Dickinson has always had a proud tradition of producing quality student-athletes who are committed to both their sport and the pursuit of academic excellence. The college is extremely fortunate to have so many outstanding individuals who have done incredible things, competed and succeeded at the highest levels, and have given the college and their programs so much over the past four years.
The class of 2021 has been truly outstanding, in competition, in the classroom and in community service. With just over 100 student-athletes celebrating graduation this May, just under 40 percent of the student-athletes in the class of 2021 will graduate with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. A truly monumental accomplishment for not only these students, but the coaches, staffs, faculty and administration, and the families and friends that have supported them throughout their time at Dickinson.
Lloyd W. Hughes was a 1934 graduate of Dickinson College. He was an outstanding student-athlete who embraced the pursuit of education in the classroom and success of competition on the playing field. A three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball, Hughes twice received the Phi Epsilon award as the most valuable player on the basketball team. In 1974, he became the 16th member inducted into the Dickinson Athletic Hall of Fame. Following graduation, he went on to medical school and would serve as a physician and anesthesiologist at Prince Georges General Hospital, just outside of Baltimore.
Hughes was passionate about the importance of the balance between academics and athletics. He created this award to honor the most outstanding senior male and female student-athletes for their commitment and dedication to both aspects of their college experience. The award is presented annually to the male and female with the highest cumulative grade-point-average through their first seven semesters and who have made a significant contribution to their team.
This year's male award winner represents the men's soccer program, George Ladner '21. George was a four-year letter-winner, providing outstanding leadership, both on and off the field. He is a Battalion Commander of the Dickinson ROTC and a past President of the Student-Athlete-Advisory- Committee. He served as a captain for the men's soccer two for two years and helped lead the Red Devils to three-straight Centennial Conference semifinal appearances and a championship game and NCAA appearance in 2017.
He is the recipient of 2021 George C. Marshall National Leadership Award and the two-time winner of the Harry Goldberg Military Science Award. Majoring in Political Science, he is a three-time member of the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll.
Representing women's soccer as the Lloyd Hughes Senior Scholar Athlete is Tara Dedrickson '21. Tara is also a three-time member of the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll, majoring in Economics. She is a winner of the John Patton Memorial Prize, a John Dickinson Scholar and member of numerous academic honor societies. She has been very active on campus as a member of many committees and clubs based on economics, math and computer science. She is the founder and President of the Women in Economics Club, has served as a cofacilitator for the Clarke Forum and as a Technical assistant at the Trout Gallery.
She earned a starting role on the women's soccer team in her rookie season and has provided strong leadership throughout her career. She helped lead the Red Devils to a three-year record of 38-12-9 and three Centennial Conference playoff appearances. They won the regular season conference title in 2019 and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the third round.