National STUDENT-Athlete Day: 78 Vulcan student-athletes recognized for excellence

All student-athletes honored have achieved a 3.0+ GPA and are involved in outreach and community service.

Banner type design red and white with the words: 2016 National Student Athlete Day, Honoring outstanding achievements of student-athletes. UH Hilo Vulcan logo.

Today is National STUDENT-Athlete Day, and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo recognizes 78 Vulcan student-athletes for their academic, athletic and community service excellence.

The recognition day was created by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports in 1987. All student-athletes honored have achieved a 3.0+ GPA and are involved in outreach and community service.

This year’s recipients include:

Baseball (11)

  • Micah Carter
  • William Cleary
  • Nathan Green
  • Jacob Grijalva
  • Reece Kato
  • Jaron Manago
  • Timothy Mendonca
  • Sean Nearhoof
  • Jonathan Segovia
  • Phillip Steering
  • Morgan West

See video: Phillip Steering’s 2R Home Run @ CAL BAPTIST 4-2-15.

Women’s Basketball (9)

  • Alia Alvarez
  • Lauren Hong
  • Alexa Jacobs
  • Pilialoha Kailiawa
  • Felicia Kolb
  • Sydney Mercer
  • Kimberly Schmelz
  • Keani Shirai
  • Patience Taylor
Alia Alvarez with a Dr. Seuss striped top hat, reading to school children seated in front of her.
Basketball Vulcan Alia Alvarez reads to students at Hilo Union Elementary as part of Read Across America, a national event held annually that celebrates children’s books author Dr. Seuss

Cross Country (4)

  • Riley Arroyo
  • Crystal-Lynn Baysa
  • Anna Mikkelson
  • Kaylee Rapoza

Women’s Golf (5)

  • Shannon Abarra
  • Shantel Antonio
  • Andi Igawa
  • Keely Kitamura
  • Kristen Sawada
Shannon Abarra
Shannon Abarra

Men’s Golf (4)

  • Kyeton Littel
  • Conor Morley
  • Casey Tamura
  • David Tottori

Men’s Soccer (11)

  • Max Darris
  • Andrew Dawrs
  • Juan David Diaz Casallas
  • Cassidy Dixon
  • Tyler Hoffman
  • Trenton Hooper
  • Joshua Jasper
  • Anton Lund
  • Omar Machado
  • Zachary Solarte
  • George Wakefield

Women’s Soccer (11)

  • Kailah Buchanan
  • Kayla Clarke
  • Kahri Golden
  • Annabel Gonzalez
  • Meghan Langbehn
  • Nicole Rascon
  • Kayela Santiago
  • Alexa Smiley
  • Danika Steele
  • Leighana Weaver
  • Abcde Zoller

Softball (11)

  • Angela Aguinaga
  • Billi Derleth
  • Cyanne Fernandez
  • Bailey Gaspar
  • Brittany Huff
  • Mari Kawano
  • Cristina Menjivar
  • Stephanie Pasco
  • Danielle Pulido
  • Maria Steadmon
  • Danielle Wilson
Cristina Menjivar
Cristina Menjivar received PacWest Softball Player of the Week honors in April.

Men’s Tennis (4)

  • Stefan Coney
  • Ryuta Ogawa
  • Kainoa Rosa
  • Ryan Torio

Women’s Tennis (3)

  • Trixie Croad
  • Bianca Novotna
  • Chelsea Sato

Volleyball (5)

  • Trixie Croad
  • Siera Green
  • Mariya Heidenrich
  • Marley Strand-Nicolaisen
  • Kyndra Trevino-Scott

About National STUDENT-Athlete Day

Created by the NCAS in 1987, National STUDENT-Athlete Day is celebrated annually on April 6th. National STUDENT-Athlete Day was designed to honor the outstanding achievements of high school and college student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics, while having made significant contributions to their schools and communities. Events celebrating the day can take place throughout the entire month or in conjunction with an event that is already in place. It has become one of America’s strongest endeavors promoting the positive virtues of sport and student-athletes as a whole, and the positive affect they both have on society.

-Media release