Carlow University Department of Athletics announces 2019-20 Celtic Award winners

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PITTSBURGH - The Carlow University Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the Celtic Award winners for 2019-20. Usually the winners are announced at the annual Athletics Banquet, but the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The winners will have their names engraved in stone and added to the Walk of Fame next to St. Joseph Athletic & Fitness Center during Homecoming weekend, Sept. 25, 2020. Below are the 2019-20 winners and more about the individual awards.

The Outstanding Student-Athlete Award

Larissa Kijowski | Cross Country and Track & Field | Junior | Dayton, Pa. | Nursing

This award is presented to the student who best exemplifies a "student-athlete." This student achieves in the classroom while achieving in competition. This Celtic represents the balance between academic and athletic achievement, with the emphasis on academic achievement. Grade point averages, academic honors (such as Dean's List and Honor Roll) and contributions to the team are factors for this award.

"Larissa has been a fantastic example of what it means to be a student-athlete. Being a nursing student is difficult by itself, but to know she starts her day before 6 a.m. to begin her eight-hour clinical assignment and then comes to practice without a complaint and always with a positive attitude has impressed me. In my opinion, the best way to get better at running is to show up every day and put forth your best effort for whatever the task is for that day. It sounds simple, but that's what Larissa did every day. After falling short of qualifying for the NAIA national meet last year in the indoor and outdoor track season, she showed up this fall ready to put in the work -  and successfully qualified for nationals. Beyond the individual success, she is also an integral part of the team success both in cross country and track. Larissa has also maintained above a 3.8 GPA and consistently makes the Dean's list each semester."
-Michael McLaughlin, Cross Country Associate Head Coach/Track & Field Assistant Coach 

The Outstanding Senior Athlete Award

Emma Stille | Women's Basketball | Westerville, Ohio | Social Work

This award is presented to the student-athlete who has participated in a sport for four years at Carlow and made significant contributions to that team each year. This student also stood out as a senior in statistical categories and in a leadership role. The student's athletic career at Carlow concluded with a successful, achieving senior season. Career and senior year statistics are factors for this award.

"Emma is a hard worker on the basketball court, and a person who would give it her all. She would work hard at her craft and it paid off in all her accomplishments. As a coach, I can say that I was the lucky one to have had the opportunity to have coached Emma for three seasons."
- Albert DeSalvo, Women's Basketball Head Coach

The Spirit Award

Ashley Hoak | Softball | Senior | Elizabeth, Pa. | Nursing

This award is presented to the student who makes intangible contributions to the team. The student's actions in and out of competition display commitment, dedication, determination and team spirit. This student represents everything positive about intercollegiate athletics. Overall attitude, leadership, team-building skills and commitment to success are factors.

"Ashley is a hard-working, deeply spiritual and peaceful young woman that prioritizes the common good above her own wants and desires. She is the soul of the team. Ashley is always looking for ways she or the team could improve performance before making excuses for performance. "One more bucket, Larry," was almost always heard in the batting cage while she was working to improve her swing. Whether she was a starter or on the bench, she was the loudest person on the field - cheering and encouraging her teammates, even if the teammate was starting over her."
- Glenn Zinsmeister, Softball Head Coach

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