Alumna Spotlight: Jessica McRoskey ’16

Jessica McRoskey ’16 Represents Cal Poly SLO on the Volleyball Court

By Jeanette Handelsman ’64, Alumnae Engagement Coordinator

After making her mark on OLP’s athletic program, Jessica McRoskey ’16 has continued to excel in volleyball at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (SLO). Jessica is in her second year at Cal Poly after earning a full scholarship in recognition of her athletic and academic achievement at OLP. In August, she led the Mustangs volleyball team with four serving aces as they once again swept the field of competitors to win the Northern Illinois Invitational in DeKalb, Illinois.

At OLP, Jessica was a four-year member of the varsity volleyball team. She was named Rookie of the Year her freshman year, was the team’s Most Valuable Player for three years, the Team Captain for two years, a Scholar Athlete for four years, and became OLP’s Athlete of the Year her senior year. She was named to the 1st team in her CIF League all four years that she played for OLP and in her senior year was named to the all San Diego 1st team.

Jessica is majoring in Materials Engineering at Cal Poly SLO and plans to graduate in 2020. She works on 3D modeling on AutoCAD (a computer-aided design and drafting software application), and her designs have been used in manufacturing assemblies. She gives credit to her first chemistry teacher, Mrs. Ann Wisniew, for awakening a passion which led her to choose a chemistry-based major.

Jessica believes the greatest gift she received from OLP was a solid group of friends that find time to see each other whenever they are in town together. It’s no surprise, then, that her favorite OLP memory involves her friends! “With a lot of food, comfy PJs, dancing and my best friends, senior sleepover is one of my fondest OLP memories,” Jessica says.

Jessica also believes that the confidence and maturity she gained at OLP will be invaluable when she interviews for an internship or a job. “Walking up to possible employers at a Job Fair is extremely nerve-wracking – but so was having to sing a song I wrote about Mac n’ Cheese in Speech class,” Jessica laughs.