05/15/2014 – The Joseph Baker and Sr. Helen Louise Brogger Awards are given annually to an Aquinas College male and female senior student athlete who meets the three requirements established by the alumni board. These requirements are academic strength, service to others and athletic involvement and success. This year's recipients are exemplary in meeting these requirements.
JOSHEPH BAKER AWARD
Aaron Hendrick – Aaron was a graduate of Northview High School and a four year letter winner for the Saints tennis team. A three-time NAIA All-American on the court, Hendrick has re-written the tennis record book and has cemented Aquinas as a national tennis power. Aaron was named “Freshman of the Year” and “Senior of the Year” by the ITA and also was recognized by the WHAC as “Player of the Year” three times. Aaron was just as successful in the classroom where he earned a 3.75 G.P.A., while majoring in Accounting and Math. Hendrick also was a two-time NAIA Academic All-American. Aaron was active in the Student Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB), was a Student Ambassador for Admissions and was a tennis instructor at MVP. Aaron is the son of Jerry and Beth Hendrick.
SR. HELEN LOUISE BROGGER AWARD
Alicia Dorko – Alicia was a graduate of Schoolcraft High School and was a four year member of the Saints track and field teams. During her career, Dorko was named NAIA All-American three times and was the WHAC Champion in pole vault this past outdoor season. Alicia will be representing Aquinas College at the NAIA Track & Field Nationals later this month in her specialty event. She will graduate holding both the indoor and outdoor school records in the pole vault. Dorko also garnered Academic All-American accolades twice as she sports a 3.62 G.P.A., while majoring in Biology. Alicia also was involved in the Tri Beta Biology Honors Society and volunteered at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Dorko also found time to work at East Hills Athletic Club. Alicia is the daughter of Michael and Catherine Dorko.
Lindsey Karpowicz – Lindsey was a graduate of Grandville High School and was a five year member of both the Aquinas basketball and track and field programs. During her time at Aquinas, Lindsey has epitomized the definition of student athlete. Karpowicz was honored last year as an NAIA All American in the discus and will be competing later this month in Mobile, Alabama looking for a matching distinction. While at Aquinas, Lindsey majored in Business Administration and Marketing and minored in Exercise Science and Coaching. The two-sport athlete maintained a 3.28 G.P.A. amongst all the practices and competitions. “Karp” was also involved in the Student Athlete Advisory Board, Student Senate and the 125th Anniversary Board. Lindsey also found time to work as an official at Houseman Field, coached private lessons for basketball, served at Red Robin and interned at the Visser YMCA. Lindsey is the daughter of Dale and Christine Karpowicz.