Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete Joins the College
Published on 19 August 2019
This fall, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is welcoming a 2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete to campus, as incoming freshman Samantha Kasting begins her journey in pharmacy school.
In May, Kasting was selected as the Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete for Metro East Lutheran High School, located in Edwardsville, Illinois. Each year, the Post-Dispatch’s Scholar Athlete program honors one student from every St. Louis area high school who excels in athletics and in the classroom. Those recognized must letter in at least one varsity sport, graduate in the top 25% of their class and be in good standing at their high school.
During high school, Kasting was an honor roll student and multi-sport athlete, playing basketball, volleyball and softball. While at the College, she will study pharmacy and join the Eutectics women’s basketball team as a point guard.
Kasting is coming to the College to pursue her dreams of working in a medical field.
“During my senior year of high school, I took a chemistry class, and I really liked it,” Kasting said. “My mom is a pharmacist and an alumna of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, so I decided to visit, and I loved it. I love the idea of being a pharmacist and being able to help people that way.”
Steve Allen, head coach of women’s basketball at the College, watched Kasting play with her high school team before offering her a spot with the Eutectics. He was looking for a strong player, but just as importantly, someone with a strong character, as well. While watching Kasting play, Allen noticed that she didn’t just focus on herself during the game but supported her teammates with high-fives, encouragement and help. She also didn’t slow down in the third and fourth quarters. Even when the game got challenging, she kept playing with intensity and heart.
“You can have great individuals but there’s no team sport where you’re successful on your own,” Allen stated. “You can be a really good basketball player, but if you’re not a good teammate, then the team won’t be good. My goal for our team is to be the best version of ourselves, on and off the court.”
The College’s athletic program actively encourages its players to develop their character as well as their skills. In 2018, the College earned the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' (NAIA) Champions of Character Five Star Institution designation for the fourth time since entering the program in 2013. This program tracks how athletes express its five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
“Being a good athlete and being a good student both require hard work, persistence, resilience, planning, time management and teamwork,” Allen explained. “I could see all of those qualities in Sami, and I was happy to offer her a leadership spot on the team.”
Kasting also believes that her good work ethic and dedication will help her succeed as a student and an athlete.
“I was honored to be recognized as a Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete earlier this year, and now I’m looking forward to my future at the College,” Kasting stated. “I want to get better at basketball and help the team as much as I can. But at the same time, I also want to work hard and excel in the classroom. I can’t wait to see what my freshman year brings.”