Alex Vogt -
2012 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship Grant Recipient
San Diego, CA (December 5, 2012) - Alex Vogt has only been playing rugby for just over two years now but in that short amount of time he went from novice player to being named the captain of his high school team to being an A-side player at Bucknell University, in three different positions. With the schedule he had throughout high school it’s a wonder that Alex had any free time left to undertake and master a sport as arduous as rugby.
In addition to playing and captaining the West Chester High School RFC, Alex also helped recruit new players from his high school. He was also involved in many extra-curricular activities at Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester, PA. He was a four-year member of the district-wide orchestra known as Senior Strings. As a member of the violin section, Alex was a part of the Senior Strings that took home the highest awards, including Grand Champions of Orchestra, at the 2011 Orlando Fest. In 2010 the group was also selected by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association as the best High School String Ensemble in the state.
In addition, Alex has been a four-year member of the high school musical pit orchestra and Rustin Chamber Orchestra, and was a member of the Rustin Quartet his senior year, playing at many local community and school events.
Alex wants to become a lawyer and earned some early practice by being a three-year member of Bayard Rustin’s Mock Trial Team. He was one of the club’s three main lawyers.
Alex earned a 4.1 GPA at Bayard Rustin and was inducted into the National Honor Society his junior year. He was inducted into the Tri-M Musical Honor Society his junior year. The group collects instruments for children who have an interest in music but cannot afford to buy instruments. They also play at nursing homes and other events. He has taken seven years of French, became a member of the school’s French Club his sophomore year and was inducted into the French National Honor Society after his sophomore year. He also joined the school’s German Club his senior year.
Alex became involved with Boy Scouts of America at an early age and earned his rank of Eagle Scout, the Scouts highest rank, in 2009. His Eagle project was to build a deck over a concrete platform in the middle of a community garden in his hometown of West Chester. Alex has remained active with the Scouts and has gone on to earn 7 Eagle Palms for his continued service. While in the Scouts, he volunteered for several years at the West Chester Food Cupboard, collecting, sorting and distributing food donations. He also helped several other scouts on their Eagle projects. He is also a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, giving up many weekends a year to improve the council’s summer camp facilities.
As a senior, Alex was one of five officers for the Knights in Community Service Club, planning and leading several activities in his school and community. Those activities included running a food drive which brought in over 30 boxes of food for those less fortunate; planned a week-long Pennies for People Campaign; planned a Community Fair; and sold stuffed bears at a Community Yard Sale to raise money for schools.
Alex is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of West Chester Youth Group. As a member of the group Alex took part in numerous community service activities, including the Martin Luther King Day of Service. He was also instrumental in planning a Battle of the Bands fundraiser that raised money for charity.
Because of his community service, Alex was one of 30 West Chester High School students recognized for earning the Spellman Humanitarian Award.
Rugby is now a big part of Alex’s life. In fact, it’s so big now that he made sure that all of the liberal arts schools he was looking at attending had men’s rugby programs. He is in his freshmen year at Bucknell and has fit in well with the men’s program filling in as needed on the first team in the backrow, second row or prop. His energetic and never quit attitude has earned him the respect of his peers and upperclassmen.
Alex plans on majoring in both law and history at Bucknell. After graduating from Bucknell he plans on going on to earn his law degree. “My goal of becoming an attorney is one that I have been thinking about through my four years of high school, and I believe that becoming an environmental attorney is my first choice for a career.”
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