Paula Dormon, Tufts University

Tufts University’s Paula Dormon from Brockton, Mass. was successfully competitive in two arenas as a Tufts University student. As a member of the women's track & field team, she holds the indoor weight throw record with a 47’3 ¾” heave. As lead vocalist for the Tufts Hip Hop and R&B band FunkSoulLove, she performs with a group that won the Tufts "Battle of the Bands" two years in a row.

Though smaller in stature than most collegiate throwers, Dormon was among the best in New England throughout her career. She has scored (top eight) for the Jumbos in the shot put at every New England Division III Championship meet indoors and outdoors. Dormon also competed in weight throw, javelin, discus, hammer throw and even ran in the 55-meter dash, 100 meters and with the 4x100-meter relay.

"She's a pretty explosive athlete," Tufts women’s track & field coach Kristen Morwick said.

As the best band at Tufts in 2008, FunkSoulLove was given the opening slot at the annual Tufts Spring Fling concert. The band was part of a bill that was headlined by The Dropkick Murphy's and Common. In 2009, they earned the right to play in Boston’s Collegiate Battle of the Bands and finished second. Paula’s younger brother, David, who is on the football and track & field teams at Tufts, is also in the band.

“We play all original songs and have been doing well since we started,” she said. “Last summer we played different venues in and around Boston, including Johnny D's and the Middle East. This summer we’ve been focusing on finishing our album for the fall.”