ROSEMONT – The Rosemont Athletic department culminated the 2008-2009 season with the annual athletics banquet. The banquet, designed to honor all the accomplishments on and off the field of the student-athletes, is held every year at the end of the sports season. This year’s banquet was held in the evening on Saturday, April 25th, a departure from the previous years’ Sunday afternoon format. The student-athletes, parents, family and friends all gathered in Cardinal Hall to celebrate the year.
The banquet kicked off with senior tennis co-captain and Rosemont Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President Jessica Williams (Ardmore/Arch Carroll) giving the invocation. From there, each team was recognized with the captains of each giving season summaries. Each team member was then recognized.
Next the Rosemont scholar-athletes, those who maintained a 3.3 minimum cumulative GPA or higher in their season, were honored. 28 players received the honor. The Athletic Director’s Honor Roll was announced next. This award is given to the team that maintains the highest overall GPA in their season. This year, the field hockey team earned the honor, knocking out tennis who had received the award in the previous three years. The team’s overall GPA was 3.33, but it should be mentioned all teams had an excellent, academic season with the average GPA of every student-athlete above a 3.0.
Colonial States Athletic Conference awards were up next on the program. For Rosemont, 28 student-athletes were members of the CSAC All-Academic Team. This team is comprised of student-athletes with a semester GPA of 3.2 or higher in their season of play. In addition, Rosemont student-athletes who were named to the All-Conference teams, Sportsmanship Teams and Player of the Week honors were named.
Student-Athletes with special athletic accomplishments were recognized next. Junior Priyanka Reddy (Syosset, N.Y/Syosset) was the 2008 CSAC Player of the Year in tennis as well as the CSAC Runner-up in #1 singles. First year Winnie Wolfe (Wayne/Radnor) was also named Rookie of the Year in her first year at the second singles position.
The main athletic awards were up next. Sophomore Ashley Conti (Little Falls, N.J./Passaic Valley) was the recipient of the Ann Grady Lucas award. This award is given to a field hockey player that demonstrates strong leadership and dedication to her team. It is only voted on by field hockey team members and coaches. Conti, a two year starter at the forward position, was the team’s co-captain.
Senior Alexis Feyoudehappy (Jersey City, N.J./School of the Future) was the winner of the Cathy Mulvaney Award. The Mulvaney award is given to any Rosemont student-athlete that demonstrates excellence on the field and in the classroom as well as showing strong leadership and dedication. It is voted on by Rosemont student-athletes and athletic staff. Feyoudehappy was a four-year member of the field hockey team as well as the manager of the women’s basketball team.
Last up was the Ann S. Donaldson Award. It is only given out to a junior or senior with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and has shown excellence on the field, in the classroom and the Rosemont community. It is voted on by all members of the Rosemont community. This year’s recipient was Williams. She was a four year letter winner on the tennis team as well as being the co-captain of this year’s squad. She is the President of RSAAC as well as Vice President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the CSAC.
The banquet closed with remarks by both President Hirsh and new Dean of Students Deidre Shafer. Both were impressed by the hard work and dedication of the student-athletes as well as the staff, parents and fans.
Congratulations to all student-athletes for their hard work and dedication!