Stonehill Holds Annual Academic Excellence Recognition Breakfast

17 student-athletes receive St. Thomas Aquinas medals
David Hurley earns Outstanding Faculty Member Award


Award recipients at this morning's Academic Excellence Recognition Breakfast were (l-r): David Hurley, Outstanding Faculty Award, and St. Thomas Aquinas Medalists, Andrew Fonte (FB), Amy Pelletier (WBKB), Ryan Hayes (MBKB), Lauren Bonagura (WLAX), Megan Ruonavaara (SB), Danielle Franchi (EQ), William Brosnan (MTN), Analise Kump (WTN), Kevin Airoldi (IH) and Christian Baglini (BB). Absent were: Joshua Bankert (MSOC), Mary-Kate Catton (VB) and Alexandra Losi (WSOC) who are studying abroad and Nick Kirkpatrick (MXC/TK), Elizabeth LaRegina (WXC) and Trisha Pierson (WTK) who are competing this weekend in Virginia. (PHOTO BY Emily Reynolds)

David Hurley, teaching fellow of psychology, was presented with the Outstanding Faculty Member Award. (PHOTO BY Emily Reynolds)

EASTON, Mass. (April 4, 2014) - Stonehill College held its annual Academic Excellence Recognition Breakfast at Alumni Hall this morning. The event is the signature event for the College in recognition of National Student-Athlete Week as administrators, faculty and athletic staff presented St. Thomas Aquinas medals as well as its Outstanding Faculty Member Award.

The event honors student-athletes from Stonehill’s 20 varsity programs who have the highest cumulative grade point average on their respective teams through the Fall 2013 semester. Those students are presented with St. Thomas Aquinas, Patron Saint of Students, Medals. Of the 17 medal recipients today, four are repeat honorees, with senior Kelly Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth), from the field hockey program finishing their career by being honored at her third breakfast. Senior Elizabeth LaRegina (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield), of the Northeast-10 Conference champion women’s cross country team, and juniors Amy Pelletier (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick), from women’s basketball, and Christian Baglini (Milford, Conn./Notre Dame), from the baseball team, round out the repeat winners as two-time medal recipients.

In addition, senior Catie Kelly (Medfield, Mass./Medfield), vice chairperson of Stonehill's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, presented the athletic department's Outstanding Faculty Member Award to David Hurley, Teaching Fellow of Psychology at Stonehill. A former track athlete at Bates College, Hurley is currently a fourth year doctoral student in counseling and sport psychology at Boston University. In addition to his teaching duties over the last two years at Stonehill, he serves as a mentor to several teams at the College in maintaining a positive mindset in competition.




Earning St. Thomas Aquinas Medals were:

Kevin Airoldi (Kennebunk, Maine/Berwick Academy), Sophomore, Ice Hockey
Christian Baglini (Milford, Conn./Notre Dame)
, Junior, Baseball**
Joshua Bankert (Cuttingsville, Vt./Mill River Union)
, Sophomore, Men’s Soccer
Lauren Bonagura (Rockville Center, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy)
, Senior, Women’s Lacrosse
William Brosnan (Garden City, N.Y./Chaminade)
, Sophomore, Men’s Tennis
Mary-Kate Catton (San Diego, Calif./Academy of Our Lady of Peace)
, Junior, Volleyball
Andrew Fonte (Quincy, Mass./Dexter School)
, Sophomore, Football
Danielle Franchi (Islip, N.Y./Islip)
, Junior, Equestrian
Kelly Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth)
, Senior, Field Hockey***
Ryan Hayes (Canton, Mass./Saint Sebastian’s)
, Senior, Men’s Basketball
Nick Kirkpatrick (Carmel, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit Prep)
, Soph., Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Analise Kump (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth),
Sophomore, Women’s Tennis
Elizabeth LaRegina (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield)
, Senior, Women’s Cross Country**
Alexandra Losi (Wallingford, Conn./Mark T. Sheehan)
, Junior, Women’s Soccer
Amy Pelletier (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick)
, Junior, Women’s Basketball**
Trisha Pierson (East Hanover, N.J./Hanover Park)
, Sophomore, Women’s Track & Field
Megan Ruonavaara (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill)
, Sophomore, Softball 
Number of years honored marked with asterisks
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