We are incredibly proud to celebrate our students’ academic and athletic successes. Quakers demonstrate hard work, dedication and leadership on and off the field, court, track and pool. During the 2019-20 academic year, there were 61 Academic Award winners, and 30 Academic All-Ivy Honorees. Among our senior student-athletes, we are honored to recognize those that received special recognition through winning the major senior student-athlete awards.
2019-20 Senior Student-Athlete Award Recipients
CLASS OF 1915 AWARD – Adam Goldner, men's lacrosse
Presented annually since 1931, the Class of 1915 Award is given to the male student-athlete who best exemplifies the spirit and tradition of University of Pennsylvania Athletics. The recipient must be a senior student-athlete who shows outstanding athletic, academic, and leadership qualities. The academic standard is a 3.0 GPA. Voting on the award is conducted by the head coaches of Penn's varsity men's programs.
Adam's senior season was cut short after five games due to the national outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19. At the time, the senior co-captain was second on the team in assists (5) and third in both goals (11) and points (16). He also ranked fifth in program history with 106 career goals and 13th with 126 career points. Goldner's final game was certainly one to remember, as he recorded seven points and scored the game-winning goal with 48 seconds left to give Penn a 13-12 win at Saint Joseph's. Goldner's junior year was outstanding, as he set a program record by scoring 56 goals to help lead the Quakers to the Ivy League regular-season and Tournament championships—the Quakers becoming just the third team to sweep both titles in the same season—and a run to the NCAA Championship quarterfinal round. Following that junior season, Goldner—who ranked fourth nationally in goals per game in 2019—earned honorable mention USILA All-America recognition and second-team All-Ivy, and he also was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Ivy League Tournament. He ended his career having scored at least one goal in each of his last 30 games, dating back to his sophomore year. Adam is a management concentration in the Wharton School of Business.
ASSOCIATION OF ALUMNAE FATHERS' TROPHY – Nia Akins, women's cross country/track & field
The Fathers' Trophy has been given annually since 1945 to the woman who is recognized for her contribution to Women's Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania. The recipient must be a senior student-athlete who shows outstanding athletic, academic, and leadership qualities. The academic standard is a 3.0 GPA. Voting on the award is conducted by the head coaches of Penn's varsity women's programs.
Nia graduates as undoubtedly the most decorated athlete in the history of the women's track & field program. A two-time NCAA runner-up in the indoor and outdoor 800 last year, she was primed to win that event at the 2020 NCAA Indoor Championships before it was canceled due to a national outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 while she was en route to Albuquerque. Earlier this season, she ran the second-fastest indoor 800 in history by a collegian, clocking 2:00.71 on February 14. Last year, Akins made history by helping Penn win the Distance Medley Relay (DMR) at the Penn Relays, the first time an Ivy League women's team has won a Championship of America relay at the Carnival. She was later named the Penn Relays College Athlete of the Meet, the first Penn woman ever to be so honored. Akins is one of three finalists for the 2019-20 USTFCCCA National Women's Track Athlete of the Year and one of 10 athletes on the 2019-20 Bowerman Award Watch List as the nation's top collegiate track & field athlete. She was a part of five Ivy League Heptagonal championship efforts at Penn (three indoor, two outdoor) and was named the Most Outstanding Track Athlete three times at Heps (twice indoor, once outdoor). Akins is a nine-time Ivy Heps champion and will graduate with eight Penn program records and two Ivy League marks. Nia is a double major in Nursing and Nutrition Science.
NORMAN J. GOLDRING PRIZE (male) – Alexandre Amice, men's fencing
The Goldring Prize is given to one graduating male and one graduating female student-athlete with the highest GPA who earned a varsity letter in his/her senior year.
• Accumulated a 59-30 record (.663 win percentage) in foil over his career
• Member of two Ivy League Round-Robins championship teams
• Three-time Dean's List (Fr., So., Jr.)
• Double major in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics in the School of Engineering and Applied Science
NORMAN J. GOLDRING PRIZE (female) AND GEORGE H. FRAZIER PRIZE
The Frazier Prize is given to a graduating student-athlete (male or female) with the highest GPA who competed on one of the following teams: basketball, crew, track, soccer, baseball or football.
Maddie Villalba, women's cross country/track & field
• First-team All-Ivy in cross country as a senior
• Member of five Ivy League Heptagonal championship teams (three indoor, two outdoor)
• Ran anchor leg on Penn's winning Championship of America Distance Medley Relay at 2019 Penn Relays, the first Ivy League women's team to win a CoA wheel in the history of the Relays
• Member of two record-setting relay teams at Penn (outdoor DMR, outdoor 4x800)
• Second on Penn's all-time list in the outdoor 1,500 and indoor mile
• Phi Beta Kappa
• Three-time Dean's List (Fr., So., Jr.)
• Music major and Biological Basis of Behavior minor in the College of Arts and Sciences