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Gymnastics Tallies Six WCGA All-Academic Honorees

In Photo (left to right) Jade Buford, Kiarra Alleyne, MC Fletcher, Carly Israel, Sofia Menemenlis.
In Photo (left to right) Jade Buford, Kiarra Alleyne, MC Fletcher, Carly Israel, Sofia Menemenlis.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Six members of Yale University's 2017-18 gymnastics team received Scholastic All-America awards from the WCGA, the Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association announced. Individuals earned honors for posting a GPA of 3.50 or higher during the 2017-18 academic year.

2018 WCGA All-Academic Honorees
Senior Megan Ryan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), juniors Kiarra Alleyne (Houston, Texas), Sarah Caldwell (Falmouth Me.), and Roxanne Trachtenberg (Doylestown, Pa.), sophomore Sofia Menemenlis (La Canada, Calif.) and first-year Rowan Palmer (Knoxille, Tenn.) collected the honors.

Ryan, a senior majoring in the History of Science, Medicine and Public Health (HSHM), finished up her fourth and last year as a Bulldog during the 2017-18 season. After graduation, she plans to start a job as a management trainee for McMaster Carr, and is thinking about Graduate School in the future. Ryan wants to earn a Business or Master's Degree in Public Health, but she has not decided yet.

Why HSHM? "I chose HSHM because it was a major that included a little bit of everything I was interested in. I love science, but I was more interested in the evolution of medical technology, epidemiology, and public health initiatives."

Alleyne, a junior majoring in Cognitive Science with a focus on infant cognition, loves working with babies and kids. Additionally, her interests in health and medicine led her to the decision to apply for medical school after attending Graduate School for Public Health. At Yale, she is a research assistant in the Infant Cognition Lab as well as Captain of the 2018-19 Yale Gymnastics Team. As her third year as a Bulldog, she has made her mark on the floor exercise and balance beam, recording several high scores during the three seasons she has competed.

Why Cog. Sci.? "I've always been interested in health and medicine, so I started it as a biology major. While interesting, I never felt really passionate about what we were learning. By my sophomore year, I realized that cognitive science was something I was really interested in and blended my interests in medicine and children together while still completing my pre-med requirements."

Caldwell, who stepped up as Yale gymnastics' team manager this past season posted a 3.71 GPA while majoring in Biomedical Engineering during the 2017-18 year. Caldwell has made the decision to go into consulting with a focus in the healthcare industry. This summer, she interned at Oliver Wyman, a management consulting firm in Boston, Massachusetts working on a project in the consumer, industrials, and services practice group.

Why BME? "I love how the major is an intersection of math, problem solving, and biology. Eventually, I want to work in the pharmaceutical industry, so it gives me a great overview of modeling drug and tissue interactions."

Trachtenberg, a junior contributor to the 2017-18 Ivy and ECAC Championship Team, is an environmental studies major w/ concentration in environmental health. She would love to have her career to include environmental health and sustainability, either through work at an environmental consulting firm and/or nonprofit. Trachtenberg plans to work in the environmental field for a couple of years after her time at Yale College and then go to Graduate School for environmental management.

Why Environmental Studies? "The environment is such an integral part of every aspect of our lives, whether it be directly or indirectly, so the science is incredibly interesting and applicable and I get a small taste of how things like history and politics tie in as well.

Menemenlis, a sophomore double majoring in Global Affairs and Geology & Geophysics, spent this summer at the United Nations Development Programme subregional office for Barbados and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. She worked as a technical support intern for the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership, which supports low-emission climate-resilient development in eight Caribbean countries. Menemenlis would like to work in a field related to the environment, gender equality, and sustainable development after her undergraduate degree. She contributed on the floor exercise in during championship season, including a couple of the biggest competitions of the year.

Why Global Affairs and Geology & Geophysics?  "I'm interested in how we can solve common problems and improve people's lives through international cooperation, and how policy can respond to the science of anthropogenic climate change.  I also love learning about our planet."

Palmer, a freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering, earned a 3.87 GPA in 2017-18. The native of Knoxville, Tennessee has been an intern at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility for Dr. Brian Post since the summer of 2016, working in the large scale polymer additives group doing design and mechanical assembly work for a new type of printer, among other projects.

Why Mech E? "I've always enjoyed math and science, but also appreciated art and creativity. While doing robotics in high school, I found that engineering was a way I could combine the love of STEM with creativity. As time passed, I discovered I enjoyed working with my hands, being able to create objects I imagined, and learn about the technical side of the way that the world works."

The WCGA was previously known as the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W).

Report filed by Anna Jennings '20, Yale Sports Publicity