Ojaians among torch bearers
by Chris Wilson
Two Ojai Valley residents were chosen from a pool of more than
200,000 essay nominees to carry the Olympic torch when it passed
through Oxnard Wednesday morning.
Jody Peter, 16, is a Nordhoff High School junior. She ran her
two-tenths of a mile Wednesday morning clutching the torch.
Curious to know who would have nominated her to carry the Olympic
torch, Jody's mom Jan said she called sponsor Coca-Cola to find
the answer, but dead-ended when they found Jody had been nominated
with an anonymous essay.
Holding a 4.5 GPA, and on the varsity swim and golf teams at
Nordhoff, Jody plans to study bioengineering in college.
Jody said she plans to attend the University of California at
San Diego, because of its excellent curriculum in that department.
For her, running with the torch,
is a chance of a lifetime.
"I was so excited when I found out," she said.
An Oak View-based physician also carried the torch, but he didn't
do any running.
Dr. James Schick, the medical director of the neonatalogy intensive
care unit at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, has
been paralyzed and riding in a wheelchair since he was in an
auto accident when he was 19. He was nominated by his brother,
Tom, an attorney in Silver Springs, Md.
Some 11,500 participants will help carry the flame to Salt Lake
City where the 2002 Winter Olympics will begin in early Februray.
"He's just a really great person and I thought this was
something he deserved," his brother said.
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Peter proudly holds aloft the Olympic Torch, on its way to Salt
Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympics, as she runs her two-tenths
of mile course. Peters was nominated anonymously.