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2017 Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Scholarship Recipients

Plymouth Meeting, Pa. (May 23, 2017) – Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer is pleased to announce its four scholarship recipients for 2017. All four will receive scholarships worth $1000 per year for up to four years. The recipients were chosen by the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Scholarship Committee based on their scholastic achievement, community service and leadership. They will join the more than 100 students who have received scholarships since Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer established the program. Seniors associated with Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer as players, coaches, volunteers or referees were eligible for the scholarships. The 2017 recipients are Alexis Schneider, Mark Battle, Margaret Daeche and William Nicholl.

“With so many qualified applicants, the selection process was extremely difficult this year”, said Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer President Jim Kuntz. “We congratulate Alexis, Mark, Margaret and William and thank them for representing our organizations and their communities so well.”

Alexis Schneider, the Charlotte Moran Memorial Scholarship recipient, will graduate from Upper Dublin this June. A captain and three-year starter for her high school team, Schneider also played for Warrington Soccer Club and the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program. In addition to soccer, Schneider serves as Vice President of Upper Dublin Robotics, plays saxophone and bassoon and volunteers at Ambler Ambulance Station. She will study Bioengineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ranked No. 1 in a class of 478, Mark Battle, the Bill Whitney Memorial Scholarship recipient, balanced his academics and athletics well in captaining the Penn Manor Soccer team. He also found time to serve as a physics tutor, math bowl tutor for elementary school students, volunteer soccer coach and Assistant Supervisor at Dutch Wonderland amusement park. Battle, who plays club soccer for Penn Legacy, is planning to study Electrical Engineering and play soccer at the University of Delaware.

Margaret Daeche, who ranks in the top 5% of her class at Neshaminy, stars on the field as well as in the classroom. She’s a member of the YMS Premier Xplosion team that won the US Youth Soccer National Championship last summer after finishing runner-up three years in a row. Daeche, her class president, is also active at her church and participated in the Red Cross Blood Drive. She will study Health Sciences at Drexel University with the intention of becoming a physical therapist.

A Council Rock South student who has represented YMS and CRUSA FC Bucks at the club level, William Nicholl has totaled more than 120 hours of community service including as an assistant coach with Huntingdon Valley AA and a volunteer with the Special Olympics. He is an officer in the National Honors Society and participated in the Presidents Education Awards Program for academic excellence. He plans to study Pre-medicine at Penn State.