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SPR-SUM 2016

The alumni magazine for Franklin Pierce University.

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10 PIERCE / SPRING 2016 RAVENINGS Y ou truly belong at this school" was the quote that stuck in the back of Derek Robbie's head when it came down to de- ciding what college to attend. "My mom loved the school when she visited and now that I'm here, I never want to leave this place," says Derek Robbie '18 of Bellingham, Mass. Derek is studying Sports Man- agement, with a concentration in Professional Sports, and is hoping to minor in Marketing. He runs Cross Country and Track & Field. However, those aren't Derek's only passions for speed. Since he was 8 years old, Derek has been behind the wheel of a racecar, following in his family's footsteps. "My great-grandfather raced all over the midwest and my mom got my dad involved with fxing other people's racecars," says Derek. In 2004, Derek's father decided to take him and his sister racing and Derek never looked back. "I raced the quarter midgets for six years, and raced with three dif- ferent races in 2009 where I got three top-fve fnishes," said Derek. In 2010, Derek won six times in the 270 class. In 2011, Derek started racing with his Pro 4 Modifed car. "I raced that for fve years. I col- lected two championships and tied for the championship this year. I collected a total of 11 wins between the two types of divisions I raced in this car," he says. "My Dad and I just bought the new car that we will be racing this year," says Derek. And now, with his numerous racing accomplishments, he takes pride in representing his university. The Franklin Pierce University logo is on the right and left side rear quarter panels of the new number twenty-seven racecar. The idea originated from a conversation between Derek and Sodexo General Manager Matthew Vaillette about the possibility of a partnership. "I brought the idea of a sponsorship to President [Andy] Card's ofce, as well as to the Marketing and Communications Director James Wolken," says Derek. "They both loved the idea. They said it helps to produce Pierce pride. I bring my car to diferent events the school holds. I brought the car to Move-In Day, as well as Open Houses." Derek hopes to start in the NASCAR Whelen Modifed tour by 2017 or 2018. "From there, I hope to start and become a local short track racing hero all around New England," says Derek. "If a NASCAR opportunity presents itself, I will try and take that path." Speed Demon A DRIVING FORCE FOR FPU With his numerous racing accomplish- ments, he takes pride in representing his university. DINO DEIULIIS (ILLUSTRATION)

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