LEICESTER, Mass. – The Becker College Athletic Department hosted its 11th Annual Senior Athletics Award Ceremony Thursday evening inside the Fuller Campus Center on the Leicester campus, to recognize the athletic and academic accomplishments of Becker's 61 senior student-athletes.
The evening kicked off with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments as student-athletes and families were able to socialize with their classmates, family and friends, coaches, administration and staff members.
The event then moved upstairs to the Minuteman Room where everyone was seated for the ceremony. Director of Athletic Communications, Nikki Narducci, addressed the crowd and introduced President Dr. Nancy Crimmin to the stage where she spoke to the senior student-athletes, commending them for their hard work and effort on an off the field of play. She spoke of the positives of being a student-athlete and how that transitions into the workforce setting. She then wished them luck in their future endeavors.
Head women's ice hockey coach, Eliza Kelley, was then welcomed to the stage to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of the seniors. She recognized those who were previously inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the national student-athlete honors society, as they have attained a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA. She then presented the following student-athletes with a medallion to wear at commencement: Brittany Aiello (women's ice hockey), Samantha Belenchia (softball), Samantha D'Auteuil (women's lacrosse), Kimberly Delorto (equestrian), Adrianna Dowdy (women's basketball), Brian Greene (men's ice hockey), Jordan Inkley (women's soccer), Julia Johnson (women's ice hockey, women's lacrosse) Lindsey Keith (women's soccer), Bayley Makloski (football), Jordyn Martel (women's soccer), Michaela Martin (women's ice hockey), Brandon Mole (football), Chasidy Perry (equestrian), Rachel Pitcher (women's ice hockey), Willis Pollard (baseball), Madison Rigsby (women's ice hockey), Nicholas Rogerson (football), Corey Schafer (men's ice hockey), Bryan Vieira (men's soccer, men's lacrosse), Kelsey Weston (softball), and Robyn Wozniak (equestrian). 16 additional seniors were asked to stand for earning a 3.0 or higher GPA.
Next, Becker junior student-athlete and Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAC) Co-President, Michael McMahon came forward and presented the Carlton A. Perry Award which is presented annually to a member of the Becker College community who has made significant contributions to the success of the Athletic Department. This year's recipient was Gene Alley, the Associate Athletic Director at Becker College, who will be retiring after 36 years of dedication and commitment to the Becker Athletic Department.
Narducci came back to the stage to hand out the Matthew A. Tittle Award. The award is presented to a senior student-athlete in recognition of exemplary performance and having consistently excelled in supporting the mission and values of Becker College Athletics. This year's award winner was Jordyn Martel (Chicopee, Mass.) of the women's soccer team.
Next, all seniors were called to the stage, by sport, and handed a gift as a token of Becker Athletics' appreciation and dedication to Becker College over the course of their careers. Each head coach came up to stage, and acknowledged each senior and gathered for a group photo with their classmates and coach.
Alley, then came forth to hand out the Gene R. Alley Award, which was presented to Ciara McKissick (Charlton, Mass.) of the women's soccer and women's basketball teams. McKissick received this award as she constantly demonstrated a commitment of service to the betterment of the Becker Athletics program.
Assistant Athletic Director Andrea Belis, was next on stage to present the John J. Dorsey Scholar-Athlete Award, awarded to a senior that has excelled both in the classroom and in the athletic arena, taking both athletic accomplishments and academics standing into consideration. In addition, community behavior and respectability among peers and administrators are important qualities. This year's recipient was Adrianna Dowdy (East Haven, Conn.) of the women's basketball team.
The evening wrapped up with two additional major awards – the Most Outstanding Female and Outstanding Male Athlete. The female recipient was Lindsey Keith (Sutton, Mass.) of the women's soccer team. This year, there were Co-Male winners as Michael Bianco (Manorville, N.Y.) of the football and baseball teams and Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass.) of the men's basketball team were honored with this prestigious accolade.
Becker Vice President of Student Affairs and Director of Athletics, Frank Millerick, gave his closing remarks, and then the evening wrapped up with coffee and desserts.