April 1, 2014
Katie Stark, a highly decorated high school bowler from Orlando South Lake, has signed papers to attend Vanderbilt University this fall according to Head Coach John Williamson.
"Katie Stark is one of the outstanding student-athletes in the South," Williamson said. "She is a former state high school champion with a resume deep in success and she is graduating as Senior Class president in the top 4% of her class. She is an ideal fit for our program because she has demonstrated she can compete at the highest levels on the lanes and in the classroom."
Stark's competitive career goes back to winning a scratch tournament with mixed competition at age 13 in the under-21 division and progressed to four straight high finishes in the state high school championships, where she won as a junior.
A left-hander - she will be the fifth on the Commodore roster - Stark was fourth in the junior division and 21st overall at the Team USA trials in 2014.
She received multiple honors in the Orlando area, including Girl's Bowler of the Year from the Orlando Sentinel and the Bright House Network's Florida Girl's Bowler of the Year in 2012 and three times was the network's Lake County honoree.
She had a 64-0 individual record over four years at South Lake, won 10 Kegel KYPS singles championships, eight Southeastern Bowling Tour championships and a variety of other city, state and regional titles. She established a state record in the Florida state qualifying. She has a high game of 290 and a 765 series . In the classroom, Katie compiled a 4.62 grade point average and was a member of the National Honor Society.