LPS Retires Alisha Glass's #7 Volleyball Jersey

"When you find something you love, do it to the ninth degree. With hard work, you can do anything!" -Alisha Glass

Leland Public School Superintendent, Jason Stowe, honored former LPS student Alisha Glass at a ceremony before the student body, faculty, staff, friends and family on September 26 in the LPS gymnasium. Stowe announced to Alisha that they are retiring her #7 Leland  volleyball jersey, in honor of her outstanding achievements on and off the court. Stowe said, "Alisha is an incredible athlete and has worked incredibly hard, but as long as I have known Alisha, the best attribute is the type of person she is. She brings so much back to our community as far as leadership, and as a role model." Alisha was presented with a showcase highlighting her athletic career, including her Leland, PSU and USA jerseys. The showcase will be displayed in the LPS lobby as a tribute to Alisha. 

Alisha wore the #7 jersey throughout her Leland High School volleyball career, including leading LPS to win the 2005-2006 Class D State Volleyball title.  "I think it's a great honor," Alisha said after the ceremony, and though thankful for the acknowledgment of having her jersey retired, she asked that future LPS volleyball players still be allowed to wear #7! Alisha shared, "You can do big things, even when you come from small places." 

After graduating from LPS, Alisha, continued her volleyball career at Penn State ~ helping win three NCAA Championships, and she just completed a strong season for the US Women's National Team. She will play professionally for Istanbul-based Fenerbahce for the next six months, before returning to try out for the US Women's National Team again. She then hopes to play for the USA in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Alisha's grandfather, Larry Glass (pictured above with Alisha), former coach at Northwestern University, and Leland High School, proudly shared, "What's really good, is that it tells all of these kids that you can do this. It's possible because one of yours has done it!" 

Alisha's mother, Laurie Glass, whom coached Alisha, and continues to be the varsity volleyball coach at LPS, shared, "I couldn't be prouder of Alisha and all she has accomplished, but that pride pales in comparison to the pride I feel for who she is - as a strong, young woman! Volleyball aside, I would still be in awe of her." 

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