Jesse Quist knows about barriers. He's been breaking them down his entire life. The Cheyenne South High School freshman was just named the winner of the 2018 MLB Jackie Robinson Breaking Barriers Essay Contest.

Born without fully functioning arms, Quist has overcome obstacles to excel as a student and an athlete. When his class was asked to write a personal story inspired by baseball legend and civil rights pioneer Jackie Robinson, Quist recounted an injury he suffered at a track and field meet in junior high.

After he fell during a race, Quist was unable to brace himself and broke his collarbone. Undeterred, he got up and kept running. Jesse's determination is an inspiration to his peers, according to South High Soccer Coach Jeremy Francis.

"He's always the first player on the field and the last one to leave," Francis said. "His attitude is a credit to his family."

Francis would know. He also coaches Jesse's older brother, who himself has overcome adversity to become a standout on the soccer field and in the classroom.

Jesse will be honored for his courage at the World Series this fall. His class will also receive new laptops and a visit from Jackie Robinson's widow, Sharon Robinson.



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