Amanda Pohle -
2009 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship Grant Recipient
San Diego, CA (October 20, 2009) - When you are captain of a rugby team it is important that you have the respect of every individual on the team, no matter if they are younger or older. Amanda Pohle earned the respect of her teammates at Catholic Memorial High School while still an underclassman. While a sophomore, she helped start the girl’s varsity team at Catholic Memorial. She was appointed captain of the side during her junior year despite the fact that there were 10 seniors on the team. But all the players respected and believed in her and within three years, Catholic Memorial took home the Midwest Division II Championship title and was in the final four for the Wisconsin state title on two occasions.
In addition to leading her team to state and regional honors, Amanda also garnered individual accolades. She won the Catholic Memorial Rugger of the Year Award her sophomore year and the Catholic Memorial Lady Crusader Award her junior year. “Amanda is a leader of people and is one of the finest young adults I’ve ever worked with. Her sincerity, talent and honesty instantly instilled confidence in her teammates. In the 10 years I’ve coached, I haven’t worked with a better leader,” said her high school coach, John Waliszewski.
In the short time she’s been on the playing field with her new team at Grand Valley State University, she has already made a positive impression.
“Amanda has been a wonderful addition to our team,” said GVSU head coach Bob Richthammer. “Most of our team consists of seasoned veterans but Amanda has already earned a starting position on our team. She is an excellent rugby player and her commitment is absolute. In addition, she has quickly earned the friendship and respect from her teammates as well as the coaching staff. While Amanda has a rather quiet personality she is someone who emits trust, reliability, and commitment as well as compassion. She is one of the most successfully well-rounded individuals I have met.”
Amanda’s leadership skills extend beyond the touchline as Mickey Holtz, Director of Youth Ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, explains. “Amanda is a high achiever, very reflective, self-motivated and has developed her leadership skills well through many areas of involvement at school, in the community and at church.”
Her involvement in church and community initiatives includes her being named an active leader of her church’s Teen Core Team, developing the first Poverty/Homelessness Awareness Sleep Out Project for the parish. She also represented St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish at the 2007 National Catholic Youth Leadership Conference in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, for the past six years Amanda has been looked upon to help organize the church’s annual Workcamps to other states, including this year’s trip to Virginia.
Amanda also finds the time to volunteer her services to a number of worthy causes including Catholic Memorial’s Peer Mentor Program and her local Humane Society. She is such a generous and valuable volunteer that she has received the USA President’s Volunteer Service Award for several years running.
And through all of her on and off the field accomplishments, Amanda was a regular on her school’s honor roll with a cumulative GPA of 4.4 and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Amanda’s goals in rugby are simple: “To improve my skills if even by the tiniest fraction every time I play and to improve the skills of those around me by sharing with them what I already know.”
While at Grand Valley, Amanda plans on obtaining her degree in one of the following fields: forensic science, athletic training, politics, veterinary science, or obstetrician/gynecologist. “My first job requirement I have is that the field I enter aids people in some way, shape or form. I will never truly be happy with my job unless I know it is making a difference in someone else’s life.”
The USRFF is quite confident Amanda will make a difference in someone else’s life.
Congratulations Amanda on being named a 2009 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
Read about Jack White, 2009 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
Read about Miranda Miller, 2009 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
Read about Ryan Bachman, 2009 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
Read about Keegan Downey, 2009 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
Read about Seamus Kelly, 2009 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
Read about Bryan Kean, 2009 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.