Alexa Kaubris, Bowdoin College

Bowdoin students are the first to admit it’s no snap to juggle multiple commitments under a rigorous course load. But few have managed to do it with as much aplomb as women's basketball player Alexa Kaubris.

Kaubris, a biology major and environmental studies minor with a 3.5 GPA, managed a particularly demanding schedule due to labs that piled on up to six extra hours of class time per week. Despite this, she devoted three hours a day, six days a week, from November to early March as a top contributor to women’s basketball program, one of Bowdoin’s winningest teams. An outstanding forward, Kaubris was a three-year starter on the squad, which won three NESCAC Championships during her time at the school and made four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

Off court and out of the classroom, she played an essential role for Bowdoin drama, having helped stage manage a spring dance show and 365 Days, 365 Plays. During her time at Bowdoin she also served as an academic advisor for the women's hoops team, assisting underclassmen with scheduling and mentoring.

Kaubris was rewarded for her excellence, collecting Academic All-NESCAC and NESCAC All-Sportsmanship honors as a senior. In addition, she collected the school's Society of Bowdoin Women Award, recognizing the student-athlete who best exemplifies the ideals of "effort, cooperation and sportsmanship."

“At Bowdoin you can do anything," says Kaubris. "Bowdoin faculty and coaches encourage me to be more than just an athlete or a student because they realize the benefits of the multi-faceted Bowdoin education. Last summer our team traveled to Ireland and Poland for an international tournament. While we were there we visited the Auschwitz concentration camp which I remember reading about in the Diary of Anne Frank. But most of all I love playing basketball at Bowdoin because of the people I play with. We're a family."