Last Monday, April 12, the Student Leadership Awards were presented to six student athletes along with one graduate assistant coach. Each of the winners have contributed to a more positive and welcoming environment at Springfield College in a variety of ways, showing exactly why they were truly deserving of the awards they received.
Following the introduction by Vice President of Student Affairs, Patrick Love, the event kicked off with the Student Class Presidents and Student Trustee Swearing-In Ceremony. As the five-minute segment wrapped up, the presentation of the Student Leadership Awards began.
The first two student-athletes to be recognized were senior Abby Murdock and junior Alyson Coyle, both members of the track and field team for the Pride. Murdock and Coyle were recipients of the Innovation and Creativity Award for their formation of the club Minds in Motion. This club was brought forth during the summer with a plan of building awareness to mental health and creating a community of support for students.
“It means a lot [to win such a terrific award,” began Murdock. There are so many student leaders who have accomplished tremendous things this past year. It has been amazing to watch, and I am proud to have even been considered one of them with Aly.”
Coyle iterated Murdock’s point, and added that their hard work and dedication to starting up a club to promote mental health and the stigma behind it has paid off with the acknowledgement it has been receiving around campus.
Next, there were three student athletes to be recognized for the positivity award. Junior Justin Brosnan (volleyball), senior Isaiah Cashwell-Doe (football), and sophomore Brenna LaChapelle (cross-country, track) took home this year’s honors.
Brosnan was described by his nominators as someone with a positive outlook, someone who consistently communicated with his peers about doing the right thing, who always led by example, and who leaned into every opportunity to spread their positivity by both taking on more responsibilities as a student ambassador and by taking on more leadership within their role on the Student Athlete Leadership Team.
Cashwell-Doe has embodied the spirit, mind, and body on and off the field and has approached everything he has done thus far with an abundance of enthusiasm and determination. His perseverance and grit has been shown through his ability to consistently overcome adverse situations in his life, and his desire to improve himself as not only a teammate and player, but an overall person has been nothing short of remarkable.
As for Lachapelle, her capability of maintaining a positive attitude throughout hardships and difficult situations while remaining calm in a constantly changing environment is what propelled her to this prestigious award. Her constant reminders to her peers about finding the good in challenging situations is inspiring and encouraging as well.
“I feel like I’ve been able to contribute as an athlete and as a [resident assistant],” Lachapelle offered. “As an athlete I run cross-country and track, so I try to support my teammates the best I can and they support me right back. And in terms of being an RA, I’ve been in several different dorms and have had so many different residents so I just try to be comforting and give them someone to talk to.”
The Community Connection Award was given out to Max Pape, who is a junior and member of the Pride baseball team. Pape has worked tirelessly with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and adapted to the dissimilar circumstances the coronavirus pandemic has provided by transitioning quickly to a virtual mode to continue to strengthen his community.
One graduate assistant coach also took home an award. James Kaishian, who helps coach the Pride wrestling team, was announced the winner of the Campus Voice Award. Kaishian has become a distinguished graduate student leader, advocate, and adjunct professor, all while being a doctoral candidate here on Alden Street. He started the process of updating the graduate assistant contracts, was appointed the president of the graduate student organization, and has done a phenomenal job of voicing student concerns.
These seven individuals continue to impact the community and lives of those around them both on and off the field.
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