Sporty scholars: Dal celebrates its 96 Academic All-Canadians

A record number

Ryan McNutt - November 30, 2011

Daniel You and Miranda McMillan, recipients of TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Leadership Awards. (Nick Pearce photo)

They’re some of Dalhousie’s most accomplished students: scholars, athletes and in their free time—yes, miraculously they find some—they’re also community champions.

There was no shortage of spectacular being celebrated at Dal’s yearly Academic All-Canadians luncheon Wednesday, where a record 96 student-athletes were celebrated for their success on and off their respective fields of play.

To qualify as an Academic All-Canadian, a student-athlete must maintain a grade point average of 80 per cent or better over the academic year while also competing in a varsity sport. This means that the talent on display at the event represented some of the university’s highest achievers – and, clearly, some real superstars of time management.

John MacDonald, director of Athletics and Recreation, noted how the scholar-athletes are shining examples of success across disciplines.

“Being named a Canadian Interuniversity Sport Academic All-Canadian is one of the highest accomplishments a university student can achieve,” he said, adding that the athletes are not only leaders on their respective teams, but “contribute positively to our community.”

Indeed, it was remarkable the number of charities, hospitals and student societies that were read out as part of the athletes’ citations – some of them, such as the IWK Health Centre, were cited almost as often as the names of the varsity teams themselves.

“Today we celebrate the commitment, devotion and the true inspiration that these student-athletes bring to us,” said Susan Spence Wach, associate vice-president academic who helped present the awards representing the Office of the Vice-President Academic.

Two athletes were singled out for special recognition as recipients of the TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Leadership Awards. Miranda MacMillan (women’s hockey) and Daniel You (men’s volleyball) received the awards as the male and female student-athletes with the highest cumulative GPA after their third year of studies at Dalhousie – 4.24 and 4.26 respectively. They each are awarded a $5,000 scholarship courtesy TD Insurance Meloche Monnex.

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The 96 athletes recognized as Academic All-Canadians this year come from all 14 teams and nearly every Dalhousie faculty. The most represented faculty this year is Science with 37 Academic All-Canadians, while the most represented team is the women’s soccer squad with 15.

Basketball

Peter Leighton            
Joseph Schow
Brooke Sullivan                
Alexander Veit
Anna von Maltzahn               

Cross Country

Stephanie Bennett
Joshua Brisson            
Josh Coyle
Ryan Kiros            
Shannon McCarey
Gwendolyn Muir                
Jessica Schofield
Hannah Walker

Cross Country and Track & Field

Cara Groves
Bruce Russell            
Ashley Ryer
Gina Stewart        
Sara Ubbens

Hockey

Cassandra Banfield                
Daniel Bartek
Jordan Berk                    
Laurel Charlesworth
Rachel Cox                    
Benoit Gervais
Jacob Johnston                    
Shea Kewin
Jocelyn LeBlanc                    
Lyndsey LeBlanc
Benjamin MacAskill                
Elizabeth Matheson
Bradley McConnell                
Miranda McMillan
Sarah McVey                    
Robin Mullen
Bobby Nadeau                    
Brett Plouffe
Rebecca Sweet                    
Pierre-Alexandre Vandall
Brooklynn Winch     

Soccer 

Joanna Blodgett
Stephanie Crewe                
Andrew Dalziel
Kyla Gunderson                    
Ross Hagen
Kimberly Hardy                    
Amanda Henry
Kieran Hooey                    
Jeanette Huck
Emma Landry                    
Scott Mazurkewich
Taryn McKenna                    
Anna McKilligan
Sarah Mitchell                
Beth O'Reilly
Hussein Rajan                    
Nathan Rogers
Rieka Santilli                    
Adrienne Schmalz
Andrea Vanderlaan                
Daphne Wallace

Swimming

Danielle Adam                
Theresa Benison
James Burg                    
Bryan Fumerton
Julia Gow                    
Rhea Hurnik
Mary Claire Lynch                
Ceilidh MacPherson
Martin McKend            
Christopher Moran
Michaela Nichols                
Matthew Piggott
Tavia Raiche-Marsden            
Jilayna Stigter
Joseph Ur            
Emily Wood

Track & Field

Katerina Allan                
Michael Bawol
Nathan Comeau                
Louis DeMello
Rebecca Haworth                
Sean Higgins
Seth London                
Elizabeth MacDonald
Robert McCulloch                
Nabil Moussa
William Sandeson                
James Sharpe

Volleyball

Aaron Binstock            
Maxwell Burt
Graeme Higgins                
Travis MacLean
Petra Rafuse                    
Sasha Kosanov
Hilary Sears
Kirstie Shepherd                
Daniel You


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