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by Deborah Haley

November 2015

When the VCSU Viking football team runs onto the field, look for the guy wearing No. 57. That jersey belongs to PJ Peterson, a sophomore offensive lineman from Larimore, N.D.

PJ, who’s majoring in physical education and health education with a minor in coaching, appreciates being part of the team. “I like that we’re a family,” he says. “We’re from different backgrounds and states, but we’re still close.”

(The traditional definition of family also applies to PJ’s life at VCSU; his younger brother, Jacob, started at the university in the fall of 2015.)

In addition to football, PJ also participates in Sigma Alpha Si—the local chapter of the National Society for Leadership and Success—and Concert Choir, in which he sings baritone. As a freshman, he was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, the National Honor Society for Freshman. PJ also works on campus, serving on the Student Center crew to help pay for college.

When he’s not practicing, studying or working, PJ enjoys playing video games and watching movies. With his busy schedule, it’s tough to grab a break, so when some free time opens up, he enjoys the chance to just unwind.

One of PJ’s favorite memories was participating with fellow football team members in the lip dub for the university’s 125th anniversary celebration. In that project, many of the organizations, teams and departments throughout campus came together to produce a lip-sync video. “We’re a family on and off the football field,” says PJ. “Here at VCSU you have friends that are always there for you.”