St. Catherine University honors Fleur-de-Lis winners
Last week, St. Catherine University chose two athletes who go above and beyond in sport, scholarship, and service. The athletes were awarded the Fleur-de-lis honor which has replaced the Athlete of the Week award. The Fleur-de-lis honor was implemented for the 2017-18 academic year as a way to honor students who “exemplified the department’s mission in the field, the classroom and through community service” according to St. Catherine’s news page.
The Fleur-de-lis honor allows for multiple students to be granted the honor rather than the Athlete of the week which only honors one student. The Fleur-de-lis is a bi-weekly honor that is chosen by a collection of coaches and administration according to the St. Catherine’s news page.
The two students who received the honor last week were Danica Cambrice and Nichole Berndt. Cambrice is a part of the basketball team, while Berndt is a dancer. The Fleur-de-lis began the 2017 fall semester, which makes Berndt and Cambrice among the first athletes who have received this honor.
Cambrice, psych major, ‘20 was awarded the Fleur-de-lis honor last week for her excellence athletically and academically. Cambrice has been on the basketball team for two years now. Cambrice explained in depth her position on the team. “There are two people on the perimeter, those are guards. Sometimes I play that spot, but usually, I’m in the post. So, you’re either a center or a small forward.”
Cambrice has shown she is worthy of the Fleur-de-Lis; she was awarded “MIAC All-First Year team after an outstanding first season” according to the St. Kate’s athletic page. Her skills have been shown recently as well, during the UW Stout game on Sunday, November 26th. “Cambrice was the team’s leading scorer, as she tallied a career-high 22 points in 40 minutes of play” according to the St. Kate’s athletics page.
After receiving the Fleur-de-lis honor Cambrice stated, “I wasn’t expecting it. My dad is from Louisiana, so the Fleur-de-lis is a big thing for him. It was cool because I could send pictures to my dad with it in the background.”
Luckily for the Wildcats, Cambrice plans on continuing to be on the team for the rest of her time at St. Kate’s. However, she doesn’t know if basketball is going to be a part of her life after college. “I’ve never really thought about coaching. I have just liked basketball since I was a little kid, but it is fun to do camps and sometimes help out with my old grade school. I don’t know- never say never I guess.”