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Two Onondaga Community College student-athletes have been named recipients of SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar Athletic Awards. All candidates for the award must achieve a high level of success both in the classroom and in intercollegiate athletic competition. Winners are selected by a panel of athletic directors from across the SUNY system as well as the Provost’s office.
Onondaga’s two winners are:
Rachael GacGac is a freshman from Schalmont High School in Schenectady, New York majoring in general studies. Gac is also a midfielder on the women’s soccer team, and the first women’s soccer player in College history to earn All-American honors. She was named 1st Team Division III All-American after leading Onondaga to a College record 13 wins. The team was ranked in the top 15 nationally during the season and advanced to the NJCAA Regional Semifinals.
Warren HillHill is a sophomore from Hagersville High School in Oshweken, Ontario majoring in humanities. Hill is also a goalie on Onondaga’s men’s lacrosse team. Currently the Lazers are 15-0, winners of the last five national championships and seven overall, and owners of an 85 game winning streak, the longest in the history of college lacrosse at any level. The Lazers next game will be Saturday, May 10 in the national semifinals. In the fall Hill will attend Syracuse University where he will major in sociology and play lacrosse
"SUNY scholar athletes are stand-out students who have excelled not only in their respective sports but in our classrooms as well,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “With an average GPA of 3.55 among this year’s honorees, we are exceptionally proud of their achievements. Congratulations to each of the students recognized, and thank you to the many professors, coaches, and staff across SUNY who support them.
“We are extremely proud of what Rachael and Warren have accomplished,” said Onondaga President Dr. Casey Crabill. “To excel academically and athletically requires tremendous commitment, discipline, and hard work. Being recognized statewide by SUNY is a testament to the level of success they achieved. We congratulate Rachael and Warren for embodying the true spirit of the term “student-athlete.”