Danilo Acosta, Bates College

Danilo Acosta was the lone four-year varsity letterwinner on the men's tennis team at Bates College in 2007-08, and as one of the most well-respected members of the team he was a natural choice to be one of the team's captains. Acosta continued to play an important role for the Bobcats on the court, holding down his spot in the team's starting lineup at both singles and doubles, while a talented group of underclassmen continued to try to squeeze themselves in. Acosta helped Bates achieve a 12-5 dual meet record in 2008.

But it was in the academic arena where Acosta shined brightest. A major in biological chemistry, the native of Quito, Ecuador, earned NESCAC All-Academic honors as both a junior and senior, then added to his list of academic honors by becoming the Bates SAAC's Student Athlete of the Month in March 2008. Before Acosta graduated, he was honored with one of Bates' most prestigious honors, the Milton S. Lindholm Scholar-Athlete Award, given to the male and female varsity athletes at Bates who maintained the highest cumulative grade point averages among their peers.

A biological chemistry major who aspires to attend medical school, the title of Acosta's thesis is: “A Comparison of the Ostenoinductive Effects of the Clinically Approved Bone Morphogenetic Proteins (BMPs) 2 and 7 to other BMPs.” He has also been a Spanish tutor all four years at Bates, and speaks daily to teammates who have studied abroad in Spanish-speaking countries to help them stay fresh with their skills.