Each month, The Summit League will feature outstanding student-athlete performances from a selected institution as recognized by its Faculty Athletic Representative. The April installment of The Summit League Scholar-Athlete Spotlight features three student-athletes from Fort Wayne.
Kayla Boyes, Women’s Cross Country/Track &
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./Pinckney, Mich.
Kayla Boyes has been a stalwart of our Cross team for four years. She was named captain of both the Cross Country and Track teams in 2012/2013. She helped lead our Distance Medley Relay Team to its best time this year. Kayla is on our SAAC, has volunteered for years in IPFWs The BIG Event which does outstanding community service. Kayla has also helped at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo at Halloween. Kayla has been accepted into graduate school in Marine Biology and will be going to Washington this next year.
Hailie Ripley, Volleyball
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Jr./Waunakee, Wis.
Hailie is an outstanding academic as well as athlete. She has a near perfect GPA as a psychology major. Her Coach states : "Hailie Ripley is everything you want in a teammate and athlete. Focused on academics, athletic achievement, and involvement in the IPFW community, she is a wonderful leader and Ambassador for IPFW and our Women's volleyball Team". Hailie is the Vice President of our SAAC and is on the Summit League Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She has been named to the Academic All-League Team twice. Hailie ranks 2nd in Summit League play in Hitting percentage and 6th in blocks/set. Hailie has also helped to organize COMPASS Suicide Prevention workshops.
Malcolm White, Baseball
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./South Bend, Ind.
Malcolm has been an outstanding contributor to our baseball program. He leads by example with his enthusiasm and determination. This year he ran full speed into the outfield wall and split his tongue in half and was knocked out for a short time- the only thing that he wanted to know when he regained awareness at the hospital was whether they had won or not. Malcolm's academic side is equally outstanding, being a leader among his peers- Malcolm is quiet yet strong, and he gets his points across in a very eloquent manner. I had the pleasure of working with him on a search committee and his questions were to the point and insightful. Malcolm's leadership extends to SAAC and the community as well, being very active in many community events.
Information courtesy of Fort Wayne.