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The 52nd Annual Senior Letterwinners' Dinner

The Harvard Varsity Club and Harvard Athletics celebrated the Class of 2018 at the annual Senior Letterwinners' Dinner, held inside the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, to honor both the athletic and academic accomplishments of this year's graduating student-athletes.

Class of 2018

Over 1,000 seniors, family members, friends, coaches, and administrators dined together on the evening before commencement, honoring the accomplishments of the senior class and announcing the recipients of 11 major prizes and awards.

46 Conference Championships

5 National Championships

13 All-America Honors

Two Rhodes Scholars

5 Hoopes Prize Recipients

Emcee James P. Connolly '88
"Thank you for showing those of us in the Harvard community—and beyond—that it is possible to be both a student and an athlete. And thank you for bringing us together again and again to cheer you on." - President Drew Faust

Award Recipients

The William J. Bingham '16 Award

First awarded in 1954, this award is given annually to that male member of the graduating class of Harvard College who, through integrity, courage, leadership, and ability on the athletic fields, has best served the high purpose of Harvard as exemplified by the late William J. Bingham ’16, former Director of Athletics. This award is presented to our most outstanding male athlete.

Presented by 2016 Bingham Award recipient, Jimmy Vesey '16 (men's hockey), Forward for the New York Rangers.

Greg Royston

Men's Golf

Royston graduated as one of the most decorated student-athletes in program history. Named Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2015, he helped the men's golf program win back-to-back Ivy League Championships in 2016 and 2017, ending a 41-year title drought, and earned a spot in the NCAA Championships. Following the team's second title, he was named Ivy League Player of the Year and earned All-Ivy first team honors. Serving as team captain this year, he received the Alex Vik Most Valuable Player Award, and owns the second-best career scoring average in program history.

"I’m often asked about how much we have to give to athletics and still maintain everything else at Harvard, and I always tell people, no matter how much we have to give, we get so much more back from athletics during our time here, and certainly when we leave as well."

The Radcliffe Prize

This award was first established in 1975. It is awarded annually to that senior woman letterwinner who, through outstanding ability on the playing field and dedication to her sport or sports and qualities of leadership, best reflects the purposeful achievement of Radcliffe Alumnae in every field around the world. This prize is presented to our most outstanding female athlete.

Presented by 2016 Radcliffe Prize recipient, Autumne Franklin '16 (women's track & field), Events and Communications Assistant at MIT Music & Theatre Arts School.

Julia Glynn

Women's Lacrosse

Glynn amassed 44 points as a freshman, 38 as a sophomore, and 25 as a junior. Elected team captain for this season, her game reached new heights as she led the nation with 4.6 goals per game and was second with 6.3 points per game. Her 69 goals stand second in school history, while her 95 points rank third. A Tewaaraton Award nominee as one of the nation's best players and a four time All-Ivy honoree, Glynn became just the fifth student-athlete in school history to exceed 200 career points, finishing with 202.

"As Harvard senior student-athletes everyone is aware of the commitment it has taken to participate in our respective sports, but what a great influence team sports have contributed to our overall Harvard experience. The life lessons that we will take away from playing with and being a part of such an incredible community cannot be matched."

The John P. Reardon '60 Men’s Award

Established in 1987, this award is named in honor of John P. Reardon, Jr., ’60, Director of Athletics from 1977 to 1990. This prize is presented annually to the senior varsity male athlete who exemplifies the qualities of excellent scholarship, character, leadership, and athletic ability -- in short, our top male scholar-athlete. Nominations for this award come solely from Faculty Deans, Senior Tutors or Resident Deans.

Presented by 1999 Radcliffe Prize recipient, AJ Mlezcko Griswold '97-'99 (women's hockey), NBC Sports Analyst, Olympic Gold Medalist, HVC Hall of Famer.

Chris Egi

Men's Basketball

Egi captained this year's Ivy League Champion men's basketball team, and was bestowed with the team's John Harnice Spirit Award. As a freshman, he was presented with Harvard College's Detur Book Prize, which recognizes those who achieve the highest academic standing in their first year at the College. A John Harvard Scholar and Commencement Speaker, he has been involved with several clubs and activities including The Black Men's Forum, the Cambridge After School Program, Harvard's Bureau of Study Counsel, and several social media campaigns to promote acceptance and diversity on campus.

"Thank you to Harvard men’s basketball for having me be a part of this great institution and this program, I’ve learned so much over the past four years."

