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Seventy-seven Student-Athletes Honored at Annual Senior Luncheon

Seventy-seven Student-Athletes Honored at Annual Senior Luncheon

The University of Scranton athletics department held the 26th annual Senior Student- Athlete Luncheon on Saturday, May 13, in the McIlhenny Ballroom on the fourth floor of the DeNaples Center. Seventy-seven senior student-athletes were recognized during the event, which included the presentation of the Athletics Department Merit Awards to those with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. The luncheon also included the presentation of seven special awards to senior student-athletes.

Matt Prendergast, men’s tennis — Willensky Award (overcoming extreme hardship)

Jessica Schmidt, women’s swimming and diving, and Jimmy Buckley, men’s cross country — Fitzpatrick Award (outstanding community service and leadership)

Sarah Payonk, women’s basketball, and Matthew Busch, men’s soccer — Carlesimo Award (academic and athletic achievement)

Sarah Payonk, women’s basketball; Eric Hintz, men’s soccer; and John Vitkus, men’s basketball — O’Hara Award (most outstanding student-athletes in the senior class)

In addition, former University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., was presented with the Beining Award for outstanding contributions to the Athletics Department.

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