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Former Torero Receives Fulbright Grant

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Former USD cross-country & track standout Kristy Koenes was recently awarded the distinguished Fulbright Teaching Grant. She will pursue her passion in teaching as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant abroad, where she will instruct English at a Polish university, specializing in the particular nuances of American government language.

Koenes began teaching after graduating from USD in 2013, joining the ranks as a corps member at Teach for America. She later became a resource specialist at a public middle school in Watts, Calif. before working in a remote secondary school in Italy.

"Kristy has always demonstrated a passion for teaching and helping others," Head Coach Will Guarino said.

Koenes was a former school record holder in the 5,000m and helped take the distance program to new levels. She graduated cum laude from USD with a bachelor's degree in Political Science.

The Fulbright Program focuses on graduate study, advanced research, university lecturing, and classroom teaching. This program is managed by the Institute of International Education and operates in over 155 countries around the world.

Under the Fulbright Program, competitively selected U.S. citizens may become eligible for scholarships to study, conduct research, or exercise their talents abroad; and citizens of other countries may qualify to do the same in the United States.