The Army Athletic Association announced yesterday that firstie Lynne Mooradian of the Track & Field team has received the Academy's Special Award.
The distinguished honor is presented to cadet-athletes who exhibit "outstanding achievement and exemplary leadership in athletic competition." Unlike the annual AAA Award, the AAA Special Award is given only in years when a worthy candidate is deemed.
"The special award is not an annual award at West Point for good reason," Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Mike Smith said. "There has to be a rare combination of talents and achievements worthy of recognition. The acclaim that Lynne has brought to the academy and to our program warrant that recognition. I am proud of her accomplishments and who she has become. She has a lot to offer the world and we are fortunate that she chose to share her talent with us for a short window of time."
Mooradian becomes the 31st recipient of the award since its inception in 1966, and just the fourth Cadet to receive the honor since 2010. She is the first member of the track & field program to receive the honor since Kim Seminiano and Teresa Sobiesk in 1989.
The Hanover, Pa., native is a two-time Academic All-American, claiming the nation's top individual academic honor as Google Academic All-Academic All-America of the Year in 2018. She received Academic All-District honors for the third time in 2020, with this year's Academic All-America® team being named later in June. Read more.