ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine announced on Tuesday that Holly Stewart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) of the field hockey team, Kelton Cullenberg (Chesterville, Maine) of the cross country and track and field teams and Marcus Wasilewski (Kulpmont, Pa.) of the football team are the recipients of the 2014 “M” Club Dean Smith Awards. The awards are presented annually to the top male and female student-athlete with outstanding academic and athletic achievement along with citizenship and community service.
Due to the exceptional athletics and academic performance, the “M” Club selected two male recipients of the award this year.
Stewart finished second on the field hockey team in scoring her junior season with 12 goals and six assists for 30 points. She was named to both the America East First Team and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Northeast Regional Second team in 2013. In 2012, Stewart was named to the America East Second Team and was also named to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-Northeast Region Second Team. As a freshman in 2011, Stewart was named America East Co-Rookie of the Year and named to the America East Second Team. She was also named to the Womensfieldhockey.com National All-Rookie squad.
A kinesiology and exercise science major, Stewart has a 3.984 grade point average. She has earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average four times and has been named to the Dean’s List five times. Stewart was a unanimous selection to the 2013 America East All-Academic Team. She has been named to the America East Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll and the NFHCA National Academic Squad of Distinction three times. At the 2014 Scholar-Athlete Award recognition, she received her silver scholar-athlete medallion.
Cullenberg has captained three University of Maine teams. He has been named UMaine Athlete of the Week and America East Athletic of the Week multiple times during his career. Cullenberg has been selected to All-Conference teams in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. At the 2013 America East Cross Country Championships, he finished second overall. At the 2013 Northeast Region meet, he was selected to the All-Region team where he qualified for the NCAA Championships. Cullenberg was the first UMaine male runner to compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championship since 1979. His personal best in the 3,000-meters is 8:24 and he is second on the University’s all-time list, running the 5,000-meters in 14:25. Yesterday, he finished second at the 2014 America East Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 5,000-meter run.
Cullenberg has been named to the Dean’s List six times and has posted a perfect 4.0 grade point average four times. He has been awarded the Presidential Scholar Award four times and has been named to the America East All-Academic Team in three different sports. He has been named to the America East Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll numerous times. In 2013, he received the College of Education Dean’s Award and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. At the 2014 Scholar-Athlete Award recognition, he received a gold medallion as a three-time scholar-athlete.
Wasilewski had an outstanding career as quarterback of the football team and capped his senior season by leading Maine to the CAA Title and a first-ever home NCAA playoff game. As a senior he set school records for most completions (276), passing percentage (67.5), passing yards in a season (3,238), total offensive plays (565), and total offensive yards (3,770). Wasilewski was just the second quarterback in Maine history to pass for 3,000 yards in a season. He finished his senior season with 25 passing touchdowns, the second highest single season total in Maine history. He finished his career with 6,564 total yards and 52 touchdowns.
The postseason honors were great for Wasilewski as he was named to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Conference First Team. He earned the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet of the Year and was a Beyond Sports Network honorable mention selection. He also earned the Chuck Boone Leadership Award, presented to the CAA Football player who embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity, teamwork and sportsmanship in his academic and athletic achievements. The award is voted on by the athletic directors of the league’s 11 member institutions.
Wasilewski was equally impressive in the classroom. He is a three-time CAA Football Academic All-Conference selection. He graduated last May with a degree in kinesiology and physical education and is pursuing a master’s degree in exercise physiology. At the 2014 Scholar-Athlete Awards recognition he was award a double gold medallion as a four time scholar-athlete.
The “M” Club Dean Smith Award was first presented as the “M” Club Scholarship Award in 1980. The award was renamed to honor Dean Smith in 1993. Dean Smith was a recipient of the Walter Byers Award presented by the NCAA. Smith combined the top grade-point average among senior electrical engineering majors with the NAC scoring title as the captain of the 1989-90 men’s basketball team.
In addition, the University of Maine Athletic Department named its sixth annual “Team Maine” representing the top sophomore, junior or senior achieving the highest grade point average for the calendar year 2013. Representing “Team Maine” for 2013 are:
Logan Fullmer, Baseball, Food Science and Human Nutrition
Till Gloger, Men’s Basketball, Business Administration
E. Kelton Cullenberg, Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field, KPE - Exercise Science *
Arron Achey, Football, KPE - Exercise Science
Kyle Williams, Men’s Ice Hockey, Finance
Robert Bickford, Men’s Swimming, Biochemistry
Megan Smith, Cheering, Nursing
Rachele Burns, Women’s Basketball, KPE - Teaching and Coaching
Holly Stewart, Field Hockey, KPE - Exercise Science *
Brianne Kilgour, Women’s Ice Hockey, KPE - Teaching and Coaching and KPE M. Ed. (Grad)
Katelyn Massey, Women’s Ice Hockey, Psychology *
Stephanie Wood, Softball, Biology
Abigail Linn, Women’s Swimming, Sociology
Taylor Cunningham, Women’s Cross Country & Track and Field, English and Anthropology (DM) Honors College
Darien Lewis, Women’s Cross Country & Track and Field, KPE Exercise Science - Honor College
Carolyn Stocker, Food Science and Human Nutrition - Honors College *
Rachel Wilkinson, Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field, Food Science and Human Nutrition *
Ashten Hackett, Women’s Track and Field, KPE Exercise Science
Lisa Bijman, Women’s Soccer, KPE Exercise Science *
Meaghan Bradica, Women’s Soccer, KPE Exercise Science #
* Named to Team Maine for the second year in a row.
# Named to Team Maine for the third year in a row.