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Alumni Achievements

KC McConnell

Major: Kinesiology, Education
Current Position: McConnell teaches health and fitness classes at Deer Park High School, in Deer Park, Wash., including ninth-grade health, weight training and adaptive physical education. She also helps coach at Deer Park and is pursuing a master's degree in exercise science at Concordia University, St. Paul.

Why Whitworth? "I chose Whitworth for many reasons. First of all, it was very important to me to have a faith-based education and I loved the strong, Christ-centered community that Whitworth provided. It also gave me the unique opportunity to play both basketball and tennis at the college level. The size of Whitworth was also very attractive because it made me feel important and valued as an individual student and athlete at the school."

Whitworth Activities: McConnell competed on the women's basketball team and women's tennis team.

Influential Whitworth Experience: "My most influential experience by far would be participating in both women's basketball and tennis at Whitworth. Through these teams, I not only gained lifelong friends, but I also learned so much about myself and about life through all of the experiences I was blessed with having here. It allowed for so much personal and spiritual growth, which I am thankful for every day as I look back on my education at Whitworth."

Career Goals: "I would like to continue in the field of education and complete my master's degree in exercise science."

Other Recent Alums

  • Sam Aswegan is a graduate assistant strength & conditioning coach at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he is working on a master's degree in kinesiology and exercise science.
  • Gavin Horst is a firefighter/EMT for Spokane County Fire District 9 and is attending paramedic school.
  • Ariana Holliday is a health and fitness teacher at East Valley High School in Yakima, Wash. She earned a master's in curriculum design and instruction from Western Governors University.