Student-athletes celebrate success at Delahanty Awards

Joyce Balash, Sports Editor

About 200 student athletes were recognized for their talents on the playing field and their accomplishments in the classroom at the Br. David Delahanty Awards, April 24.

This was the 29th annual Student-Athlete Awards ceremony that began in 1988 after the passing of Br. David Delahanty. Delahanty was a former president of Lewis University from June 1982, until his death in 1987. He was an advocate of physical fitness and encouraged students to find success in the athletic arena as well as in the classroom.

Since his passing, the Student-Athelete Awards have been held to honor all athletes who earn a 3.25 cumulative GPA. A bronze medal is given to those athletes who hold between a 3.25 to 3.49, silver for a 3.5 to 3.74 and the highest honor is a gold medallion which is given to students who hold a GPA above 3.75.

Despite all the athletes in attendance receiving medallions for their academic achievements, two senior student athlete awards were given to the top male and female in the senior class.

This year, seniors Trent Chamness and Nicole Dominguez were the recipients.

Chamness is a transfer student who has spent the last two years as a Flyer as part of the men’s swim team. He has   earned two Delahanty medallions during his time at Lewis and will graduate this spring with honors from the College of Business.

Dominguez was a contributor on the soccer team and earned a Delahanty Award each year that she has been at Lewis.

She found success on the field by starting in 69 games in her four seasons. The psychology major has a cumulative 3.99 GPA average as she leaves Lewis this spring.

“I didn’t realize how much this award would mean to me until I was up there and giving my speech,” said Dominquez. “I am so incredibly grateful and humbled to have had the opportunity to end my student athletic on this note.”

Both President Dr. David Livingston and Athletic Director Dr. John Planek spoke words of praise to the student athletes

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Jason Keleher, was the keynote speaker.

The success of the Lewis athletes goes far beyond the playing field, but extends into the classroom.

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