Two of Tigard’s incredible student-athletes, Victoria Gailey and Spencer Goodell, committed to their colleges of choice on Wednesday, both receiving full-ride scholarships to their respective schools.
Golf and Gymnastics, Gailey and Goodell’s respective sports, are relatively underrepresented as compared to our other sports like football or basketball. Without the possibility of a home golf game and given the lack of a technically school-affiliated gymnastics team, it’s more difficult for Tigard students to attend Gailey and Goodell’s competitions. They are at the top of their sports, yet many in the community don’t even know how well they have done or that they would be in the running for full scholarships.
Both students remarked on how it felt to be awarded full rides to their colleges of choice, Gailey calling it “a weight lifted off of [her] chest” not to worry about tuition costs and be able to focus on golfing and school. Goodell was excited to not only be receiving a full ride, but a full ride to a university he’d been wanting to go to since he was “ten or eleven years old.”
Gailey will be playing Women’s Golf at the University of Nevada at Reno.“It was a lot of work, but it was fun along the way,” Gailey said, “If I didn’t love it I wouldn’t be doing it. It’s hard work, but it’s my dream.”
Goodell committed to the University of Oklahoma for Men’s Gymnastics. “It’s something that I’ve been looking forward to for many years, and never really thought it would happen,” Goodell said. He also acknowledged the hard work it took to receive this scholarship, but went on to say that he knew that there was still more work to be done in his gymnastics career.