Celebration of Excellence and Leadership at Seahawk Scholarship and Leadership Reception

Celebration of Excellence and Leadership at Seahawk Scholarship and Leadership Reception

St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland Department of Athletics and Recreation conducted its Sixth Annual Seahawk Scholarship and Leadership Reception Tuesday afternoon. The reception was held at Daugherty-Palmer Commons on the St. Mary's City campus.

Video of 2017 Seahawk Scholarship and Leadership Reception

Tuesday's reception included the 2017 Chi Alpha Sigma induction ceremony and recognition of the year's accomplishments and leadership of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Chi Alpha Sigma (ΧАΣ) Induction
Class of 2017

 

Two-year Chi Alpha Sigma (ΧАΣ) Members

Kaitlin Aaby
Women's Rowing

Kira Allen
Sailing

 

Ellen Airozo
Women's Soccer

Andrew Braker
Men's Swimming

Maribeth Anderson
Women's Lacrosse

Melissa Barall
Women's Tennis

 

Meg Gesner
Women's Lacrosse 

Amelia Graf
Volleyball

Savannah Bergen
Women's Tennis

Matthew Bieler
Baseball

 

Janina Haller
Women's Basketball

Carissa Hill
Volleyball 

Hannah Chapman
Sailing

Samuel Coomes
Men's Cross Country

 

Kevyn Jorgenson
Field Hockey

Claire Kostelnik
Women's Soccer
Women's Basketball

Clara Comstock
Women's Rowing

Brad Davidson
Men's Rowing

 

Samantha Liming
Women's Swimming

Julia Monro
Sailing

Sara Eaton
Women's Tennis

Benjamin Ertman
Men's Swimming

 

Mackenzie Rayburn
Women's Lacrosse

Kyle Reichard
Men's Soccer

Katrina Golladay
Women's Soccer

Emma Green
Women's Swimming

 

Brendan Rollins
Men's Lacrosse

Zachary Rowe
Baseball

Meghan Griffifths
Volleyball

Zachary Haussler
Men's Soccer

 

Carly Todd
Field Hockey

Matthew Walchuck
Men's Swimming 

Nora Howard
Women's Soccer

Catherine Kardash
Women's Rowing

 

Yonah Zeitz
Men's Soccer

 

Collin Kroh
Men's Rowing

Benjamin Lee
Men's Rowing

 

 

 

Nicole Lertora
Field Hockey

James Loftis
Men's Tennis

 
 
 

Caitlin Moore
Women's Soccer

Brigid Morris
Volleyball

 

 

 

Michael Raimond
Men's Lacrosse

James Robey
Baseball

 

 

 

Marissa Romanek
Women's Tennis

Gillian Rosenzweig-Stein
Women's Basketball

 

 

 

Micah Rubin
Men's Rowing

William Schaffer
Men's Rowing

 

 

 

Alexandra Schoen
W. Cross Country

Katherine Smith
Women's Rowing

 

 

 

Rachel Sonnenberg
Women's Swimming

Hannah Starnes
Women's Soccer

 

 

 

Lynn Stevens
Women's Rowing

Elizabeth Straathof
Women's Swimming

 

 

 

Bella Vagnoni
Women's Basketball

Kayla Waring
Women's Rowing

 

 

 

Katherine Williams
Women's Rowing

Scott Zimmerman
Men's Cross Country

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After opening remarks by St. Mary's College President Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan, Director of Athletics and Recreation Scott Devine, and Dr. Jeffrey Byrd, the afternoon continued with the induction of the 14th class into the Maryland Beta Chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma. The new class was comprised of a record 40 inductees while 17 members had their membership renewed.

Devine expressed, "The Seahawk Scholarship and Leadership Reception is always one of the highlights of the year for me. It is such an honor to be a part of the Chi Alpha Sigma induction ceremony, which recognizes the outstanding academic achievements by our juniors and seniors."

The program continued with a personal perspective presented by senior field hockey player (and SAAC Secretary) Alli Szymanski (Easton, Md./Easton).

"The other important part of the program is paying tribute to our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and the incredible job that group does throughout the year in terms of providing leadership and communication throughout the athletic department, as well as the numerous community service initiatives these young women and men participate in," added Devine.

Head Women's Basketball Coach/Senior Woman Administrator Crystal Gibson recognized the campus and community service accomplishments of SAAC as well as their leadership.

The year began with one of the longest running and most successful events of the year in Halloween at the ARC, followed by SAAC's participation in the Capital Athletic Conference Food Challenge in which all food and items collected were donated to the St. Cecilia's Church food pantry.

In December, SAAC continued its Adopt-A-Family initiative and helped nine families and 19 children realize their holiday wishes. In February SAAC organized, planned, and hosted the CAC SAAC spring meeting in which all 10 conference institutions were represented.

During the meeting, the entire CAC SAAC organization undertook the project of making over 50 blankets which were donated to Three Oaks Center, The Mission, and St. Cecilia's Church. In addition, a group of student-athletes went to the Three Oaks Center to help in its cleaning efforts.

SAAC's charitable efforts will continue with the annual Southern Maryland Special Olympics Field Day on Sunday, April 2 at 1:00 p.m.

Devine concluded, "I know I speak for our entire staff when I say how impressive it is to have so many student-athletes achieving excellence in the classroom, performing at such a high level within their sport, and positively impacting the St. Mary's College community and the southern Maryland community as well.  We are very proud of all of our student athletes, and today's program was a nice way to take pause and recognize our Chi Alpha Sigma members and all of our SAAC representatives. To have Dr. Jeff Byrd and President Jordan in attendance made the day extra special."

About Chi Alpha Sigma: Chi Alpha Sigma (ΧΑΣ), the national college athlete honor society, is a nonprofit organization established in 1996 to recognize collegiate student-athletes who earned a varsity letter in at least one sport while maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior and senior years. The newest members received a ΧΑΣ pin as well as a certificate while the seniors received a ΧΑΣ medallion which can be worn when they graduate in May.

About Student-Athlete Advisory Committee: The St. Mary's College of Maryland Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, or SAAC, is a committee made up of Seahawk student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience at St. Mary's and beyond. At least two representatives from each varsity sports team make up SAAC, which strives to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity for all student-athletes; protecting student-athlete well-being; and fostering a positive student-athlete image, while maintaining the tenants of the Division III philosophy – Discover, Develop, Dedicate. The committee offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect our student-athletes' lives.