Inaugural 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 inaugural class of Chi Alpha Sigma inductees on Friday in the midst of celebrating the 26th annual National Student-Athlete Day (NSAD), as Purple Knights carrying a minimum cumulative 3.7 grade-point average were honored during a ceremony in Alliot Student Center's Green Mountain Dining Hall. In all, 43 student-athletes were lauded for their academic achievements, with 23 earning entry into Chi Alpha Sigma.

Saint Michael's is just the fifth school in the 16-college Northeast-10 Conference to become 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 187 schools in 40 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.


26th Annual National Student-Athlete Day Honorees (minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA)

*indicates also Chi Alpha Sigma inductee*

*Nick Barton '14 (Colchester, Vt./Colchester), baseball*

*Rachele Bernache '13 (Rockland, Mass./Rockland), women's basketball*

*Elena Bilodeau '14 (Waterbury, Vt./Harwood Union), women's cross country*

*Amanda Brigante '14 (Colchester, Vt./Colchester), softball*

*Courtney Burnett '14 (Deep River, Ontario/Northwood School), women's ice hockey*

Emily Burns '15 (North Creek, N.Y./Johnsburg Central), Nordic skiing

Samantha Burns '15 (North Creek, N.Y./Johnsburg Central), field hockey

*Kelly Celata '14 (Dedham, Mass./Dedham), field hockey*

Kara Connolly '16 (Woodbury, Conn./Nonnewaug), women's soccer

*Shannon Conroy '14 (Auburn, Calif./Home Schooled), Alpine skiing*

*Melissa Coughlin '13 (Franklin, Mass./Franklin), women's ice hockey*

Danielle DelGreco '16 (Lexington, Mass./Lexington), softball

*Caitlin Dugan '14 (Manchester, N.H./Bishop Guertin), women's cross country*

*Cynthia Edgerton '14 (Vail, Colo./Vail Mountain School), women's volleyball*

Brad Farrell '16 (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy), Alpine skiing

Samuel Fogg '16 (Rutland, Vt./Rutland), men's cross country/Nordic skiing

*Chris George '14 (Stratham, N.H./Exeter), men's soccer*

Louise Gibbs '15 (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union), field hockey

Colleen Gilliatt '15 (Grantham, N.H./Lebanon), women's cross country

*Lea Gipson '14 (Bridport, Vt./Middlebury Union), softball*

Allie Gratton '15 (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex), women's cross country

*Leanna Hammond '14 (Burlington, Vt./Burlington), women's cross country*

Sam Hammond '15 (Oakdale, Minn./North), Nordic skiing

Kathleen Lamontagne '15 (Manchester, N.H./Trinity), women's swimming & diving

*Derick Logan '14 (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Township), men's swimming & diving*

Michael Matczak '15 (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown), men's tennis

Peter McKenna '15 (Cohasset, Mass./Brooks School), men's cross country

Brianna McKinley '16 (Moultonborough, N.H./Moultonborough Academy), women's cross country/Nordic skiing

Taylor Midgley '15 (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas), women's lacrosse

Kelsie Miller '16 (Templeton, Mass./Narragansett Regional), field hockey

*Chris Moskal '13 (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral), men's tennis*

*Andi Nelson '13 (Lebanon, N.H./Lebanon), women's cross country*

*Megan Olsen '13 (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central), women's basketball*

*Eric Parziale '13 (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest), men's tennis*

*Tracy Peterka '13 (Newport Beach, Calif./Mater Dei), women's volleyball*

*Brittany Regis '14 (Monroe, N.H./Saint Johnsbury Academy), softball*

*Madelena Santore '13 (Millington, N.J./New Jersey Rockets), women's ice hockey*

Allie Shea '16 (Smithfield, R.I./Mount Saint Charles Academy), women's ice hockey

Caitie Shea '16 (Smithfield, R.I./Mount Saint Charles Academy), women's ice hockey

Willow Smith '16 (Bradford, Vt./Oxbow), Alpine skiing

Kaly Spilhaus '16 (Bourne, Mass./Charles River), women's ice hockey

*Erin Stevens '13 (Watertown, Conn./Connecticut Polar Bears), women's ice hockey*

*Tracy Stevenson '14 (Wayne, Maine/Kents Hill School), women's ice hockey*