Kaisee Wiesmueller -
2011 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship Grant Recipient
San Diego, CA (December 19, 2011) - Kaisee Wiesmueller was a very shy person who rarely voiced her opinion before she first started playing rugby in 2007 for the Brookfield Bruisers RFC in Brookfield, WI. But as the years have changed so too has Kaisee. “Throughout my years playing the sport, that shyness I had has slowly drifted away and many other qualities have taken its place. I have gained confidence, independence, leadership, courage and dedication, all from playing rugby.”
Her confidence and leadership earned her the captaincy of her Bruisers team in 2009 and since then she has led the Bruisers to new heights while also achieving individual accolades. The Bruisers excelled under Kaisee’s leadership in 2010. The team finished 2nd in the Midwest and 4th in the nation. They followed that up with a 3rd place finish in the state this year.
Kaisee was selected in the centers for the Wisconsin U17 Select Side in 2009. She also earned selection on the Wisconsin U19 Select Side in 2009 and has retained a roster position on the team ever since. This past year she was named captain of the team.
Kaisee was named the captain of the Midwest High School Select Side in 2010 and that same year was also named to the Midwest U19 Selects. Recently, Kaisee was a part of the Midwest U19 team that won the U19 National All-Star Championship title in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Other universities such as the University of Minnesota and Ohio State were interested in having Kaisee attend their institutions but she ended up choosing the University of Northern Iowa instead. Since joining UNI’s rugby team Kaisee’s game has really taken off. Playing at either 12 or 13, she was the top try scorer for UNI in the fall, this with defenses double teaming her most of the time. She has set a goal of competing on the National Team and would love to be part of the U.S. Women’s 7s team at the 2016 Olympic Games.
She would also like to coach rugby. “Teaching other people to love rugby as much as I do would bring so much joy to my life and hopefully theirs too.”
Not surprisingly, Kaisee excels off the rugby pitch. She carried a 3.7 GPA at Brookfield East High School and was a member of the National Honors Society from 2009-2011.
She loves animals and has volunteered at the Wisconsin Humane Society since 2007. She has also donated her hair to Locks of Love for the past four years. She volunteered at her local Holiday Folk Fair in 2008. She was the editor of her high school yearbook her junior and senior years. She played on her high school basketball team in 2007 and 2008 and her church basketball team from 2008-2011.
Kaisee didn’t really know what field of study she wanted to enter until recently. “I now tell people that I am interested in psychology. I am very interested in how people work and think.” Whether she continues in this field or not, she knows one thing for sure. “I do not want a job where I have to sit behind a desk all day. I want to be out in the world travelling, experiencing different cultures, and most of all helping others. One of my main career goals is to help people in as many ways as I can. That is something I would truly love to accomplish in life.”
Congratulations Kaisee on being named a 2011 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
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