2008 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship Grant Recipient
San Diego, CA (October 6, 2008) - “Seymi” began playing rugby while she was a freshman in high school at the State College Area High School. Her family (dad, sister and brother) moved to State College just prior to that and Seymi was looking for a way to fit in.
“I did not have many friends and it was hard for me to fit in any organization that I joined. Then I decided to give rugby a try and the players accepted me just the way I was.”
It was soon apparent that Seymi was truly a special player. It’s not often a player new to the game starts in her very first game. But Seymi was in the starting lineup in her first outing with the State College Girls RFC and was the top try scorer in each of her four years there. She helped lead her team to a 5th straight Eastern Penn Rugby Union title this year. Her team also competed in the High School National Championships the past three years.
Seymi’s outstanding play did not go unnoticed. In her junior year, Seymi was selected to play for the USA U19 squad. Her star continues to shine as she was selected to play for the USA U20 on its recent tour of South Africa helping lead to US to victories in 2 of its 3 matches. With seven tries to her credit, she is the leading try scorer in the history of the USA U20 Women’s team. She has also been selected for the USA U23 Women’s 7s team.
Her high school coach, Bernard Cantorna, sees her as a special talent and more.
“Seymira is a person of great intelligence, character and athletic ability. She is without doubt, the most talented female rugby player I have had the privilege to work with or see on a rugby field. I have no doubt that, should she continue to apply herself and work at her current rate, she will be one of the best adult women rugby players to play the modern game.
“Seymira’s character and intellectual ability match her God given talents. I have found her to be a hard worker, who listens and applies constructive criticism in a thoughtful manner. She is a fast learner and eminently easy to coach because of her character, modesty and humility. Just as Seymira’s rugby potential is unlimited, her potential scholastically and professionally are equally limitless.
“Seymira is worthy of the Rugby Foundation’s consideration for any scholarship, whether it be academically, character or athletically based. I expect her to be a role model and ambassador for women’s rugby for years to come.”
Her college coach at Penn State University, Pete Steinberg, who knows a fair bit about the women’s game and has seen his share of top class players, agrees.
“Seymi is an outstanding rugby player and is the most exciting freshman that we have ever had at Penn State. She is already making an impact on the team on and off the field. She is committed to rugby and to the team and I look forward to watching her develop even more in her years here at Penn State.”
Seymi graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 from State College Area High School. Her career goals parallel her rugby ambitions.
”Much like my rugby goals, my career goals are to succeed in whatever I choose to do and to make a difference in someone’s life. I will be majoring in Nutritional Science and I’m planning to minor in Kinesiology. After I graduate from college, I am also considering applying for law school. I am very excited to be able to defend people’s rights and help someone in anyway I can.”
Congratulations Seymi on being named a Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
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