HADLEY, Mass. – Helene Hall (Irvington, N.Y.) and Amelia Wilhelm (Charlotte, N.C.), 2018 graduates of Williams and Bates, respectively, have been nominated for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award by the NESCAC.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The award has been given annually since 1991. The 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 28 in Indianapolis, Indiana. More information on the award and a list of previous winners can be found here.
Hall, a member of the Ephs’ indoor and outdoor track & field teams, earned a dual degree in mathematics and economics from Williams and her Economics Senior Thesis earned Highest Honor designation. A seven-time Dean’s List student, Hall was awarded the Carl Van Duyne Prize in Economics in 2017 and was a Class of 1960 Scholar in Economics three times. She earned CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team honors last spring and was a six-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree. She also received USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition three times.
Hall was a three-year economics teaching assistant and served as a peer tutor in mathematics and economics. She also volunteered for the My First Track Meet program for three years, encouraging children to learn about track & field. Hall served as an Orientation Leader in 2015 and participated in the College's Emerging Leaders Program in 2016. She also worked as a volunteer assistant for the Irvington High School Track & Field program and participated in several clothing, book, and food drives while at Williams.
Hall, a team captain, was the three-time NESCAC Champion in the high jump at the NESCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship and a two-time New England Champion in the event during the indoor season. Hall earned an invitation to the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships four times in the high jump, earning All-America honors each time. Her best finish came at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships where she was a runner-up. Hall helped Williams win four straight NESCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Ephs turned in third and sixth-place team finishes at the 2017 and 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, respectively. Williams placed fourth in 2017 and was the runner-up in 2018 at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Wilhelm helped Bates win two straight NCAA Rowing Championships and graduated cum laude with a degree in chemistry from Bates. A four-year Dean’s List student, she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and Sigma Xi Research Honor Society, while also earning the College Key Award and the Mary Brushwein Award from the Bates Chemistry Department. A Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete Award winner, she was named to the NESCAC All-Academic Team three times.
Wilhelm, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, helped the Bobcats win their second straight NCAA National Championship and contributed to the Bates Second Varsity Eight boat victories at the NESCAC, NIRC, and the New England Championships this past season.
Wilhelm developed a passion for helping and teaching others during her time at Bates. She served as a student manager for the Academic Resource Commons at Bates, overseeing the peer tutors and developing workshops for supplemental learning for students. She also assisted the Bates Residential Life Staff, working as a Junior Advisor and Residence Coordinator and was a Career Development Fellow for the Bates Career Development Center. Wilhelm contributed as a teaching and research assistant in the Bates Chemistry Department and guided campus tours for the Bates Admissions Office. Off campus, she volunteered as a teaching assistant in a science classroom in the Lewiston Public School System and volunteered at St. Mary’s Hospital.