Dana Riker, Bowdoin College
One of the best athletes on Bowdoin's campus over the past four years, Dana Riker earned numerous accolades on the soccer field and tracks. But it was her leadership and effort off the fields, underscoring Bowdoin's commitment to the Common Good, that netted her universal acclaim.
A women's soccer and track athlete, Riker captained both teams and earned Academic All-NESCAC and All-NESCAC Sportsmanship honors. She also collected First-Team All-NESCAC recognition in both sports and, in the spring of her senior year, received the school's Lucy L. Shulman Award, given to the school's Outstanding Female Athlete.
But the Neuroscience major did not limit her exploits to sports. An active member of the service community at Bowdoin since arriving on campus, she participated in the student-run mentoring program at a local community school, hosted prospective high school students on campus and co-organized Girls and Women in Sports Day. The event hosted nearly 200 girls from surrounding communities for a day of free clinics in eight different sports.
"I admire Dana's dedication, determination and will to excel both on and off the field," commented women's soccer coach Maren Rojas. "She commands the respect of every single one of her teammates, because she never quits, never gives up, never ceases to pour her heart and soul into her team and sport. It has truly been my privilege to coach her."