POULTNEY, Vt. – On Sunday, May 4th, Green Mountain College hosted its annual athletic awards ceremony marking an official end to the athletic year that was 2013-14.
The College’s President, Paul Fonteyn, opened the afternoon with a speech welcoming friends and families of the student-athletes and also thanking the GMC athletes for their hard work and dedication.
Athletic Director Keith Bosley then addressed the student-athletes and echoed the President’s remarks thanking them for their contributions to the College's sports teams during the year. He also gave an inspirational talk about resiliency, citing the trials and tribulations of Tori Murden, the first woman to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat and the first woman to ski the geographic South Pole.
The first individual awards distributed were to the scholar-athletes who had earned the highest GPA on their respective teams (minimum of 3.0 GPA). The 2013-14 scholar-athletes included: Tyler Lawson (Men's Soccer), Johanna Douglas (Women's Soccer), Allan M.J. Coutinho (Men's Cross Country), Alyssa Renner (Women's Cross Country), Megan Roy (Women's Volleyball), Qaasim Gray (Men's Basketball), Amber Heath (Women's Basketball), Luke Carey (Men's Lacrosse), Johanna Douglas (Women's Lacrosse), and Jack Hepburn (Men's Tennis).
Continuing with the Individual Sport Eagle Award which was introduced last year and given to individuals who best exemplify a team player through their performance, leadership, and involvement, the winners of this award were: Nate Laymon (Men's Soccer), Martha Howe (Women's Soccer), Forrest Teutsch (Men's Cross Country), Libby Davis (Women's Cross Country), Jennifer Seredejko (Women's Volleyball), Cassius Belfon (Men's Basketball), Virginia Anderson (Women's Basketball), Luke Carey (Men's Lacrosse), Corinne Colpitts (Women's Lacrosse), and Connor Braden (Men's Tennis).
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) handed out its hardware for the Senior Student-Athlete Awards to Jennifer Seredejko and Tyler Lawson.
This year Zoe Leary and Cleopass Nakoma were awarded the Student-Athlete Service Award. The award is given annually to a senior or junior woman and man who have demonstrated superior citizenship and ethical conduct on and off the playing fields of Green Mountain College.
Despite it being called the Director’s Award, Keith Graham; the College’s Head Athletic Trainer; awarded the distinction to Dr. Matthew Gammons, M.D., a local orthopedic doctor, for his unwavering support of the student-athletes and all of the volunteer work he has done for the athletic department over the past eight years.
Four-Year Athlete Awards were also given to a select group of student-athletes who had dedicated themselves to a single sport program for their entire four-year career at GMC. The four-year student-athletes and their sports are as follows: Men’s Cross Country – Daniel Fifield; Women’s Cross Country – Libby Davis; Women’s Soccer – Johanna Douglas, Emily Christensen; Men’s Soccer – Tyler Lawson, Cleopass Nakoma; Women’s Volleyball – Jennifer Seredejko; Women’s Lacrosse – Johanna Douglas, Zoe Leary; Men’s Lacrosse – Charles Petrick, Luke Carey.
The presentation of awards was capped off with the Male and Female James M. Pollock “Eagle” Awards. This year’s male recipient went to Forrest Teutsch for his immense contributions to the cross country program as well as the lacrosse and tennis programs. Johanna Douglas came away as the female recipient thanks to her placement among the best in GMC history in lacrosse while also contributing in soccer.
The evening concluded with the yet-to-be-released video, “You Can Play” directed by GMC’s own Johanna Douglas.
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