10 Saint Michael's Students Earn Major Awards at 75th Annual Block 'M' Celebration

10 Saint Michael's Students Earn Major Awards at 75th Annual Block 'M' Celebration

Block 'M' Ceremony Photos

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Ten Saint Michael's College senior student-athletes were recognized with major awards on Friday during the Department of Athletics' 75th Annual Block 'M' Awards Banquet in the Dion Family Student Center's Roy Room. Five departmental honors were handed out during the event, while Jason Curry '95 delivered the keynote speech. A Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Fame basketball player, Curry is founder and president of Big Apple Basketball in New York City.

Diane C. Foster '77 Award

George "Doc" Jacobs Award

  • Jake Donnelly (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry), men's cross country
  • Jenny Panergo (Brooklyn, Mich./Columbia Central/Davis & Elkins), women's soccer

Victor V. LeMieux '35 Award

NE10 Man of the Year (Saint Michael's Institutional Selection)

  • Sel Narby (Huntington, N.Y./Connecticut Junior Rangers), men's ice hockey

NCAA Woman of the Year (Saint Michael's Institutional Selection)

  • Jenna Puleo (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex/Providence), field hockey

  

Diane C. Foster '77 Award

The Diane C. Foster '77 Award is presented to student-athletes who exemplify, by their actions, true compassion, sacrifice and service to others. It was first awarded in 2001 to honor the memory of Foster, a former dual-sport Saint Michael's student-athlete who died in 1998 at the age of 44.

Mitchell has led since stepping on campus, serving key roles for numerous student organizations while turning in 30 points in 81 career games for the men's ice hockey team. He was a three-year member of the Student Government Association (SGA) executive board and a four-year member of Hope Happens Here's board, chairing the group for three years while leading such programming as MORE Week and the Vermont Pride Parade. A Dean's List student, Mitchell carries a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average as a double major in business administration and accounting, with an economics minor. He claimed 14 career national and league academic accolades, and has been a member of the Founders Society, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and UpLIFT while completing Student Support Network training and serving as a teaching assistant and tutor. Mitchell has been inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma (college athlete), Delta Epsilon Sigma (Catholic college), Omicron Delta Epsilon (economics) and Sigma Beta Delta (business, management and administration) national honor societies.

Murray led women's lacrosse in caused turnovers (21) during her lone season as a starting defender this spring while closing out a tenure of service on campus. As the SGA secretary of athletics, Murray was credited with orchestrating diversity, equity and inclusion trainings for all student-athletes, and also served on the Hope Happens Here executive board while helping coordinate College involvement in the Vermont Pride Parade. A Dean's List student, Murray is a biochemistry major and boasts a 3.4 GPA while double minoring in psychology and business administration. The five-time Northeast-10 Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier is an Orientation board member who has also been a peer tutor and lab assistant in the Chemistry Department. Murray was inducted into Beta Beta Beta, the national biological honor society, and is enrolled in the Honors Program. On the lacrosse field, Murray tied for 13th in program history in season caused turnovers this spring, tying for 19th in the NE10.

Taylor, a senior captain who played an integral role in the women's soccer team's best defensive season in 16 years, was a tireless advocate for campus organizations Hope Happens Here and TBC. In her position with Hope Happens Here, Taylor coordinated such events as mental health awareness games for the College's 21 varsity sports. As chair of TBC, she championed mandatory sexual assault prevention training for all student-athletes and focused on education around consent. A Dean's List student, Taylor holds a 3.6 GPA as an economics major while minoring in political science. She made 28 starts in 44 career games while earning her team's Purple Knight Award this year for embodying the program's core values, helping lead Saint Michael's to its best goals-against average (0.94) since 2006 and tying for its most shutouts (7) since 1989. Taylor qualified seven times for the NE10 Academic Honor Roll while twice drawing Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) Academic Achievement Awards.

 

George "Doc" Jacobs Award

The George "Doc" Jacobs Award was first handed out in 1969, as it recognizes individuals who make a truly outstanding contribution to the athletics program, regardless of athletic ability. The accolade is named in honor of the legendary coach and athletic director, often considered the father of modern athletics at the College.

Donnelly was a men's cross country captain and Department of Athletics staff member during his time at Saint Michael's. Not only a veteran mentor who was among the Purple Knights' top five at all six races last fall, Donnelly also initiated the creation of a mental health leadership group within the cross country program. A double major in business administration and anthropology & sociology, with a minor in psychology, the Dean's List student carries a 3.35 GPA. Donnelly is a seven-time NE10 Academic Honor Roll qualifier, has served as the SGA treasurer for the Class of 2022 throughout his college career, and is a member of the Finance Committee. He has been active with the Purple Knight Leadership Academy, Hope Happens Here and TBC while volunteering locally for RunVermont and at the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center. Donnelly supported youths in his hometown of Londonderry, N.H., for three years through the YMCA as a lifeguard and a group leader at Camp Pa-Gon-Ki.

