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Student-Athletes of the Month Category

Marley Sternberg-Lacrosse

Jan. 31, 2018—Marley Sternberg Lacrosse Senior Major: Cognitive Studies Why did you choose to attend Vanderbilt? Vanderbilt is the perfect mix of competitive athletics and strong academics; plus, the opportunity to experience the growing city of Nashville for four years made it the perfect place for me. What are your career goals? After graduation, I will be working...

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Tommy Openshaw-Football

Jan. 31, 2018—Tommy Openshaw Football Graduate Student Program: Leadership and Organizational Development Why did you choose to attend Vanderbilt? I chose to attend Vanderbilt because of the world-class education tied with college football in the most competitive conference in the country, the SEC. There are few better combinations for a student-athlete when choosing a college. What are your...

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Riley LaChance-Men’s Basketball

Jan. 16, 2018—Riley LaChance Men’s Basketball Senior Major: Human and Organizational Development Why did you choose to attend Vanderbilt? I chose Vanderbilt because of the combination of world-class academics and high level athletics What are your career goals? For the short-term I think I want to continue to play basketball at the professional level. Long-term I want to...

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Jenn Edobi-Women’s Track and Field

Jan. 16, 2018—Jenn Edobi Track and Field Senior Major: Medicine, Health & Society Why did you choose to attend Vanderbilt? I wanted to be in an environment that would challenge me academically and athletically and Vanderbilt seemed like the place I could attain the best of both worlds. To top it all off, Vanderbilt felt comfortable enough...

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Rachel Bell-Women’s Basketball

Dec. 1, 2017—Rachel Bell Women’s Basketball Senior Major: Psychology and Medicine, Health & Society Why did you choose to attend Vanderbilt? It is a great academic school and the SEC is the best women’s basketball conference in the country. Vanderbilt is also very close to home, so I felt like it was the total package. What are your...

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Trent Sherfield-Football

Dec. 1, 2017—Trent Sherfield Football Senior Major: Medicine, Health and Society Why did you choose to attend Vanderbilt? I chose Vanderbilt because this program gave me the best opportunity for my football career and also from an academic standpoint as well. What are your career goals? My career goals are to use my platform in the NFL...

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Daniel Valent-Men’s Tennis

Nov. 1, 2017—Daniel Valent Men’s Tennis Senior Major: Biological Sciences Why did you choose to attend Vanderbilt? I chose Vanderbilt for multiple reasons. Firstly, because of the Vanderbilt culture. On my recruiting trip I immediately felt accepted and appreciated by coaches, staff and fellow teammates. Secondly, because Vanderbilt is a great academic institution, meaning that I can receive a...

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Fernanda Contreras-Women’s Tennis

Nov. 1, 2017—Fernanda Contreras Women’s Tennis Junior Major: Mechanical Engineer Why did you choose to attend Vanderbilt? Vanderbilt was the perfect fit for me. It combines great academics with challenging athletics and it can’t get any better than that. Coach MacDonald and Coach “Leaks” were the most unique and interesting coaches I met; they saw my potential instead...

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Megan Huebner-Women’s Cross Country

Oct. 2, 2017—Megan Huebner Women’s Cross Country Senior Major: Biological Sciences Why did you choose to attend Vanderbilt? I loved the team when I met them on my official visit, and I knew Vanderbilt would offer excellent academic and athletic opportunities.  What are your career goals? I plan to attend veterinary school after graduation and eventually go into...

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Oren Burks-Football

Oct. 1, 2017—Oren Burks Football Senior Major: Human and Organizational Development Why did you choose to attend Vanderbilt? The unique combination of a world class education, playing in the SEC, and then having the opportunity to live in a city like Nashville. Being 10hrs away from my home in Virginia initially made me hesitant, but I decided...

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