Senior CLASS Award: Vote For Bryan Ciesiulka
Oct. 16, 2013
MILWAUKEE – Marquette University senior Bryan Ciesiulka has been named as one of 10 finalists for the men’s soccer Senior CLASS Award, it was announced Wednesday. Nationwide voting has begun and runs through Nov. 25.
We encourage you to please vote for Bryan. Fans can vote once everyday up to the deadline.
Tabbed as “the nation’s premier award for NCAA senior student-athletes,” the 10 finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 original candidates announced in August. Fans can vote for finalists on the Senior CLASS Award website. Those votes will be combined with media and NCAA Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner, which will be announced in December.
Ciesiulka missed six matches due to injury early on in the 2013 season. He returned to action in the BIG EAST regular-season opener at Xavier and has since helped the Golden Eagles move back into the national rankings. MU is currently sitting in first place in the BIG EAST with a perfect 4-0-0 record in league games (8-3-1 overall).
Ciesiulka was a 2012-13 CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team selection and the recipient of the BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award for men’s soccer given to just one student-athlete from each sport. He is on track to graduate in three and a half years with a degree in Mathematics and currently carries a cumulative grade point average of 3.726.
The Golden Eagles’ co-captain has passionately served his community since his arrival at Marquette. Perhaps most impressive: Ciesiulka spearheaded a campaign that raised $31,542.50 over a three-month period, which was used to fund a “MobilePack” event last year for the Feed My Starving Children organization. Furthermore, he led the effort to round up over 300 volunteers who spent an entire day packing the 110,000 meals for malnourished children in Haiti.
A Second Team All-BIG EAST Conference selection in 2012, Ciesiulka helped lead Marquette to its first NCAA tournament berth in 15 years as the No. 7 overall seed as well as MU’s first-ever BIG EAST Conference division title in 2011.
Ciesiulka has said he establishes a strong work ethic “to motivate and inspire his teammates to succeed in the classroom and to consistently pursue championships.”
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence -- community, classroom, character and competition.