Hamilton College's Alex Mitko '16 (Cranbury, N.J./Princeton HS) has been selected to the 2015 Academic All-District 3 Football Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. A neuroscience and sociology major with a grade-point average of 3.90, he received first-team honors for the second consecutive year. Mitko and the other first-team selections advance to the ballot for the academic All-America team, which will be announced Dec. 2.

2015 Academic All-District Teams

Mitko has started every game at strong safety the past four years. He is the Continentals’ third-leading tackler this fall with 45 total stops, including a team-leading 31 solo tackles. He leads the Hamilton secondary in both categories as well as tackles for loss with 3.5. In 30 career games, Mitko has recorded 177 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 10 pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks.

Mitko was a member of the 2013 and 2014 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Teams 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 conducted a two-semester neuroscience independent research program and has hosted a weekly radio show on the campus radio station.

The District 3 All-Academic Team honors student-athletes from Division III schools in New York who have maintained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30. A total of 24 Hamilton student-athletes have earned academic all-district honors since 2003 with at least one representative in each of the past 13 years. Mitko is the fifth football player honored in the past five years.

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