METROPOLIS – Jessie Lewis will be following in familiar footsteps when she starts at John A. Logan Community College in the fall.

After making official on Monday afternoon her intention to play volleyball at Logan, she’ll be the second member of her family to start an athletic career there.

Her mom, Kathleen Lewis (nee Foss) was inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 after a standout basketball career as a Volunteer, scoring more than 700 points and pulling down more than 500 rebounds from 1987-89.

“I’m really excited to follow in my mom’s footsteps and hopefully end up some day where she is,” said Lewis, who also plays basketball at Massac.

There was Division I interest, too, at UT-Martin and Southeast Missouri State, though no scholarships were available. But, where some might consider going then to a junior college “settling”, Lewis sees it as an opportunity.

She said once her Logan career concludes in two years, the possibility exists for a transfer to a four-year school – perhaps even SEMO.

In the classroom, Lewis said her hope is to earn an associates’ degree in science, with some coursework in criminal justice, before pursuing a career as a game warden.

“I love being outdoors,” Lewis said. “If I ever have any free time, I’m probably going to be outside. I love working around all that and helping to keep all that the way it is.”

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