COLCHESTER, Vt. – A trio of Saint Michael’s College student-athletes – senior swimmer Alex Canning (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield), junior women’s cross country/Nordic skiing student-athlete Lauren Fereshetian (Turner, Maine/Leavitt Area), and sophomore men’s soccer player Rondel Ward (Saint George, Barbados/Harrison College) – have been picked to represent the College later this month at a pair of NCAA conferences in at Walt Disney World Coronado Spring Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
“I think it’s a great honor to be selected to attend the 2009 NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference,” said Ward. “I know that I can learn a lot from the conference, and I’m looking forward to hearing what the speakers have to say.”
“Lauren and Rondel are wonderful choices to represent Saint Michael’s College at the 2009 NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference, and Alex is an excellent person to be the first Saint Michael’s representative at the 2009 NCAA Student-Athlete Development Coaches Forum,” said Director of Athletics Geri Knortz . “Not only will they benefit from this valuable program that focuses on student development and leadership, but so too will their teammates, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and the Saint Michael’s community.”
Ward, a computer studies major with a 3.887 cumulative Grade Point Average, has been a member of the Saint Michael’s men’s soccer team the last two seasons. He has played in 12 contests the last two seasons for the Purple Knights, helping the squad to a 17-13-7 record in that span. A member of the College’s Diversity Coalition and Martin Luther King, Jr. Society, Ward has also volunteered as a teacher for underprivileged children in his home country, and has earned awards from the Barbados Government for exemplary work in the computer studies field.
… BFP editor’s note: The above was taken from a recently received press release.