All Eyes On Tokyo 2020.

The 2016 Rio Olympics turned out to be great for the United States but now with Rio in the rearview mirror it’s all eyes on Tokyo 2020. The field of competitors from the USA will undoubtedly be crowded in every sport but local Michigan talent will not be difficult to find. We were invited to meet a great fencing Olympic hopeful recently, Desree R. Ortega-Furgeson of Wyoming, MI. The youthful fencing champion has her sights set on Tokyo 2020 and ready to represent Michigan and the United States in the scheduled world Olympic competition. “I feel like I have trained for this event all of my life!” Said Desree.

sept2016_Tokyo2020_Picture1She continued, “Since the age of eight I have been fencing and have been extremely successful. I have qualified for the Junior Olympics at ages 13, 14, 15 and 16. I have competed in over 100 competitions and medaled in over half of them, and went undefeated at seven NCAA DIV I events as a freshman at Pennsylvania State University. These are just a few of my accomplishments.”

Desree Ortega-Furgeson is confident that she is destined to win a gold medal. Her journey inspired and supported by her mother Betty and father Devin will be long but she is ready for the challenge. Her lifelong goal of participating in the summer Olympics is now within reach, “My hopes and dreams of becoming a U.S. women’s foil Olympic team member has never been more realistic to me. Now that I have made the varsity team at Pennsylvania State University for three consecutive years and have one of the best training facilities and coaches in the country I know that my skills can live up to its fullest potential,” said Desree.

Desree Ortega-Furgeson is a graduate of Grand Rapids Catholic Central and currently attends Penn State University where she is a bio-behavioral health and nutrition major. Her road to success beginning at the age of 8 when she began training in the sport has been filled with well-deserved victories and accomplishments including: Qualifying for the Junior Olympics at age’s: 13, 14, 15, and 16
She has been ranked in the Top 100 National point standing fencing competitor’s standings since age 14. Among her many trophies and medals, Desree is proud that she is the 2012, DIV II North American Cup Champion!

Desree has trained tirelessly to accomplish her dream and she is determined to excel in everything she does. Since her training at West Michigan Fencing Academy she has excelled in women’s foil fencing competition, often scoring undefeated standings. Her freshman year at Penn State University is a standout as she was undefeated there also.

Desree is an example of what determination to rise to the top means for any sport or academic competitor. She proudly affirms her determination saying, “I have a vision of my future and it consists of me wearing that U.S.A. warm up and a GOLD medal around my neck. For years I have worked tirelessly toward my goal and I refuse to quit!”

We salute Desree Ortega-Furgeson and her family for their support of her in her quest for Olympic Gold and our eyes too will be on the Tokyo 2020 games! Salud!

Los Juegos Olímpicos de Rio 2016 resultaron excelente para Estados Unidos pero ahora con Rio en el espejo retrovisor es todas las miradas en el Tokio 2020. El campo de competidores de los Estados Unidos será, sin duda, lleno de gente en cada deporte, pero no será difícil encontrar talento local de Michigan. Nos invitaron a conocer a una gran cercado la esperanza olímpica recientemente, Desree R. Ortega-Furgeson de Wyoming, MI. El campeón de esgrima juvenil tiene su mirada en Tokio 2020 y lista para representar a Michigan y los Estados Unidos en el mundo programado competencia Olímpica. “Siento que he entrenado para este evento toda mi vida!” dijo Desree.

Ella continuó, “desde la edad de ocho he practicado esgrima y he sido muy exitosa!. He clasificado para los Juegos Olímpicos de Junior en las edades 13, 14, 15 y 16. He competido en más de 100 concursos y he ganado medallas en más de la mitad de las competencias, y se fue invicta en siete eventos de NCAA DIV I como estudiante de primer año en la Universidad Estatal de Pensilvania. Estos son solo algunos de mis logros”.

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Desree Ortega-Furgeson está convencida de que ella está destinada a ganar una medalla de oro. Su viaje inspirado y apoyado por su madre Betty y padre Devin será largas pero ella está lista para el desafío. Su objetivo permanente de participar en lo Juegos Olímpicos de verano está ahora a su alcance, “mis esperanzas y sueños de convertirse en miembro del equipo olímpico de hoja de mujeres Estados Unidos nunca ha sido más realista. Ahora que he hecho el equipo del varsity en la Universidad Estatal de Pennsylvania por tres años consecutivos y uno de los mejores centros de entrenamiento y entrenadores en el país sé que mis habilidades pueden vivir hasta su máximo potencial,”dijo Desree.

Desree Ortega-Furgeson es graduada de la escuela Católica Central de Grand Rapids y actualmente asiste a la Universidad de Penn State donde estudia bio-comportamiento y salud y nutrición. Su camino al principio del éxito en la edad de 8 cuando comenzó a entrenar en el deporte se ha llenado con merecidas victorias y logros incluyendo: clasificarse para los Juegos Olímpicos de Junior a de edad: 13, 14, 15 y 16

Ha sido clasificada entre las Top 100 a nivel nacional como competidora de esgrima desde los 14 años. Entre sus muchos trofeos y medallas, Desree esta orgullosa que en el 2012, fue la campeona de la Copa de América del norte de la II DIV.

Desree ha entrenado sin descanso para lograr su sueño y ella está decidida a sobresalir en todo lo que ella hace. Desde su formación en Academia de esgrima del Oeste de Michigan ella ha sobresalido en la competición de competición de esgrima femenenina, a menudo anota clasificación invicto. Su primer año en la Universidad de Penn ha sobresalido y también ha sido invicta.

Desree es un ejemplo de qué determinación para llegar a la cima significa para cualquier deporte o competencia académica. Ella afirma con orgullo su determinación diciendo, “tengo una visión de mi futuro y me llevar una medalla de oro en mi cuello. Durante años he trabajado incansablemente hacia mi meta y me niego a dejarla !”.

Saludamos a Desree Ortega-Furgeson y su familia por el apoyo a ella en su búsqueda del oro olímpico y nuestros ojos también estará en los juegos de Tokio 2020! ¡Salud!

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Santiago Rios has dedicated his life to pursuing excellence. He is an accomplished professional and an advocate of community development and advancement. Santiago’s parents were migrant farm workers who came from Texas to Michigan and Ohio every year to work in the fields. In 1950, they settled in St. Louis, Michigan. As a young man Santiago worked in the fields and the orchards of Michigan along with his parents, his grandmother and numerous other family members. Santiago is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He currently serves as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan, and teaches part-time as an Assistant Professor in the Michigan State University, Division of Public Health. From 1998 – 2004 he served as Chairman of the Capitol Area Cesar E. Chavez Commission. In 1990, Santiago Rios was awarded the Michigan State University Service Award for his work in the establishment of the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University. Santiago is a past chairman of the Lansing Board of Water and Light. Santiago and his wife, Melissa, reside in Lansing, Michigan. The opinions and views expressed in this article are those of Santiago Rios, and must not be associated with or attributed to his employers, or to any other person or entity.

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