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McKenzie Schmoll ’17 Sport: Softball Hometown: Grants Pass Major: Math and computer science Parker remembered A memorial to Parker Moore ’17 was dedicated on the day of the inaugural Parker Archie Moore 3.5-mile Memorial Run/Walk held Sept. 20 on campus. The memorial, located near Anderson Hall and Maxwell Field, includes commemorative plaques mounted on a granite rock and two benches featuring the phrase “Linfield Strong.” The run was sponsored by the McMinnville Police Association, the McMinnville Fire Association and Linfield College. Proceeds from the event will go to the Parker Archie Moore Endowed Scholarship Fund, which was set up by his family to provide scholarship support to a Linfield student who most exemplifies Moore's outstanding character and qualities. Why Linfield? I chose Linfield equally for softball and education. I wanted to play for a successful softball program where hard work and high expectations come together. I also wanted to attend a school where I would be more than just a number on the enrollment statistics. Why softball? Softball teaches you how to pick yourself up when you fall. In a game where you fail more often than you succeed, you have to learn how to overcome adversity and how to stay mentally strong when things get tough. Whenever I have faced hardships, failure or tough times in my life, I have pushed through the struggle and come out the other side stronger than I was before because I’ve learned how to persevere from softball. Favorite aspect of Linfield? The sense of community. The school is small enough so you can genuinely get to know your peers and professors, and I absolutely love that. Secret to balancing sports and academics? I would say I spend at least 30 hours per week on softball, but it could be more depending on the week. For academics, I spend at least 20 hours per week outside of class on my studies. I stay ahead of schedule with my school work so that I rarely have to play catch up when I miss class for athletics. It all comes down to managing your time wisely. Favorite achievement? I took the Putnam Exam, an annual mathematics competition for undergraduate students, this past fall and I earned a positive score. Advice for other student-athletes? The time you get to play college sports is limited, and it will go by fast. Enjoy every moment that you get to play the game you love, and never forget that it's a privilege, not an obligation. Not everyone gets to play college sports, so don't take it for granted, and make the most of your experience. Fall 2015 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 2 3


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