FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 3, 2006

 

Justin Deveau Receives
Rhode Island College’s
John E. Hetherman Award

 

Providence, RI—Rhode Island College senior Justin Deveau (North Attleboro, MA) received Rhode Island College’s John E. Hetherman award at the College’s annual Cap and Gown ceremony on Wednesday, May 3. The award is based not only on athletic prowess, but also values community and campus involvement. The student who receives the Hetherman Award must be a male student-athlete who participates in intercollegiate athletics, a good student and has demonstrated interest and participation in campus activities.

 

As a senior in 2004-05, he earned All-New England honors, placing second at 197 lbs at the New England College Conference Wrestling Association (NECCWA) Championships. He was 32-7 at 197 lbs. with 128 points, 51 takedowns, nine reversals, 26 escapes, 12 near-falls and six pins on the season. He placed third at 285 lbs. at the RWU Invitational and second at the Citrus Invitational.

 

As a junior in 2003-04, Deveau was selected as one of two N.E. Wild-Cards to compete at the NCAA Div. III Championships. Deveau went 1-2 at the NCAA Championships. Each of his losses were to eventual All-Americans. He earned All-New England honors, placing second at 285 lbs. at the NECCWA Championships. He was 39-6 at 285 lbs. with 161 points, 57 takedowns, ten reversals, 42 escapes, 15 near-falls and five pins.

 

As a sophomore in 2002-03, Deveau earned All-New England honors, placing second at 197 lbs. at the NECCWA Championships. He was 33-5 at 197 lbs. with 147 points, 50 takedowns, seven reversals, 31 escapes, 18 near-falls and ten pins.

 

As a freshman in 2001-02, he earned All-New England honors, placing second at 197 lbs. at the NECCWA Championships. Deveau was 31-15 at 197 lbs. with 135 points, 33 takedowns, 15 reversals, 37 escapes, 12 near-falls and eight pins.

 

Deveau was named an Academic All-American by NCAA Div. III Wrestling in 2004. He was named a Distinguished Student-Athlete by the Rhode Island Speaker of the House and House of Representatives four times. He is a marketing major and a 2001 graduate of North Attleboro High School.

 

ABOUT THE JOHN E. HETHERMAN AWARD

The Hetherman Award was established in 1958 and sponsored by the RIC class of 1940 to honor its classmate, Jay Hetherman. Mr. Hetherman, while a student, played varsity basketball and baseball for two years. He was also active in the drama club and took part in all “stunt night” activities and major productions. During World War II, Hetherman became a naval aviator, receiving his wings in Jacksonville, Florida in 1942. Approximately one year later, while returning from flying a rescue mission in the South Pacific, Lt. John E. Hetherman crashed and lost his life, leaving an enviable college and service career behind him.

 

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