April Steiner Bennett (2015)
Mt. View High School Mesa, AZ, Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix, AZ, University of Arkansas
A 6-time All-American at both NJCAA and NCAA levels in the pole vault, became an NJCAA Record Holder/Champion clearing 12'8”, then transferred to the University of Arkansas to become the first SEC athlete to clear 13’. In 2007 Bennett finished with a Silver Medal at the Pan American Games and went on to finish 2nd at the 2008 US Olympic Trials, earning a spot to the Beijing Olympic Games where she finished 8th.
In 2004 April appeared on the reality TV show “FEAR FACTOR”. After a grueling competition, she was the winner, pocketing the $50,000 prize which helped her pay for her training to the 2008 Olympic Games.