By: Dr. Richard Micap, President, Garrett College
McHENRY – His father's influence led Zack Harvey to consider a career in teaching.
Luckily for Garrett College, it also led Harvey to pick up golf clubs at an early age.
"When I was little, my dad [Southern Middle School Physical Education teacher Scott Harvey] would always take me out in the back yard with the plastic balls and plastic clubs," said Harvey. "He got me hooked on golf when I was young."
Harvey, who had an encouraging Fall 2017 golf season for the Lakers, was even more impressive in the classroom. The freshman finished with a 3.86 grade-point average that led to his inclusion on the "high honors" academic team in the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference.
"It was a really good experience," Harvey said of the fall golf season, which is an informal lead-in to GC's official spring golf campaign. "I met some really good people and played against some good competition."
Harvey enjoyed solid success on the links in addition to his impressive academic results. He shot a 78 at one of the fall matches, finishing among the leaders, and then used a first-round 80 that was three off the lead to get placed in the final group at the WPCC fall championships with a shot at contending for the conference crown.
"That was a great experience," Harvey, a Southern Garrett High graduate who twice made the Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference all-conference golf team, said of playing in the final group.
Harvey played on the Southern Garrett golf team his entire four years in high school, including participating on the Rams' state tournament qualifying squad as a senior. The Rams won the AMAC conference title each of his four seasons at Southern Garrett.
When it came time to select a college, Harvey said Garrett quickly rose to the top of the list.
"I wanted to go to Garrett obviously because it's a really good school and I also wasn't sure what I wanted to do," said Harvey, who was trying to decide what subject area he would like to concentrate on for a teaching career. "The two years being free [at GC due to the Garrett County Scholarship Program] was a big factor. That's a really good program."
While Harvey has enjoyed impressive academic success at GC, he said it hasn't been easy.
"The classes have been challenging," said Harvey, who added he's enjoyed the differences between college and high school. "I like the way you have more time to do things outside of just attend classes. In college, throughout the day I've had breaks where I could go to the library, use the computer, and work on other out-of-class requirements. I spent a lot of time in the library – it was really good to have that resource."
Harvey was one of 29 Lakers to also earn Garrett College academic honors during the Fall 2017 semester. Nine student athletes were recognized for Superior Academic Achievement (3.5 or better GPA) while 20 were honored for Outstanding Academic Achievement (3.0 to 3.49 GPA).
"I'd like to congratulate all 29 Lakers who achieved a 3.0 or better GPA during the Fall 2017 semester," said Dennis Gibson, GC's athletics director and head men's basketball coach. "Our Athletic Department takes very seriously the academic success of our student athletes, and we are proud of these students who clearly excelled during the fall semester."
Baseball, while an offseason sport, had GC's highest team GPA at 2.71. The women's volleyball team had the highest in-season sport GPA at 2.52.
The student athletes who were recognized for Superior Academic Achievement and Outstanding Academic Achievement are listed below.
Superior Academic Achievement (3.5 or better GPA)
Baseball: Brian S. Casper, Jestin C. Cosner, Cameron B. Garcia, Cole O. Holsinger, Andrew D. Kemp Men's Basketball: Liutauras Repsys Co-Ed Golf: Zackary S. Harvey Women's Softball: Lauryn M. Moon Women's Volleyball: Brianna L. Evans; Lauryn M. Moon.
Outstanding Academic Achievement (3.00 to 3.49 GPA)
Baseball: Ronald L. Dent III; Derek J. Gaisbauer; Cody S. Hammond; Jacob R. Hughes; Joseph A. Juliano; Justin P. McDaniel; Daniel O. Osafo; Sean R. Perry; Alfonse Sadallah; Jose M. Vitale Perez; Michael D. Zuleger Men's Basketball: Ra Kwon D. Hinton; Simun Kovac; Marin Lisica Women's Basketball: Danielle B. Collins; Madison B. Rush; Women's Softball: Danielle B. Collins, Kendra S. Friend; Madison B. Rush; Women's Volleyball: Kendra S. Friend