CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy Student-Athletes and Coaches were honored at the 17th Annual Student Life Awards Banquet on Wednesday, April 4.
Makayla Lewis (Purcellville, Va. – Women's Soccer) received the Athletic Integration Award.
The Athletic Integration Award recognizes the positive contributions intramural, club, or varsity athletes make to the campus community. It is awarded to a student-athlete who has impacted campus life through leadership and collaboration with others.
Rachel Bunker (Ellsworth, Maine - Volleyball), Amanda Holewiak (Somerset, Mass. – Women's Basketball), Zachary Kinsman (Lebanon, N.H. – Men's Cross Country), and Avae Traina (Newcastle, Maine – Women's Basketball) were also nominated for the Athletic Integration Award.
Rachel Bunker received one of the Emerging Leader Awards.
The Emerging Leader Award is given to two students who have emerged as leaders and who can be expected to contribute significantly to the campus community and the welfare of their fellow students during their time at the Academy.
Keith Jordan (Waltham, Maine - Men's Swimming) was also nominated for the Emerging Leader Award.
Austin Gamache (Fort Myers, Fla. – Men's Cross Country), Justin Kretzmer (Glastonbury, Conn.- Men's Lacrosse), Matthew Link (Sparta, N.J. – Men's Swimming) were also nominated for The Outstanding Collaboration Award.
The Outstanding Collaboration Award recognizes an individual member of the student body who has collaborated with multiple constituencies. This student has led with integrity to unify the student body and make significant contributions to the greater campus community.
Avae Traina was nominated for the Outstanding Contribution to Residential Life Award.
The Outstanding Contribution to Residential Life Award is presented to a student who has made significant contributions to the community and the experience of students living in residence halls. The awardee, through their actions, leadership and innovation has promoted community through respect, fairness, and inclusion.
Anthony Boucher (Byron, Maine – Men's Cross Country) and Patrick Larsen (Dixfield, Maine - Men's Cross Country) for their work with the Transformation Project and the Women's Volleyball Team for their collection for Puerto Rico were nominated for the Social Entrepreneurship Award.
The Social Entrepreneurship Award is given to a student or group of students who have pursued an innovative idea with the potential to enhance community or to address a pervasive community issue. Community may be defined as on or off campus. These entrepreneurs demonstrate creativity and a willingness to seize an opportunity for positive change by engaging others to develop that idea or opportunity into something more. While conventional entrepreneurs may measure performance in profit and return, social entrepreneurs do not necessarily consider financial profit, but do take into account a tangible and measurable positive return to community.
An Athletic Communications Student Employee McKenzie Slauenwhite (Carmel, Maine) received the Student Employee of the Year award.
The Student Employee of the Year Award recognizes a student worker who has demonstrated a high quality of work, leadership skills and who has made a significant impact on the department or departments in which they work.
Liam Pitchford (Bucksport, Maine – Men's Cross Country), Caiden Shea (Freeport, Maine – Women's Basketball Student-Assistant Coach), Thomas White (China, Maine – Men's Cross Country) we also nominated for the Student Employee of the Year Award.
Austin Wheeler (Snohomish, Wash. - Men's Swimming) was nominated for the Student Government Leadership Award.
The Student Government Leadership Award recognizes a student affiliated with the Student Government Association who has shown immense integrity and perseverance in striving to improve student life and welfare.
Maine Maritime Cross Country's Assistant Coach Bryan Wolf received the Mariner Pride Award for this advisor work with the Outdoor Adventure Club.
The Mariner Pride Award is a community-wide nomination that honors an organization, event, or activity that enhances Mariner Pride by bringing people together and helping to strengthen the campus community. This award consists of an engraved silver tray that remains with the awardee over the next year, and inclusion of the recipient on the perpetual plaque displayed in the Harold Alfond Student Center.
Maine Maritime's Head Cross Country and Swimming Coach, Ryan King received the Sarah F. Hudson Unsung Mariner Award.
The Sarah F. Hudson Unsung Mariner Award is presented to a faculty or staff member who demonstrates outstanding community service and support of student life. Nominees are actively supportive or involved in student activities and/or events. This award consists of a crystal award and inclusion of the recipient's name on the perpetual plaque displayed in the Harold Alfond Student Center.
Brendan Newcomb (Holden, Maine – Men's Basketball) received the Phyllis Tenney Community Service and Leadership Award.
This honor is presented to the student who has displayed outstanding dedication and loyalty to MMA, commitment and service to the Castine community, exemplary leadership skills, and has also achieved great success academically and socially at MMA.
Patrick Larsen was also nominated for the Phyllis Tenney Community Service and Leadership Award.
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