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A Knox College women's soccer standout, Sierra Daniger is pursuing Honors research in biochemistry.


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Sierra Daniger '19

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Major in Biochemistry, Minor in Health Studies

A women's soccer standout, Sierra is pursuing Honors research in biochemistry.

A Knox College women's soccer standout, Sierra Daniger is pursuing Honors research in biochemistry.

While at Knox, Prairie Fire women's soccer goalie standout Sierra Daniger has received the Arvid Pierre Zetterberg Jr. Prize for Women and Academic All-Conference (2015-16); Harley Knosher Female Athlete of the Year, Academic All-District, First Team All-Conference, and Second Team All-Region (2016-17); Academic All-Conference, First Team All-Conference, Third Team All-Region (2017-18); and Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference, and Second Team All-Region (2018-19). She is currently pursuing College Honors in biochemistry.

What do you enjoy most about being a Prairie Fire student-athlete?

I love being part of a team and pushing myself to not only be the best I can be on the field, but also in the classroom. Being part of this team gave me an immediate support group of women and coaches that quickly became family. Being a student-athlete taught me early on how to manage my time well so that I could perform at my best in all aspects of my life. Above all else, I enjoyed representing Knox College Prairie Fire with my teammates and coaches throughout the years.

Why did you choose Knox?

I chose Knox because I felt at home as soon as I stepped on campus. I was only on campus for one day for a camp, but walking around and speaking with various people made me feel like I found where I wanted to spend my next four years. Additionally, I really wanted to be part of a new era of women's soccer at Knox, to make a difference in the future of the program and leave a legacy of a winning attitude for future student-athletes.

What has your academic experience been like at Knox?

I will be one of the first to graduate with the bachelor of science in biochemistry with a minor in health studies. Additionally, I am working on my Honors research project through Dr. Cermak's lab. Since most classes on campus are small, it has allowed me to really get to know my professors and work on research projects since my second year. I was also able to study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, focusing on medical biotech and drug development with a variety of other classes that supplemented my degree program.

Sierra is a three-year women's soccer representative for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; was an Anything Is Possible Education Foundation tutor; and is a volunteer/guest coach for the YMCA and FC Galesburg soccer teams. Most recently, she trained 9- and 10-year-old girls on goalkeeping.

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Printed on Thursday, September 16, 2021