Clark, Steinmetz earn Roger F. Keleher '15 Award, athletic department's oldest honor


COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College seniors Garrett Clark (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) and Samantha Steinmetz (Washington, Conn./Shepaug Valley) both earned the Roger F. Keleher '15 Award on Friday, an accolade that has been presented to outstanding scholar-athletes of the College's graduating class who maintain high scholastic averages since 1954. Clark is a member of the men's lacrosse team, and Steinmetz hails from the women's basketball program.

A four-year member of the men's lacrosse team, Clark returned from a serious injury to become a key contributor on defense, and a true team leader. A double major in accounting and business administration, with a management minor, his cumulative grade-point average of 3.71 has earned him membership in Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society for business, management and administration. Clark has also qualified five times for the Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll.

Clark has served in several leadership roles on campus: as treasurer for the Class of 2012, Orientation board member and leader, and Unity Council representative. He also provided academic assistance to his peers as a peer tutor and teacher's assistant for accounting and finance. As an active Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts (MOVE) member, he completed an extended conservation service trip to Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas, and served as a Big Buddy for a fifth-grader at Saint Francis Xavier School in Winooski, Vt. He coached with Little Sticks, an after-school lacrosse program for Essex, Vt., kids, and also volunteered as a youth coach in his hometown of Hingham, Mass., during the summers. After graduation, Clark will begin pursuit of his MBA at Boston College.

A four-year member of the women's basketball team, Steinmetz was one of the squad's captains this winter. A secondary education/history double major with a double minor in Spanish and global studies, she carries a 3.81 cumulative grade-point average, and holds membership in three honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa, for liberal arts; Delta Epsilon Sigma, the National Catholic Honor Society; and Phi Alpha Theta, for history. Steinmetz has qualified for the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll six times.

An active MOVE volunteer locally, Steinmetz participated in a service trip to Hartford, Conn., and played a major role in laying the ground work before helping script the Saint Michael's Athletics' "It Gets Better" video, which was created in response to the suicides of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) youths who had been bullied. She has made the most dramatic difference, however, through her work in Oaxaca, Mexico, with the Simply Smiles organization. Over the last four summers, Steinmetz has spent nearly six months in the country, volunteering to improve the lives of impoverished Mexican children, and, after graduation, she will enter an 18-month Peace Corps-style position with Simply Smiles.