Student-Athletes Recognized at 107th Convocation

Student-Athletes Recognized at 107th Convocation

SWEET BRIAR, Va. --- Three student-athletes were among the 15 Sweet Briar students who received academic prizes awarded at the 107th Convocation on Wednesday, August 29.  The event was held in the renovated Murchison Lane Auditorium.  President Parker gave opening remarks and welcomed the 202 students-strong Class of 2016, followed by Dean Amy Jessen-Marshall who also welcomed the new students, returners, faculty and staff. 


During the academic awards segment of the program, three student-athletes were recognized for scholastic achievement.  Seniors Ali Lifka (Arden, N.C./T. C. Roberson), Emma Merrit-Cuneo (Pacifica, Calif./Oceana) along with junior Loralei Whittaker (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) were called to the stage in front of their peers. 


Whittaker, a two-sport athlete in field hockey and softball, earned the Emilie Watts McVea Scholar award for the class of 2014.  The designation is bestowed upon the highest-ranking member of each class with respect to academic achievement.  Lifka, an environmental studies major and member of the Vixen Soccer team, received the Gill Scholarship which is presented to a rising junior or senior for achievements in the environmental sciences or studies program and her interest in protecting the environment.


Merrit-Cuneo, a Vixen Tennis team member and International Relations major, received the Irene Mitchell Moore Scholarship.  The award is given to benefit students of the Center for Civic Renewal who intend to pursue careers in public service with a goal of fostering the habits of effective citizenship engagement.


The convocation ceremony included remarks by Professor Steve Wassell, who was named among the nation’s top 300 professors by the Princeton Review last year, and SBC student and Class of 2013 Emilie Watts McVea scholar, Katie Bitting.


Directly following the conclusion of the opening programs, the entire campus community congregated outside Babcock for an ice cream social.


Learn more about Lifka, Merritt-Cueno, Whittaker and their fellow students at


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