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Australia native, soccer standout ready for career as an equity analyst

Samual sits working at a computer. He turns and smiles at the camera.Samual Jarrett, '16, a native of Australia, says that attending Whitworth is a "once in a lifetime" opportunity. While he was researching colleges, Whitworth's reputation for athletics and academic excellence grabbed his attention. Jarrett, who hails from Urunga, New South Wales, soon learned that Whitworth met his top criteria: "Being able to live in a foreign country whilst playing the game that I love and receiving a quality education in an environment conducive to personal growth."

Jarrett has been a four-year midfielder on the men's soccer team and has started the past two seasons. Most recently his team captured the Northwest Conference Championship and competed in the NCAA Division III Tournament's Sweet 16. But he's not only excelled as an attacking midfielder in soccer; he has also embraced academic opportunities as an economics major in Whitworth's School of Business.

As a member of Whitworth's CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute Research Challenge team, Jarrett and three teammates researched, valued and presented their recommendation on a chosen equity to industry professionals. Whitworth won the local research challenge competition, beating teams from universities including Gonzaga, Eastern, Washington State and Montana State and progressing to the Americas Regional Competition, in Atlanta, Ga., where Whitworth competed against teams from Canada and Latin America.

"It was the most challenging project I have ever been a part of," Jarrett says, "but definitely the most rewarding."

This year, Jarrett is chief investment officer of the Whitworth Student Investment Group, which manages approximately $100,000 in equities and exchange-traded funds in a high-tech trading room in Weyerhaeuser Hall. As CIO, Jarrett is responsible for developing an investment strategy for the Robblee-Roberts Student Investment Fund. "I'm excited to serve on an excellent student-leadership team where we can work to inspire and educate other students about investing," he says.

After graduating in May, Jarrett plans to pursue a career in the U.S. as an equity analyst with an investment management/consulting firm and to become credentialed as a Chartered Financial Analyst. Thanks in part to his Whitworth internship experiences, he feels confident and prepared to achieve his goals. In summer 2014 Jarrett interned as an advisor assistant with Hoyt, Lewis & Associates, in Spokane. The following summer he interned locally as a credit analyst with Northwest Business Development Association and as an equity analyst with Signia Capital.

"Whitworth was instrumental in facilitating networking events that allowed me to establish connections industry-wide," he says. "Being able to test and apply the knowledge and skills I've learned in the classroom to real-world scenarios has been an invaluable experience and has helped me develop a much broader skill set."