Courtesy: America East Communications

2016 America East Fall Elite 17 Award Recipients

Release: 11/22/2016

BOSTON – The America East Conference presented Elite 17 Awards at the conclusion of each of its six fall championships, which took place over the past several weeks. The program, in its third year, honors student-athletes who exemplify academic excellence.

Modeled after the NCAA Elite 90 Academic Recognition Award Program, the America East Elite 17 award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average competing at the finals site at each of the America East’s 17 team championships. The Elite 17 Award Program was established by the conference in June 2013 for implementation in the 2014-15 academic year.

Fall Elite 17 Award Recipients
Men's Cross Country - Jesse Orach, Maine

  • Senior with a 3.95 GPA in chemical engineering
  • Second-straight #AEXC Elite 17 honor
  • Was the men's individual champion at the 2016 #AEXC Championship

Women's Cross Country - Christina Melian, Stony Brook

  • Senior with a 3.92 GPA in health science
  • Placed 2nd at the 2016 #AEXC Championship

Field Hockey - Kyleigh Morrison, Pacific

  • Senior with a 3.72 in business administration with a finance concentration

Men's Soccer - Jake Slomski, Hartford

  • Junior with a 3.94 GPA in accounting

Women's Soccer - Katie Connolly, Hartford 

  • Senior with a 4.00 GPA in psychology
  • Earned award for third-straight year

Volleyball - Courtney Bowman, New Hampshire 

  • Junior with a 3.76 GPA in occupational therapy


America East is proud to have one of most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country. In addition to the Elite 18 program, All-Academic teams comprised of student-athletes who excel both academically and athletically are chosen in each of the conference’s 18 sports. Additionally, a Scholar-Athlete, someone who distinguishes himself/herself as the top student-athlete in his/her sport, is awarded. From that group, one male and one female is selected the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The conference also recognizes all student-athletes who achieve at least a 3.0 GPA on its Academic Honor Roll, with those achieving a 3.50 average or better receiving Commissioner’s Honor Roll status. The Presidential Scholar-Athlete award recognizes graduating student-athletes who compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher as an undergraduate student. Finally, the Academic Cup is presented to the institution whose student-athletes post the highest grade-point average during that academic year.

About America East
Founded in 1979, the America East Conference consists of nine member institutions, sponsors championships in 17 sports and provides its member schools and their athletic programs a platform upon which student-athletes can achieve both collegiate and life success through the promotion and nurturing of athletic excellence, academic achievement and leadership, on and off the field.

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