Panergo held a veteran role on the women's soccer team and made a significant impact in various corners of campus. She was a versatile Department of Athletics staff member, and has been a Civil Rights Alliance leader through MOVE while heavily involved with the Diversity Coalition, Feminists for Equality, Martin Luther King Jr. Society and Writing Center. A Dean's List student, Panergo carries a 3.9 GPA as a political science major with philosophy and history minors. Before ever stepping on the soccer pitch, she aided the women's tennis team last spring. An Honors student, Panergo has drawn five national and league academic accolades since transferring as a sophomore, and earned a High Achievement Mathematics Award while claiming membership in the Chi Alpha Sigma (college athlete), Delta Epsilon Sigma (Catholic college), Phi Alpha Theta (history) and Pi Sigma Alpha (political science) national honor societies. Beyond campus, Panergo volunteered in the local community with the Mutual Aid Network and U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

 

Victor V. LeMieux '35 Award

The Victor V. LeMieux '35 Award, which was established in 1964 in honor of the former Saint Michael's student-athlete, is presented annually to the varsity athlete best displaying loyalty and leadership in their program, both on and off the field of competition.

Anderson, the lone three-time women's basketball captain in Saint Michael's history, made a significant impact on campus through numerous avenues. She not only finished fourth in program history in three-pointers (194) and 14th in scoring (1,080), but played an integral role in student-athlete involvement at last fall's Vermont Pride Parade. The Dean's List student carries a 3.97 GPA as a double major in business administration and sociology, minoring in art & graphic design. Anderson landed her second consecutive College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District honor this year, the highlight among 15 career academic honors. Anderson was a three-year SAAC executive board member, serving as diversity and inclusion chair in 2021-22, and was Hope Happens Here's social media chair for one year. Anderson, whose many marketing internships include graphic design in Athletic Communications, has been inducted into five honor societies: Chi Alpha Sigma (college athlete), Delta Epsilon Sigma (Catholic college), Omicron Delta Epsilon (economics), Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts and sciences) and Sigma Beta Delta (business, management and administration).

Gerardi returned for his second year as a men's lacrosse captain this spring while making an impact on the field and in his leadership pursuits. A veteran contributor in the defensive midfield, Gerardi set a career high in caused turnovers (10) while finishing with 22 points in 51 career games. The Dean's List student holds a 3.4 GPA as a double major in biochemistry and environmental studies, also double minoring in philosophy and Spanish. After serving as SAAC co-vice president in the fall, he was elevated to co-president in the spring, when he helped organize a Make-A-Wish fundraiser and was treasurer for the Saint Baldrick's cancer fundraiser. Gerardi, who has also been involved with the Purple Knight Leadership Academy, has been a laboratory preparation assistant since 2018 and was part of a small committee of students and faculty monitoring the presence of COVID in wastewater at the College in fall 2020. Gerardi has earned a spot on the NE10 Academic Honor Roll nine times.

Rossignol, a two-year men's soccer captain who completed his studies in seven semesters, was a leader among the student-athlete population in his time on campus. A key midfielder for the Purple Knights, he started 27 times in 35 career contests on the soccer field. Off of it, Rossignol was a two-year member of the SAAC executive board, including serving as president his final semester in fall 2021. He was also Hope Happens Here tri-chair last fall, finishing a two-year term on the board. A Dean's List student, Rossignol accumulated a 3.69 GPA as an undergraduate while majoring in business administration and economics. He qualified for the NE10 Academic Honor Roll all seven terms and the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award twice. A student employee for three years in Marketing and Communications, Rossignol has held two positions since graduating in December, as a specialty lending portfolio manager with BankProv in Bedford, N.H., and a video editor for CampusReel, through which he has created content for Arizona State University and the University of Tennessee.

 

NE10 Man of the Year

(Saint Michael's Institutional Selection)

In an effort to recognize top male student-athletes, the Northeast-10 Conference began sponsoring a Man of the Year program in 2013, and encourages each of its member institutions to honor an individual who represents their campus community through success in athletics, academics, community service and leadership.

Narby will graduate as one of the most well-decorated defensemen in Saint Michael's men's ice hockey history. In 98 career games, he recorded 22 goals, 53 assists and 75 points, and will graduate with the most power-play goals (11) ever by a Purple Knight defender while standing third in both points and assists by a blue liner. An assistant captain as a senior, Narby was twice a semifinalist for the Joe Concannon Award, recognizing the top men's ice hockey player at an NCAA Division II or III New England institution. He became the fourth Purple Knight to earn three career NE10 All-Conference first team accolades this winter, when he was also named a New England Hockey Writers Association (NEHWA) Division II/III All-Star and NE10 Academic All-Conference. The NE10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2019-20, Narby became the first student-athlete to lead NE10 defensemen in scoring during back-to-back seasons in 16 years. The Dean's List student carries a 3.42 GPA as a double major in economics and accounting, and landed on the NE10 Academic Honor Roll eight times.

 

NCAA Woman of the Year

(Saint Michael's Institutional Selection)

Founded in 1999, the NCAA Woman of the Year is an accolade that accounts for athletic excellence, outstanding academic performance, community service and demonstrated leadership. Each NCAA member institution is eligible to put forth a nominee for national and conference consideration.

Puleo left her name scattered about the Saint Michael's field hockey record book while wreaking havoc on NE10 defenses. The senior captain finished second in NCAA Division II in assists (16) and assists per game (0.89), third in points (48) and points per game (2.67), fifth in goals per game (0.89), and tied for sixth in goals (16) last fall. She set school record in points and assists, and her goal total was the program's best in 14 years. Puleo was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America first team, NFHCA Senior Team and NE10 All-Conference first team, her second all-league accolade. A Dean's List student and peer note taker, Puleo has a 3.5 GPA as a pre-pharmacy major. She landed NE10 Academic All-Conference laurels this year, one of seven career academic honors. In 36 games over two seasons after transferring from Division I Providence College, Puleo tied for sixth in program history in career assists (18), tied for eighth in points (68) and is 11th in goals (25).