Dahmus Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award
TOWSON, Md. – Juniata College's Emma Dahmus (Hummelstown, Pa.) has been nominated for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Award by the Landmark Conference.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The award has been given annually since 1991. The top 30 honorees, 10 from each NCAA division, will be announced in early September. The NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced in October. More information on the award and a list of previous winners can be found at www.ncaa.org.
Dahmus wrapped up her career at Juniata this spring after finding success both on and off the field. The four-year starter on the Eagles' field hockey team finished with a 3.62 cumulative grade point average and a wealth of experience through service and leadership activities.
"While community service gave me the tools to grow, athletics have allowed me to build on this maturity in order to develop the leadership skills needed to one day lead a team of health professionals to do good for the community," Dahmus said.
Somehow Dahmus was able to balance athletics, academics, and community service at Juniata with her sights set on attending medical school after graduation. She has decided to attend Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa. with hopes of becoming a surgeon for facial reconstruction.
"Emma is a great representative of what a Division III student-athlete is as she is someone who has high aspirations both academically and professionally to become a surgeon and to be able to play a sport that she loves at a high competitive level," Caroline Gillich, Juniata field hockey coach said. "She was a player that took the time to not just be a teammate, but to also be a coach, and a mentor, and she was a team captain for that reason."
During her time at Juniata, Dahmus was a three-time All-Landmark selection. She was named to the First Team the past two seasons and last fall was named the Landmark Offensive Player of the Year. The National Field Hockey Coaches Association named Dahmus a Second Team All-Region honoree and a Senior All-Star.
A team captain for the Eagles, Dahmus racked up 17 goals and 15 assists in the midfield. She is ranked in the Juniata all-time record book for points (49) and assists.
Dahmus earned her degree in biology with a secondary emphasis in religion. A five-time Dean's List honoree, she graduated cum laude and was named the 2013 Landmark Field Hockey Senior Scholar Athlete. She is a three-time Landmark Honor Roll selection and a member of last year's Landmark All-Academic Team.
Additionally Dahmus served as the Co-President of Juniata's chapter of Colleges Against Cancer and the Director of Special Events for Special Olympics. She has worked on team recruitment and development for Relay for Life and spent time volunteering at the Huntingdon Humane Society. She was the President of Health Occupations Students of America and Society Event Planning Chair of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Earlier this year Dahmus received The Clarence R. Pentz Endowed Pre-Medical Scholarship.
"As an athlete, you are continuously told to do better, work harder and to keep trying," Dahmus added. "I have been able to apply this irreplaceable work ethic to my academics and community service, where I finally have succeeded in achieving my life long goal of attending medical school en route to becoming a physician."
Dahmus was chosen by the Landmark from a field of talented student-athletes nominated for the Woman of the Year Award. Other nominees included Megan Communale (Hammonton, N.J.) of Catholic and Brooke Gagliano (Freehold, N.J.) of Drew. All three nominees dominated Landmark field hockey this year. Comunale earned Second Team All-America honors after leading NCAA Division III in goals against average while Gagliano was a two-sport threat. She was a Second Team All-America selection and Landmark Player of the Year in field hockey and earned Second Team All-Landmark honors in women's lacrosse.