05/09/2011 – Rinkus, Less and Lounds are given the top senior scholar awards by the athletic department.
The Joseph Baker and Sr. Helen Louise Brogger Awards are given annually to a 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
Kennen Less – Kennen was a graduate of Rockford High School and a four year letter winner for the Saints baseball team. The two-time All-WHAC performer led the Saints to a 24-16-1 record during his senior season. Less led the team with 17 doubles and 31 RBI's, while sporting a .381 batting average. Kennen was just as successful in the classroom where he earned a 3.85 G.P.A. while majoring in Biology. Less also was active in Habitat for Humanity, hospital volunteering, the Aquinas Chemistry Society and the Beta Beta Beta Honor Society. Kennen also interned at the Van Andel Research Institute and held on campus jobs in the housekeeping and athletic departments. Kennen is the son of Richard and Jackie Less.
SR. HELEN LOUISE BROGGER AWARD
Samantha Rinkus – Samantha was a graduate of Hartland High School and a four year member of the Saints cross country and track teams. During her senior season, Rinkus led the Saints to a 13th place finish at the NAIA National Cross Country meet and was named an All-WHAC performer. Samantha also garnered Academic All-American Honors in both Cross Country and Track. Rinkus majored in English and History and minored in Journalism and Creative Writing. Samantha also was involved in Insignis, The Saint (school newspaper) and Lambda Iota Tau. Rinkus also found time to work in the College's Public Relations Department and held internships at Revue Magazine and wrote stories for the Aquinas College webpage. Samantha is the daughter of James and Mary Rinkus.
Molly Lounds – Molly was a graduate of Mason High School and a four year starter for the Saints Volleyball team. During her time at Aquinas, the volleyball team made major strides and has ascended to one of the top teams in the Midwest. Lounds captained the team during her senior season and led the Saints to a 29-12 record and brought the Saints within one match of advancing to the National Championships. Molly graduates as the Saints All-Time leader in career kills. While at Aquinas Molly was a dual major in Business Administration and Communications and involved in the Student Athlete Advisory Board and Alternative Spring Break. Lounds also worked in the Aquinas Conferencing department and for the State of Michigan Department of Education. Molly held internships at Rizzi Designs and St. Mary's Health Care. Molly is the daughter of Calvin and Mary Jo Lounds.