Anjuli Demers, Middlebury College
Anjuli Demers graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College in the spring of 2010 with a double major in sociology and psychology. She was the conference's nomination for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, given to a graduating student-athlete who has distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
A two-sport All-American, Demers played defense on the Middlebury women's soccer team for the past four years and competed in the 200- and 400-meter dash for three years on the Panthers' indoor and outdoor track & field teams, serving as a captain of all three squads during her final season. A member of Middlebury's 2006 NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship team, Demers garnered All-Conference First Team honors in each of the last three seasons. Demers closed out her career on the pitch this past fall by leading a Panther defense that recorded 11 shutouts and a 0.77 goals against average while scoring her first collegiate goal. She also snagged All-America plaudits from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for the second time, earning a spot on the 2009 Second Team. As a short distance runner, Demers claimed All-NESCAC honors five times as part of the Panthers' 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams with a first-place performance in the 4x400 at this year's league meet. She picked up her second All-America honor this year in indoor track & field. Among the numerous college awards she earned while at Middlebury, Demers was selected as the A. Bayard Russ '66 Memorial Athletic Award recipient, given in honor of the senior who is most outstanding in two intercollegiate sports by best exemplifying the excellence of performance, aggressiveness, leadership, tremendous desire and team spirit.
She was recognized as a Middlebury College Scholar five times and a member of the Dean's List twice, chosen as a third-team honoree on the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America squad, selected as a NSCAA All-American Scholar, and inducted into Psi Chi, the Psychology National Honor Society. Demers enjoys a strong connection with her surrounding community, lending her talents as a mentor to various organizations. She has served as a high school academic tutor through the T.E.A.M. project, mentored middle school youths as part of the Ticonderoga Mentoring Program, worked as a teacher and an aide for preschool children, and was a research assistant for the Children's Memory Project. Demers also represented her teammates on the Middlebury Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and volunteered for the college's annual Girls Sports Day.