CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Forty-eight America East student-athletes, including eight University of Maine Black Bears, have been named inaugural America East Presidential Scholar-Athletes. Approved by the America East Board of Presidents last June and implemented for the 2013-2014 academic year, the Presidential Scholar-Athlete award recognizes graduating student-athletes who compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher as an undergraduate student.
Maine had the second most student-athletes in the conference honored with eight. The University of Hartford led the way with 11.
The women's track and field team had four student-athletes honored, while women's soccer placed three student-athletes on the list. Men's track and field had the other recipient.
Women's track and field student-athletes named to the team were Monique Boutin (York, Maine) who was an art history / studio art major with a 3.88 grade point average. Ashten Hackett (Auburn, Maine) graduated with a degree in exercise with a 3.77 grade point average. Darien Lewis (Ellsworth, Maine) was also an exercise science major with a 3.78 grade point average. Rachel Wilkinson (South Portland, Maine) graduated with a degree in food science and human nutrition with a 3.99 grade point average.
Women's soccer had Lisa Bijman (Brantford, Ontario) named with a 3.91 grade point average in exercise science. Meaghan Bradica (Stony Creek, Ontario) was an exercise science major with a 3.98 grade point average. Hallie Lipinski (East Bridgewater, Massachusetts) was also honored as she was a veterinary science major with a 3.77 grade point average.
Kelton Cullenberg (Chesterville, Maine), a member of the Maine men's cross country and track and field teams, was an exercise science major and finished with a 3.92 grade point average.
In addition to registering a 3.75 grade point average for their college career, honored student-athletes must have received their undergraduate degree in the academic year they are honored and have attended their institution for a minimum of two years.