Stonehill Presents St. Thomas Aquinas Medals at Academic Excellence Recognition Breakfast

18 student-athletes honored at annual breakfast on National Student-Athlete Day
Dr. Katie Nolin receives Outstanding Faculty Member Award

2018 Stonehill St. Thomas Aquinas Medal recipients. BACK ROW (l-r): Nikolay Lisichenok (men's tennis), Kyle Paquette (ice hockey), Michael Young (baseball), Jennifer Wheaton (women's lacrosse), Emily Scollard (women's soccer), Charlie Calenda (football), Ryan Roach (men's basketball), Billy Troast (men's soccer); FRONT ROW (l-r): Olivia Peterson (softball), Abby Hersom (women's cross country/track & field), Rachel Scibek (equestrian), Colleen O'Donnell (women's tennis), Jennifer Kornacki (women's golf), Grace Carter (women's basketball), Rachel Dunlavy (volleyball) and Hannah Gifford (field hockey). Missing: Alex Demeule (men's cross country), Dillon Neumann (men's track & field).

SAAC vice chairperson Charlie Calenda presents the Outstanding Faculty Award to Dr. Katie Nolin.

EASTON, Mass. (April 6, 2018) - Stonehill College held its annual Academic Excellence Recognition Breakfast at the Gartland Dining Room in Donahue Hall this morning. The event is the signature event for the College in recognition of National Student-Athlete Day as administrators, faculty and athletic staff presented St. Thomas Aquinas medals as well as its Outstanding Faculty Member Award.

The event honors student-athletes from Stonehill’s 21 varsity programs who have the highest cumulative grade point average on their respective teams through the fall 2017 semester. Those students are presented with St. Thomas Aquinas, Patron Saint of Students, Medals. Of the 18 medal recipients, seven are repeat honorees, including seniors Charlie Calenda (Chelmsford, Massachusetts/Chelmsford) from the football program, Abby Hersom (Rockland, Maine/Oceanside) from the NE10 Champion women’s cross country and track & field programs, Nikolay Lisichenok (Danvers, Massachusetts/Danvers) from the men’s tennis program and Michael Young (Mashpee, Massachusetts/Pope John Paul II) of the baseball program, who are all three-time medal recipients.

Seniors Colleen O’Donnell (Waterville, Maine/Waterville) from the NE10 Champion women’s tennis program and Olivia Peterson (Westford, Massachusetts/Westford Academy) from the softball program, as well as junior Alex Demeule (Merrimac, Massachusetts/Pentucket Regional) from the NE10 Champion men’s cross country program all received medals for the second time.

In addition, Calenda, vice chairperson of Stonehill's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, presented the athletic department's Outstanding Faculty Member Award to Dr. Katie Nolin, Assistant Professor of Biology at the College. Dr. Nolin has taught at the College since 2007 and is an avid supporter of its student-athletes, but also a great mentor in the classroom. 

Earning St. Thomas Aquinas Medals were: 

Charlie Calenda (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford), Senior, Football***
Grace Carter (Arlington, Mass./Arlington), Sophomore, Women’s Basketball
Alex Demeule (Merrimac, Mass./Pentucket Regional), Junior, Men’s Cross Country**
Rachel Dunlavy (Brighton, Mich./Father Gabriel Richard) Sophomore, Volleyball
Hannah Gifford (Goffstown, N.H./Goffstown) Senior, Field Hockey
Abby Hersom (Rockland, Maine/Oceanside), Senior, Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field***
Jennifer Kornacki (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury), Sophomore, Women’s Golf
Nikolay Lisichenok (Danvers, Mass./Danvers), Senior, Men’s Tennis***
Dillon Neumann (Harwinton, Conn./Lewis Mills) Senior, Men’s Track & Field
Colleen O’Donnell (Waterville, Maine/Waterville), Senior, Women’s Tennis**
Kyle Paquette (Tewksbury, Mass./Tewksbury), Junior, Ice Hockey
Olivia Peterson (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy), Senior, Softball**
Ryan Roach (Weymouth, Mass./Cardinal Spellman), Senior, Men’s Basketball
Rachel Scibek (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) Junior, Equestrian
Emily Scollard (Lynnfield, Mass./Lynnfield) Junior, Women’s Soccer
Billy Troast (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pequannock Township) Sophomore, Men’s Soccer
Jennifer Wheaton (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) Sophomore, Women’s Lacrosse
Michael Young (Mashpee, Mass./Pope John Paul II), Senior, Baseball*** 

Number of years honored marked with asterisks

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2018 Student-Athlete Academic Breakfast (April 6, 2018)