Four Student-Athletes Recognized as University Outstanding Academic Achievers
May 10, 2012
WASHINGTON - Women's rowing senior MacKenzie Hovermale, women's soccer junior Kayley Sullivan, men's tennis sophomore Ulrik Thomsen and softball senior Lauren Wilson were recognized with Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards at a ceremony in the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom last week as they rank among the university's top undergraduate students.
Hosted by George Washington president Steven Knapp and provost Steven Lerman, the Academic Honors dinner recognized students who were among the top two percent by GPA in their classes, as well as students who have distinguished themselves both inside and outside the classroom. Deans from each school were also on hand to honor the students.
"I think this [dinner] is a terrific tradition we have here," said Dr. Knapp. "In honoring you, we honor ourselves, because you are the source of a great deal of honor and pride for the George Washington University."
In his remarks, Dr. Lerman commended students for their dedication to learning. "At some point, you've got to do the work and each of you has done that," he said. "I congratulate you. It's an attribute that you'll find as life goes on will carry you a very long way. The ability to take the talents you're fortunate enough to have and the experiences your parents gave you and combine that with an ability to work hard toward ends like academic achievement will be something that you'll find will transfer outside the classroom."
Among those honored, Wilson was also identified and addressed the audience as one of nine Distinguished Scholars who boasted the top grade-point average in their respective schools.
Wilson, an exercise science major who posted the highest GPA in the School of Public Health and Health Services, was recently selected to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District First Team for being a well-rounded student-athlete who excels both athletically and academically. As a team co-captain and Second Team All-Atlantic 10 selection this season, she has enjoyed a career-year on the diamond as she has set or matched single-season program records in runs scored, walks, stolen bases and home runs, while also pacing GW in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. The Arlington, Va., native carries a 3.92 GPA and has been recognized on the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and GW Athletics Department Academic Dean's List every semester in her career, including four semesters with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Hovermale is in her fourth season as a member of GW's women's rowing team and has rowed in the Colonials' Varsity 4 boat since arriving on campus as a freshman. This season, she helped the Colonials secure George's Trophy, the Class of 1998 Cup, the Howard Wilkins Bowl, and a second-place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championships, the program's highest finish at the event since 2003. A six-time member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and GW Athletics Department Academic Dean's List, Hovermale boasts a 3.97 GPA and will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in international affairs.
A three-year member of the women's soccer program, Sullivan has also excelled off the field. She has been recognized on GW's Athletics Department Academic Dean's List in each of her first five semesters, including four semesters with a perfect 4.0 GPA. With her efforts in the classroom, Sullivan helped the women's soccer program earn the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) College Team Academic Award for the third straight year in 2010-11.
Thomsen also excelled both on the tennis court and in the classroom with the highest grade-point average on the men's tennis team - a cumulative 3.89 GPA. An international affairs major, Thomsen helped the Colonials claim their second straight Atlantic 10 Championship and automatic NCAA Tournament bid in April. He posted an impressive 18-3 record at No. 2 doubles along with partner Alexander van Gils, while also competing at the Nos. 4 and 5 singles spots this season. He's appeared on the Athletics Department Academic Dean's List in three of his first four semesters and was one of just 12 student-athletes to be recognized for achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA in fall 2011.