It’s official! Well, as official as it can be at this time.
Stephanie Jallen, 17, a senior at Wyoming Area School District, will pack her bags and heading for Sochi, Russia, to compete in the Paralympic Games in 39 days as a part of the United States Paralympic Ski Team.
Although the official roster for the team doesn’t come out until February, the Jallen family is ready to go.
The goal of heading to the Paralympic Games has been a dream of Stephanie’s since she first started skiing as a part of the Adaptive Adventures ski camp when she was 9 years old.
From the age of 12, Stephanie committed herself to becoming a Paralympic ski racer, representing the USA as a part of the Paralympic team. Six years later, her dream has become a reality.
Stephanie will compete in at least two of the five disciplines. To date, she is tentatively slated for Slalom and Giant Slalom events.
The announcement came this past on Saturday, Jan. 18, at a fund raiser in her honor at St. Anthony’s Center of St. Barbara’s Parish, Exeter.
“My journey is finally coming to a spectacular close and it’s because everyone believing in me that I was able to make my dream come true,” said Stephanie. She will enter King’s College in the fall were she will focus on her education. “I will leave opportunities and doors open if I want to compete after college.”
The comedy show fund raiser featured the comedy styling of John Walton, Jeannine Luby and the improvisation group, “Here We are in Spain.”
“I’m so happy the comedy show went so well and I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting me for so long,” added Stephanie. She could not be at the show in person, but was Skyped in live from Colorado where she was competing for the weekend to thank everyone, especially her mom, for making the night so special.
Over 350 attended the show the proceeds of which went to Stephanie’s ski efforts and expenses.
“I’m so thrilled for Stephanie on going to the Games and I’m ecstatic over the response to the comedy show,” said Deb Jallen, Stephanie’s mom. “The response was incredible and I’m just overjoyed.”
The success of the show was so encouraging that organizers said they would put on another show next year. “For the first time out of the box, we did a good job, but I know there will be improvements for next time, including the seating arrangements,” added Deb. Some folks even had to be turned away.
The elder Jallen went on the thank Silveri Catering, Sharon Pearn and Drew Speier from WBRE-TV for hosting the night’s event.
She offered a special thank you to Bob Borzell from the church for his help and contribution.