Cheyenne Student Jesse Quist Honored At 2018 World Series [PHOTOS]
Jesse Quist broke down many barriers on his way to the World Series. Last night, the Cheyenne South sophomore was honored at Fenway Park in Boston as the winner of the 2018 MLB Jackie Robinson Breaking Barriers contest.
Born without fully functioning arms, Quist has overcome obstacles to excel as a student and an athlete. When his class was asked to write a personal story inspired by baseball legend and civil rights pioneer Jackie Robinson, Quist recounted an injury he suffered at a track and field meet in junior high.
After he fell during a race, Quist was unable to brace himself and broke his collarbone. Undeterred, he got up and kept running. Jesse's determination is an inspiration to his peers, according to South High Soccer Coach Jeremy Francis.
"He's always the first player on the field and the last one to leave," Francis said. "His attitude is a credit to his family."
Francis would know. He also coaches Jesse's older brother, who himself has overcome adversity to become a standout on the soccer field and in the classroom.
Along with a trip to the World Series, Quist was honored during an assembly at South High, where the school was presented with new laptops by Jackie Robinson's daughter Sharon. Jesse was also recognized at a Colorado Rockies game this summer and met his favorite player Charlie Blackmon.
"We asked Jesse, 'Is there one person you'd like to meet? He said it was Charlie. And Charlie was the first player that came out and Jesse yelled 'Yes!'," Sharon Robinson told reporters.
The final line from Jesse's essay was his motto, "Veni, Vidi, Vici", which means "I came, I saw, I conquered". And that's exactly what he did last night at the World Series. And he met J Lo.