When Clarissa Chun, 2012 Olympics bronze medal-winning wrestler, attended Missouri Valley College a decade ago, she wrote numerous stories about wrestling for the Delta student newspaper.
Chun, a Mass Communication major from Kapolei, Hawaii, was a member of the Delta newspaper class for the college year of 2001-2002. She also was a member of the Viking women’s wrestling team.
Chun wrote two articles for the Sept. 14, 2001 Delta edition. One was a commentary titled, “MVC wrestlers to aim for 2004 Olympic games.”
Chun wrote, “Take a look at the women wrestlers around campus. You just might see them in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.”
In the commentary, she wrote, “MVC was the first college to offer scholarships for women’s wrestling, and I took the opportunity that has let me become what I am today.”
She concluded, “I travel the world today to many different countries and I partly owe it to Missouri Valley College for giving me the opportunity to become a student-athlete under its amazing scholarship program. I will take the many experiences and lessons that I learn from MVC with me wherever I go.”
Her second story for that Delta edition was about the new volleyball coach.
In other Delta editions, she wrote a front-page story about Homecoming (Oct. 11), another front-page story about Valley students assisting the Lighthouse Shelter (Nov. 9), a profile story about a student wrestler from Japan (Feb. 28), stories about a “Global Afghanistan” class and a “Herpetology” class (April 12), and a profile about a student wrestler from Canada (April 12).
David Roberts, assistant professor of Mass Communication who taught the Delta class that Chun was in, said that Chun was an excellent student, good reporter and writer, and always had a smile on her face.