Eva Jazbec, Sierra Nevada University 2019 valedictorian, on the beach at Lake Tahoe
"Attending Sierra Nevada College has been a journey like no other. It has shaped me in ways I didn’t even dare to imagine."

2019 Valedictorian Eva Jazbec

Sierra Nevada College is proud to announce that Eva Jazbec has been chosen as the valedictorian for the class of 2019.

Eva Jazbec, Sierra Nevada College 2019 valedictorian, in her native SloveniaAttending Sierra Nevada College for the past four years has been a journey like no other. It has shaped me, personally and professionally, in ways I didn’t even dare to imagine. I came here straight after finishing high school in Slovenia, which is where I grew up. Moving to the other side of the world, away from everything and everyone I knew required some adjusting at first, but soon became my new normal.

I was recruited to SNC to continue my ski racing career as a part of the SNC alpine ski team. In the past four years, I have traveled all around the US, proudly representing Sierra Nevada College at all our competitions and practices. In my four years here, the SNC women’s alpine ski team won the USCSA nationals overall title twice and ranked 2nd twice.

I’ve always been interested in human bodies from the neurological, metabolic and physical points of view, so majoring in biology was a natural choice for me. At the same time, I was very much aware of the environmental situation we are facing as a society. That is why I decided to add an environmental science major to my studies. I wanted to learn more about the damage we are causing, and what are some ways I can contribute to minimizing it.

During the past four years, I spent 7 semesters tutoring math and science at SNC. I interned at the UC Davis TERC Chemistry Lab for 9 months, where I contributed to the long-term monitoring dataset on Lake Tahoe water quality. For the past 12 months, I’ve been conducting clinical research on patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at Simmaron Research. Simmaron is an Incline Village scientific non-profit which focuses on identifying promising new avenues for CFS research. I was fortunate enough to receive the National Institute of Health (NIH) travel award to attend a workshop for young/early career ME/CFS investigators. I also presented my data as a poster co-author at the NIH conference: “Accelerating Research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)”.

SNC offered me incredible learning opportunities and opened countless doors. But it’s also been so much more than just that. In the past four years, I’ve gained a family away from home. I am positive the friendships I’ve made here will last a lifetime. Attending SNC meant joining a community that always has your back, and at the same time pushes you past your comfort zone. And for that, I am eternally grateful.

Eva Jazbec
April 2019

This year’s valedictorian candidates were Saana Ahonen, Anna Bunnell, Christian Delli Veneri, Ryan Hernandez, Eva Jazbec, Vilde Johansen, Morgan Meadows, Yulisa Mendez, Ikela (David) Moniz-Lewis, Bridget O’Brien, and Jenna Seabury. As Provost Shannon Beets noted, “Each of them illustrated intellectual curiosity, academic dedication, and commitment to our larger culture and community. The variety of their stories reflects the incredible contributions they have made to our college and to our lives.”