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Dartmouth Engineers Honored at Celebration of Athletic Excellence

Jun 06, 2019   |   by Charlotte Brackett   |   Dartmouth Athletics

The Dartmouth College Department of Athletics and Recreation hosted its annual Celebration of Athletic Excellence, honoring the achievements of teams and individuals throughout the 2018-19 academic year.

[Honorees included:]

David Emanuels '19 on the field
(Photo by Mike Janes)


Given to a man showing extracurricular and scholastic drive, spirit, loyalty and amiability and is nominated and voted on by the captains of the men's teams.
Winner: David Emanuels (Football)

David Emanuels Headshot
David Emanuels '19

An indispensable member of the Dartmouth defense that ranked second in the country in fewest points allowed, Emmanuels finished third on the team with 51 tackles, including a career-high 11 in a win on the road at Cornell. He earned a spot on the Academic All-Ivy League Fall Team, the FCS Athletics Directors Academic All-Star Team and the Academic All-America Second Team as he sports a 3.97 GPA while majoring in biomechanical engineering.

As the philanthropy chair of his fraternity, he has pushed his peers to help the community as much as possible, organizing groups to cheer on runners at the CHaD Hero Run and participants at the Special Olympics, plus food sales to provide money to the local food pantry. Emmanuels has gone to Guatemala to teach youths valuable life skills, and he will return to Latin America to work with a group that aids abandoned children.

His teammate said, "He is one of the kindest people I have ever met, and he provides this kindness to everyone he encounters. He has provided the Dartmouth community with so much over his four years that it is time to recognize him."

Jack Traynor '19 on the field
(Photo by Mark Washburn)


Dartmouth's highest athletic honor is presented annually to "the member of the graduating class who has been four years in attendance, who has been the best all-around athlete, regard also being had to moral worth and high standing in scholarship." The winner traditionally exemplifies all that we hope and expect of the men and women who put on the Dartmouth uniform and take to the field of play. This student-athlete is to be of exemplary athletic skill, of great academic prowess and of high moral character.
Winner: Jack Traynor (Football)

Jack Traynor '19 Headshot
Jack Traynor '19

The anchor of the nationally ranked Big Green defense, Traynor has been named a unanimous All-Ivy league First Team linebacker in each of the last two seasons and a Division I All-New England performer in both years as well. His accolades don't stop there as he is also a two-time FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star, two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection and last year's Class of 1948 Scholar Athlete. Traynor has recorded 195 tackles over the past three seasons, including 98 as a junior to rank second in the Ivy League, and racked up at least 10 in six games, including a career-high 17 against Harvard.

But he is more than simply an athlete, as noted by his coach who said, "Jack has a friendly personality, strong interpersonal skills, and a commitment and determination toward success — both on and off the field — earning admiration and respect from his peers and all who interact with him."

Off the field, the team captain maintains a 3.68 GPA as an engineering major and has been active with Gamma Delta Chi's community service initiatives including Covered Bridges, the Prouty and Upper Valley Pen Pal, not to mention the Special Olympics.

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