Athletics: Lang, Kelly Honored With College DSA Awards
(Nashua, N.H.) – Two Daniel Webster College student-athletes were recently honored with the College’s annual “Distinguished Service Award” (DSA). The awards ceremony took place in the College’s ERC Gallery.
Honorees included junior field hockey player Melissa Kelly of Hill, N.H. (Franklin HS) and senior women’s basketball and cross country athlete Kacie Lang of Raymond, N.H. (Raymond HS).
The DSA recognizes and honors students who have made a distinguished contribution to campus life during a specific academic year. Nominees are solicited from the entire College community Eligible only to full-time students, the recipient must be in good academic standings and may qualify by contributing through services to a particular organization by their performance of duties as an officer, by enhancing the activities of the organization, through enrichment of the DWC community, through significant contribution to a major campus event, or through consistent support and encouragement of a range of organizations or activities.
Kelly, a mechanical engineering major, earned the honor based on a variety of contributions to the College. A three-year starter with the field hockey program, Kelly has enjoyed remarkable success in the classroom, maintaining over a 3.6 cumulative grade point average.
Kelly has spent the past two years as a key grader and tutor for the College’s Engineering Design courses, is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and has been selected as a presenter at three different ASEE conferences, twice winning session awards. Outside the classroom, she has also served as lead student in the helping with local chapters of the Girl Scouts and serves as a member of the College’s student conduct review board.
On the field, Kelly started in nine games as a defender and midfielder. The team posted a 4-8 overall record.
Lang, a sport management major, has been part of four different athletics programs during her career at DWC including women’s soccer, women’s cross country, women’s basketball and softball, and has been a member of the Dean’s List and NECC All-Academic team since her freshman year having maintained a cumulative GPA of over 3.3. This past season she was a member of the cross country program and women’s basketball program, finishing as a key component to both.
Lang was among the Eagles’ top cross country performers and on the basketball court, played in and started 28 of 29 games, averaging 4.5 points, 5,3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per outing. The team posted a 19-10 overall record, the second highest single season victories in program history. The team finished 13-5 in conference play and advanced to the NECC tournament championship game, falling in the finals.