Koya Osada

Men's Swimming & Diving

Osada served as President of "Project Swim," an organization that teaches mentally and physically handicapped children in Boston to swim, and was the public relations and marketing coordinator for Camp Kesem, a camp that offers year-round support to children who have a parent with cancer. As a John Harvard Scholar and neurobiology concentrator, he studied the effects of early life stress on cognition and sleep at the Hensch Lab in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Department, and interned at Boston Children's Hospital. Osada won two Ivy League Championships as a member of the men's swimming and diving team, was recognized with the William J. Brooks Trophy last year as the swimmer who contributes the most to the success of the team, and the Harold Ulen Trophy this year as the senior who best demonstrates those qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and team cooperation.

"I sincerely believe that this honor is less about me as an individual and more about what the men’s swimming & diving senior class was able to accomplish as a whole."

The Harvard-Radcliffe Foundation for Women’s Athletics Prize

Established by the Harvard-Radcliffe Foundation for Women’s Athletics (HRFWA), this prize was first presented in 1986 and is awarded annually to the senior woman who best exemplifies the qualities of excellent scholarship, character, leadership, and athletic ability -- in short, our top female scholar-athlete. Nominations for this award come solely from Faculty Deans, Senior Tutors or Resident Deans.

Presented by 1999 Radcliffe Prize recipient, AJ Mlezcko Griswold '97-'99 (women's hockey), NBC Sports Analyst, Olympic Gold Medalist, HVC Hall of Famer.

Marie Becker

Women's Soccer

Becker did it all at Harvard, earning Academic All-America and All-Ivy honors while also winning a World Cup with the U20 German National team. Unanimously selected captain of this year's women's soccer team, she helped her teammates through several challenges over the course of their careers. A recipient of The Fitzie Foundation Award, which recognizes and supports outstanding young women with extraordinary potential, Becker was also qwarded with the prestigious Thomas T. Hoopes Prize.

"None of this would be possible for me without the help of others, and all of this is really an accumulation of it all."

The Francis J. Toland Community Service Award

This award was created in honor of former Senior Associate Director of Athletics Fran Toland, who retired in 2000 after 41 years of service to Harvard Athletics. The award is presented to the senior athlete who has made the most outstanding contribution to Harvard and its neighboring communities.

Presented by Charlie Baker '79 (men's basketball), the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Haakon Sigurslid

Nordic Skiing

Sigurslid traveled to South Africa following his sophomore year to work for Emergency First Aid Responder (EFAR), an organization that trains community members to provide basic life-saving care. Once he learned that there was no reliable system in place to notify these trained individuals when accidents occurred, he began developing an app to connect Emergency First Aid Responders to Official Dispatchers. 18 months later, he is now ready to implement the app when he returns to South Africa this summer.

"I count myself very lucky to have been part of the Harvard athletics community...community engagement and teamwork are incredibly important and necessary for EFAR to succeed, and I count myself lucky to be a member of that team, as well as this team."

The Francis H. Burr '09 Scholarship

First awarded in 1918, this award is a scholarship fund established in memory of Francis H. Burr '09 by his friends. It is awarded to the senior man and woman “who combine as nearly as possible, Burr’s remarkable qualities of character, leadership, scholarship, and athletic ability.”

Presented via video by Jackie Alemany '11 (women's basketball), White House Reporter for CBS News

Geordie Enoch

Women's Swimming & Diving

Enoch was eight-time All-Ivy selection, was the High Point Swimmer at the 2015 Ivy League Championships, and served as a captain of this year's Ivy League Champion women's swimming & diving team. She spent last summer as an intern with the European Association of History Educators in The Hague, Netherlands, where her work included an application to Horizon 2020, the European Union's largest research and innovation funding program, and research with the Institute of Historical Justice and Reconciliation on controversial monuments within the United States and Europe. Following graduation, Enoch will pursue her master's in education as part of Harvard's Teaching Fellows program, teaching 9th grade humanities at the Commnity Charter School of Cambridge.

"Of all the opportunities that Harvard has given me, the one I am most grateful for is the chance to be a part of the amazing team that is Harvard women’s swimming & diving."

The Francis H. Burr '09 Scholarship

First awarded in 1918, this award is a scholarship fund established in memory of Francis H. Burr '09 by his friends. It is awarded to the senior man and woman “who combine as nearly as possible, Burr’s remarkable qualities of character, leadership, scholarship, and athletic ability.

Presented via video by Jackie Alemany '11 (women's basketball), White House Reporter for CBS News

Rico Stormer

Wrestling

A 2016 recipient of Harvard wrestling's Beck Family Unsung Hero Award, Stormer spent the last three years as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, was a four-year member of the RFC Cambridge Robotics Club, and spent time as a mentor for the Crimson Summer Academy. This fall, he will begin a master's program at Stanford studying Energy Resources Engineering, where he plans to pursue his interest in energy generation to address the world's most pressing energy and power generation problems.

