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Hannah Beagley -
 2016 Kevin Higgins College
Scholarship Grant Recipient

San Diego, CA (December 26, 2016) - As she watched her first girl’s rugby game in her freshman year of high school, 2016 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient Hannah Beagley thought to herself, “I could totally play this sport.” Hannah worked with the boy’s coach at her school to establish a girl’s team for the following season. Hannah’s leadership and passion for the game led her to turn a crumbling mutli-school club into a thriving single-school rugby club that would go on and play for a state championship title.

Hannah’s rugby career began with Nakahi Rugby Club during her sophomore and junior year of high school, where she played at prop/fly half and served as team captain for two consecutive seasons. In her senior year of high school, she played for the Eagle High School Girl’s Rugby Club at prop and earned the honor of team captain once more. Hannah can be considered a founder of the Eagle High School Girl’s Rugby Program, as she recruited the entire school for any and all players necessary to start a girl’s program. She helped lead Eagle High girl’s rugby from a once multi-school program with a 2-5 record to a single-school club finishing 7-2. In her final game of the season with Eagle High, she played for an Idaho state championship title. Although Eagle High did not come out on top, Hannah was honored as Player of the Match by her opponents, Capital High Girl’s Rugby Club. It was an award that Hannah won in every match of that season.

Hannah’s infectious and positive character is what makes her stand apart and succeed in so many aspects of life. Her natural leadership skills do not go unnoticed. “Hannah has by far been one of the best I have had in my eight years of coaching rugby. Most coaches would allude to athletic talent as being the key to being a great player. In addition to this, I admired Hannah also for her motivation and organizational skills while she was captain of the Eagle High Girl’s Varsity Rugby Club,” said High Rugby Director, Bradley La Plante.

In the classroom, Hannah graduated from Eagle High School in Eagle, Idaho with a 4.0 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has volunteered numerous hours of her time with the group to make a difference in her community. From visiting elderly homes, volunteering at pet shelters, and maintaining community gardens she devoted more than 30 community service hours annually.

In addition, Hannah was involved in many other extra curricular and community service activities. She has played violin for 6 years and was a member of the Eagle High School orchestra. Hannah was also a member of her high school’s culinary team, which placed second in the state competition. With a passion for teaching and helping others, Hannah served as a peer tutor at her high school, helping handicapped student with their homework and daily tasks. She served as a volunteer with Rugby Idaho teaching rugby basics to children at youth clinics. She was an avid leader for her church’s Stake Youth Council, where she spoke at different youth group events to encourage and uplift her peers.

Hannah is looking forward to furthering her academic and rugby career at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah this year. She is eager to play for the Lady Cougars and looks forward to learning new skills and techniques to broaden her rugby knowledge. She says it is a dream come true to be able to play at the collegiate level. “Rugby to me means pushing yourself and becoming a better you.”. At BYU, Hannah will major in special or elementary education and aspires to become a teacher after graduation.

Hannah has embraced the culture of excellence both on and off the field as a member of the BYU Women’s Rugby Program. As a freshman, she has been groomed to replace BYU outgoing senior prop Rebekah Boaz Hebdon, who is playing in her last semester this coming Winter/Spring 2017. Head Coach Tom Waqa describes Hannah as a wonderful addition to the BYU program and a hard worker who is always contributing to the success of the program. “Hannah is natural born team leader and she was the team captain from her high school rugby team in Boise. She brings the same attributes and character to our team. With our BYU team, we do not get many players that played high school rugby. Hannah has brought a lot of positive energy to the team and if she continues on the same path, she is bound to be a regular starter for the BYU Cougars,” said Waqa.  

Congratulations Hannah, on being named a 2016 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.

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