Field hockey athletes earn academic kudos

MIDDLEBURY — Three Middlebury Union High School alumni and the entire Middlebury College field hockey team were recently honored for their academic prowess by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
MUHS graduates recognized for having a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 or better this past fall were Wellesley College senior and Middlebury resident Kaitlyn Kirkaldy, Middlebury College sophomore and Middlebury resident Chrissy Ritter, and Castleton State College sophomore and Shoreham resident Brandi Whittemore.
All were also members of teams that played in the NCAA Division III tournament, while Kirkaldy is a four-time member of the NFHCA National Academic Squad.
The Panther team was one of several teams that won the Gladiator SGI/NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Team Award. The National Academic Team Award recognizes those teams that achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.0 during the first semester of the 2013-14 academic year.
Fifteen members of the Panther team were also named to the National Academic Squad after earning a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester. Middlebury senior Deidre Miller headlined the group as a four-year member of the academic squad, while freshman Alexandra Kuzma earned recognition as a Scholar of Distinction for her GPA of 3.9 or better. 

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