LEICESTER, Mass. – For the final time as a group, the Becker College Athletic Department held their annual Athletic Awards Celebration, hosting the event in a socially-distanced setting on Thursday night.
In what was being described as a celebration of the hard work and appreciation for the student-athletes of Hawk Nation, the ceremony included the recognition of the Class of 2021, student-athletes inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, and a total of a dozen individual and team awards ranging from appreciation to student workers to excellence on the field of play as a senior.
The Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete Award was presented to Jared Zieman from the football program and Sarah Ellis from the softball program. Both Zieman and Ellis earned the Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete thanks in part to their several First Team All-Conference nominations in their respective sport and numerous record-breaking performances over their careers.
In the field of academics, the John J. Dorsey Scholar-Athlete Awards were presented to Rebecca Beringer of women's soccer and Mateus Ribeiro of men's basketball. These student-athletes were recognized for having some of the highest GPAs as athletes, defining what it means to be a student-athlete.
One of the newest awards created for this year's ceremony was the Hawk Achievement Award. To be eligible for this award, a student-athlete must be a junior, sophomore, or freshman while making an extreme impact on a program during their time at Becker. This award was won by juniors Clare Conway and Kylian Kelly, both of women's ice hockey and women's lacrosse.
The Gerald Owen Inspiration Award is presented to a senior student-athlete who best handles adversity in an inspiring way during their career. This award was presented to Charles Costello of the men's ice hockey program.
The Gene R. Alley Award was given to a pair of senior student-athlete who constantly demonstrate a commitment of service for the betterment of Becker Athletics. From women's lacrosse, Sydney Theriault and from men's soccer and a student assistant coach of softball, Dylan Foran, were presented with the honors.
The Matthew W. Tittle Award goes to a senior student in recognition of exemplary performance and having constantly excelled in supporting the mission and values of Becker Athletics. This year, the Matthew W. Tittle Award was presented to Noah Rivera of baseball.
Another new award presented this year was the Community Award, which went to a student-athlete who has shown dedication to their sport and the Becker Athletics Community. The Community Award was presented to Jessica Santoro of the equestrian team.
The Carlton A. Perry Award is presented to annually to a member of the Becker College community who has made significant contributions to the success of the Athletics Department. In 14 years with the Athletic Department, Director of Athletics Frank Millerick has been around to see 16 different programs win a conference championship, among numerous other things he has done for the success of the department, making him the fitting winner of the Carlton A. Perry Award.
In the fall semester, the Department of Athletics ran a social media campaign aimed to keep their teams active with the Department and with Becker social media. Named the Hawks Virtual Victories, this virtual, team-based promotion, provided a competitive and fun atmosphere to stay engaged with their peers. The team competition was won by the men's soccer program as they were presented with the #HawksVV Trophy.
Photos of this event will be posted at a later date.