Fredonia Native Stuczynski brought home the silver in the pole vault from Beijing games
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) today honored Fredonia native Jenn Stuczynski for winning the silver medal in the womenís pole vault in the 20008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
ďJennís hard work, dedication, and spirit embody the best of Western New York. She is an inspiration to athletes and to all who witness her commitment and strength of character,Ē said Higgins, in a speech delivered on the House floor.
An accomplished basketball and track and field star at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York, Stuczynski took up pole vaulting just four years ago as a college senior. By 2005 she was an elite level pole vaulter, winning national titles and setting American records. She is now hailed as the best female pole-vaulter in U.S history.
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Congratulations to Jenn Stuczynski,
Fredonia, New Yorkís Hometown Olympic Champion
Madam Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Fredonia, New Yorkís own Olympic champion, Jenn Stuczynski. On Monday, August 19th, Jenn won the silver medal in the pole vault in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She admirably represented Western New York, and we are proud to call her one of our own.
Born and raised in Fredonia, NY, Jennís heart has never left her hometown. Her love for sports began while she was a student at Fredonia High School. Although she became a dedicated athlete at an early age, Jenn did not take up pole vaulting until her senior year of college. Four years of tireless practice, patience, and persistence later, Jenn made it to the Olympics. And she was not about to leave emptied handed. Jennís story of winning the silver medal is one that can inspire us all to ask more of ourselves and to reach higher than many, maybe even ourselves, thought possible.
Jennís hard work, dedication, and spirit embody the best of Western New York. She is an inspiration to athletes and to all who witness her commitment and strength of character. Jennís community in Fredonia knows her as a hometown girl who will not forget her roots, no matter to what heights her gifts and hard work take her. Her masterful grace as a champion pole vaulter is matched only by her confident yet modest nature. Unlike too many star athletes, Jenn understands the importance of character, community, and family.
Jennís values were instilled by her loving family and community. I commend Chautauqua County for rallying around their Olympian and her family with support and pride. When the community raised the money needed for Jennís parents to watch their daughter win the Olympic silver medal, we witnessed a tremendous spirit of devotion and community pride. The communities of Fredonia and Dunkirk threw a fundraising drive to get Jennís parents to Beijing and held a rally to send her off to the Olympics. The efforts of this devoted community are another reason I am proud to represent Western New York.
I applaud her parents, Mark and Sue Stuczynski, and wish them the best as they share this achievement with their daughter. They should be proud for having raised one of Western New Yorkís greatest ambassadors.
Madam Speaker, I congratulate Jenn, her parents and family, and Jennís hometown community of Fredonia as they celebrate this wonderful accomplishment. I wish Jenn all the best in the years to come.
I yield back the balance of my time.