Lyndon student-athletes nominated for NAC honors

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — The Lyndon Department of Athletics has nominated two senior student-athletes for the 2011-12 North Atlantic Conference Man and Woman of the Year Award. To be considered for the honor, a student-athlete must excel both academically and athletically.
 
A nominee must detail any community and/or campus leadership or service positions and activities they been involved with over your four years at Lyndon and complete a personal statement, a 200-word document that describes how their community service and experiences as a scholar, athlete and leader - on campus and in the community - has influenced their lives and shaped them into the person they are today.

Once submitted, a committee of NAC athletic administrators uses the following selection guidelines to determine which one of the nominees will be selected as the NAC Woman and Man of the Year: services and leadership (28%), academic achievement (28%), athletic excellence (28%) and the personal statement (16%).
 
Michelle Wilcox, a resident of Sheldon, Vt., was recently awarded the 2011-12 Dudley Bell Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year Award for her efforts on the Lyndon women's soccer team.

Originally a three-sport athlete, Wilcox cut back on her athletic endeavors to concentrate on academics and women's soccer the past two seasons. The decision paid handsome dividends as she currently holds a grade-point-average of 3.84 in the Electronic Journalism Arts.

On the soccer pitch, Wilcox has been no stranger to success. She earned All-NAC First Team honors in 2011 after being named a Second Team selection in 2010. In the 2010-11 school year, Wilcox was named Lyndon's Green and Gold Female Scholar-Athlete, an award presented to the male and female student-athlete with the highest GPA on the Lyndon campus.

Wilcox also serves as a Lyndon Student Ambassador and is a member of Alpha Lambda Beta National Honor Society. She is also a member of Alliance for Women in Media and the Lyndon Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

In the future, she would like to work as a broadcast reporter in the news industry traveling throughout the world. Wilcox would also like to start a career in coaching as well.

Craig Johnson has hit the ground running since his arrival at Lyndon in 2008. In his first season in NAC men's cross country competition, he took home All-NAC First Team honors as well as the league's Rookie and Runner of the Year awards.

A senior Atmospheric Science major from North Kingstown, R.I., who currently holds a GPA of 3.58, Johnson was the NAC's individual champion in 2008, garnered First Team honors for a second time in 2010 and was a Second Team selection in 2009 and 2011.

Johnson is also Vice President of Lyndon's American Meteorological Society and National Weather Associate. He also serves as secretary of Sigma Zeta Math and Science Honor Society and hopes to use his education to make a difference in the climate change and renewable/clean energy sector.

In the 2011-12 school year, Wilcox and Johnson were named a Lyndon Scholar-Athlete, an honor given to student-athletes who have a minimum of three semesters at Lyndon and an overall GPA of 3.3, and a NAC Scholar-Athlete – junior or senior standing and a minimum overall 3.5 GPA – as well.