Saint Mary’s freshman Clarisa Medina stands at 4-foot-11 but her short stature does not hinder her plans for a big future. “There’s not a doubt in my mind that I’m going to be successful,” she said. In May 2012, Medina found out she was accepted to become a Gates Millennium Scholar. Of the 26,000 high school seniors who applied for the distinguished scholarship, she was one of the lucky 1,000. “Students apply annually from all U.S. territories and states.” Medina said. “The program is more prestigious than any university’s admission process, including Harvard.” Medina applied online in December 2011 and wrote nine essays discussing community service, activities she engaged in during her weekends and summers and the type of courses she had taken to prepare herself for college. “We also had to write about things that have happened in our lives that we had to overcome to get to the point where we want to be, she said. “There are three rounds and in the final round they determine if you can become a Gates Scholar based off of socio-economic need. If you are chosen you get up to 10 years of education at any university of our choice.” Medina is the first Gates Millennium Scholar to enroll at Saint Mary’s College. The financial aid office had never heard of the scholarship before Medina. Medina was first introduced to Saint Mary’s through her sister and current sophomore, Cecily Medina. “She loved it so much here and she strongly encouraged me to come,” Medina said. “When I came to visit I liked the classroom size, it was very appealing to me. I feel as if I have so many opportunities here. I get to double major and go abroad. It’s the ideal place to master the basics and go on to a higher level of education, perhaps a PhD.” Medina, a double major in global studies and political science intends to minor in justice education and Spanish as well as earn her MBA from Notre Dame during her last year of college. Medina finds another advantage of Saint Mary’s is her ability to participate in two different sports. “I run cross country and play softball here,” she said. “It’s a great stress reliever for me and my team provides me with an additional support system.” The second of eight children, Medina relies on her sports family to help her transition from her home environment. “It is really difficult coming from a Hispanic family because we are very close knit and dependent on each other,” she said. “It’s so loud at home and here everything has been pretty quiet. I know I just have to remind myself to sacrificed that for a reason and that reason was to get an education and to have an opportunity that my parents never had.” “I am very proud of [Clarisa],” Cecily Medina said. “When she won the scholarship it wasn’t just her winning, it was our entire family winning.” Despite engaging in an enriched athletic and academic life, Medina has not forgotten her background in service. “I plan to open a camp here that I created back home,” Medina said. “It’s called Run the World and I believe that it is the reason why I got the Gates Scholarship.” Contact Rebecca O’Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bulldogs Slide Into A Blow-Out Win Over RushvilleBatesville had all cylinders firing on offense on Thursday, winning big over Rushville 8-1.In the second inning, the Bulldogs got their offense started when Travis Lecher singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.Batesville tallied four runs in the sixth inning. The rally was led by a triple by Trey Heidlage and a sacrifice fly by Calvin Sherwood.Caleb Raab led the Bulldogs to victory on the hill. He allowed four hits and one run over seven innings, striking out seven and walking one.Adam Sizemore took the loss for Rushville. He lasted three and two-thirds innings, allowing four hits and three runs while striking out one.The Bulldogs had eight hits in the game. Lecher and Sherwood each racked up multiple hits for Batesville. Lecher went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Bulldogs in hits. Batesville didn’t commit a single error in the field. Seth Gausman had the most chances in the field with nine.The win makes Batesville 13-10 overall and 8-4 in the EIAC. This puts Batesville in a current share of first place in the conference as we head to the final week of the season.Two Pitchers Work Together As Bulldogs Shuts Out Jac-Cen-DelThe Bulldogs defeated Jac-Cen-Del 4-0 on Saturday as two pitchers, Lane Oesterling and Casey Werner, combined to throw a shutout.The Bulldogs opened up scoring in the second inning, as Caleb Raab hit a solo homer.The Bulldogs allied three runs in the fourth inning. Batesville put the pressure on, lead by singles by Shane Meer and Travis Lecher, and a groundout by Trey Heidlage.Oesterling was the winning pitcher for the Bulldogs. He allowed one hit and zero runs over four innings, striking out six and walking one. Werner threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen. Werner recorded the last nine outs to earn the save for Batesville.Miles McAdams took the loss for Jac-Cen-Del. He lasted three and a third innings, allowing seven hits and four runs while walking one.The Bulldogs racked up seven hits. Caleb Raab, Lecher, and Cooper Williams each racked up multiple hits for Batesville.The win is the eighth straight for the Bulldogs and takes their overall record to 14-10.