April 23, 2014
As 10-15 track and field teams from across the state converge on Monticello for the 26th annual Monticello Games, the people of Monticello have more than just competition on their minds. At 12 noon, friends and family of Monticello alumnus Jessica Fingers will gather at the high school track to dedicate the track and field competition as the "Jessica Fingers Invitational." The competition has been known as the "Monticello Games" since its inception 26 years ago and will officially be known as the “Jessica Fingers Invitational” moving forward.
Jessica Fingers was a 2009 graduate of Monticello High School and was well known for her athleticism, good sportsmanship, high academic achievement and warmth. She made the most of her time in Monticello and proceeded to attend Columbia University with a full scholarship until her untimely death in April 2013.
"Jessica's personality would light up a room," said MCSD Athletic Director Douglas Murphy. "She made a great impact on the Monticello community and we wanted to honor her life. She was a dedicated, talented runner, so having the competition named after her just feels right," added Murphy.
A brief dedication ceremony will be held at 12 noon on the Monticello High School track. Friends, family members and representatives from the school district will speak and a plaque in Jessica's honor will be placed permanently alongside the track.