COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College Department of Athletics recognized its seventh class of Chi Alpha Sigma inductees on Friday, as Purple Knights carrying a minimum cumulative 3.7 grade-point average were honored during a ceremony in the Dion Family Student Center's Roy Room.
Nineteen student-athletes gained entry into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society, with Friday's class the largest since the inaugural group of 23 student-athletes were inducted in 2013. One hundred and eight Purple Knights have now earned entry into Chi Alpha Sigma over the past seven years.
The 19 members from the induction Class of 2019 were:
- Senior Clara Lopez Costa (Barcelona, Spain/Green Mountain Valley School), Alpine skiing
- Senior Mitch McDonald (Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake), Nordic skiing
- Junior Maggie Daley (Slingerlands, N.Y./Bethlehem Central), field hockey
- Junior MaKayla Foster (Middlebury, Vt./Middlebury Union), field hockey
- Junior Kara Gailiunas (Warren, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School), Alpine skiing
- Junior Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown), women's swimming & diving
- Junior Torrie Gray (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North), women's ice hockey
- Junior Kevin Jeter (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie), men's cross country/Nordic skiing
- Junior Emma Koukos (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), women's cross country
- Junior Matt Mosher (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde), men's tennis
- Junior Katrina Pietz (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter), women's lacrosse
- Junior Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland), softball
- Junior Megan Reid (Winchester, Mass./Winchester), women's swimming & diving
- Junior Sam Rossi (Wilton, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe), women's cross country
- Junior Julia Sevigny (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill), softball
- Junior Rachel Sullivan (Scituate, Mass./Scituate), women's cross country
- Junior Autumn Tamlyn (Silver Bay, N.Y./Queensbury), women's tennis
- Junior Katie Valle (Weston, Mass./Weston), women's swimming & diving
- Junior Anna Willassen (Jar, Norway/Persbråten VGS), Alpine skiing
Eight members of the induction Class of 2018 were also recognized as, along with Lopez Costa and McDonald, senior student-athletes who are members of Chi Alpha Sigma will wear special cords as part of their graduation regalia during Commencement in May:
- Senior Bradley Anair (Bennington, Vt./Mount Anthony Union), men's soccer
- Senior Seamus Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham), men's swimming & diving
- Senior Margaret de Pont (Norton, Mass./Bishop Feehan), women's tennis
- Senior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes), women's basketball
- Senior Meg Flanagan (Middletown, R.I./The Prout School/Boston College), women's swimming & diving
- Senior Katie Leonard (Carmel, N.Y./The Ursuline School), field hockey
- Senior Madison Nichols (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School), women's ice hockey
- Senior Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer), women's volleyball
Saint Michael's is one of just five schools in the 15-college Northeast-10 Conference to be a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society, which is the first national scholar-athlete society to honor collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition. Purple Knights carrying a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA in their junior or senior years, and who have been at the College for more than one semester, are eligible.
Saint Michael's, which has been designated the Vermont Beta chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma after becoming the second college in Vermont to join the organization - Norwich University is the other - is among 315 schools in 42 states and the District of Columbia to start a chapter. Founded in 1996 at DePauw (Ind.) University, the society's mission is to bring honor and recognition to deserving student-athletes, their families, teams, athletic departments, and NCAA and NAIA colleges in much the same way that other societies primarily honor scholastics. Chi Alpha Sigma also encourages good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics.