Amanda Head graduated with the class of 2013. She was the top shot put thrower for the Trojans and was ranked number two in the state in Divsion 1-A.
She also threw the discus and she finished fourth in the state in this event.
Her hard work on the track and her 4.0 GPA earned her a college scholarship for academics and track at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wis. She leaves for school on Aug. 19.
She will be doing shot put and running in the 4×100-meter relay for the Stritch Wolves, a Division II college.
The small Catholic university is the largest Franciscan institution of higher learning in North America. The main campus is in suburban Milwaukee. The total enrollment there is 4,600 students. The small university boasts 18 intercollegiate teams for both men and women.
“The school costs $39,000 a year and I only had to take out $5,000 in loans. I will be paying only $640 out of pocket per year, so I got the most bang for my buck. Mom is really proud of me, and she is doing really good. It will be hard for her because I am the baby and going across the country,” Head said.
The thrower has no fear of being so far away from home.
“I am not scared,” she said. “I am a little cautious about the winter, but other than that I am not scared about anything. The hardest part for me will be leaving my horse behind. I really have not been without a horse for this long of a period. I even tried to get a job up there with a stable.”
Head really liked the small school. She was able to spend three days there during the summer to register for classes for the fall.
Her plan is to major in accounting or business and then do a stint in the naval reserve to help pay for college.