Christendom student-athletes earned top honors from the USCAA for their competitive play this past fall, with sixteen being recognized as USCAA Academic All-Americans and seven as USCAA All-Americans.

Varsity sports are demanding, but Christendom students consistently display excellence both on the field and in the classroom, thanks to the organization and leadership skills they learn on campus. Their hard work was rewarded through these awards, with sixteen earning Academic All-American honors from the USCAA, including: volleyball players Claire Guernsey, Mary Heisler, Maria Cook, and Avery Thomas; soccer players Martha Blank, Samantha Stahl, Melanie Heinlein, Basia Syski, James Foeckler, Josh Mead, Mark LaRochelle, Brian Hicks, Pablo Boada, Nate Scanlon; and cross-country runners Lucy Baird and Josh Weaver.

These athletes completed a minimum 30-credit hour course load and maintained a 3.5 GPA or higher, all while playing a varsity sport.

Seven students were also recognized for their athletic achievements, with these students voted on by the coaches and athletic directors of opposing teams. Freshman soccer star Christine McLaughlin, who had an incredible first season and was recognized as the USCAA Player of the Week in September, was named a 1st Team All American, while volleyball player Michaela Pennefather and soccer player Anna Solitario were recognized as 2nd Team All-Americans. Volleyball player Mary Heisler and soccer players Kate Santschi, Nick Foeckler, and Mark LaRochelle were recognized as Honorable Mention All-Americans as well.

From left to right Nick Foeckler, Mark LaRochelle, Kate Santchi, Anna Solitario, Christine McLaughlin, and Coach Patrick Quest.

Christendom has a history of athletes being rewarded for their athletic and academic prowess, with numerous students being honored over the years with Academic All-American honors, Student-Athlete of the Year awards, and more. In 2019, Christendom was further awarded the USCAA Presidents Cup, which is given to the school with the most Academic All-Americans and whose athletes have the highest GPA — a testament to the program’s commitment to promoting a balance between athletic success and academic excellence.

Christine McLaughlin, 1st Team All-American

For more information about Christendom’s athletic program, please visit our athletics website.

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