This is the fifth in a series of seven articles on former Pilgrim/Rockie Mental Attitude Award Winners. Mental Attitude Awards are given to an individual that participated in the IHSAA State Finals in his/her respective sport.
Carin Benge Rojas was a senior on the 2001 Plymouth Pilgrims’ basketball team that finished runner-up to Indianapolis Cathedral in the 3A State Championship game. After graduating from Plymouth in 2001, Carin matriculated to Annapolis, MD becoming a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy. While at the Academy, Carin participated on the cross country and track and field teams.
While at the Academy, Carin had many great experiences. This included learning to shoot a rifle and pistol, spending 24 hours in a submarine, training with Marines in Virginia, and serving at the U.S. Embassy Defense Attache in Madrid, Spain. She finished in the top 10% of her class with a B.S. in English! She selected to attend flight school upon graduation and was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. During flight school, she was medically disqualified and honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 2006.
Carin is currently in medical school at Northwestern University. She is scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2017. She also plays on a medical school intramural basketball team. Their team name is the Hemoglobin Trotters. She is married to Joshua Rojas. They met while attending the Naval Academy. They have a son named Jack. They live in Chicago, and enjoy the many perks of living in a city. They enjoy visiting the zoo and the many museums.
Carin thinks the hard work she put into playing basketball starting in the 3rd grade taught her the discipline needed to be successful in life. She feels that winning the Mental Attitude Award helped her resume and application for the Naval Academy.
Carin has many memories from running cross country and track, and playing basketball in high school. One fond memory she has from basketball was the weekend trip they took to play, and they ended up being snowed in their hotel by a winter blast! She also has great memories of cross country camp in Brown County. She remembers running the trails with friends and getting lost, and barely making it back to camp in time for dinner. She hopes that some day her son Jack gets the same opportunities she has experienced.
Carin wants to remind our current athletes to “enjoy this wonderful opportunity and time in your life to compete.” She also said to “make them count”!!
The Plymouth Athletic Department thanks Carin for her help with this article, and wishes her and her family the best of luck as she finishes medical school.