Couryn Beleck -
2010 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship Grant Recipient
San Diego, CA (November 1, 2010) - Couryn Beleck takes the extra time needed to be exceptional in all that she does. She is a motivated and dedicated student who graduated with a 4.0 GPA. She pursued the advanced placement track at Lakeview High School in St. Clair Shores, MI and was a member of both the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society, while being vice-president of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society.
Couryn won numerous awards from the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society for her mechanical drawing, architectural drawing and floor planning. She also found time to give selflessly of her time and energy to her community. She has volunteered with the St. Clair Shores Waterfront Advisory to assist in beach cleanup; the American Red Cross; the Karmanos Breast Cancer Fundraiser; helps recruit players for both the boys and girls team at Lakeview; and keeps score and sells concessions at other Lakeview High School sporting events.
While holding two jobs outside of school, Couryn played varsity volleyball all four years and captained her two-time state-champion rugby team. She tried out for rugby in her freshman year, and her coach, William Jones, said “I was immediately impressed with her athleticism, but more so with her dedication, willingness to receive direction, and her ability to assimilate herself onto a close-knit team comprised of older girls more likely to trample a freshman than accept one.”
Couryn took the same approach with rugby as she did with her academics. She would stay late to work on things she found difficult during practice. The hard work appears to have paid off as Couryn earned Rookie of the Year honors in her first year at Lakeview in the #12 jersey and helped lead her team to the Michigan State Championship and Midwest Division II title in 2007. She led Lakeview to another State title the following year while the team placed 4th in the Midwest Division I Championship.
A 2nd place in State and 4th in the Midwest followed in her junior year. Couryn closed out a brilliant career at Lakeview by being named the team’s Most Valuable Back guiding her team to another 2nd place in the Michigan State Championship.
As a college freshman, Couryn now holds the starting inside center position for the University of Michigan’s Women’s Team. Her coach, Herb Reich, had this to say about his new freshman. “Couryn is a natural rugby player that makes her tackles and has a nose for space as a back. She has shown to be a hard worker and solid rugby player for her first full season at the collegiate level. Her commitment to the team during training and the games has helped the team improve. She is already one of the better backs in the Midwest Division I College competition.”
Couryn will be studying in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at U of M. From there, she will pursue a career in a biology field. “I know that I seek enlightenment in life and science is just the place to begin to search. I look forward to expanding my intellectual horizons in college and beyond, achieving a Master’s Degree in whatever field of science I end up pursuing. I know that juggling collegiate rugby, schoolwork and socializing will not be easy, but I am up for the challenge.”
Something tells us Couryn will succeed in all her pursuits.
Congratulations Couryn on being named a 2010 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
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