Stonehill Presents St. Thomas Aquinas Medals in Celebration of National Student-Athlete Day

2019-20 St. Thomas Aquinas Medal recipients

20 student-athletes honored for having the highest cumulative GPA on their team, highlighted by three three-time honorees and 13 first-time recipients

EASTON, Mass. (April 9, 2020) - Stonehill College has announced its St. Thomas Aquinas, Patron Saint of Students, medal recipients for the 2019-20 academic year for having the highest cumulative grade point average on their respective teams in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Week.

St. Thomas Aquinas medals are presented annually to honor student-athletes from Stonehill's 21 varsity programs who have the highest cumulative grade point average on their respective teams through the fall 2019 semester. Of the 20 medal recipients this year, 13 are first-time recipients and include three three-time medalists in seniors Grace Carter from the Northeast-10 Conference Champion women's basketball team, Jennifer Kornacki of the women's golf program and Jennifer Wheaton from the women's lacrosse team.

Earning St. Thomas Aquinas medals for the second time are seniors Anna Lastra for the NE10 and East Region Champion women's cross country team and Manu Ravichandrakumar of the men's tennis program, as well as juniors Michael McShane from men's soccer and Julia Perrone of softball.





















St. Thomas Aquinas Medal recipients:
Elisha Brinkman (Barendrecht, The Netherlands/Erasniaans Gymnasium), Sophomore, Field Hockey
Grace Carter (Arlington, Massachusetts/Arlington), Senior, Women's Basketball***
Kathleen Giusti (Merrimac, Massachusetts/Pentucket Regional), Junior, Women's Track & Field
Derek Ivey (Newtown, Connecticut/Newtown), Junior, Football
Evan Kennedy (South Windsor, Connecticut/East Catholic), Sophomore, Men's Track & Field
Jennifer Kornacki (Simsbury, Connecticut/Simsbury), Senior, Women's Golf***
Anna Lastra (Bridgton, Maine/Fryeburg Academy), Senior, Women's Cross Country**
Hannah Lennon (Plainville, Connecticut/Plainville), Sophomore, Equestrian
Nickolas McNamee (Plymouth, Massachusetts/Plymouth North), Sophomore, Men's Cross Country
Michael McShane (Needham, Massachusetts/Needham), Junior, Men's Soccer**
Julia Perrone (North Reading, Massachusetts/North Reading), Junior, Softball**
Sophia Poveda (Miami, Fla./Westminster Christian School), Junior, Volleyball
Manu Ravichandrakumar (Chennai, India/Saddlebrook Prep (Fla.)), Senior, Men's Tennis**
Abby Remick (Chepachet, R.I./Ponaganset), Sophomore, Volleyball
Matthew Schoen (Tolland, Conn./Phillips Academy), Senior, Ice Hockey
Anastasiya Shyianok (Minsk, Belarus/Gymnasium 23), Senior, Women's Tennis
Camryn Thompson (Lincoln, Rhode Island/Lincoln), Sophomore, Women's Soccer
Connor Walsh (West Friendship, Maryland/The Boys' Latin School of Maryland), Sophomore, Men's Basketball
Jennifer Wheaton (Dartmouth, Massachusetts/Dartmouth) Senior, Women's Lacrosse***
Aidan Wilde (Milford, Massachusetts/Milford), Sophomore, Baseball 

Number of years honored marked with asterisks 

With 23 intercollegiate sports after announcing the addition of women's swimming for the 2020-21 academic year and women's ice hockey for 2021-22, Stonehill boasts one of the top athletic and academic programs in the country. Stonehill has won the Northeast-10 Conference Presidents' Cup five times, all coming within the last 14 years. The Skyhawks have received the NCAA Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Achievement each of the first nine years of the program's existence of honoring institutions with an Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 90-percent or better. Stonehill has earned a 95% Academic Success Ranking (ASR) by the NCAA, which considers the academic success rate of the institution based on the graduation rate of student-athletes, good for tenth among all NCAA Division II institutions, with nine Skyhawk teams receiving a perfect rating of 100%.

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2019-20 St. Thomas Aquinas, Patron Saint of Students, Medal Recipients