Whybrew headed to HU

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2011-04-28
/uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/Athletics/Whybrew-Mary.jpgHuntington, Ind. - Huntington University women’s soccer coach Ryan Burgher has announced the signing of Mary Anna Whybrew from Eastbrook High School. Whybrew is the tenth signee for the 2011 Lady Foresters.  

Since Eastbrook did not have a women's soccer team, Whybrew along with a few others founded the GCU. She was the starting keeper for four years and had this to say about the GCU, "I have loved every moment of it.  My greatest accomplishment with the team would be growing in Christ with others who love Him and soccer." In the spring Whybrew competed for the Marion Lighting where she was also the starting keeper for four years. 

Whybrew has kept very busy off the field as she was nominated for academic excellence in her school and was also the president of the National Honor Society. Whybrew also volunteered with Youth for Christ at the Red Barn and was a Campus Life student leader.  She has been a theater intern and student director/back stage manager for three years.  Additionally, she is a member of student council where she served as vice president for two years and the physics club and has served as class president, the art club vice president, the drama club president, an international club officer and a junior high youth group leader at Upland Community Church.  She attends Upland Community Church senior high youth group.  

Whybrew, who plans on pursuing a degree in psychology and eventually earning a M.A in additions counseling, said, "I resented the idea of attending a Christian College for several years because I grew up in a Christian home and have lived in “the bubble” all of my life; I wanted to break free from all that I knew and experience the real world. My attitude changed when I was offered the opportunity to try out for the Huntington soccer team and started talking to current students and graduates of Huntington. What scared me away from a Christian College was the involvement in the community; it did not exist in the colleges that surround me.  But when speaking with those connected to Huntington, they all commented on how Huntington is a community and during my visit, speaking with Professor Babb about the community service projects, internships and even the soccer team’s work in the community made my fears disappear. I am thrilled to see how Christ will use a Christian-based education for my future in counseling. The fact that I won’t have to search for those that love the Lord, instead they will surround me in every setting at Huntington University, will help me stay faithful and not go astray. I'm excited that I'm one step closer to the future career God has in store for me." 

"It was great having Mary at Huntington. She really fit in well with the girls on the team. It felt to me that Mary was already a part of the team and I think that made the decision easy for both of us," commented Coach Burgher. "Listening to Mary talk and seeing everything she is involved in really shows what type of person she is and what type of heart she has. I'm really excited for her to be a leader for Huntington women's soccer for years to come." 
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 53 NAIA All-America honors and 173 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.
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