Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Winning combination

Students excel in academics and athletics

This academic year 17 Wheaton student-athletes have earned 2011 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference All-Academic Team honors. Honorees are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or 4.35 on a 5.0 scale after the 2011 spring season. They also need to have been a member of a varsity team for the entire season. The students may play different sports and pursue different majors, but they all have one thing in common—commitment to being the best in academics as well as athletics. Performing amazing balancing acts every day, they push their bodies and minds as far as they can, while wishing they could do even more. We asked some of them about the secret to their success.

The Wheaton NEWMAC All-Academic Team

2011–12 NEWMAC All-Academics

Women’s cross country

Men’s cross country

  • Michael Richard

Field hockey

Men’s soccer

Women’s volleyball

Women’s soccer

  • Jessica Stuart

Women’s Tennis

Lyndsay Cooke ’14

Lyndsay Cooke ’14Major: studio art

Sport: Tennis

Extra points: Athletics office worker

Success on the court: Winning is of course very important, but I really do believe that it is not everything. Knowing that I gave every ounce of energy I had, whatever the score, is pretty satisfying. Two of my siblings play tennis so it helped to always have people to practice with. At Wheaton, my team and coach really push me to be better and they make it all worth it.
Success in the classroom: Giving 100 percent.

The winning combination: Dedication, hard work, determination, and focus are necessary in the classroom and on the court. My biggest challenge is that there are not enough hours in the day for everything I need to get done.

Christina Cannon ’13

Christina Cannon ’13Majors: Art history and studio art

Sport: Volleyball (captain)

Extra points: Equestrian club member

Success on the court: Success in volleyball doesn’t necessarily mean a starting position or perfect stats, but being a valuable member of the team and the program. A solid work ethic is the biggest contributing factor to being successful in my sport. It takes a lot of dedication.
Success in the classroom: It’s simply doing the best I can in whatever class I’m in.

Winning combination: The dedication that athletics has instilled in me has been a contributing factor in my academic success. Sometimes you may have a big exam the day after an away game, so you won’t have much time to study for it the night before, but somehow you need to make it work. It can be especially difficult for studio classes because the work is not something you can easily do on the bus. Volleyball forces me to manage my time, which of course, is so important when it comes to a Wheaton workload. Also, taking classes I enjoy and am interested in makes a big difference.