Roaring Fork’s Garvik to play volleyball at George Washington |

Roaring Fork’s Garvik to play volleyball at George Washington

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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CARBONDALE, Colorado – Landon Garvik knows her volleyball career won’t last forever. So, when searching for a college, academics factored heavily into the Roaring Fork High School senior’s decision.

By choosing George Washington University, Garvik covered all her bases.

“I was really looking for a place that’s definitely strong in academics,” she said. “I think George Washington is a great place for that. The volleyball part kind of came second to that. Volleyball’s not going to be my life forever.”

Garvik, one of the Western Slope’s top players, is receiving a full-ride scholarship to attend the Division I university in Washington, D.C. The big-hitting senior can’t wait to play volleyball in the big city and study at a renowned academic institution.

“It’s everything I ever wanted and more in a school,” the 6-foot-1 senior said. “I’m so excited to be given the opportunity to play there and spend the next four years of my life there.”

Garvik and her Roaring Fork volleyball teammates still have business to tend to back in Colorado, though. As one of the last eight Class 3A teams left standing, the Rams are readying for this weekend’s state tournament in Denver.

Once that’s done, Garvik will finish out her semester at Roaring Fork and then head to Denver to play club volleyball during the spring semester. She will have met her high school graduation requirements by the time the school calendar hits the halfway point.

“I worked out all my graduation credits and everything, so I’ll be able to graduate with all the requirements, and hopefully all the NCAA requirements as well,” Garvik relayed. “Then I’ll be able to pursue volleyball and get a head start on some of my college classes.”

And get a head start on life in the big city.

“I’ll maybe take some classes from Metro or CU-Denver,” she said. “I’ll try to enroll there to get a feel for being away from home for a while.”

Though she’s setting out for a city much larger than her tiny hometown of Carbondale, Garvik can’t wait to experience something different.

“I think a lot of people are nervous for be in such a big, exciting place,” she said. “For me, that’s most exciting. I really wanted to experience something different during my college years because I know I can always come back to this valley and be totally happy here for the rest of my life. So I wanted to see if there’s anything else out there.

“I think the contrast in the city versus being here will be a good measurement for me to see where I kind of want to spend the majority of my life after college.”

As she’s studying, playing volleyball and figuring out her life’s direction in the nation’s capital, one thing is set in stone: Garvik plans on enjoying every minute of the D.C. experience.

“I think it’ll be a good time of my life to be in such an exciting city, and I’ll be able to vote in my first election in D.C.,” she said. “So I don’t think it could get any better than that.”

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