US Bank Scholarship Winner Announced

The Central Washington University Sport Club office is proud to announce the US Bank Scholarship winners for Winter Quarter. Below are stories about each individual and their accomplishments.


Miranda Frank: Rodeo

Miranda Frank of the Rodeo Club is from Moses Lake and majoring in Business. Her coach Mary Minor had this to say about Miranda.

“She is, without a doubt, one of the most hard-working, dedicated club members that I have ever worked with. She is a leader and takes pride in following through on anything asked of her. Her time devoted to the Rodeo Club is unbelievable since she is a full-time student and works part-time for the local school district. “Miranda is a vital part of CWU College Rodeo events and making sure they run smoothly. Miranda Frank is the US Bank Scholarship Winner for December.

Ryan Snider:Men’s Rugby

Ryan Snider of the Men’s Rugby Team has had to deal with some adversity over the past year. In March of 2011 he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.  After a long and intense rehab with University Recreation training staff he suffered a setback in November re-injuring the knee. Despite the injury Ryan played for Central in the Collegiate Rugby Sevens National Championships in December and helped lead them to a national runner up performance. In February he persevered through the injury to play in the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens Tournament. Following the tournament he found out that he will need an additional surgery to repair his knee. He will miss the remainder of the spring 2012 but is expected to return to full strength by the fall. Despite being injured Ryan has been at practices, helped the team administratively and helped players prepare for matches. Ryan’s leadership to the team has been noticeable and he continues to inspire his teammates even though he cannot play for 6 months. The US Bank Scholarship winner for December is Ryan Snider of the Men’s Rugby Team.



 David Kuich: Wrestling

David Kuich of the Wrestling Club has only been enrolled at CWU for two quarters, but his impact on the club has been more than what the usual freshman has to offer. Acting as the assistant coach/wrestler, David amassed an undefeated record against NCWA opponents during the regular season. David earned 4th place at the West Coast Regional Tournament in San Jose on Feb. 25 and was named “All Conference” for the 133lb weight class. David is a freshman at Central and undecided on his major. US Bank Scholarship winner for January is David Kuich of the Wrestling club.

Mackenzie Nichols: Climbing

Mackenzie Nichols a junior from Cashmere has been a mainstay in the CWU Climbing Club. She balances her time between climbing and academics very well, double majoring in Global Wine Studies and Public Relations. Mackenzie has helped grow the Climbing Club to what it is today and helps greatly with the “Ropeless Rodeo” hosted every year by the CWU Climbing Club. In Northwest Collegiate Club Climbing Circuit Competitions she is currently 12th Overall. Mackenzie Nichols is the US Bank Scholarship Winner for January.


Chris Johnson: Men’s Lacrosse

Chris Johnson, a Port Angeles native and graduate student in the education department at Central, has served various roles in the Men Lacrosse team over the years. He has played four years for the Wildcats and has scored 63 goals in his career thus far. In their win against Willamette University he scored a game-high 9 goals. His first stint as a player ended in 2007 for the Wildcats, he then transitioned into a coaching position, and is now excelling in his last year as a Wildcat. Chris Johnson is the February US Bank Scholarship Winner.

Jenny MacKenzie: Women’s Water Polo

Jenny MacKenzie, a Sophomore Exercise Science major from Lake Tapps, has become a major part of the Women’s Water Polo Club in their early season tournaments. The club headed down to Woodburn, Oregon in early February and Jenny played a vital role in their win against rival Western Washington. Throughout the tournament her stats were off the charts scoring 14 goals, 5 assists, and 7 steals. Jenny led the Cats throughout the tournament and is maturing into  team leader, becoming club president earlier this year. The February US Bank Scholarship Winner is Jenny MacKenzie.