The Journal’s pick for “Outstanding Female Scholar Athlete” is softball’s junior pitcher Samantha Powers.
Outstanding Male Scholar Athlete of 2012-2013: Daniel Henkey
In his four-year academic career at Webster University, senior Daniel Henkey has accumulated a 3.99 GPA. An A- in History of Rock and Roll during Henkey’s freshman year has kept him from a perfect 4.0 GPA.
“It was actually a relief,” Henkey said. “In high school, I was the valedictorian. Towards the end of it, it was a GPA crunch between me and another student. Having that A- from the get-go, I didn’t have to keep up this perfect ideal. It was kind of a relief to be able to then not worry about having a perfect GPA for the next three years to come.”
But after the A-, Henkey maintained a perfect GPA anyway. Henkey, who will graduate with a degree in education and a degree in mathematics, recently earned Webster’s Making a Difference Award at the 2013 Student Leadership Awards.
Henkey has participated in four years of both cross-country and track at Webster. He earned the Scholar Athlete Award at the 2012 Webster athletics department awards ceremony. He has been named to the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic team for both cross-country and track every year he’s been eligible.
For the track team, Henkey holds seven school records. He has the outdoor records for the 800-meter run, the 1,500-meter run and the one-mile run. He holds indoor records for the one-mile run and the 3,000-meter run. Henkey was also part of the indoor sprint medley and indoor distance medley relay teams that set school records.
“I feel best when I am participating in a lot of events, a lot of activities. If you can do it, you might as well try to do it,” Henkey said. “Doing athletics is a really good balance to doing academics because you work your mind all day, and then you kind of get a chance to work out some of that stress by doing athletics.”
Runner-up: Agustin Villalba, men’s soccer and tennis
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