Fourth class of Chi Alpha Sigma inductees honored on National Student-Athlete Day

Fourth class of Chi Alpha Sigma inductees honored on National Student-Athlete Day

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COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College Department of Athletics recognized its fourth class of Chi Alpha Sigma inductees on Thursday in the midst of celebrating the 29th annual National Student-Athlete Day (NSAD), as Purple Knights carrying a minimum cumulative 3.7 grade-point average were honored during a ceremony in the Dion Family Student Center's Roy Room. In all, 50 student-athletes were lauded for their academic achievements, with 13 earning entry into Chi Alpha Sigma.

Saint Michael's is one of just five schools in the 15-college Northeast-10 Conference to be a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society, which is the first national scholar-athlete society to honor collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition. Purple Knights carrying a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA in their junior or senior years are eligible.

Saint Michael's, which has been designated the Vermont Beta chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma after becoming the second college in Vermont to join the organization - Norwich University is the other - is among 284 schools in 41 states to start a chapter. Founded in 1996 at DePauw (Ind.) University, the society's mission is to bring honor and recognition to deserving student-athletes, their families, teams, athletic departments, and NCAA and NAIA colleges in much the same way that other societies primarily honor scholastics. Chi Alpha Sigma also encourages good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics.

NSAD, which occurs annually on April 6, honors college and high school student-athletes nationwide for achieving excellence in the classroom and on the field, while making significant contributions to their schools and communities. It has become one of the country's strongest endeavors promoting the positive virtues of sport and student-athletes as a whole, and the positive effect they both have on society. NSAD was created by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports and Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society.

29th Annual National Student-Athlete Day Honorees (minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA)
*indicates also Chi Alpha Sigma inductee*

Bradley Anair '19 (Bennington, Vt./Mount Anthony Union), men's soccer
*Hallie Bergwall '17 (Lebanon, N.H./Lebanon), women's cross country/Nordic skiing*
Makenzie Burud '16 (Red Hook,, N.Y./Coleman Catholic), women's basketball
Emily Calder '19 (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton), women's cross country
*Agi Chretien '17 (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan), women's soccer*
Jenna Deschaine '18 (Claremont, N.H./Stevens), field hockey
*Danny Divis '17 (Media, Pa./Minnesota Wilderness), men's ice hockey*
Ella Dorval Hall '18 (Newburyport, Mass./Gould Academy), women's Alpine skiing
Amy Duclos '19 (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa), women's cross country/Nordic skiing
Danny Duffy '19 (Warren, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School), men's Alpine skiing
*Erin Dwyer '17 (Weymouth, Mass./Archbishop Williams), women's ice hockey*
Brad Farrell '16 (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy), men's Alpine skiing
Emily Ferreri '19 (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes), women's basketball
Samuel Fogg '16 (Rutland, Vt./Rutland), men's cross country/Nordic skiing
Amy Garlesky '18 (Lakewood, Ohio/Lakewood), women's swimming & diving
Meggane Grand '18 (La Plagne, France/Lycée des métiers Ambroise Croizat), women's Alpine skiing
Dan Johnson '18 (Ringwood, N.J./Doc Bosco Prep), men's lacrosse
*Kayla Kee '17 (Newton, Mass./Newton South)
, women's ice hockey*
*Nicole Kellogg '17 (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), women's tennis*
*Amanda Kempainen '16 (Chazy, N.Y./Chazy Flyers U19), women's ice hockey*
Peter Kendall '18 (Springfield, Vt./Springfield), men's soccer
Katie Leonard '19 (Carmel, N.Y./The Ursuline School), field hockey
Hanna Lesch '18 (North Reading, Mass./North Reading), women's volleyball
Brianna McKinley '16 (Moultonborough, N.H./Moultonborough Academy), women's cross country/Nordic skiing
Deirdre McPhee '19 (Boston, Mass./Brookline), women's lacrosse
Anna Meusel '19 (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional), softball
*Monica Miles '17 (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine/Foxcroft Academy), field hockey*
Kelsie Miller '16 (Templeton, Mass./Narragansett Regional), field hockey
*Connor Mitchell '17 (New Milford, Conn./Kent School), men's ice hockey*
*Natalie Moore '17 (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), women's volleyball*
*Megan Mulvaney '17 (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East), women's volleyball*
Madison Nichols '19 (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School), women's ice hockey
Marianna Nowacki '16 (Binghamton, N.Y./Binghamton), women's soccer
Megan Priester '18 (Dover, N.H./Dover), women's volleyball
Liam Schmelzle '19 (Saint Louis Park, Minn./Saint Louis Park), men's cross country/Nordic skiing
Mike Schreiner '16 (Saint Albans, Vt./Norwich), men's ice hockey
Leah Seften '18 (Bolton, Conn./Bolton), women's cross country
Julie Shea '16 (Peabody, Mass./Peabody Veterans Memorial/Assumption), women's swimming & diving
Sammy Sidorakis '18 (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker), women's swimming & diving
Willow Smith '16 (Bradford, Vt./Oxbow), women's Alpine skiing
*Julia Snyder '17 (Fairfax, Vt./BFA-Fairfax), women's Nordic skiing*
Jake Sonberg '18 (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin), men's lacrosse
Kaly Spilhaus '16 (Bourne, Mass./Groton School), women's ice hockey
Pat Thornton '19 (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence), men's swimming & diving
Amelia Weeks '18 (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey), women's tennis
Nicole White '19 (Cranston, R.I./Lincoln School), field hockey
*Katrina Wiesner '17 (Bow, N.H./Bow), women's cross country/swimming & diving*
Payton Witalec '19 (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa), softball
Roxy Withers '18 (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy), women's cross country
Katie Zilka '19 (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Queensbury), women's Alpine skiing