Sports: Paladins Earn 2019-20 Academic Accolades

Above (l-r): Michelle Evans, Thomas Jung, Andrea Banks

Article by Peter Reimer, Sports Information and Promotions Coordinator, Royal Military College of Canada

Kingston, Ont. (December 22, 2020) – The Paladins are proud to announce that 49 student-athletes at the Royal Military College of Canada have earned Academic All-Star status for the 2019-20 school year.

See RMC’s all-time list of Academic All-Stars

Varsity athletes who achieve a GPA of 80% or higher during the previous academic year and play in U SPORTS competition earn the title of Academic All-Canadians, while those whose competitions do not fall under the U SPORTS banner earn OUA Academic Achievement awards. All varsity athletes who achieve this high standard are named Academic All-Stars at the College.

Achieving such a high academic standing can be a challenge for student-athletes at any institution, which makes the accomplishments of RMC’s recipients, who also have additional military duties on top of their studies and athletics, even more remarkable.

“I’m continually impressed by what our student-athletes accomplish in the classroom,” RMC Director of Athletics Darren Cates said. “Our student-athletes constantly rise to the challenges of, and succeed in, all aspects of university life. Especially this year, when we don’t have their athletic accomplishments to celebrate, I’m glad to see so many of our student-athletes are once again being honoured as Academic All-Stars.”

This year, the Paladins can also celebrate a handful of 2020 graduates who earned Academic All-Canadian status in all of their four years at the College. Deserving of a special shoutout, RMC’s newest four-time Academic All-Stars are:

Andrea Banks – women’s volleyball

Michelle Evans – women’s soccer

Thomas Jung – men’s soccer

Internal to RMC, women’s volleyball middle Emerrie Geddes won the Jack C. Sargant Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a varsity athlete who demonstrates combined proficiency in academic standing, sportsmanship, leadership, and athletic ability.

Breaking the 2019-20 Academic All-Stars down by team, men’s rugby led the Paladins with 13 recipients, followed closely by fencing with 11.

In total, 31 of last year’s recipients were in the faculty of arts, while 13 were in engineering. Four science students and one Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (ALOY) student round out RMC’s high-achieving athletes.

Learn more about a few of the Paladins 2019-20 Academic All-Stars, including their favourite professors and courses:

Caleb Woodburn – men’s rugby

Noah Lee – fencing

Harrison Kennedy – men’s volleyball

Jojo Calverley – women’s volleyball

Lambert Girardin – men’s soccer

Samantha Doma – women’s soccer

Benjamin Pruneau – men’s hockey

The complete list of RMC’s 2019-20 Academic All-Stars is below.

First Name

Last Name

Team

Academic Program

Year of Study

Fraser

Duff

Fencing, M

Honours Psychology

4

Kyle

Grenier

Fencing, M

Honours Economics

4

Mark

Keir

Fencing, M

Honours Political Science

4

Ruby

Ernest

Fencing, W

Science

1

Alyssa

Kane

Fencing, W

Aeronautical Engineering

2

Jenna

Kane

Fencing, W

Mechanical Engineering

2

Noah

Lee

Fencing, W

Arts

1

Shania

Sampson

Fencing, W

Business Administration

2

Frédérique

Santerre

Fencing, W

Physics

3

Haley

Saulnier

Fencing, W

Psychology

4

Amy

Wang

Fencing, W

Economics and Business Administration

2

Mathew

Michie

Hockey, M

Business Administration

4

Matthew

Muller

Hockey, M

Chemical Engineering

4

Benjamin

Pruneau

Hockey, M

Arts

1

Marshall

Skapski

Hockey, M

Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year

ALOY

Thomas

Brukner

Rugby, M

Military and Strategic Studies

2

Lucas

Coram

Rugby, M

Military and Strategic Studies

3

Oliver

Cross

Rugby, M

Arts

1

Alberto

Di Candia

Rugby, M

Honours Political Science

4

Sebastian

Hoyos Vera

Rugby, M

Engineering

1

Dashran

Kanthan

Rugby, M

Engineering

1

Jack

McDonald

Rugby, M

Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering

PG

John

Moncrieff

Rugby, M

Arts

1

Cammeron

Radford

Rugby, M

English, Culture, and Communication

2

Hichem

Sammoudi

Rugby, M

Arts

1

Konur

Tholl

Rugby, M

Computer Engineering

3

Markus

Valtonen

Rugby, M

Military and Strategic Studies

2

Caleb

Woodburn

Rugby, M

Computer Engineering

3

Jonathan

Ardell

Soccer, M

Civil Engineering

4

Liam

Chambers

Soccer, M

English, Culture, and Communication

3

William

Gagnon

Soccer, M

Psychology

4

Lambert

Girardin

Soccer, M

Political Science

3

Ryan

Jarvis

Soccer, M

Civil Engineering

3

Thomas

Jung

Soccer, M

Electrical Engineering

4

Jeremy

McBride

Soccer, M

Psychology

4

Kaylin

Bensler

Soccer, W

Economics

2

Valérie

Cournoyer

Soccer, W

Honours Business Administration

3

Samantha

Doma

Soccer, W

Honours Psychology

3

Michelle

Evans

Soccer, W

Honours Political Science

4

Kayla

Owen

Soccer, W

Business Administration

4

Rhys

Carroll

Volleyball, M

Honours Physics and Space Science

2

Derek

Haines

Volleyball, M

Business Administration

2

Harrison

Kennedy

Volleyball, M

Business Administration

2

Edward

O’Handley

Volleyball, M

Master of Applied Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

PG

Andrea

Banks

Volleyball, W

Chemical Engineering

4

Josephine

Calverley

Volleyball, W

Political Science

2

Emerrie

Geddes

Volleyball, W

Physics and Space Science

3

Jazlyn

McDermot

Volleyball, W

Honours Business Administration

4

Maiyah

Russell

Volleyball, W

Honours Business Administration

3


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