NEW LONDON, Conn. – Ten senior cadet-athletes were honored this afternoon at the Individual Proficiency Awards Ceremony. The 10 cadets combined to win 15 total awards at the ceremony held in Leamy Hall.
Nikole Barnes (sailing), Laura Beck (women's rowing), Brianna Grisell (women's soccer), Bonny Turnage (women's cross country and track and field) and Alex Lane (men's soccer) each won two awards.
Barnes won the Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States Award given to the cadet who is deemed most proficient in the handling of sailing vessels and the American Legion Award given to the cadet who has personally excelled in athletics.
Beck won both the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists Award given to the female cadet who has demonstrated the highest degree of initiative, competence and scholarship in the discipline of Engineering and the American Society of Naval Engineers Award given to the cadet who is deemed most proficient in Marine Engineering.
Grisell won the Veterans of Foreign Wars Award given to the cadet whose studies in the Humanities have been most outstanding and the VADM J.J. McClelland Memorial Award given to the cadet who has been most proficient academically, militarily, and athletically and who has been an outstanding leader with genuine affection for the Coast Guard Academy and its traditions.
Turnage took home both the Daughter's of Union Veterans of the Civil War Award given to the cadet who attains the highest proficiency in Civil Engineering and the Captain Charles A. McAllister Memorial Award given to the cadet who has shown the highest proficiency in engineering subjects during the entire course of instruction.
Lane won the RADM Ned W. Sprow Award given to the cadet who persevered through academic difficulties and demonstrated an increasing commitment to intellectual and personal development so as to be judged capable of matching RADM Sprow's achievement of being first in their class to make flag rank and the Tommy Award given to the cadet who demonstrated those outstanding qualities of sportsmanship and leadership so distinctive in the career of RADM John. P. Thompson, Superintendent, USCGA, from 1970 to 1973.
Also winning awards were Logan Mars (football), who took home the LCDR Donald L. Prince Memorial Award which is given to the cadet who is deemed most proficient in Management.
Jenn Haley (cross country/track) won the Commander Frederick A. Hunnewell Award given to the cadet who is deemed most proficient in Naval Architecture and Ship Design.
Monica Luebke (women's swimming) took home the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Leadership and Proficiency Award given to the cadet who has demonstrated the highest degree of initiative, competence, leadership and scholarship in the Capstone Ship Design Project.
J.D. Dunaway (football) won the Superintendent's Award given to the cadet who leads the class in personal character and Katie Clark (women's soccer) won the Captain Lee H. Baker Memorial Award given to the female member of the graduating class for inspirational leadership in Academy athletics.
The Athletic Awards Ceremony will take place tonight at 5:00 at the Otto Graham Hall of Athletic Excellence.
The Class of 2017 will hold their commencement ceremony tomorrow morning at 11:00 am at Cadet Memorial Field where President Donald Trump will give the commencement address.