Athletic department recognizes 2011-12 outstanding scholar-athletes
Contact: Mike Matt 315-859-4535
April 19, 2012
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) co-sponsored an event with the Department of Athletics to honor Hamilton's own outstanding scholar-athletes on April 19.
Twenty-nine students were honored at The Annex in the Beinecke Student Activities Village during a special luncheon attended by the student-athletes, their coaches and some of their favorite professors. The award recipients maintain an outstanding cumulative grade point average and make a significant contribution to their team. These 29 people exemplify what it means to be a successful student-athlete.
Hundreds of events around the nation marked April 6 as the 25th Annual National Student-Athlete Day. On this special day, we honored student-athletes and the network of parents, coaches, teachers, and school systems that make it possible for young people to strike a balance between academic and athletic achievement. The day is established by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports and Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, and is co-sponsored by the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
The luncheon was a great event and a terrific step in the direction of meeting one of SAAC's main goals, which is to improve communication and interaction among athletes, coaches and professors. Indeed, the 29 recipients of the outstanding scholar-athlete award are proof that it is possible to be dedicated and loyal to both the academic and athletic arenas. They have displayed dedication and hard work to successfully juggle academic and athletic endeavors. These students deserve the admiration and congratulations of the Hamilton community for their perseverance, teamwork, self-discipline, commitment to goals and general pursuit of excellence.
The following student athletes were honored:
Fall Sports - Hashem Zikry '13 (Men's Cross Country); Sara Scheineson '12 (Women's Cross Country); Erin Bessette-Kirton '12 (Field Hockey); Ted Finan '12 (Football); Jacob Sheetz-Willard '12 (Football); Dillon Friday '12 (Men's Soccer); Erica Skinner '12 (Women's Soccer); Sarah Pfund '14 (Volleyball).
Winter Sports - Ephraim McDowell '12 (Men's Basketball); Kim Goidell '13 (Women's Basketball); BJ Lalonde '12 (Men's Ice Hockey); Laura DiCarlo '12 (Women's Ice Hockey); James Grebey '12 (Men's Indoor Track & Field); Glenn Watkins '12 (Women's Indoor Track & Field); Alex Wood '12 (Men's Squash); Amanda Thorman '13 (Women's Squash); Graham Boyd '14 (Men's Swimming & Diving); Lizzy Buhl '12 (Women's Swimming & Diving).
Spring Sports - John Wulf '12 (Baseball); Dylan Jackson '13 (Men's Crew); Sophie Breene '12 (Women's Crew); Scott Blosser '12 (Golf); Max Vaickus '12 (Men's Lacrosse); Lauren Sokol '12 (Women's Lacrosse); Kristen Pallen '12 (Softball); Jeffrey Blackburn '13 (Men's Outdoor Track & Field); Emily Potter '12 (Women's Outdoor Track & Field); Andrew Libin '12 (Men's Tennis); Amelia Mattern '12 (Women's Tennis).