Henke and Lightfoot Recognized for University Awards

DURHAM, N.H. -- Junior Sam Henke (Millersville, Md.) and sophomore Madison Lightfoot (Clarkston, Mich.) of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team were both bestowed awards by the University on Wednesday, May 7.

Henke was the recipient of the Barbara King Newman Memorial Scholarship while Lightfoot garnered the Movers and Shakers award.

A Barbara King Newman scholar must be an undergraduate kinesiology major with an option in athletic training, exercise science, outdoor education, physical education or sport studies.  The beneficiary must be a junior or senior, an all-around student and give evidence of scholarship and service to the department, UNH and the community. Furthermore, he or she should possess athletic ability, strong leadership potential and the kind of person one would want as a friend, teammate and a role model to the department, school and UNH.

Henke, a three-year letterwinner for the Wildcats, has been a diligent student in the classroom as well as the court. She is a three-time honoree on the America East Honor Roll with twice being tabbed to the Commissioner's Honor Roll for achieving a semester grade point average of a 3.50 or higher. On the court, Henke has played in every match since her arrival to Durham and helped lead New Hampshire to its fourth America East title in program history this past fall.   

The junior has immediately put her studies into practice and done so at a high level. In her sophomore year, Henke earned her emergency medical technician (EMT) certification and has volunteered at McGregor Memorial Emergency Medical Services ever since. Furthermore, the defensive specialist developed a resistance training and aerobic exercise program in which she has two clients enrolled. Henke also gives back in the classroom, working as a teacher's assistant (TA) in laboratory exercise physiology and EMT classes for both UNH and McGregor Memorial. Outside of the academic year, she works at a physical therapy office. 

The Movers and Shakers award, sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (OSIL) as well as the Memorial Union Building (MUB), celebrates collaborative leadership. Recipients of the award understand the importance of relationship building and value inclusiveness.

Lightfoot, a two-year letterwinner for New Hampshire, was an integral piece to the 2013 America East championship team, playing every set during the season. Named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2013, the sophomore defensive specialist logged the second highest total of digs in a single season (546) in UNH volleyball history. In addition, Lightfoot is the record holder for digs in a single game (39), recording the feat in a five-set win against Binghamton University on Nov. 17.

A double major in psychology and women's studies with a double minor in social work and race and ethnic studies, Lightfoot is an active participant for a myriad of organizations from the University. Her involvement with UNH includes a certification in Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) training, an attendee at the 2014 Martin Luther King Leadership Summit, a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), an affiliate of Creating Acceptance Through Students (CATS) and a volunteer for Alliance. Furthermore, she serves as a research undergraduate assistant to Dr. Victoria Banyard of the UNH psychology department, helped organize donations from the UNH athletic department to the Dover's Children Home, is a Read Across America participant and has shadowed social workers at Clarkston High School and Jenny Sheehan at the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Hampshire.      

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