As the 2015-16 academic year comes to an end, each of the university's schools and colleges honors its top students.
GW men's soccer graduating senior Jonny Forrest received the Outstanding Bachelor of Business Administration Award on Thursday evening at the GW School of Business Awards Ceremony following the school's Undergraduate Celebration earlier in the day at the Smith Center.
"It's extremely humbling to win this award," Forrest said. "It's a wonderful way to cap my four years at GW, and I feel extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to study here."
The top five percent of GWSB seniors receiving a bachelor of business administration are eligible to apply for the award, which recognizes a graduating senior who has made an outstanding contribution to the school and to the university in recognition of the student's scholarship, leadership and service.
A native of North Shields, England, Forrest boasts a 3.93 grade-point average and has achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA four times. He was named to the 2014 Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team and also earned NSCAA Scholar All-East Region honorable mention that same season. In addition, he has been recognized on the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll every semester.
On the soccer pitch, the team co-captain totaled six goals and 15 points in his GW career, and four of his six goals were game-winners.
"Academics have always been something I've considered extremely important, and my family has always pushed me to work hard both athletically and academically," Forrest said. "I always dreamt of being a professional soccer player, but I realized very few make it at that level. Knowing that, academics became even more important to me. I've been inspired on a daily basis by the achievements of so many of the amazing athletes at GW, and these achievements have motivated me to strive for success, too."
Following graduation, Forrest will begin his professional career as a capital finance graduate with HSBC in New York.
This post was written by Lauren Shear.
Junior Ben Fitch has been named GW's Community Service Student Athlete of the Month for his dedication to serving the community during the month of April.
A member of the men's swimming and diving team, Fitch has volunteered in events leading up to Cesar Chavez Day, a day to tribute Chavez's commitment to social justice and respect for human dignitary, and with St. Mary's Court, a non-profit corporation operating a residential living facility for seniors 62 years of age or older.
Prior to Cesar Chavez Day, Fitch along with his teammate, Patrick Lersch, compiled a video of 70 student-athletes reading quotes from Chavez in both Spanish and English. The theme of the video was "Somos Cesar Chavez," a message intended to promote community both inside and outside of the athletic department.
With St. Mary's Court, the economics major has volunteered to help staff members facilitate bingo night and serve food to residents during their weekly Saturday night dinners.
"For me, community service this year was really all about paying forward the gratitude I felt towards the athletic department," said Fitch. "Giving back and making the lives of others better has in turn made my life better; I'm grateful to the community for helping me find a way to give back."
Fitch's participation within the community goes further than his work with Cesar Chavez Day and St. Mary's Court. The junior has accumulated 102-service hours to-date and received the Raise High Our Community Award at this year's Georgey Awards.
In addition to his individual service projects, Fitch has joined his teammates to serve the community by volunteering at events throughout D.C.
"As a team, we made a renewed effort to devote ourselves to community service. Gratitude and doing our best was a huge part of building team culture this year. We hope to only move forward in our service in the years to come."
Sophomore Lida Koskina has been named GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for her dedication to serving the community during the month of March.
A member of the women's soccer team, Koskina has volunteered with the GW Emergency Medical Response Group (EMeRG), a student-run organization that provides free basic life support services to the GW and Foggy Bottom community.
As an emergency medical technician (EMT), Koskina performs basic first aid, CPR/AED, and tests the vital functions of those in need of ambulatory care before being transferred to nurses and doctors in an emergency room. Koskina's work with EMeRG also includes training new members, teaching first aid classes and serving as a primary emergency responder at community events.
In addition to her individual service projects, Koskina has joined her women's soccer teammates to serve the community.
"Giving back to the community means a lot to me," said Koskina. "It enables me to help those in need."