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June 5, 2013

No doubting Thomas

Geneva star will follow in dad’s footsteps at Mount Vernon

Natalie Thomas is a bit of a throwback to a different era. The Geneva graduate wants to follow her parents into the teaching profession. She’s even taking it as far as attending Mount Vernon Nazarene College, the alma mater of her father.

“My parents are my role models,” Thomas, the daughter of Bill and Angela Thomas, said. “I look up to them. I know my dad got a good education (from Mount Vernon) and has been successful. Going there, I know I will get a good education.”

Thomas will get the opportunity to walk the same paths, take the same classes and learn from some of the same professors as her father did.

“It was really cool when we were there visiting and we were walking the campus,” Thomas said. “My dad was pointing out things that he did in different places. There are still a couple of professors there who taught my dad.

“It was cool. My dad was so excited that I’m going there. He can tell me his stories and I will be able to share my stories with him.”

A three-sport star as an Eagle, Thomas will play basketball at Mount Vernon.

“It’s just always been my favorite sport,” Thomas said. “I love volleyball and track, but I’ve played basketball since Bitty Ball at the Geneva Rec Center. It’s always something I’ve loved.

“My college doesn’t have a track team, so that was already out. It was actually a pretty easy decision (between volleyball and basketball). Since my freshman year, I had the goal of getting good enough to play basketball at the college level. It’s always been my goal to play basketball in college.”

Among Thomas’ choices were the College of Wooster and Wilmington College.

“(Mount Vernon) has always been my dream school because my dad went there,” Thomas said. “I’ve been there a lot. I’ve stayed on campus for different things. I’ve always wanted to go there.

“I loved the College of Wooster, but I felt a peace when I thought about Mount Vernon.”

Mount Vernon’s commitment to faith also helped sell Thomas.

“They’ve got a Christian atmosphere,” she said. “I

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