Tuesday, 17 April 2018 18:58

Geyer, Hiris Recognized at Honors Convocation

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Demonstrating both athletic and academic success during their time at Oswego State, Emma Geyer of the women's soccer team and Zach Hiris of the golf team were honored at Oswego's Honors Convocation on April 6.

With Geyer's performance inside and outside of the classroom, she earned the Oswego Woman Scholar Athlete Award, while Hiris received the Donald Snygg Award for his achievements throughout campus and on the course.

Starting in every game she appeared in for the Lakers across her four ­years in the program, Geyer notched 41 points in 65 games. Serving as team captain for her final two years, Geyer was named to the All-SUNYAC First Team in 2016. In addition, the senior earned All-Conference honors each of her four years, becoming only the third player in program history to accomplish the feat.

Geyer is no stranger to academic recognition, having received the SUNYAC Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award in 2015 and the SUNYAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor in 2016. On top of her commitment to academics, the Liverpool, N.Y. native contributes through community service as well. Traveling to Costa Rica in 2017, Geyer helped children improve their soccer skills at clinics with the organization Beyond Sports.

In addition to earning the Donald Snygg Award, Hiris was selected earlier this year as one of five students to receive the 2018 State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. The honor is the highest award of student recognition given by the SUNY system, recognizing the senior's performance through three years on the golf team along with his commitment to the classroom.

While serving as the president of the Meteorology Club, Hiris also interned for the National Weather Service, where he hopes to pursue a career following his time at Oswego. The Bowling Green, Ohio native has also explored his interests by participating in the forecasting competition WxChallenge, which he has won an unprecedented five times. Hiris has helped the community as well, organizing the collection of canned goods and stuffed animals for the hockey teams' annual Teddy Bear Toss and Toy Drive.

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