CCRI student-athletes honored at virtual State House Legislative Awards ceremony
June 26, 2020
Warwick, RI – The Rhode Island House of Representatives and Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello recently honored a group of 10 Community College of Rhode Island student-athletes and one distinguished alumna with its annual Legislative Awards during a virtual ceremony in the House Chambers at the State House.
The Legislative Awards are designed to provide public recognition for student-athletes from CCRI, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island for significant achievements in their academic and athletic pursuits. The event will air on Monday, June 29 at 7 pm on Capitol TV, which can be seen on Channels 15 and 61 and Channel 1061 (HD) for Cox Communications subscribers, Channel 15 for Full Channel viewers, or Channel 34 for Verizon Fios customers.
This year’s honorees from the Community College of Rhode Island are:
Dylan Durante; Johnston, RI; men’s basketball; 3.84 GPA
Alejandro Martinez; Cranston, RI; baseball; 3.74 GPA
Christopher Casalino; Bristol, RI; baseball; 3.71 GPA
Hannah Northup; Warwick, RI; softball; 3.58 GPA
David Meech; Douglas, MA; baseball; 3.52 GPA
Brandon Bun; Pawtucket, RI; cross country/track; 3.48 GPA
Alexis LaBelle; Warwick, RI; softball; 3.43 GPA
Benjamin Sears; Riverside, RI; baseball; 3.41 GPA
Lailah Insisiengmay; Woonsocket, RI; women’s soccer; 3.40 GPA
Madeline Holden; North Kingston, RI; cross country/track; 3.34 GPA
*Jolene (Bell) Alves; Class of 2001; Cumberland, RI; women’s soccer
*Distinguished Alumna Award recipient
Alves, who has worked as a Sergeant for the Cumberland Police Department since 2018, earned numerous recognitions both on and off the field during her time at CCRI. A captain on the 2000 CCRI women’s soccer team, Alves was a Joseph Andre Jr. Student-Athlete Scholarship Award winner, a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Distinguished Academic All-American, an NJCAA Academic All-American, and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. After earning her Associate Degree in Administration of Justice from CCRI in 2001, Alves transferred to Rhode Island College and eventually earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Criminal Justice. She is also a Special Olympics Rhode Island Torch Run State Board Member and the Torch Run Liaison for the Cumberland Police Department.
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