July 6, 2014
The Damascus Dolphins are proud to announce that Kristen Miller was selected as a recipient of the 2014 Sarah E. Auer Memorial Scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship exemplify qualities of hard work, teamwork, excellence, and dedication in addition to sustained long-term dedication to swimming. Successful nominees are also strong, hardworking students who are involved in coaching, the community, and/or artistic pursuits such as dance or music.
The scholarship was established in 2003 to recognize graduating high school seniors who are MCSL swimmers and exhibit noteworthy qualities in other areas. Sarah was a competitive swimmer, a strong student, and exemplified the virtues of hard work and dedication in all that she did. Sarah appreciated the importance of working positively as a team member to contribute to the teamýs success and especially loved coaching for the Poolesville Piranhas. Sarahýs great promise was tragically ended when she was killed in an auto accident in December 2002 at the age of 21.
Kristen has been a member of the Damascus Dolphins for 12 years and a Coach-In-Training for the last 4 years. Kristen has been described by her coaches as calm, approachable and genuine; a natural leader and mentor to the younger swimmers and generally recognized among the Damascus swimming community as an active participant, a committed advocate, and an engaging leader. Kristen was a member of her varsity high school team (Oakcrest) for 4 years, qualified for States the last 2 years, and contributed to several team relay records. As a captain, her dedication in never missing a practice despite a very long commute and inspiration in leading her fellow swimmers, earned her the Coaches award. Kristen is a member of the National Honor Society and has a strong love of her faith and family. Kristen embraces the importance of community service and has volunteered over 750 hours. Kristen recently was recognized as one of the St. Paulýs Parish Service Award recipients as a result of her service to the homebound, unborn, and elderly as a pastoral visitor, peer ministry leadership, and liturgical ministry work as an usher.ý