TOWN OF PRINCESS ANNE HONORS UMES ATHLETIC SUCCESS
May 15, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - On Saturday, May 11, 2013 the Town of Princess Anne hosted Street Fest. The event engaged the community and the town in events to celebrate the area and had events for children of all ages. Among those was the Princess Anne Town Commissioners, who presented several University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) athletic programs with Proclamations, honoring their successes.
The women's volleyball team, women's bowling team and track & field stars Andre Walsh and Lenora Guion-Firmin all received recognition. The town took the opportunity publicly to recognize the programs in front of a crowd, consisting of their fellow athletes, citizens and business members. On hand were Commissioners Garland Hayward, Dennis Williams, Joey Gardner, Mike Hall and Jay Parker.
"We certainly appreciate the student-athletes participating in our Street Fest," said Commissioner Gardner. "The town is always honored when we can do something to recognize the accomplishments of these great student-athletes. The athletic successes of the various teams and individuals have certainly brought some attention to Princess Anne and we are grateful for that. The entire UMES campus only enhances our great town," he added.
Women's Volleyball was recognized for their 2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship and appearance in the NCAA Championship. The Proclamation also praised the team for capturing their sixth straight MEAC North Championship and singled out players Ndidi Ibe, Jessie Vicic, Victoria Williams and Saitaua Iosia who won individual conference and National accolades.
On the track the town recognized sprinters Andre Walsh and Lenora Guion-Firmin. Walsh was praised for his second straight United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-America honor for making the NCAA Championship in the 200-meter dash. They also recognized his All-MEAC honors.
The Town Commissioners also awarded Leonra Guion-Firmin a Proclamation for her 2012 season where she earned All-America honors from the USTFCCCA and made an appearance in the 2012 London Olympics, representing her home country of France. Guion-Firmin was unable to attend as she was busy earning MVP honors at the 2012 ECAC meet.
Lastly the commissioners honored UMES women's bowling for earning the program's sixth MEAC Championship and fifth National Championship. They also singled out Anggie Ramirez for earning two All-America honors and the MEAC Player of the Year. They awarded T'nia Falbo, Mariana Alvarado and Kristie Lopez some praise for their All-America nods from the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA). They went on to point out All-MEAC honors for Falbo, Alvarado and Megan Buja.
"The entire Division of Athletics is grateful for this recognition from the town," said Director of Athletics Keith Davidson. "The town has always supported our endeavors and is a big advocate for our campus. We couldn't do this without their support and help and are appreciative of all they do."