Nursing student, Molly Bender has serious drive that keeps her ahead of the game, and the classroom. In her short time at Clarke, she has a long list of personal accomplishments. She came to Clarke to be a part of the renowned nursing department. Molly preferred Clarke's 1:11 faculty to student ratio.
“I went to a small high school, and I loved the family environment so I knew I wanted to attend a smaller college,” Molly said.
Molly had her eye on Clarke, and the Clarke women’s volleyball coaches had their eye on her.
"As a freshman, it was encouraging to know that Clarke had both JV and varsity volleyball teams, so that more girls get to play," Molly said. "I had no idea that I'd be starting varsity as a freshman!"
Last year, being named athlete of the week as a freshman and earning a spot on the varsity team came as pleasant surprises for Molly.
"I put 110 percent into whatever I'm doing and it's great when hard work gets recognized," said Molly.
She isn't kidding. This year, her team's hard work is being recognized in a big way. The Crusader Women's Volleyball team broke a school record for most wins in a season with 28 wins. They are also the first Clarke team to move into the semi-finals since moving from NCAA to NAIA.
"I knew in my four years here at Clarke, it was bound to happen—I came to make an impact!" said Molly. "Our success defiantly gives us more confidence in the team and the coaches that we can do anything if we put our minds and bodies to work. It is really inspiring to be on a team where you know each and every one of us has the same goal in mind. There's no stopping us now!"