#OnlyAtGW: @GW_WBB's Bresee Visits White House

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She may be an incoming women's basketball freshman, but Kendall Bresee already has a bucket-list, #OnlyAtGW moment to brag about.

The Frederick, Maryland, native visited the White House on June 27 to witness the championship ceremony for the Minnesota Lynx after they won the WNBA title in 2016, their third championship in the last four seasons. 

Bresee was joined by head coach Jennifer Rizzotti, assistant coach Laura Harper and senior Hannah Schaible for the event.


This post was written by Lauren Shear.

GW cross country alumni Alex Dadds and James Stern are set to appear in The Runner, a first-of-its kind mobile reality adventure series created by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

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George Washington baseball recruit Robert (Jaret) Edwards (Rocky River, Ohio) struck out every batter faced during a five-inning perfect game as St. Edward High School beat John Marshall, 10-0, last Thursday in the Ohio High School Athletic Association sectional championship game.


As the 2015-16 academic year comes to an end, each of the university's schools and colleges honors its top students. 

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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."

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GW Student-Athletes Walk for Wishes

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This post was written by Lauren Shear.

GW student-athletes demonstrated that they are champions in the community earlier this month, as 114 took part in the Walk for Wishes on the National Mall, raising over $2,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Walk for Wishes is a community-wide celebration and effort to grant wishes for local children with life-threatening medical conditions. On April 10, student-athletes joined with children, families and other community members in a three-mile walk around the National Mall.

Before the walk began, the Wish families were introduced to participants on stage. "I think one of the athletes I was next to started to tear up a little bit," said women's soccer senior Brooke Bean, who served as a team captain for GW's student-athletes at Walk for Wishes. "It was amazing to see the impact Make-a-Wish has on kids and their families."

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) picked the Make-a-Wish Foundation as the primary organization to fundraise for throughout the year. Walk for Wishes presented a great opportunity to gather student-athletes to celebrate the thousands of wishes that have already been granted while raising funds for future wishes.

"It was awesome to see so many athletes, decked out in GW gear, coming together to support Make-a-Wish," said Bean. "It was so easy for us to take a short trip down Constitution Avenue and walk around the National Mall and help raise money that put a smile on a kid's face."

GW's student-athletes - who won the award for the largest team at Walk for Wishes - have joined together to volunteer for more than 9,700 hours during the 2015-16 academic year, taking home the crown as the most active community service athletic department in the nation during the fall semester in an official competition sanctioned by HelperHelper.

"One thing we stress at GW is to not only be a student or an athlete, but to give back to the community," said Bean. "Giving up an hour or two of your time a week can truly change a child's or a family's life, and that's pretty amazing."


Six GW student-athletes and one team, as well as the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) have been nominated for Excellence in Student Life Awards, which honor the most outstanding students, student organizations, faculty and staff members at GW.

More than 300 nominees were submitted for the 31st Annual Excellence in Student Life Awards, and more than 20 awards will be presented on Wednesday evening at Lisner Auditorium during the university's largest celebration of excellence. 

GW student-athletes nominated include women's soccer redshirt sophomore Erin Boudreau (Outstanding Student Service Award - individual); softball senior Carlee Gray (Residential Advisor of the Year); men's water polo junior Sander Profaci (Student Organization Officer of the Year); volleyball senior Maggie Skjelbred (Student Organization Officer of the Year); women's swimming and diving senior Lauren Steagall (Baer Award for Individual Excellence) and women's cross country/track sophomore Lauren T'Kint de Roodenbeke (Class of 2009 University Pride Award). 

In addition, the women's lacrosse team and SAAC were both nominated for the Outstanding Student Service Award (Group), and the Colonial Army is up for the Pyramid Award for Student Organization of the Year.

Click here for a list of all awards and nominees.

Last weekend junior Gabriella Malek of the sailing team competed with four other GW Public Health majors in the National Undergraduate Scholar Bowl, hosted by Saint Louis University, and finished in first place to become the 2016 National Undergraduate Scholar Bowl Case Study Champions. 


Catching Up with Shane Kemp

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George Washington baseball alum and 2015 Major League Baseball Draft Pick Shane Kemp is currently in extended spring training within the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

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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."