James Baker ‘20, a Health, Exercise & Sport Study major, was awarded Denison’s President’s Medal, the college’s highest student honor.

Denison annually recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and service to the University through their involvement in student organizations, in co-curricular activities, on Denison’s staff, and as athletes and scholars.

Baker’s President’s Medal Citation:

James, your commitment to the campus community has extended from helping us envision residential community wellness, connection, and community to the neuromechanical analysis of the Denison baseball team’s pitching mechanics. Your passion and accomplishment as a biomechanics researcher have not gone unnoticed, having been featured twice during Big Red Weekend and recently recognized in Denison Magazine. Your attention to detail while setting your understanding of those details in the larger human condition has helped our campus work better for everyone and has made contributions which will improve the vitality of our campus community for years to come. As an outstanding scholar-athlete on the men’s swim and dive team, your maturity and team-first approach has been described as an impetus for advancing team culture on our campus in the most positive ways. Your peers agree that you are a role model for wellness and healthy social climate on campus. A leader in the swimming community, captain, NCAC champion, All-American, and someone who is known to lead-by-example all across campus, it honors us all to recognize what you have accomplished.

May 4, 2020