Thursday, May 22, 2014CRANBERRY TWP., Pa. -The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) hosted its inaugural Scholar-Athlete of the Year Banquet earlier this week. Senior volleyball player Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) and senior baseball player Nicholas Reinthaler (Canfield, OH / Canfield) were honored as the Westminster recipients.
The invitation-only event was held in the Lawrence Armstrong Room of the Four Points by Sheraton. The evening of celebration got started with a reception for all attendees at 6 p.m. Over 100 were on hand to honor the recognized senior student-athletes. Dan Dutcher, Vice President of NCAA Division III, served as the event's keynote speaker.
Rebecca received the Outstanding Female Senior Scholar-Athlete award at Westminster's 11th Annual WESPY Awards for having the highest cumulative grade-point average of all senior female student-athletes. She was a member of Omicron Kappa Sigma, the honor society of the All-College Honors Program at Westminster, and the Pi Sigma Pi honorary. She was also an active Special Olympics Pennsylvania volunteer, assisting with local bowling events and participating in the annual Pittsburgh Polar Plunge. She was named to the PAC Academic Honor Roll four times and earned Academic All-District First Team honors from Capital One and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) three straight years. A four-year letter winner and three-year starter, Rebecca was named to the All-PAC First Team in 2013 after being selected to the Second Team in 2011 and 2012. She ranks seventh in Westminster program history in career blocks (327) and 11th in career kills (965).
Nicholas received the Outstanding Male Senior Scholar-Athlete award at Westminster's 11th Annual WESPY Awards (Westminster Exceptional Sports Performances of the Year) for having the highest cumulative grade-point average of all senior male student-athletes. He was named to the Dean's List and the PAC Academic Honor Roll and was a member of the Pi Sigma Pi honorary. A three-year letter winner, Nicholas was an All-PAC Honorable Mention in 2013.
With overwhelming support from conference presidents and athletic administrators, the PAC launched its Scholar-Athlete of the Year Banquet as another way to recognize the league's best and brightest senior student-athletes for their athletic achievements, excellence in the classroom and outstanding community service efforts.
"The First Annual PAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Banquet is a fitting conclusion to the 2013-14 academic year as we celebrate the "Best of the Best" that our conference has to offer. Honoring these graduating student-athletes who have excelled at the highest level both in athletic competition and in the classroom, while also making a positive impact through their various community service efforts and campus leadership positions, is something we intend to continue as our league moves forward. These young people best represent the core value of the PAC: academic and athletic excellence," said PAC Commissioner Joe Onderko.
***The Presidents' Athletic Conference contributed to this release.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.