18 Purple Knights Earn Inaugural NE10 Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence

18 Purple Knights Earn Inaugural NE10 Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Eighteen recent Saint Michael's College student-athlete graduates were recognized on Tuesday with the inaugural Northeast-10 Conference Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence. Saint Michael's took fifth place in the NE10 in total honorees.

The award recognizes graduating NE10 student-athletes who attained at least magna cum laude standing at their institution, participated in at least two seasons of NE10 competition and were a current student-athlete at the time of graduation. At Saint Michael's, students with a cumulative grade-point average between 3.7 and 3.9 earn magna cum laude, while those at 3.9 or higher qualify for summa cum laude.

Six of the 18 hailed from women's soccer: Kara Bassett (New London, Conn./Saint Bernard School), Jocelyn Long (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich), Tess McCabe (Cataumet, Mass./Bourne), Holly Spencer (Windham, Maine/Windham), Liz Vallatini (Needham, Mass./Needham) and Victoria Zambello (Sharon, Mass./Sharon). Vallatini was also a member of the women's swimming & diving team, as she joined Leah Benoit (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) from that squad. Payton Stewart (Keene, N.H./Keene) represented the men's swimming & diving program.

Field hockey graduates Molly Humiston (Kittery, Maine/R.W. Traip Academy) and Erin LaMarca (Raynham, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham Regional) and women's volleyball student-athletes Jillian Harvie (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) and Katy Konow (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial) also qualified.

Men's ice hockey's Ethan Hendrickson (Budd Lake, N.J./New Jersey Rockets), softball's Sydney Longley (East Granby, Conn./The Ethel Walker School), men's golf's Jack Maino (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich), baseball's Alex Mendez (Fallon, Nev./Churchill County), men's basketball's Walker Storey (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) and women's lacrosse's Ashley Turner (Monkton, Vt./Mount Abraham Union) were all lauded.

While their teams don't compete in the NE10, two additional graduates also achieved high Latin honors: Nordic skier Emma Bellefleur (Wolfeboro, N.H./Kingswood Regional) was summa cum laude, and women's ice hockey's Krista Ferrari (Dunstable, Mass./East Coast Wizards) reached magna cum laude.