winding, frozen track, their faces protected by the shield of their helmets just inches above the ice, at bone-jarring forces up to 5G, and speeds approaching 90 MPH, en route to completing the 1,450-meter course in less than a minute.

“My sense of pride (in graduating as valedictorian) is collective and something that extends much farther than any individual honor,” said Corbett, who earned a bronze medal in the 2010 Snowshoe World Championships. Corbett became interested in a chiropractic career after an injury the Canmore, Alberta, Canada, native suffered while running responded well to the adjustments she received as part of her rehabilitative care.

Melissa Hoar,  salutatorian at Palmer College's San Jose Campus graduation on March 13, competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics, and was featured in a 2014 "Future Champions of Chiropractic" ad sponsored by The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) -- along with Steven Capobianco, D.C. (San Jose, '03), guest speaker at the Winter '15 commencement.

Melissa Hoar was featured in a 2014 “Future Champions of Chiropractic” ad sponsored by The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.

“I am grateful to be part of a phenomenal graduating class, and I take tremendous pride in what everyone has accomplished,” added Corbett, who has been a member of the Canadian National Elite Triathlon and Duathlon teams. She was the overall female winner of the Calgary, Cochrane, Big Sur, Powderface 42, and Ft. Lauderdale Marathons at least once (and sometimes twice!) in the past five years. She remains active in various international mountain-running races.

“I’m extremely proud to graduate with honors, because all my life I placed my education second to my athletic activities–until coming to Palmer. I really was inspired, because I loved what I was learning,” said Hoar, who began competing in 2005, and credits chiropractic care for helping her recover from hamstring and hip injuries suffered from years of competing on the World Cup tour.

“I chose Palmer’s San Jose campus because of the rigorous curriculum and well-rounded approach to chiropractic education. It makes me very proud to graduate with honors,” added Hoar, a native of Dalmeny, N.S.W., Australia, who also is a two-time Surf Life Saving world-champion. She was profiled in a 2014 “Future Champions of Chiropractic” ad sponsored by The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. The ad also featured Steven Capobianco, D.C., CCSP, a 2003 alumnus of Palmer College’s San Jose campus, who presented the commencement address at the winter 2015 graduation.

Syl Corbett, who received a special "Presidential Scholar" award for earning Deans List honors (3.50 GPA or above) in each of her 13 quarters at Palmer College's San Jose campus, has been the overall female winner of multiple marathons, and is gearing up for another season of international mountain-running races.

Syl Corbett has been the overall female winner of multiple marathons and is gearing up for another season of international mountain-running races.