The Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festival benefits the Amanda Post Foundation
ENCINITAS – More than a decade ago, Greg and Missy received the post of messages that parents fear most.
A phone call on August 9, 2010 informed her that her 18-year-old daughter had been killed in a car accident south of Bishop.
Just two months earlier, Greg and Missy’s daughter, Amanda Post, had graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School with honors shortly after winning two CIF gold medals in the girls’ 800-meter and 4 × 400-meter relay .
To honor Amanda’s life, the Post family established the Amanda Post Foundation to provide multi-year Memorial College scholarships to female students with high GPAs who are competitive for their college’s track and / or cross-country teams.
This year, the Amanda Post Foundation is a designated charity for the upcoming Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festival on September 18 at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course.
According to her parents, Amanda was excited to run for the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustangs on a scholarship, but her dreams never came true.
When she was returning home from a high altitude Olympic training camp on Mammoth Mountain, Amanda had been killed along with her athletic trainer John Adams and an athletics teammate, Natalie Nield.
Amanda’s assistant coach Drew Delis survived but was badly burned and lost a leg. Amanda’s friend Derek Thomas miraculously survived as well, but was badly burned over 85% of his body.
The current scholarship holders are young women who embody Amanda’s zest for life, her passion for running, her commitment to God, and her continuous pursuit of academic and athletic excellence. To date, 65 multi-year grants and one-year grants have been awarded.
One is the 2020 multi-year scholarship holder Skyler Wallace, a Sage Creek High School graduate who is running for the Lumberjacks at Northern Arizona University. Three other 2021 multi-year scholarship winners are Madeline Minutelli of Grossmont High School, who is running for the Bobcats at Montana State University; Jordyn Duby of Point Loma High School and a candidate for the Crimson at Harvard University; and Alaina Zamorano, who graduated from Christian HS and is a candidate for Baylor University.