Zeise to Compete at Snowboarding Nationals in Colorado

Delaney Butterfield, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Jacob Zeise, senior at Notre Dame, is involved in many school activities, such as being a part of the boys’ volleyball team, performing in Cabaret Night and competing in as well as helping put together the introductions for all the other competitors in Mr. NDA.

Zeise is also an avid snowboarder and has qualified for the national competition held in Copper Mountain, Colorado.

“I started snowboarding the winter of second grade so I was about 7 years old.   Before that, I skied for about two or three years,” said Zeise. “I started competing in 7th grade in the United States of America Snowboard Association.”

“There are two hills where I compete, two in Milwaukee which are Sunburst and The Rock, and one in Madison which is Tyrol Basin.”

To qualify for nationals, one must be the regional champion in his age discipline for that event. That means winning enough events and accumulating enough points to be ranked Number One in the series. Once that is achieved, the person is invited to nationals.

“Nationals is a really fun atmosphere,” said Zeise. “They turn a small village into a party with all the tents they set up and the different vendors giving away free things. Plus, I’m there with all my friends, and we are just there to shred the heck out of the mountain every day. It’s definitely an experience that I will never forget.”

The national competition is held the first week of April at Copper Mountain Resort, Colorado. Around a thousand competitors from all across the country will participate.