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Marin Pennell-
 2017 Kevin Higgins College
Scholarship Grant Recipient

San Diego, CA (December 31, 2017) - Rugby helped shape the life of 2017 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient, Marin Pennell. It taught her the positivity of strength and power, that communication is key, and confidence is necessary to be successful in anything you do. She translated those themes into her daily life and reaped the rewards.

Pennell was a four-year member of the Summit High School Girls Rugby Club in Breckenridge, Colorado at both the junior varsity and varsity level. In fall 2014, she was a member of the Summit High School State Championship team and won the Most Improved Player award. Marin and the Summit High School Girls Rugby team would continue on to win back to back to back Colorado state championships.

Pennell, a scrum half, played in competitive tournaments like the CRC 7s High School Nationals and the Las Vegas High School 7s Tournament. She hit her stride in the second half of her career, earning Coach’s Awards honors for her growth and leadership, and the Summit High School Girl’s Rugby Tiger Award for her embodiment of team values and sportsmanship on and off the field in 2015 and 2016. In addition, she also served as team captain during the 2016-2017 season. She was selected as an All-Regional team member of the Flatirons Rugby team and attended the Girl’s High School All-American Camp in Phoenix, AZ in 2016 and 2017.

Marin graduated from Summit High School with a 3.9 grade point average. She was a member of her high school’s varsity soccer team and served as captain for two consecutive seasons. When she wasn’t found on a pitch, she was on the ice playing hockey with her local girl’s club. She was highly involved in extra-curricular activities including volunteering at local kindergarten classrooms in her community once a week and coaching rugby clinics at middle schools with a local after-school program. Marin was a member of multiple community service based organizations, like the Octagon Club, Interact Club, and Ecological Ethics Union. She was committed to her academic achievements as an active Spanish Honors Society and National Honors Society member.

“Marin lives a balanced lifestyle. She is dedicated to sports, especially rugby.  She volunteers in the community, she enjoys her many friends and she takes on leadership positions in addition to her rigorous academic course load,” said one of her Summit High School teachers, Nanci Morse.

Marin is continuing her academic and athletic career at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. She aspires to work with children through the use of languages like American Sign Language and Spanish, saying “I believe that I can make a positive impact on children of all backgrounds and I hope to do this in a classroom setting as a teacher or a social worker.” She would love to one day become a rugby coach and give back to the sport that molded her into who she is today.

“Marin's maturity and easy demeanor have helped her seamlessly make the transition from high school to college," said her Dartmouth Head Coach, Katie Dowty. “She is a year younger than her classmates, but you would never know it. She plays big, connects well with everyone around her and doesn't sweat the small stuff. She made a big jump not only into the top level of NCAA rugby this year, but also transitioned brilliantly to flanker with her usual selfless and open-minded attitude. As a player with a high work rate who loves to tackle, she has thrived in her new position. The addition of Marin's play-making abilities in our pack has helped us play the dynamic style of rugby that we love. As a young freshman who made such an immediate impact, I look forward to watching Marin become a leader on our team over the next 4 years.”

Congratulations Marin, on being selected as a 2017 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.

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