Written by Claire Booher
Megaphone Staff Writer
Each year two student athletes are awarded for their hard work on and off the field. The Anchor Award is given to the students who show exemplary academic and athletic skills. They have the fortitude to go above and beyond with their physical and mental skills.
The student Athletic advisory committee presents the award to one male and the one female who they believe embodies the values of student-athletes here at Southwestern University. They nominate several athletes, and then the student body, faculty and staff vote for the winners.
This year, the award was presented to two soccer players. The 2008 Anchor Award was given to seniors Cory Fujimoto and Amanda Gunzelman. With their amazing athletic and academic history, both Gunzelman and Fujimoto were chosen by the committee and the Southwestern community because they believe that these two individuals represent Southwestern student-athletes.
Gunzelman was a co-captain of this year’s women’s soccer team, which finished second in the fall 2007 SCAC season. A Houston native, Gunzelman is a Psychology major and is very involved in the Southwestern community. She is a Dean’s List student, a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and in the National Psychology Honor Society. She is also a student mentor and has earned numerous recognitions for her soccer career at Southwestern. This past year, Gunzelman was named to the All-SCAC third team and recognized in ESPN the Magazine for her place on the Academic All-District Second Team in 2007. Gunzelman has been a strong influence on her peers and teammates. Her defensive skills were a key part in the one of lady pirates’ best seasons. After graduation, Gunzelman plans on taking a year off to work and then plans on attending graduate school.
“I was surprised and happy it was a great honor” Gunzelman said
The male recipient of this award was senior Fujimoto. Fujimoto is a San Antonio native and has had an impressive career at Southwestern. He started almost every game during his four-year tenure on the team. He was a team captain for the pirates 2007 soccer season in which they finished in second place overall. Fujimoto has qualified numerous times for the SCAC All-Academic award. Like Gunzelman, Fujimoto has been named to the Dean’s List multiple times and was named to ESPN the Magazine’s First Team Academic All-District. Fujimoto is majoring in mathematics and computer science. After graduation this May, he plans on working at USAA as an actuary. USAA is a company that provides those in the military with products and services.
“When I found out that I won, I was surprised, but I was happy and honored to represent the soccer team and put a nice finish to my Southwestern career” Fujimoto said.
His leadership skills at Southwestern have helped him throughout school and sports and will continue to help him through the beginning of his career.
Both Gunzelman and Fujimoto have helped lead through their academic careers and have both supported their soccer teams. Both players have bright futures ahead of them and will be able to use the skills they acquired at Southwestern as they continue on with their careers.
They are a shining example of what Southwestern wishes for all their student athletes. Hard work on and off the playing field is what Southwestern wishes to inspire in all of their student-athletes.
Each of the nominees had the same qualities, but it was these two soccer captains that were chosen went above and beyond to further themselves in their athletic and academic career. These two student-athletes have been a shining example throughout their academic careers.