Farmington, Maine - UMaine-Farmington is proud to announce Katie LeBlanc has been nominated for the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women of the Year Award.
The NAC Woman of the Year award is modeled after the NCAA Woman of the Year program which honors graduating student-athletes who distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service, and leadership. The NAC also selects a Man of the Year using the same model, nominees for which will be released on June 25. These are the two preeminent awards presented annually by the conference.
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Katie LeBlanc (Saco, Maine) earned a bachelor's degree in Business Economics with a concentration in Finance and Economics from the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) in May 2020. She was inducted to the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society as a first-year student, studied abroad in Cyprus, earned Dean's List honors from 2018 through 2020, and was named the 2019 NAC Women's Cross Country Senior Scholar Athlete. A prolific volunteer with Alpha Phi Omega, LeBlanc participated in children's events for the Farmington community, wrapped gifts for the Robbie Foundation, and sang Christmas carols in local residential homes to lift spirits during the holiday season. Her volunteerism extended beyond Farmington when she helped to rebuild flood-damaged homes in New Orleans in 2018. Most recently, LeBlanc volunteered for the Good Shepherd Food bank, made masks for children of essential workers who were returning to daycare, and made calls for Senior Buddies to folks in Franklin County who are at risk of isolation during the pandemic. In fact, she developed the Senior Buddies program and coordinated volunteers for the initiative. LeBlanc was the treasurer for the Indoor Track & Field Club and established program records in two events during the inaugural year as a varsity team. She also ran Outdoor Track & Field for two seasons. LeBlanc earned numerous NAC Runner of the Week honors through her cross country career and was the 2017 Rookie of the Year. She returned to cross country after an injury-related sabbatical and became the 2019 NAC Champion and Runner of the Year in the fall of 2019.