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.
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.
“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.