COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College seniors Kelsie Miller (Templeton, Mass./Narragansett Regional) and Mike Schreiner (Saint Albans, Vt./Norwich) were both presented with the Roger F. Keleher '15 Award on Thursday, drawing an accolade that has been earned by outstanding scholar-athletes of the College's graduating class who maintain high scholastic averages since 1954. Miller is a member of the field hockey team, and Schreiner hails from the men's ice hockey program.
A senior captain after serving as assistant captain in 2014, Miller started all 18 contests on defense this past season for the third straight fall. She ended her career with five defensive saves, which puts her fifth in program history. Miller, a biology major who also minors in chemistry and environmental studies, maintains a 3.978 cumulative grade-point average, and holds membership in the Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Chi Alpha Sigma and Delta Epsilon Sigma honor societies. She will land a spot on the Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll each of her eight semesters, and was named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Scholar of Distinction three times to complement her four NFHCA National Academic Squad recognitions.
A member of the Purple Knight Leadership Academy (PKLA), Miller has served in several leadership roles at Saint Michael's, as an apartment community adviser and resident assistant, math and chemistry tutor, and Orientation leader. She also earned the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship and researched lionfish and their impact on native ecosystems through her internship last summer in Beaufort, N.C. After graduation, Miller is headed for the University of New Hampshire, where she will work as a teaching assistant while pursuing a master of science degree in marine biology.
Schreiner becomes the second men's ice hockey senior to earn the Keleher Award in as many years after Eric Robinson '15 was recognized last May. The team's assistant captain in just his third season with the program, Schreiner played forward for the Purple Knights and led his team by example as he persevered through challenging injuries. His team-centered approach and unrelenting work ethic on the ice and in the classroom was an inspiration to his team, as he carries a 3.705 cumulative GPA as an accounting major with a minor in business. He holds membership in the Sigma Beta Delta and Chi Alpha Sigma honor societies.
An NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll qualifier each of his six semesters at Saint Michael's after transferring in from Norwich University, he was also named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East All-Academic as a junior and New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) All-Academic as a senior. In addition to excelling in the classroom and on the ice, he enjoyed volunteering with the Chittenden South Burlington (CSB) Youth Hockey program and participating in other community service initiatives with the men's ice hockey team. Mike has accepted a position with KPMG in Boston for the summer, and then will return to Burlington and enroll at the University of Vermont this fall to pursue a master of science degree in accountancy.
The Keleher Award was established in 1954 by the Connecticut Valley Alumni Chapter to honor Roger Keleher, a Springfield, Mass., native. A member of the Class of 1915, his dedication to both academic and athletic achievement provided the model for the scholar-athlete award that now bears his name. Keleher also received an honorary degree from the College in 1959, and is a member of the Saint Michael's College Athletic Hall of Fame.