At the Senior Assembly, the 2011 Thomas H. Wyman 1951 medal was awarded to Sarah Leyman, a biology major who came to Amherst from Cincinnati, Ohio. Sarah's interests and accomplishments at Amherst are numerous: aside from completing her senior thesis in biology this year [Investigating carotenoid trade-offs: coloration versus immunity and antioxidant capacity in convict cichlids (amatitlania nigrofasciata)], she was captain of the NCAA champion Division III women's basketball team. In addition, for the past two years she served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).  A remarkable accomplishment of the SAAC effort this year is that 100% of Amherst's athletes were committed to community service. Sarah has led that effort to make service an integral part of both the academic and athletic experiences of our students.  

Related to her work on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee was her nomination for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, a national award which recognizes collegiate and professional athletes who have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others. She was nominated by Coach JP Gromacki, who describes Sarah as a "relentless, tireless athlete" whose "dedication to excellence in all aspects of her life are second to none." Molly Mead, Director of Amherst's Center for Community Engagement, adds that Sarah "parlayed the natural competitiveness of student athletes to create this norm." Sarah was one of five finalists in this competition and traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for the award ceremony. 

Trace the link to Sarah and Molly Mead discussing the SAAC and its accomplishments; I hope you will share our pride in all Sarah has accomplished at Amherst:  

Amherst is honored to remember Tom's life-long, dedicated service to Amherst through this annual award. The college thanks his family and his Class of 1951 classmates for establishing this memorial that allows the College to recognize Amherst's best.


Sarah Leyman '11 #32 in action on defense blocking Wash U. layup.