Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Getting his feet wet

Swimmer headed into the classroom to Teach For America

Devon Best '12, Wheaton Althletic Mentor, Teach for America RecipientUntil he was in fourth grade, Devon Best ’12, a Wheaton Athletic Mentor, says he was considered the problem child in the classroom. He wouldn’t turn in assignments, and, worse than that, “I just didn’t care,” he recalls.

But that all changed with one teacher—Ms. Booth.

“After I forgot my first homework assignment, she sat me down and negotiated a ‘plan’ with me. If I forgot another assignment, I would stay after school to complete it. If I handed in five assignments in a row, I would be off the plan, but if I forgot another one I was back on it. About halfway through the year I realized I was never off the plan, and I confronted her. All she said was, ‘Exactly, welcome to life!’… She really taught me the value of learning and how success and hard work are one and the same. She helped make me the dedicated student I am today.”

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Miller to be inducted into USTA New England Hall of Fame

Longtime women’s and men’s head tennis coach Lynn Miller has been selected for induction into the United States Tennis Association (USTA) New England Hall of Fame at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.

The Hall of Fame recognizes tennis players and nonplayers in New England whose achievements as sportsmen or sportswomen are worthy of the highest commendation and recognition, or whose contributions as officials or individuals in a tennis-related activity have been outstanding over a significant period of time.

Miller has been prominent in the New England tennis world for more than 30 years as a coach, player, teacher and camp counselor. Now in her 32nd season as the women’s head coach and 22nd as men’s head coach at Wheaton, she has been named New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year on the women’s side three times (2003, 2009, 2010) and twice on the men’s side (2005, 2010). She was also named the USTA Coach of the Year in 2010 and United States Professional Tennis Association New England Coach of the Year on multiple occasions.

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Wheaton receives community service award

Wheaton has been recognized by the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) with the NADIIIAA/Jostens Community Service Honorable Mention Award in the category of On-Going Project. The award was presented to John Sutyak ’00, interim director of athletics, in January at the NCAA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

The NADIIIAA comprises athletics administrators from the nearly 450 institutions and 40 conferences competing at the NCAA Division III level. The association recognizes institutions and/or conferences for the impressive community service projects performed by their student-athletes during the academic year. The awards program is designed to encourage students to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

This past year, the Wheaton men’s basketball, men’s lacrosse, and field hockey programs adopted a unit of troops in Afghanistan. The student-athletes wrote letters to the soldiers and often sent packages, which included DVDs, holiday cards, magazines, newspapers and items made by local youths.

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