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CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University student Jeff Goss will be missing final exam week, but he has a much better excuse than ‘my dog ate my homework.' Goss will be playing in the U.S. National Handball Championship.

Goss, from Kennesaw, Ga. who attended Harrison High School, is currently a junior at Western Carolina.  While earning his degree in business administration and law, he also is part of WCU's Honor's College and is scheduled to graduate May of 2006.

Goss's pursuit of handball began in 1996 at his hometown middle school, Pine Mountain. This was the year of the Olympics in Atlanta, and the handball team was visiting all of the local middle schools and high schools to inform the public about the sport, Goss said. His father, John Goss, took him to one of the Olympic handball games and since then it's been a huge part of his life, he said.

Goss is currently a member of the U.S. Men's National Handball Team, and is required to play in the U.S. National Championship in Houston, to remain eligible for selection to the U.S. National Team next year. The predicament is that the tournament is being held during Western's finals week, April 28 – May 6. Goss' professors allowed him to take his exams early to allow him to compete in the national tournament.

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