Johnson & Wales University student-athletes and their guests gathered in Centennial Hall on Saturday evening for a reception and ceremony honoring the Wildcat's performance both in the classroom and in competition during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Master of Ceremonies, Assistant Director of Athletics Mike Gallegos, opened the program with a reflection of the year and spoke of the bright future ahead for Wildcat Athletics. Each team gave out several awards including Most Oustanding Player, Newcomer of the Year, and the Coaches Award, recognizing a student-athlete who contributed to the program in multiple ways including leadership and sportsmanship.
Following the team awards, Lucas Prolow (Evergreen, Colo.) and Mitchel Erickson (Pueblo West, Colo.) were recognized for their selection as Academic All-American's. Prolow was named to the First Team and Erickson was recognized as a Second Team honoree. McCorra Ford was honored for her selection as an NAIA All-America Honorable Mention in women's basketball.
The final award of the evening was the announcement of the 2016-2017 Mr. and Ms. Wildcat. This award is presented to a male and female student-athlete who have excelled athletically and academically. Prolow and Samantha Barela (Colorado Springs, Colo.) were honored for their Wildcat Athletics careers.
Dean of Executive Programs, Dr. Robin Krakowsky, came to the stage to help present the graduation seniors with their athletics cords and a senior gift to close out the evening.
A special thanks to Fergus Bunn, Jordan Cleppe, Hawa Diane, Jose Gonzalez and Lauren Tominaga from Professor Deb Pasquarella's Business Event Management course for their help in planning and execution of this year's event.
|Volleyball||Men's Cross Country|
|Most Outstanding Athlete||Kelley McLain||Most Outstanding Athlete||Alberto Rodriguez|
|Newcomer of the Year||Ashlee Ruehs||Newcomer of the Year||Bryce Moore|
|Coaches Award||Kaleigh Hanrahan||Coaches Award||Steven Juarez|
|Women's Cross Country||Men's Soccer|
|Most Outstanding Athlete||Samantha Barela||Most Outstanding Athlete||Lucas Prolow|
|Newcomer of the Year||Brandi Williams-Beck||Newcomer of the Year||Kyler Fowkes|
|Coaches Award||Olivia Redmann||Coaches Award||Andy Siddoway|
|Women's Soccer||Men's Basketball|
|Most Outstanding Athlete||Kelsie Treloar||Most Outstanding Athlete||Andrew Bonner|
|Newcomer of the Year||Savanah Heinz||Newcomer of the Year||King Grant-Perry|
|Coaches Award||Elizabeth Felix||Coaches Award||Jontrell Herman|
|Women's Basketball||Women's Track|
|Most Outstanding Athlete||McCorra Ford||Most Outstanding Athlete||Brandi Williams-Beck|
|Newcomer of the Year||Salma Oros||Newcomer of the Year||Catherine Carbeck|
|Coaches Award||Vanessa Maestas||Coaches Award||Kelci Freeman|
|Men's Track||Women's Lacrosse|
|Most Outstanding Athlete||Alberto Rodriguez||Most Outstanding Athlete||Hanna Jo Eady|
|Newcomer of the Year||Bryce Moore||Newcomer of the Year||Katie Smith|
|Coaches Award||Alan Almeida||Coaches Award||Kyra Gangemi|
|Most Outstanding Athlete||Evan Longinott|
|Most Outstanding Athlete||Isaiah Matthews|
|Newcomer of the Year||Jean-Sebastien Vila-Camacho|
|Coaches Award||Matt Zoe|