Twenty-nine Christendom student-athletes have been named USCAA Academic All-Americans for 2019-20, an honor recognizing their academic and athletic excellence throughout the academic year.
While participating in a varsity sport is demanding, these students showed the ability to prioritize their studies and balance commitments— a trademark of Christendom’s athletic program.
“We constantly emphasize the importance of being a leader both on the field and in the classroom,” says athletic director Patrick Quest. “During my tenure, it’s been inspiring to see so many of our students be honored with awards such as these, setting an example for academic and athletic excellence for other students to follow.”
To be named an Academic All-American, an athlete must achieve a 3.5 cumulative GPA and complete a minimum 24 credit per semester, all while participating in a varsity sport. Five of these athletes participated in more than one varsity sport as well, showing tremendous discipline in their daily schedules.
The award-winners for 2019-20 include: men’s soccer players Pablo Boada, James Foeckler, Ian Heisler, Brian Hicks, Mark LaRochelle, Joshua Mead, and Nate Scanlon; women’s soccer players Martha Blank, Melanie Heinlein, Samantha Stahl, and Basia Syski; women’s volleyball players Maria Cook, Mary Heisler, Claire Guernsey and Avery Thomas; men’s rugby players Pablo Boada, John Briggs, Benedict Clark, Kevin McDermott, and Matthew McShurley; men’s basketball players Ian Heisler, Jack Hofbauer, and Nate Scanlon; women’s basketball players Bridget Duffy and Mary Heisler; baseball players Stephen Buonocore, Ian Heisler, Max Henrie, Frank Scarchilli, and Caleb Wilson; softball players Kadi Martin and Emily Palm; and cross-country runners Lucy Baird and Joshua Weaver.
In addition, all athletic teams had average GPA’s above 3.0 this year, another indicator that the athletic program at Christendom is excelling in its goals.
Christendom’s athletic program seeks to develop students’ athletic abilities, build character and encourage balance between academics and athletics. In fact, Christendom has a history of students being awarded for their athletic and academic talent, with many students earning Academic All-American and Student-Athlete of Year honors through the years.
These latest Academic All-American honors come on the heels of Christendom being awarded the USCAA Presidents Cup in 2019, which is given to the school with the most Academic All-Americans and whose athletes have the highest GPA. All of these accomplishments bear testament to the athletic department’s success in helping student-athletes become leaders, both on the field and in the classroom.
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