COLCHESTER, Vt. - Women's basketball senior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) was named one of three valedictorians during Saint Michael's College's 112th Commencement on Sunday in the Ross Sports Center, Ferreri's home court for four years. She was also the recipient of the Katherine Fairbanks Memorial Award, one of the College's major honors handed out at graduation.
Thanks to holding down a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average, Ferreri joined Lorie Blais and Kalli Opsal as valedictorians of the senior class. Last year, women's cross country alumna Roxy Withers (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) also secured a valedictorian honor thanks to a 4.0 GPA. Ferreri claimed the Fairbanks Award, which honors a graduating woman "demonstrating commitment and achievement related to the intellectual, spiritual, moral and social values of Saint Michael's College."
The well-decorated Ferreri was a standout on the court and in the classroom, as well as working with her team in the community to support the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), Special Olympics, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and the Winooski Middle School girls' basketball team through Sisters in Sport.
Ferreri majored in biology and triple minored in chemistry, psychology and religious studies while serving two years as a captain. A two-time Google Cloud NCAA Division II Academic All-America selection, Ferreri landed on the first team this winter. She is the school's first three-time Google Cloud Academic All-District pick in any sport, and claimed Northeast-10 Conference Academic All-Conference each of the past three years. She was the lone student on Saint Michael's College's Presidential Search Committee last year and earned the Department of Athletics' Roger F. Keleher '15 Award as the top female scholar-athlete in the senior class.
Ferreri graduated as the only player in program history - and only the third man or woman at Saint Michael's - with 850 points (913), 400 rebounds (449), 250 assists (269), 150 steals (173) and 40 blocks (46) in a career, having played 103 games. She turned in career highs this year in scoring (12.9), rebounding (6.3), offensive rebounding (2.2), assists (3.7), minutes (33.2), three-point shooting (33.8%) and threes (24).
Two additional high-achieving senior student-athletes played integral roles in Commencement. Men's basketball's Winston Jones II (Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream Central) was chosen by his peers as the undergraduate student speaker, urging the senior class to "listen and observe." He is the second consecutive student-athlete to deliver the undergraduate address, following women's volleyball alumna Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) from the Class of 2018. Jones turned in career highs across the board as a senior starter, including averaging 7.2 points and 5.0 rebounds. He earned the department's Victor V. LeMieux '35 Award for loyalty and leadership last week after claiming his program's Jerry Lanteri '76 Award.
Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich), a captain of the women's swimming & diving team this past winter, was part of a trio that played the song "I Hope You Dance," with Kohn performing vocals. A regular Star Spangled Banner singer before swimming & diving meets the last four years, Kohn capped a weekend that began with her claiming the Department of Athletics' Diane C. Foster '77 Award for compassion, service and sacrifice. Kohn won 94 events and set three school records during her career, including capturing a career-high 30 victories as a senior. A nine-time academic award honoree, Kohn served as a critical link this season between her program and its new Team IMPACT teammate. She was also the College's Honors Program vice president.