Grinnell College's Sam Calisch '10 (pictured) has won the prestigious Roy W. LeClere Award winner for academic excellence.
The award goes to the Midwest Conference male student-athlete who had the highest grade point average during his junior year while lettering in at least two league sports. It is named for Roy W. LeClere, a collegiate sports enthusiast whose passion for the MWC led friends and co-workers to originally sponsor the award as a memorial in his honor.
Calisch, a mathematics major, is the second Pioneer in a row to win the award after Henry Reich '09 won it in 2008.
In addition to excelling in the classroom, Calisch is also a standout on the Pioneers' cross country and indoor track and field teams. Calisch has seen the most success as a member of the cross country team. He earned all-conference status in his collegiate debut season, while running on a conference championship team, a title Grinnell has captured during all four of his seasons. Calisch has earned a total of three all-conference honors, including a runner-up performance in 2008. This performance helped the Pioneers earn just the third perfect score in league meet history.
In that same year, Calisch also ran to an All-Region finish and was an NCAA national meet participant. Calisch is currently a five-time Academic All-Conference award recipient and ranks 20th on the Pioneers' All-Time 8K cross country chart.
Carroll University's Michelle Weber won the Ruth Peterson Award, which goes to the top female student-athlete.