Time Out with Lia Vosti

2014-07-14T16:15:00Z 2014-07-23T09:17:14Z Time Out with Lia VostiVINCE D’ADAMO vdadamo@napanews.com Napa Valley Register

D’Adamo: What did you enjoy most about competing in athletics throughout your life?

Vosti: I most enjoyed the communities I was a part of. In high school, I was on the track and field team for three years, and the swim team for one year. My favorite part of both was spending the afternoon with my friends, during which time we had the opportunity to challenge ourselves, physically and mentally, while simultaneously having a great time and building friendships. This is something I have very much taken with me in life. I joined Santa Clara University’s Club Swim team my freshman year, and was our club president this year. It has been one of my most cherished memories here at SCU, and I will continue to be part of athletic-related communities throughout my life.

D’Adamo: What was your favorite class at St. Helena High?

Vosti: Biology with Mr. (Chris) O’Connor. We dissected cats, which to this day, is one of the best lab experiences I’ve had the opportunity to participate in. My foundation of three years of biology with Mr. O’Connor (biology and two years of IB biology) was an extraordinary foundation for my coursework in bioengineering at Santa Clara University. I had the opportunity to work on the design/innovation of a biomedical device for the past year, and so much of what I use on a daily basis in my studies here at SCU, I learned at St. Helena High School in Mr. O’Connor’s classroom.

D’Adamo: What was your favorite athletic moment at St. Helena High?

Vosti: My favorite athletic moment at SHHS is the day I decided to join the swim team. Swimming has been such an integral part of my life ever since, and so much of my own personal growth as well as the growth of our swim team here at Santa Clara University can be attributed to the fact that Kevin Twohey taught me how to swim properly in the spring of 2010, and to enjoy swimming as a lifestyle activity.

D’Adamo: What have you been doing since you graduated from high school?

Vosti: I attended Santa Clara University. I received a B.S. in Bioengineering on June 14. I plan to move to Minneapolis, Minnesota, a hub for Biomedical Device companies, and work in the biotech industry.

D’Adamo: How much do you feel you have grown personally since graduating from high school?

Vosti: My personal growth in the past four years is immeasurable. The people, professors, opportunities and challenges I have been presented with and surrounded by during my time at Santa Clara University have allowed me to grow in ways I never anticipated. While my degree in bioengineering can summarize, to some extent, what I have learned in the classroom, there is no way to quantify what I have learned from my relationships, travels, independence, and so much more these past four years.

D’Adamo: Within your family, who have been the most influential people?

Vosti: My parents. Their unceasing love and support in everything that I do has allowed me to get to where I am today, and more importantly, to become who I am today.

D’Adamo: Name a historical figure, dead or alive, in or out of sports you would most like to meet.

Vosti: Martin Luther King Jr.

D’Adamo: What would you enjoy about meeting him?

Vosti: I want to know what it feels like to stand next to, or look at, someone with that kind of leadership. His words and his efforts influenced a nation and effected change. His remarkable risk-taking career is inspiring.

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