"You honestly could not wish for a better group of men to lead you, their sole goal is to make us better men as Harvard wrestlers…they’re constantly striving to push us to be our best and to be great. Thank you so much guys, you’re my heroes."

The Mary G. Paget Prize

The Mary G. Paget Prize is awarded annually by the presidents of Radcliffe and Harvard in honor of Mary Guest Paget’s many years of service as Director of Sports, Dance and Recreation at Radcliffe College. The prize was first established in 1975 and is awarded each year to the senior student who has contributed the most to women’s athletics.

Presented by 2015 Paget Prize recipient, Katie Lantz '15 (softball), Associate Manager of Global Business Planning at Reebok.

Robiny Jamerson

Polo

As a member of Harvard's polo team, Jamerson has been a leader on the field, pushing her teammates to be their best. Off the field, she has helped develop a democratic structure for the transfer of team leadership from one generation to the next. Her impact on women's athletics also reached Harvard's Intramural program. When not playing polo or polocrosse, she was an active participant in Intramurals as a leader for IM football and soccer. However, her biggest impact has been as an advocate for equal representation of women in Intramurals.

"Most importantly, I want to thank my teammates and the ponies who have taught me more in the last four years than any professor possibly could."

The Carroll F. Getchell Manager of the Year Award

In 1981, the Committee on Athletics voted to name the Manager of the Year Award, established in 1972, for the late Carroll F. Getchell, long-time business manager in the Department of Athletics. Each year the Department recognizes that manager in the senior class “who has best displayed integrity, courage, leadership, and ability” during his/her years of participation.

Presented by 2015 Paget Prize recipient, Katie Lantz '15 (softball), Associate Manager of Global Business Planning at Reebok.

Michaela Dews

Women's Volleyball

Dews was recruited to Harvard as the highest-rated outside hitter in the Ivy League, but an injury on the first day of preseason her freshman year kept her on the sidelines for two years. Elected team captain prior to her junior season despite not having played in a match, she made her long-awaited debut on the court that season in a win over Yale before an additional setback ended her playing career for good. Wanting to remain a member of the team and contribute to its success, she asked to take on a new role as manager, and served in any and all capacities needed by the team.

"It was infinitely important to me to keep the promise I made to consistently contribute in any way that I could."

The John P. Fadden Award

This award was established in 1966 in honor of the late John P. Fadden’s service as an athletic trainer and friend to Harvard athletes for many years. The award is given annually to a senior student (Varsity, JV or Intramural) who has overcome physical adversity to make a contribution to his/her team.

Presented via video by Jeremy Lin '10 (men's basketball), point guard for the Brooklyn Nets

Dani Krzyszczyk

Women's Ice Hockey

Krzyszczyk helped her team reach the Frozen Four and play for a national championship as a freshman, but battled medical issues throughout the remainder of her career. Despite adversity, she maintained a "Team First" mentality and earned two ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team selections. An inspiration to her coaches and teammates alike, this November, in her first series back on the ice, she scored a goal against Yale, nearly two years removed from the las time she lit the lamp.

"My experiences not only taught me about my individual strength, but it showed me the strength of my community. Each new obstacle I was presented with was just a reminder of how thankful I am for this community."

The Arthur L. Boland Award

This award was established in 2010 by the Department of Athletics to honor Arthur Boland, MD in commemoration of his 40 years of dedicated service to Harvard Athletics. The award is presented each year to a senior varsity athlete who will be attending medical school and who best exemplifies those characteristics and qualities which have been the hallmark of Dr. Art Boland’s care for Harvard athletes.

Presented by Dr. Gary Geissler, Former Clinical Director of Rehabilitation for Harvard Athletics

Marlena Sabatino

Women's Track & Field

A team captain and standout pole vaulter, Sabatino developed her interest in emergency medicine as a volunteer at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter and Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care, and as a medical intern at a clinic in Tanzania. In addition, she participated in research on campus to develop a biologic antimicrobial hydrogel that can improve healing for burn victims.

"I’m so grateful for Harvard track & field. If not for this team, what rings could I possibly wear to a banquet like this?"

Harvard Varsity Club

The Harvard Varsity Club has been instrumental to the success of Harvard Athletics since it was founded in 1886. The Varsity Club preserves the traditions, fosters the ideals, and advances the interests of Harvard Athletics through a wide range of activities for its 30,000+ members. The annual Senior Letterwinners' Dinner, established in 1967 to honor the contributions of the outgoing senior class, is one example of the many functions provided by the Varsity Club.

www.harvardvarsityclub.org

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