Cookson, Duarte and Thornhill Earn Scholar of Distinction Honor; Headline 17 Academic Squad Selections

Abbey Thornhill was named a Scholar of Distinction for the second year in a row (Gil Talbot).
Abbey Thornhill was named a Scholar of Distinction for the second year in a row (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Ellie Cookson, sophomore Emily Duarte and senior Abbey Thornhill have been named Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction, as announced by the National Field Coaches Association Wednesday, March 15. The three also join 14 other Harvard student-athletes to be named to the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad.

Harvard is one of just 12 school nationally with 15 or more student-athletes named to the National Academic Squad.

The National Academic Squad recognizes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year. The NFHCA recognizes any student-athlete that has a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher through the fall 2016 semester as a Scholar of Distinction. 

Thornhill receives the Scholar of Distinction for the second-straight year. Cookson is also receiving the honor for the second time, having been recognized during the 2014-15 academic year. 

Thornhill is also one of six seniors to be named to the National Academic Squad for the fourth-time in their career. Kyla Cordrey, Sarah Finnemore, Clare McClintock, Annie Morefield and Elizabeth Warner also earned their fourth National Academic Squad recognition. A complete list of Harvard's 17 selections is below:

Brianna Bolon; Ellie Cookson; Kyla Cordrey*; Emily Duarte; Sarah Finnemore*; Grace Geiger; Clare McClintock*; Annie Morefield*; Olivia Ostrover; Emily Ott; Callie Rennyson; Olivia Startup; Abbey Thornhill*; Sophie Van Weede; Elizabeth Warner*; Hannah Wellington; Kathleen Young

*Denotes four-time honoree