College Bound: Amelia Kiefer

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Amelia Kiefer signs her letter of intent to bowl collegiately at Vanderbilt University on Friday morning. Kiefer has already recorded several accomplishments during her time with the Wildcats and will head to Nashville next fall to bowl collegiately for the Commodores, the defending national champions.

A Q&A with Jasper senior bowler Amelia Kiefer who will bowl collegiately at Vanderbilt University.

What was the biggest factor into your decision to play sports collegiately? I've bowled since I was about four years old so college bowling was always sort of a dream. My aunt and uncle both bowled in college at The University of Pikeville and I've had friends go onto bowl in college, so I just knew it was something I wanted to do.

What stood out about Vanderbilt University and what made you choose that school over others you visited? The education there is just something to strive for and their team is good, they won nationals last year. It's right in downtown Nashville but at the same time campus is secluded by itself so it's like it's the best of both worlds. I think going from a small town to experience a big city and see what it's like is a great experience to grow as a person.

During your time at Jasper, who or what do you feel most prepared you for playing sports in college?
Pushing myself academically will help set me up for the academics there but on the bowling side, me and my uncle (bowling coach Jacob Kiefer) have really hit hard on myself to get me ready for that level and to continue to take people's advice on what to work on.

What was your biggest accomplishment during your time at Jasper? I would probably have to say tournament season last year as a team was a huge accomplishment. We had a roll-off at semistate because we were tied for first — we lost the roll off and had to compete to move on to the finals but we were so amped up and we shut them out. It was probably the best feeling of my life because I clutched the end and went 7-of-8 with strikes so it was just all of that momentum with the team that amped me up.

If you could describe your high school athletic experience in one word, what would it be? Unforgettable — with my girls team and with eight freshmen on the guys team, it's always something new and I don't think these experiences will ever go anywhere.

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