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Academic honor for football player


Hamilton College's Alex Mitko '16 (Cranbury, N.J./Princeton HS) has been selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Football Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A neuroscience and sociology major, he holds a cumulative grade-point average of 3.90.

2014 Capital One Academic All-District Football Teams

Mitko made the first team at defensive back in District 3, which honors student-athletes from Division III schools in the state of New York who have maintained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30. He and the other members of the first team advance to the ballot for the academic All-America team, which will be announced on Dec. 2.

Mitko has started every game at strong safety the past three years. He is the Continentals’ fourth-leading tackler this fall with 43 total stops, including 20 solo tackles. He leads the Hamilton secondary in both categories as well as tackles for loss with four. In 23 career games, Mitko has recorded 125 tackles (70 solo), 13 tackles for loss, six pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks.

Mitko was a member of the 2013 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team and has received Hamilton’s Charles A. Dana Prize Scholarship (a convocation award for academic achievement, character and leadership) and Coleman Burke Prize Scholarship (a Charter Day award for academics, broad based extra-curricular involvement and leadership in the campus community).

Mitko created Hamilton Healthcare Network, a student-run group to help local community members learn about and sign up for the Affordable Care Act. He has been a teaching assistant for chemistry and biology labs as well as neuroscience classes. Mitko is currently conducting a two-semester neuroscience independent research program and has hosted a weekly radio show on the campus radio station.

A total of 23 Hamilton student-athletes have earned academic all-district honors since 2003 with at least one representative in each of the past 12 years. Mitko is the fourth football player honored in the past four years.

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