This archived article was written by: Shelly Gledhill
From basketball, volleyball and softball to a variety of events in the rodeo, Josie Vouros has participated in them all.
Vouros is a sophomore on the basketball team and comes to CEU from Bear Lake, Idaho.
She grew up on a ranch with cows, horses, dogs and the whole outdoor bit. In the winter weekends, she would have to get up every two hours at night to check on the cows. During the week, it was her dad’s (Mike Vouros) responsibility.
Feeding cows, making sure all the chores were done, the horses and watching over all of the animals were some of her responsibilities growing up on a ranch.
“Some people would consider it a lot of work, but it’s what we do. You don’t know any different.
“Everyone had to get their work done and do what they had to do, but then after that we just hang out. My family does a lot of stuff together and we’re close,” she says.
Because she lived on a ranch, she got her start in rodeo early in life. “It was the only thing I knew,” she says.
Until she came to CEU, she would travel everywhere to compete in rodeos. “We would travel a lot. Wyoming, Idaho, wherever there was a rodeo pretty much,” she says.
Life in Bear Lake was not always just sports and hard work on the ranch. She enjoys hanging out with her friends and says that her favorite months are in the summer.
“I love the summer and going swimming. I live two miles from Bear Lake and go swimming all of the time. Everyone goes swimming at Bear Lake, it’s fun. It’s really cold at first, but once you get numb, you can’t feel it anymore.”
She says she likes to do anything outdoors. She likes camping, hunting and fishing, just to name a few.
“My mom (Carmela Rigby) loves to fish, so I end up fishing a lot, even though I hate fish.”
Many people have played a different role in Vouros’ life. They have helped her out with different types of things. “I don’t really have one person that I look up to, I have many.”
“My dad grew up in Price and played football here, when they had a football team. So he kind of wanted me to come here and then Coach (Dave) Paur recruited me. So mostly it’s because of my dad that I’m here.”
“I like it here, but it can be boring.”
Vouros says that she would like to continue playing basketball at a different school next year, but hasn’t thought a lot about where she would like to go.
“I want to finish school, but I don’t know what else.” She is a person that likes to live in the present and take one day at a time. She says she’s easy going and down for anything.