Brian Desmond, Colby College
Brian Desmond (Ann Arbor, Mich.) competed athletically year-round with the Colby College men's cross country and track and field teams, but his busy schedule didn't stop him from having the highest grade point average of any senior student-athlete after the 2012-13 academic year.
Desmond was a leader on his teams as captain and played an active role on campus.
"It's not a surprise when you see what he has accomplished, but Brian is the most dependable and trustworthy leader I've ever had," said Jared Beers, Colby's men's cross country and track and field head coach. "In any situation, I knew he would make the right choice and that has helped the team become something special to be a part of."
Desmond, an English major, was one of three NESCAC men's cross country and track and field athletes named to the CoSIDA/Capital One National All-Academic Team. He was named to the third team and had the highest grade point average of any of the 48 student-athletes honored. Desmond earned national honors after making the All-District 1 (New England) All-Academic Team.
Desmond graduated from Colby on May 26 and was honored at the Senior Athletic Awards Presentation on May 2. Desmond earned the Donald P. Lake Award for showing outstanding athletic ability, leadership, and academic accomplishment. He was one of just six juniors in the 2011-12 academic year to be inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society and was honored with the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Achievement Award in 2012, given to just five Colby students. Desmond was a Presidential Scholar, earned the Bixler Scholar Award for being among the top five students in his class, and was a nine-time NESCAC All-Academic selection.
Desmond was a six-time captain for the cross country and track and field teams over the past two years. He was a top-three runner for an improving men's cross country team. Desmond also stayed busy as the program coordinator for the Colby Outdoor Orientation Trip (COOT) since spring 2012. Desmond also was the facilitator and curriculum author for the "Boys to Men" Group, which met with eight middle school boys at Lawrence Junior High once a week to discuss issues surrounding masculinity.