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Publish Date: 4/24/2005

Student says selling ice cream was ‘cool’


LONGMONT — One could say the path of Jessica Sherwood’s life has been determined by ice cream.

Each summer for past five years, the 22-year-old college senior has laid the foundation to adulthood, ice cream bar by ice cream bar.

Her job as an ice cream truck driver has paid for her college education. But now that she’s about to graduate, Sherwood’s Chilly Willy truck sits quietly and unchilled in storage.

With it’s purpose served, the truck is for sale.

Sherwood said she’s learned all she can from her summers as a mobile ice cream saleswoman. It’s time for someone else to pick up the trade of hawking the frozen confections.

“It’s a cool thing,” the Niwot High School graduate said of her former occupation. “It was a good job for me.”

Proof of the experience she gained is evident in Sherwood’s major at the University of Northern Colorado: a double major in social sciences and nonprofit administration, a business-related program.

“My parents said I have a good head for business,” she said. “I was kind of nervous going into the business and accounting classes. But a lot of things were familiar to me.”

After graduation May 7, Sherwood hopes to work as an admissions adviser at a school in Colorado.

As for her truck, she hopes another Longmont-area student will pick up where she left off.

“I’d love for another kid to have the same opportunity,” she said.

So would her father, Joe.

Joe Sherwood said he contacted guidance counselors at some area schools to tell them his daughter’s story and to offer the opportunity to another young student, but nobody bit.

So the family is holding out hope that the truck will stay in Longmont and maintain its legacy.

Giving advice for the truck’s next owner, Jessica Sherwood said not to discount customers just because they’re not pint-sized.

“I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘I’m 40 years old, and I’m buying from the ice cream truck.’”

Sherwood said the next owner would cherish the work if he or she ends up cruising Longmont neighborhoods.

“It’s the same truck I bought from when I was a little kid,” she said. “I’ve got an emotional attachment to it.”

Amanda Arthur can be reached at 303-684-5215, or by e-mail at aarthur@times-call.com.

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