Feb. 17, 2012
USAFA, Colo. - Air Force senior Paul Weisgarber is one of 10 collegiate hockey players named a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award, recognizing student-athletes who have combined excellence in athletics, academics and community service. Fans can vote at the link above.
Weisgarber, a forward from Fargo, N.D., carries a 3.95 GPA in his major of management and has a 3.60 cumulative GPA. He ranks fifth in his major of management and is also a French minor. This past summer, he was selected for the Cadet Summer Research Program and travelled to Hanscom AFB, Mass., helping in the acquisition process of a Joint Urgent Operational Need. Weisgarber has been on the Superintendent's List for excellence in academics, military and physical fitness every semester. He was selected, by vote of his teammates, as a captain as a junior and senior. His leadership was instrumental in helping lead the team to the AHA championship and NCAA appearance last season. Weisgarber has been active in the community as well, volunteering with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)-Walk for the Cure and Gala, the MS Walk, Black Forest Animal Sanctuary, Adopt-A-School Program with Monroe Elementary, Adopt-A-Family for Christmas and the USAF Academy Blood Drive. Last season, he became just the third player in school history to earn three of the team's seven major awards, The Heyliger (cornerstone of the program, recognizing excellence in character, dedication, leadership and work ethic), the Larry Cronk award for most inspiration player and the Jim Bowman award as the team's top scholar-athlete.
He has played in all 29 games this season and has four goals and 13 assists for 17 points. The team captain had two points (1-1-2) in the 4-2 win over Army on Jan. 21. He has played in all 145 games in his career and has 29 goals and 37 assists for 66 points.
Weisgarber is the sixth consecutive Falcon to be a finalist for the prestigious award, joining Billy Devoney (2007), Frank Schiavone (2008), Mike Phillipich (2009), Matt Fairchild (2010) and Jacques Lamoureux (2011). Lamoureux became the first Air Force player in any sport to win the award.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Frozen Four® in April.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 20 candidates announced in October. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 18. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I men's ice hockey head coaches' votes to determine the winner. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA Men's Frozen Four®, which will be held April 5 and 7 in Tampa.
For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.