NCAA celebrates Lyndon student-athletes

NCAA celebrates Lyndon student-athletes

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recently decreed the week of April 9-15 as its "Division III Week," a period to celebrate student-athletes' academic achievement, athletics accomplishments and dedication leadership, community services and campus involvement.

Twelve Lyndon student-athletes were cited for their commitment to excellence in the athletic arena, classroom and local communities. The honorees include:

Kayla Flynn - Women's Tennis
Flynn, a sophomore from Johnston, R.I., currently holds a grade-point-average of 3.21 in Atmospheric Science and Applied Mathematics.

In her short tenure with the Hornets, she has been named to the All-North Atlantic Conference Team the past two seasons and was the league's Rookie of the Year in 2010.

Her experience as a Resident Assistant and Student Ambassador has played an important role in her desire to become an educator at the college level in future.

Allynne O'Hearn - Women's Cross Country
O'Hearn, a senior from Pelham, N.H., currently holds a GPA of 3.56 in Mathematics and Liberal Arts.

In her four years competing in a Lyndon uniform, she garnered All-NAC First Team honors in 2010 and took home Second Team honors twice (2008 & 2011).

The future educator also took home Rookie of the Week honors in 2008, her first season with the Hornets.

Patrick Hilton – Men's Soccer & Baseball
Managing two sports, as well as a double-major in Business and Journalism, Hilton currently holds an impressive GPA of 3.76.

In three years, the junior and Lyndonville, Vt. native has served as academic captain of the Lyndon baseball program, and captained the Hornets to their first-ever NAC Championship Game in 2010.

In his spare time, Hilton works as an assistant in the Lyndon Marketing and Communications Office and occasionally assists the Admissions Department with many of its on-campus functions.

Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a Masters Degree or Doctorate in Business and would eventually like to open his own business.

Luke Haskell – Men's Soccer, Men's Tennis & Men's Lacrosse
Haskell, a senior three-sport athlete from Sullivan, Maine, recently returned from an internship in the Western United States and now holds a GPA of 3.59 in Mountain Recreation Management.

In four years with the Lyndon men's soccer program, two with the Hornet men's lacrosse team and a single season competing in men's tennis, Haskell showed tremendous desire and leadership worthy of recognition.

A two-year captain of the Hornet men's soccer team, he helped lead them to their first-ever NAC title game in 2010. In the future, Haskell plans to use his Lyndon education to build terrain parks for large ski resorts across the United States.

Maegen Fried – Women's Volleyball
A native of Great Falls, Mont., Fried currently holds a 2.88 GPA in Atmospheric Sciences. Her career ambition is to become a broadcast meteorologist.

Fried, a junior, has had a significant impact on the Hornet women's volleyball program, leading it in several offensive statistical categories the past few campaigns. For her efforts, she has been named team captain the past two seasons and was named to the All-NAC Second Team in 2011.

Kaitlin Cunningham - Women's Tennis
Involved and committed, Cunningham came a long way from her home in Manteca, Calif. to attend college in rural Vermont. An Exercise Science major, she also serves as a Resident Assistant and is a member of the Lyndon Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Cunningham, who also serves as Lyndon's Intervarsity Club's Green and Gold Director, has her sights set on becoming a corporate fitness director in the future as well as an occupational and massage therapist.

Craig Johnson – Men's Cross Country
To say Johnson hit the ground running since his arrival at Lyndon would be an understatement. In his first season in NAC 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 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.

Wildens Fils – Men's Cross Country & Men's Tennis
Fils is an Exercise Science/Pre-professional Physical Therapy major from Stamford, Conn. He currently holds a GPA of 2.82 while competing for both the Lyndon men's cross country and men's tennis programs.

In your years, Fils has earned All-NAC First Team honors in cross country twice (2008 & 2009) and collected Second team honors in 2010 and 2011. In his spare time, Fils serves on the Lyndon SAAC, is President of the Hornet Track and Field Club; and is a Resident Assistant.

Once his education is complete, he plans to work in the medical field and has a desire to become a running coach.

Michelle Wilcox – Women's Soccer
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 has paid handsome dividends to the senior from Sheldon, Vt. as she currently holds a GPA of 3.84 in Television Studies/Electronic Journalism Arts: Broadcast Design.

On the soccer pitch, Wilcox has been no stranger to success. She earned All-NAC First Team honors in 2001 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 Women in Media and the Lyndon 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.

Naomi White – Women's Basketball
One of three Lyndon athlete to surpass the 1,000-point plateau this past season, White currently holds a GPA of 3.50 in Exercise Science. A senior and Danville, Vt. native, she plans to work as a fitness instructor and manage a gym in the future.

White also plans to attend graduate school eventually and perhaps pursue a career in physical therapy. In her four years at Lyndon, she had been named to the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, served on the Lyndon SAAC, participated in Accepted Student Days as a tour guide and has been a peer leader and student ambassador as well.

In athletic circles, White has earned the prestigious Lyndon Champions of Character Award in 2010 and took home the 2010 and 2011 Dudley Bell Student-Athlete award, an honor presented to Lyndon's top male and female athletes in a particular school year.

White was also named an All-NAC selection in women's soccer in 2008 and was most Valuable Player for the Hornet Women's Basketball program in 2010.  

Meghan Gadapee - Softball
The workhorse of the Lyndon softball pitching staff, putting in a solid effort is something Gadapee is accustomed to.

An Exercise Science/Pre-professional Occupational Therapy major carrying a GPA of 3.33, the Littleton, N.H. native was the 2011 Critic Softball Player of the Year, the 2011 Lyndon Softball MVP and one for the top-five pitchers in the North Atlantic Conference.

Gadapee also took home NAC Player of the Week honors in 2011 and has assisted with both the Lyndon Indoor Softball Clinic as well as its Summer Softball Camp.

A Lyndon Legacy student – her parents Geoff and Carlene Gadapee graduated from Lyndon in 1987 – she plans to work with children with disabilities and neuromusculoskeletal injuries in the future.

Caleb Noble – Men's Lacrosse
A two-time All-NAC Second Team selection at long-stick midfielder, Noble holds a 3.66 GPA in Television Studies with a minor in History. The Rowley, Mass. resident is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and was named to the NAC All-Academic Team in 2011.

In regard to his future plans, Noble states he wants "to live life to its fullest, take chances, live every day like it's my last and have no regrets. Ultimately, I want to play music, be a high school lacrosse coach and run my fifth generation farm."