Congratulations to Kendall Elizabeth Hunter, a sophomore Disability Services major with a minor in Audiology, who was recognized by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) as the Women’s Basketball Champion Scholar for 2016-2017.
The Champion Scholar Award was initiated in 2011-2012 to honor the student-athlete with the top grade point average at each site of the PSAC’s 23 team championship finals. This award recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the
pinnacle of competition at the state championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.
Professor Annah Hill says “Kendall is a passionate individual on and off the court! Kendall will be participating in a mission trip to the Dominican Republic this May with IUP’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes.”
“Kendall not only is a pleasure to have in class, but also has an excellent and exciting future ahead of her!” says professor Kaylee Wynkoop.
When Kendell came to IUP, she knew she wanted to work with individuals with special needs. After learning more about the Disability Services program, she realized that was where she wanted to be. Kendall became interested in working with people with disabilities while in high school when she volunteered as a Peer
Mentor for students with intellectual and significant learning disabilities. As a peer mentor, she felt privileged to be selected to work with these students and thrived on the challenge of helping a classmate gain confidence and make progress.
Since Kendall was a young girl, she enjoyed playing sports, particularly basketball, and she always tended to root for the underdog. Therefore, it was very important for Kendall to dedicate time to her high school Special Olympics athletes, so they could discover
new strengths, abilities, and success not only in life, but also on the basketball court.
Since arriving at IUP, Kendall also has participated in Miracle League at the YMCA with her team, which has been a great experience for her. Kendall’s hard work and dedication has certainly paid off as her academic achievement of a 3.87 overall GPA, while advancing with her team to
the NCAA Atlantic Regional, ranked No. 22 in D2SIDA Media Poll, is proof positive that she’s worthy of the title, “Champion Scholar.”