Add another prestigious award to the impressive resume of Denison women's lacrosse standout Whitney Powel '15. On Thursday, July 2 she was named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Scholar Athlete of the Year.
A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Powel graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in communications and environmental studies and a grade point average of 3.83. She is a candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award and was honored in April for the third consecutive year at Denison's James T. Glerum Top 50 Honors Celebration, which recognizes Denison student-athletes based on GPA. At that ceremony, Powel won the North Coast Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete Award and was a finalist for the NCAC's Pam Smith Award, which is presented annually to the conference's top female student-athlete across all 23 sponsored varsity sports.
On the field, Powel was a two-time first-team All-Great Lakes Region selection in the midfield and was a three-time first-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference pick.
She started all 50 games in her career at Denison, scoring 66 goals while adding 65 assists and 145 ground balls. She ranks second in program history in draw controls with 150 and is third in career caused turnovers with 75. Denison has advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament in each of the past two seasons by winning the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. In each of those conference tournaments, Powel was named to the All-Tournament Team. Since 2013, the Big Red has compiled a record of 37-15 (.712).
Powel was one of six students to receive the Denison President's Medal at this spring's academic awards convocation. The President's Medal is the highest honor presented to a graduating senior at Denison.
A member of Mortar Board and national communication honorary, Lambda Pi Eta, Powel also was selected for a Senior Fellowship in Environmental Studies. She was inducted into Denison's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of the Pi Beta Chi sorority. In addition to her academic and athletic accolades, Powel served as a tour guide and senior interviewer in Denison's office of admissions. She has volunteered with A Call to College in Newark, Ohio and tutored Newark elementary students since 2012.