Broncos Among School's Top 10 Scholars
April 13, 2017

  • Boise State Top 10 Scholars

    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State student-athletes Oceane Pelloille (women's golf), Sam Wicks (swimming and diving) and Jenni Domanowski (swimming and diving) have been named among 10 Boise State graduating seniors to be honored by the Boise State Alumni Association at the annual Top Ten Scholars reception April 21 in the Stueckle Sky Center.

    To be considered for the honor, a student must possess a cumulative grade-point average of 3.8 or higher. Eligible students are nominated by their academic deans, then reviewed based on criteria that includes academic breadth of coursework, research, creative works and publications, presentations at professional meetings or conferences, and extracurricular community and campus service.

    Boise State student-athletes have been included in the Top Ten Scholars in each of the last four years. Joining Pelloille, Wicks and Domanowski were Lauren Lucas in 2014, Kate Jette in 2015 and Lacie Rasley in 2016. Each competed on the Broncos' women's track and field team. Additionally, Bianca Jochimsen (women's tennis) was honored in 2010 and Carly Gerard (track and field) made the list in 2012.

    Pelloille will graduate from Boise State this May with her bachelor of science in political science along with minors in nonprofit management and Amercian Sign Language. A native of Paris, France, Pelloille was named an All-American Scholar by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association in the 2013-14 season.

    The owner of a 3.81 cumulative grade-point average, Pelloille’s humanitarian impact on the Boise State campus was best exemplified through her work as the president of Wish Makers – a new organization that operated in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish Idaho Foundation. She also was a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.), specifically working with other student-athletes to engage in community service.

    Pelloille’s four-year career as a member of the women’s golf team produced six top-25 finishes and two top-10 finishes. She carded a career-low 72 on multiple occasions and helped the team to a 299.52 team scoring average in the 2014-15 season – the lowest average in program history.

    In addition to all of her accomplishments, Pelloille is also fluent in French, Spanish, English and American Sign Language. She plans to travel, explore her love of music and continue helping nonprofit causes upon graduating in May.

    Wicks, a four-year member of the Boise State swimming and diving team from 2012-16, graduates this May as a double major, receiving her bachelor's of science in health science and her bachelor of arts in Spanish, along with a minor in psychology. The owner of a 3.94 cumulative grade-point average, Wicks was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Women's At-Large Third Team last June, and is a four-time Academic All-Mountain West selection and four-time recipient of the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award.

    In the pool, Wicks is one of just three Broncos swimmers to compete at three NCAA Championships, and over her four-year career won six Mountain West titles and earned 23 All-Mountain West honors. Wicks put together a banner year in the pool in her final season (2015-16), taking home five Mountain West event titles (100 back, 200 IM, 200 FR, 400 FR, 200 MR) as well as being named Mountain West Swimmer of the Year and earning the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Senior Award for her combined athletic and academic excellence.

    The Anchorage, Alaska native also swam in the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., that summer in an attempt to qualify for the 2016 Rio Games.

    Wicks spent the past fall abroad, continuing her Spanish studies in Costa Rica. Her experience there has led to her to her current pursuit in Boise: working towards certification as a Spanish medical interpreter.

    Domanowski swam for the Broncos for two seasons (2013-14), competing at the Mountain West Championships each season and finishing seventh in the 200 fly at the Missouri Invite as a freshman. This May she will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in material science and engineering with a certificate in elementary Korean.

    Domanowski currently serves as president of the Boise State chapter of the Tau Beta Phi Engineering Honor Society. She has also been named a member of the "20 Twenties," an honor bestowed by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronomics (AIAA) and Aviation Week that recognizes 20 STEM students from around the world as top leaders in the aerospace industry.

    She will begin a full-time position at NASA following graduation, continuing a relationship with the agency that began in 2014. At that time, Domanowski served internships at the NASA Marshall Space and Flight Center (Failure Analysis and Metallurgy Branch) as well as the NASA Glenn Research Center (Materials and Structures Division). From there, she moved on to a position as a Pathways Intern in the Materials Engineering Branch of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.


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