CRESSON - Mount Aloysius College standout Lindsy Sammarco, a Patton native and Bishop Carroll graduate, was recently named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Woman of the Year for 2013-2014 for her accomplishments in the classroom, in the community and on the playing field.
With the award, Sammarco will be the AMCC's nominee to the National Collegiate Athletic Association for the national competition of Woman of the Year.
The Mount Aloysius College standout competed with nearly 1,000 athletes throughout the 10 colleges in the AMCC for the honor.
Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley applauded the AMCC's choice of Lindsy Sammarco as Women of the Year.
"I have had the pleasure of watching Lindsy throughout her career here at Mount Aloysius College. She has matured into a tough, intelligent and resilient young woman," Foley said. "She is selfless on and off the field. As a graduate of this College she now has not only a great family behind her, but the resounding goodwill of this entire College behind her."
"Through hard work and character, Lindsy has built a legacy of academic and athletic achievement," said Dr. Jane Grassadonia, vice president for student affairs at Mount Aloysius College. "She is one of those rare individuals who raise up and inspire those around her even as she continues growing along her own path."
Sammarco, who concluded her academic career at Mount Aloysius with a 3.65 GPA while majoring in Professional Studies: Behavioral and Health Sciences, is the Mount's first Woman of the Year nominee since Mount Aloysius became full members of the conference in 2008-2009.
Sammarco was a standout on both the basketball court and softball field, but made her mark in throughout the community during her time at Mount Aloysius.
She spent time each year volunteering with various physical therapists, and also was involved in a variety of service projects including the Mercy Youth Initiative, Angel Tree, Souls for Soles, and New Day Inc. Additionally, she painted playrooms at a local daycare, served meals at soup kitchens, helped at a local Humane Society and worked at the Mount Aloysius basketball camp where she assisted young basketball players from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
In the classroom, Sammarco was on the Dean's List and AMCC All-Academic Team in each of her four years at Mount.
Sammarco has been an outstanding student ambassador at Mount Aloysius College. In 2013, she was chosen to be a dinner host when the campus welcomed former Ambassador to Ireland and Pittsburgh Steelers owner, Daniel A. Rooney and his wife, Patricia.
Sammarco earned numerous awards for her accomplishments on the field and hardwood. She was the Mount Aloysius Female Athlete of the Year in both 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 and was the MVP of the women's basketball team in each of those seasons as well.
"Through my four years at Mount Aloysius College I have learned how to appreciate others and work hard every day. I have experienced team victory and pride and learned how hard work pays off in the classroom," Sammarco said. "I have taken notice of how far a helping hand and smile can affect and mean to a community member or a member of the college family."