WATERVILLE, Maine – Recent graduate Tess McClenahan (Embden, Maine) has been selected as Thomas College's nominee for a pair of prestigious Woman of the Year awards -- one awarded by the NCAA, the other by the North Atlantic Conference (NAC).
McClenahan is one of a record 544 student-athletes across all three NCAA divisions who will be considered for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award and one of nine nominees for the NAC's version of the award.
Both awards honor graduating female college student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Tess McClenahan excelled in the classroom and on the basketball court all four years of her undergraduate experience. She was a 2016 Division III Week NAC Values selection and was named to the 2016-17 NAC Sportsmanship Team as she positively affected the basketball culture and environment and demonstrated sportsmanship and integrity that went beyond the playing rules and etiquette. She majored in Criminal Justice, while pursuing a double minor in Forensic Psychology and Science and being an Alpha Chi National Honor Society inductee. McClenahan was named to the President's List and NAC All-Academic Team, while earning the Collegiate Crest Award for Excellence in Leadership, the Thomas Award for Excellence in Leadership, Scholarship, & Community Service and the Terrier Award for Excellence in Leadership, Athletic Achievement, & Campus Involvement.
She was heavily involved on campus in the criminal justice club, the psychology club, as a Certified CRLA (College Reading & Learning Association) peer mentor, as a student ambassador, in the student senate and as a StepUp! Intervention Ambassador. She was a part of the Thomas College Leadership Academy, while working on several community service events including Habitat for Humanity, the Dirty Dog Mud Run, Taylor Tip Off, American Red Cross and an elementary school clean-up.
Both the NAC Man and Woman of the Year award winners will be announced in late July, and will be honored on their campuses during the 2017-18 academic year.
The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees - 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year.