April 22, 2013
Three high school bowling stars have chosen to attend Vanderbilt University and bowl for the Commodore program, which has finished second-third-second in the last three NCAA Championships.
"This is a very gifted trio both academically and athletically," Vanderbilt Coach John Williamson said. "We are fortunate they have chosen Vanderbilt. They have the qualities necessary to compete in our demanding classrooms and also will contribute to the tradition of our bowling program."
Giselle Poss is a National Honor Society member and one of the more highly recruited bowlers in the country. The Montgomery, Ill., product won the competitive Illinois State Championship in February competing in the anchor position for Oswego East High School.
Poss has won numerous bowling championships including the 2012 Illinois Pepsi Scratch Youth, the 2012 Illinois BPAA Youth and the Gold Medal at the AAU Junior Olympics 14 and under (2010). She bowled the first official 300 at the Morris Tournament, recording an 813 series and 1,517 the same day for an Illinois record for a six-game series.
She is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the national math honorary and the National Science Honor Society, in addition to the National Honor Society, and has been in girl scouting for 13 years.
Nicole Powell, Orland Park, Ill., is also a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta with over 160 hours of community service, graduating in the top 5% of her class of 915. She was second at the 2012 Illinois State High School finals and eighth her senior year. She won five straight tournaments and invitationals heading into the state finals.
Powell averaged 220 for the 2012-13 high school season, with a 290 official game and a 300 recorded in practice. Her high series are 750 and 1,469.
Kendyll Dellinger of Indian Trail, N.C., has been a member of the North Carolina Interstate All Star team for five years, serving as captain for three. Her North Carolina team has beaten South Carolina and Georgia. She is a certified Special Olympic Bowling Coach, lettered on the school soccer team and was the Most Valuable Player on the varsity volleyball team in 2010.
Dellinger has qualified for the Junior Gold four straight years and has won titles in the Tough Short Tour, the Carolina Youth Challenge Series and the Timothy Spencer Rice Invitational. Her high game is 279 and high series is 728.
Academically Kendyll is very strong, carrying a 4.57 grade point and will graduate in the top 5% of her class. Like her two new teammates, she is a member of the National Honor Society and also the National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and the National Society of High School Scholars. She is group commander for her Air Force Junior ROTC and has won numerous awards and plans on participating in ROTC while at Vanderbilt.