Jessie Rising, captain of the Manhattan College softball team, is the undergraduate valedictorian for this year’s senior class.
The biology major has a 4.0 grade point average and will be a speaker at Manhattan’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 18. Following graduation, she plans to enter graduate school at Thomas Jefferson University, where she’ll study to become a physician assistant.
On the softball diamond this season, Rising has pitched in 17 games, 12 being starts, and has a 3.34 earned run average and 48 strikeouts in 67 ⅓ innings. At the plate, she’s collected 17 hits, including two doubles and a triple, eight runs scored and seven RBI.