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Senior Spotlight | Aly Bronder
K-State's co-captains Adria Ley and Aly Bronder speak during the groundbreaking ceremony of the K-State Intercollegiate Rowing Center on Kimball Avenue in Manhattan, Kansas on February 16, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
May 15, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
With graduation just around the corner, K-State Sports Extra has chosen to highlight a few graduating student-athletes this week who are ready and set to build their careers beyond college.
Today's student-athlete Senior Spotlight is on senior Aly Bronder
Hometown: Florissant, Mo.
Bio: A four-time letterwinner and team captain with the K-State rowing team, Bronder has seen her fair share of success both on the water and in the classroom during her Wildcat career.
She is a four-time Conference USA and Big 12 Honor Roll member as well as a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar Athlete in 2013. Bronder made her Wildcat debut as a freshman the fall of 2010 competing with K-State's 1st Novice 8 before moving up into the 2nd Varsity 8 that spring. During her sophomore, junior and senior seasons, she has competed with K-State's 1V8, 2V8 and 1V4.
PURSUING HER CAREER
Upon graduation Bronder is set to move to San Diego where she has accepted an internship with Athletes in Action. She will be working alongside San Diego State University's staff helping disciple student-athletes, leading Bible studies and building relationships.
"I'm very excited that I figured out what I want to do and I'm very excited for this opportunity," she said.
Bronder said she chose to intern with a school near a city so she would have the opportunity to work towards her dream of ministering to inner city children.
"If they don't already do work with children, I could learn how to start it," explained Bronder, "and then tie the two together. I think it'd be great; college kids working with little kids. I'm very excited."
A member of Athletes in Action during her entire K-State career, Bronder said she learned more about the organization last summer when she went on a trip to Los Angeles to work on an urban project with Athletes in Action teams from around the nation.
"I met different staff from around the country and other campuses, so that's where I realized this is a big organization that does a lot great things," Bronder said. "I figured it'd be a really good chance to learn how to evangelize and get into youth ministry because I really want to, eventually, work with inner city kids through a sports program."
Excited and ready to continue working towards her dreams, Bronder is set to graduate on Saturday alongside her fellow K-State classmates. However, as a student-athlete, she can't help but thank her Wildcat family as whole.
"I just want people to know how much I appreciate the K-State community," she said with a smile. "I definitely wouldn't be here without them and how much they support the athletes here and how they support rowing even though it's not one of the bigger sports."
Stay tuned tomorrow as K-State Sports Extra will spotlight men's golf senior Tyler Norris