May 21, 2013

First Class Athletes Win 23 Awards at Morning Ceremony

Coast Guard Academy athletes took home 23 awards at the Individual Proficiency Awards Ceremony on Tuesday morning.

The Class of 2013 Distinguished Graduate Award winner Joe Sullivan-Springhetti, led the way winning four awards as he also took home the National Society Dames of the Court Award given to the cadet who excels in Law, the Superintendent’s Award given to the cadet who leads the class in personal character and the CGA Parent’s Association Award given to the cadet who has attained the highest standing on the Military Precedence List.

Ellen Kintz, a member of the sailing team, won three awards. She won the Eagle Award given to the cadet who exhibits the highest proficiency in Professional Development, the Military Order of Foreign Wards of the United States Award given to the cadet who is deemed most proficient in the handling of sailing vessels and the Chief Warrant and Warrant Officers Association Award given to the cadet who has contributed most significantly to the success of Mechanical Engineering projects involving a team effort in analysis, experimentation and design.

Michael Piantedosi, a captain of the men’s swim team won both the Captain Hopley Yeaton Award presented to the cadet who exhibits the highest qualities of military leadership and the Martin C. Hope Memorial Award given to the cadet whose contributions to the most outstanding Management capstone project are deemed to be the most valuable.

Jessica Ward, captain of the women’s rowing team, won both the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Class of 1965 Mechanical Engineering Proficiency Award given to the cadet who exhibits the highest proficiency in Mechanical Engineering. She also won the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association Award given to the cadet who attains the highest academic standing for the entire course of instruction.

Eric Ordeson, a member of the men's tennis team, won the Fleet Reserve Association Award for the cadet who is most proficient in Operations Research and also won the Dimick Award given to the cadete who attains the highest proficiency in Mathematics.

Other first class cadets who were recognized as individual award winners were: baseball players Tyler Vieira, Nolan Gallagher and Ed Sella, men’s soccer players Will Leffler, Dan Spangler and Greg Kennerley.

Holli Bastinck, softball; Catherine Schmitz, women’s rowing; Julia Kane, women’s cross country and track and Natasha Hope of the women’s track team were also honored with awards at the ceremony.

The 132nd commencement exercises of the United States Coast Guard Academy will held on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

 

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