Karissa Scheuermann

Class: Sophomore
Height: 5’7”
Major: Outdoor Leadership
Hometown: Woodland, CA
Previous School: Pioneer High School

College: Scheuermann is entering her second season running cross country for the Red Hawks. During her freshman year, she was one of the top seven runners for the women's cross country team, and the top seven runners made it Nationals, where they placed 27th out of 32 teams. Her academic accomplishments include being named on the Dean's List and being a part of the women's cross country team that had the highest team GPA on campus.

High School: Scheuermann ran three years of varsity cross country and competed in four years of varsity track and field at Pioneer High School. In track, she was awarded the following: Best New Comer Award (2010), Runners Award (2011), Coaches Award (2012), and Captain's Award (2013). She won seven medals and went to sections her freshmen year and competed in the 1600 and her senior year and competed in the 1600 and 3200. At sections, she achieved her fastest times in both events. In the 1600, she ran a 5:34 time; she ran a 12:35 in the 3200. In cross country, she was awarded the Coaches Award (2010), MVP (2011, 2012), and all-league (2012). During her senior year, she ran her fast time of 20:35 for a 5k. She went to sections twice for this sport.

Throughout high school she had many academic accomplishments which include receiving a blue sash for being a part of the top 10 GPAs and for being in FFA all four years of high school, a cord for National Honor Society and a certificate for the California Scholarship Federation. She was honored by being a part of the 2012-2013 Pioneer High School Academic Hall of Fame and receiving the Senior of the Year award in 2013.

Personal: Karissa is the daughter of Julie Scheuermann. She loves dancing, reading, running, and singing. She also likes worshiping God, swimming, sleeping, the outdoors, backpacking, doing homework and making things. However, the running, the outdoors, and dancing are her true passions. She enjoys running on the beach and watching every sunset. She tries to glorify God in all she does, and the joy of The Lord is her strength. Her favorite verse is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength.” Her dream is to qualify and run the Boston Marathon for her dad since he died before he got his chance to run it. She wants to have his passion kept alive and never wants to stop trying or give up on that dream.

Reason for coming to Simpson: "I chose Simpson because I really wanted to attend a Christian college. So when I heard about Simpson at Alliance Redwoods Youth Group Summer Camp, I was definitely intrigued and really wanted to know. Out of all the brochures I could have picked up, the major I chose was outdoor leadership because the brochure caught my eye and it was then that I knew that I wanted to work in the outdoors. The outdoors is where I feel closest to God beside when I am running, and this was when I started to realize that there could be great potential for me in this major. It wasn't until later on that I felt that God was calling me to go to Simpson and now every time I am there, the campus feels like home. Although I am not totally sure what I want to do when I after college, I know that no matter where life takes me, I am going to fully trust and follow God. I will go where ever he leads me, but until than I will keep praying, and growing stronger in my faith, so I can be closer to God."