January 29, 2018
By: Erica Rose
It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to be an exceptional athlete, and sometimes all of that hard work and dedication doesn’t even pay off. It also takes that same work and dedication to be a scholar student. I personally, worked hard both on the field as well as the classroom, but I never was exceptional. Only few are. And last Wednesday night, I had the opportunity to meet two of those rare breeds. At the halftime of the girl’s basketball game, Moravian College recognized Lauren Bertucci and Nick Zambelli for being named as Academic All-Americans. They are two of just 48 Greyhounds, and only the 3rd women’s soccer player, and 4th football player to earn the honor. The Academic All-America Program began in 1952, by the College Sports Information Directors of America, and has grown tremendously since its inception. It is comprised of four divisional teams, with student-athletes being honored separately in Division I, II, and III. 
Lauren Bertucci, is a senior defender on the women’s soccer team and has a 3.99 GPA. Lauren was also honored as the Landmark Conference Senior Scholar-Athlete for Women’s Soccer.
After receiving the award I had the opportunity to speak with both scholars. “It means a lot and it feels like I’m being recognized for all the hard work I did these past four years at Moravian,” said Bertucci. “I’m glad I can show the younger girls on the team that it is possible to manage between activities, soccer, and school, even though it can be hard.”
Nick Zambelli is a junior defensive back on the football team. Nick has a 4.0 GPA and was selected to the Centennial All-Conference Second Team and the All-Centennial Conference squad, an honor bestowed on student-athletes that earn Centennial All-Conference honors and a spot on the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll. Nick was also selected as the 2017 Centennial Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year with the top GPA among juniors and seniors.
“I set high goals for myself, so this doesn’t surprise me per se, but I am happy that I have been able to achieve what I set my mind too,” said Zambelli.
Congratulations to the two athletes, on their hard work!