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Student-Athletes Honored at All-College Honors Convocation

May 14, 2015
EASTON, Pa. -- Lafayette College hosted its annual All-College Honors Convocation on May 3, recognizing the top students in each discipline. Twelve student-athletes were honored during the event for their work in the classroom.

Senior Colleen Way of the fencing team led the student-athletes, picking up three awards. Way was honored with the Charles L. Best Memorial Prize in Engineering Studies, which is awarded annually to a senior who best exemplifies the ideals behind the engineering studies major and who demonstrated leadership in the engineering studies program. She also received the Edward R. McDonald Prize, awarded annually to a junior or senior who has exhibited high academic achievement and enthusiasm in the study of foreign languages and literature or in the study of language translation. Her final honor was the Rexroth Prize in German, which is awarded to students for meritorious achievement in German. Joining Way from the fencing squad was classmate Allison Reich who won the H. MacKnight Black Poetry and Literature Prize, given annually to the student who submits the best poem or group of poems in a contest conducted by the Department of English.

The swimming and diving team had the most student-athletes represented with four student-athletes. Matt Jouny grabbed a pair of awards at the ceremony. He was awarded the Lafayette Alumni of the Lehigh Valley Scholarship Award, awarded annually to Lafayette seniors either residing in the greater Lehigh Valley or who graduated from a greater Lehigh Valley high school, who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. Jouny was joined by classmate David Woods, as they both received the Lehigh Valley Section of the ASM Award, awarded annually to the student who has attained the most impressive record in the introductory materials course.

From the women's swimming and diving team, senior Ashley Kunow was recognized with the Carl J. Staska Prize, awarded each year to a student who has demonstrated a high degree of proficiency in chemical laboratory skills. Senior Jane Kuntz received the Frank Kline Baker Spanish and Latin American Civilization Award, which is awarded annually to students who attain the greatest proficiency in the study of Spanish and Latin American civilization.

Freshman Dave McGriff from the track and field team received two honors. He was awarded the Lafayette College Leopard Award, given to the first-year cadet who contributes the most to the advancement of the Army ROTC at Lafayette College. McGriff also earned the Lafayette College President's Award, awarded annually to the outstanding cadets from each class in terms of overall achievement measured by scholastic excellence, leadership, military performance and extracurricular involvement.

Senior teammates from the football team, Anthony Baker and Zach Zweizig, were honored by their respective departments. Baker earned the Gilbert Prize, awarded annually to the students who, in the judgement of the Department of English, have demonstrated superiority in English. Zweizig was given the John H. Allen Prize, given to the author of the best essay in public finance, as judged by a committee of the Department of Economics.

The J.H. Tarbell Award, awarded to a student who demonstrates an understanding of financial operations and institutions, was doled out to men's lacrosse senior Cory Scheuerle.

Taylor McGinnis, a senior on the women's lacrosse team won the Robert F. Hunsicker Educational Prize, awarded to a student who has done meritorious work in the area of small-business studies.

The final student-athlete to pick up an award at the All-College Honors Convocation was junior Samantha Potoczak from women's soccer. She was given the James F. Bryant '40 Excellence Award, awarded to a junior student who meets standards of excellence, as did James F. Bryant, by demonstrating high academic achievement, lettering in at least one varsity sport, and showing noticeable and noteworthy evidence of community service.