Six St. John's Student-Athletes Inducted Into President's Society

Jen Leaverton receives her President's Society medal from St. John's President Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M.

May 19, 2011

QUEENS, N.Y. - On April 28, six Red Storm student-athletes were inducted into the prestigious St. John's University President's Society for the 2010-11 academic year.

St. John's rising-senior student-athletes from the women's soccer team Jen Leaverton and Lindsey Hall, women's tennis players Ece Firat and Ksenia Mikhaylova, and women's fencing players Alanna Dunn and Christine Zazzera will represent the Red Storm Department of Athletics as members of the President's Society.

"We are extremely proud of those student-athletes selected as members of the St. John's President's Society," said Director of Athletics Chris Monasch. "Our Athletics Department mantra of `Win. Graduate. Serve' is truly reflected in a special way by these Red Storm athletes."

Leaverton, a consistent starter in the Red Storm midfield, led the team and posted a career-high in both shots (38) and shots on goal (19), scoring one goal and marking one assist. Hall, is an integral part of the St. John's defense, playing back up goalkeeper to classmate Kristin Russell. Firat finished the 2011 season tied for the team lead with 10 wins in singles play. Firat won six of her last seven singles matches to conclude her junior campaign. Mikhaylova won her final eight singles matches to finish the 2011 season at 8-2 in singles play. Dunn won 19 bouts in women's foil for the Red Storm in 2009-10, including a 2-4 showing at the NCAA Northeast Regional. Zazzera competed in 20 bouts in 2010-11 and recorded two victories at the St. John's Invitational.

To be considered for the President's Society, students had to attend a mandatory luncheon and be selected for an interview with the committee. Additionally, the students have to meet three requirements: have at least a 3.5 grade point average, participate and take leadership with extra-curricular activities on campus, and possess an overall University-wide awareness.

Once the interviews are conducted and the additional requirements are met, the committee nominates selected students, and the list is submitted to the President, Rev. Donald. J. Harrington, C.M., for his final selection. The average number of students selected range from 25-30 per academic year.

The President's Society is regarded as the highest honor the University can bestow upon a student because it is a University-wide honor society - it spans across all five colleges and represents a cross-section of all St. John's students. The purpose of the Society is to highlight the top students of the University.

Once a student is selected to the President's Society, the members serve as a part of Rev. Harrington's official staff as ambassadors of St. John's for special University functions, including convocations and commencement exercises.

Tennis players Firat and Mikhaylova were not able to attend the induction on April 28. They were away competing at the BIG EAST Championships at Notre Dame, Ind.

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