Christendom’s current seniors are in the final days of their college careers, with students currently finishing their Finals from home. Over the course of the past four years, the class’ 25 student-athletes achieved much, from prestigious awards to competing in National Championships. Throughout all of it, they led by example both on the field and in the classroom, leaving behind a legacy of athletic and academic achievement that will be remembered by the college for years to come.
Of this year’s graduating senior athletes, 6 were USCAA Academic All-Americans during their four years at Christendom (Emily Palm, Joshua Mead, Ian Heisler, Michael Urankar, James Foeckler, and Mary Heisler). Five were named All-Americans (Anna Solitario, James Foeckler, Kate Santschi, Mary Heisler, Michaela Pennefather), while Margaret Howerton and John Lemmon were also USCAA National qualifiers for cross-country. Mary Heisler was further named Student Athlete of the Year for Volleyball and Ian Heisler was named Baseball National Player of the Week after an incredible no-hitter performance, with both also being honored with the Catholic Athletes for Christ Courage Award.
For rugby, senior athletes earned multiple awards during their careers playing NSCRO (recently rebranded as NCR) rugby. Thomas Audino and Pat Newton were both named NSCRO All-Americans and Rising Stars, with Audino further being named Regional MVP and earning a spot on the NSCRO All-Championship team. Jonathan Messing was a 2-Time Atlantic Mid-South Rugby All-Star, and James Scrivener was named a 15s All-Star as well. Each, along with Gregory O’Brien and Christopher Culbreath were Cardinal Conference Champions during their time as Crusaders, with Gregory O’Brien, Jonathan Messing, Matthew Hill, Thomas Audino, Christopher Culbreath, and Pat Newton further earning trips to the NSCRO 15s and NSCRO 7s National Championships.
Finally, three senior student-athletes in particular left their mark on Christendom’s athletics program, serving as examples both on the field and in the classroom over the course of their four years. For their example and leadership, Mary Heisler, Ian Heisler, and Tommy Vander Woude were all awarded the college’s Christendom Athletic Leadership Award for 2019-20.
These 25 seniors achieved much in their time as athletes. Their accomplishments were just as impressive in the classroom, with the seniors student-athletes collectively earning greater than a 3.0 GPA on average. Christendom stresses the importance of being students first and athletes second, and these senior student-athletes lived up to that ideal, setting an example for other classes to follow.
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