What makes a champion?
Gikandi was the defensive captain for the men’s soccer team that advanced into the semifinal round of the NESCAC Championship tournament for the second consecutive year.
Gikandi, who hails from Princeton, N.J., is majoring in biology.
“I am extremely proud of Ajami to be recognized for the third straight year,” Men’s Soccer Head Coach Kenny Murphy said. “Ajami is an intelligent, conscientious student-athlete who embodies the mission of Connecticut College and the standards of this prestigious award.”
Hernandez is a three-sport athlete competing in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field. The computer science major from Miami, Fla., set a personal record in the 10,000-meter at the New England Division III Championship, ranking 10th on the program's all-time performance list with a time of 32:45.18.
"Alejandro is one the hardest working athletes on our team, and every day he embodies the quality of character and gentlemanly traits exhibited by the great sportsman Arthur Ashe," Head Men’s Cross Country and Assistant Head Coach of Track & Field Jim Butler said.
This is third consecutive year Hernandez was named an Arthur Ashe Scholar.
Kalia was a major contributor for the women's tennis team that posted its first winning season since 2007. She is a Fellow in the Office of Career and Professional Development and a member of the Women's Empowerment Initiative at the College.
An English and self-designed South Asian studies major, she hails from Southborough, Mass.
A French and international relations major from Wilmington, Del., Wenigmann is a key member of the defense for the Camels field hockey squad. She is also involved in the local community, joining fellow teammates this winter in the Penguin Plunge which benefitted the Special Olympics of Southeastern Connecticut.
“She is an excellent representative for our field hockey program—on and off the field, in and outside of our campus community,” said Field Hockey Head Coach Chrissy Needham. “I am proud to have Natalie as part of our team and congratulate her on earning this award for the second straight year."
A junior forward on the women's hockey team, Bishop netted the game-winning goal in a key conference win over Trinity College in January and helped the program secure its first home postseason victory against Hamilton College in February.
“Lauren has had a big role in the success of our team this year,” said Women’s Ice Hockey Head Coach Kristin Steele. “We are very proud that Lauren is receiving this honor. It is well-earned.”
Shaw was a valuable contributor to the Camels front court this season, playing valuable minutes for a team finished 17-7 and hosted its first home playoff game in program history.
“She embodies the qualities of a true student-athlete and we are thrilled that Diverse Issues in Higher Education has recognized her accomplishments in the classroom and on the court,” said Women’s Basketball Head Coach Brian Wilson.
The twins from Hartford, Conn., have had an immediate impact on the women's soccer program, helping lead the team to the College's first NESCAC crown in 2014 and a program record 16 wins.
“The Medina twins are leaders in the classroom and on the pitch," said Women's Soccer Head Coach Norm Riker. "They set an excellent example of what it means to be a student-athlete at Connecticut College."