ORONO, Maine — University of Maine field hockey player Holly Stewart, Kelton Cullenberg of the cross country and track teams and Marcus Wasilewski of the football team have been selected as the recipients of the 2014 “M” Club Dean Smith Awards.
The honor goes annually to the top male and female student-athlete with outstanding academic and athletic achievement along with citizenship and community service.
Stewart, a junior from North Vancouver, British Columbia, finished second on the team in scoring last fall with 12 goals and six assists for 30 points. She was named to the America East First Team and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Northeast Region Second team in 2013.
Stewart, a kinesiology and exercise science major, has a 3.984 grade point average. She has earned a perfect 4.0 GPA four times and was a unanimous selection to the 2013 America East All-Academic Team.
Cullenberg, a senior from Chesterville, has captained three UMaine teams. He has been selected to All-Conference teams in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field.
At the 2013 America East Cross Country Championships, Cullenberg finished second overall. He earned a spot on the All-Region team and qualified for the NCAA Championships, the first UMaine male runner to do so since 1979.
On Sunday, he finished second at the 2014 America East indoor championships in the 5,000-meter run. Cullenberg has posted a perfect 4.0 GPA four times and in 2013 he received the College of Education Dean’s Award and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Wasilewski, senior quarterback from Kulpmont, Pa., led Maine to the Colonial Athletic Association title and a first-ever home NCAA playoff game last fall. The senior set school season records for completions (276), completion percentage (67.5), passing yards (3,238), offensive plays (565), and total yards (3,770).
Wasilewski was just the second quarterback in Maine history to pass for 3,000 yards in a season. He finished his senior season with 25 passing touchdowns, the second highest single-season total in Maine history. He finished his career with 6,564 total yards and 52 touchdowns.
He was named to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Conference First Team. He earned the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet of the Year. Wasilewski earned the Chuck Boone Leadership Award, presented to the CAA Football player who embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity, teamwork and sportsmanship in his academic and athletic achievements.
He graduated last May with a degree in kinesiology and physical education and is pursuing a master’s degree in exercise physiology.
The “M” Club Dean Smith Award was first presented as the “M” Club Scholarship Award in 1980. The award was renamed to honor Dean Smith in 1993.
Smith, a basketball player and electrical engineering major at UMaine, was a recipient of the Walter Byers Award presented by the NCAA. He won the league scoring title as the captain of the 1989-90 team.