Depew, NY - Wednesday, May 2 marked a day of celebration and recognition for all of D'Youville's student-athletes at the yearly Athletics Awards Banquet at Salvatore's Italian Garden.
Head coaches Earl Schunk, Stephanie Kazmierczak, and Dassy Pawlik presented the awards to the Male and Female scholar-Athletes of the Year.
For the men, junior Will VanAuken (Caledonia, NY/Caledonia-Mumford) of the D'Youville men's basketball team was the recipient of his second consecutive Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Will achieved an outstanding 3.987 GPA as an Exercise and Sports Studies/Doctorate of Physical Therapy major.
Not only was Will deserving of the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, but he dedicated himself to his team to earn the team's Spartan Award.
As for the women, two individuals shared the title of Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Junior women's tennis player Gillian Wittig (Depew, NY/Depew) and junior women's volleyball and women's lacrosse player Julie Fleming (Tonawanda, NY/Mt. St. Mary's Academy) were named Co-Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year as both dedicated themselves on the court, but in the classroom as well.
Wittig attained a 3.932 GPA in the International Business program and as also named the team's Most Valuable Player this year for the third consecutive season. Fleming maintained a 3.866 GPA in the Dietetics program whilst being a two-sport athlete.
Both have maintained their character and demeanor in the classroom and on the court as they were named to the AMCC Fall Sportsmanship Team.
(Pictured from left to right: Coach Schunk, VanAuken, Coach Pawlik, Wittig, Fleming, Coach Kazmierczak)