HIGH SCHOOL: Ralston Valley High School...four-year letterwinner in both track and cross country...earned four first-team all-conference selections in track...also claimed second-team all-conference in cross country as a senior...member of the student government all four years...served as student body vice-president as a senior...competed in a year-round club called Angel Flight...qualified for the Junior Olympic Nationals...finished fourth in the 2000-meter steeplechase and 14th in the 800-meter run at that meet...named High School All-American in the steeplechase.
PERSONAL: Full name is Giulianna Gabrielle Vessa...daughter of Frank and Deana Vessa...has one older brother, Dominic...also has a younger brother, Anthony, and a younger sister, Siena...majoring in behavioral science...future plans include becoming a pilot...attended the Academy's Prep School...awarded the Athletic Rope for having a PFT score that was ranked within the top 10-percent of class...hobbies include baking, cooking, hiking, camping, snowboarding, hanging out with friends and spending time with family...would like to add "some things I live by: remain humble, always look for opportunities to learn from those before you, and seek perfection knowing that it is only attainable through your discipline and actions, seek support through your family, friends and most importantly, God"...member of Cadet Squadron 18.
COACH COLE ON GIULIANNA: "Giulianna is another athlete that is really excited to be on the Air Force team. After spending a year at the Prep School, she is chomping at the bit to get into uniform and could contribute significantly to our team over the coming year. With a strong mid-distance background from high school, I'm looking forward to seeing how Giulianna can increase her range across the distance events at the collegiate level."