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Men’s Soccer Captain Honoured With President’s Medal At 2017 Convocation

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Men's Soccer team captain Nick Czehryn along with fellow graduate Anika Reynar were honoured with the prestigeous President's Medals at the 2017 CMU Graduation Convocation on Sunday afternoon. The President's Medal recognizes excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

Czerhyn's CMU journey began in 2012. Recruited to play Men's Soccer from Winnipeg's MBCI (Mennonite Brethern Collegiate Institute), Czehryn was surprised to discover that he was able to pursue his lofty academic goals at CMU.

"Nick was very determined right from the start tp take an undergraduate program that would allow him to go directly into Medicine," says CMU head coach Russell Willms, "when he discovered that this was possible for him to do at CMU, he was very quick to commit and plan his four years with us."

That four year plan turned into five when Czehryn's team came up just shy of winning their first MCAC Championship in Men's Soccer in the Fall of 2015, a narrow 2-0 defeat to University of St-Boniface in the Conference Final. "Nick is a pretty determined individual and his commitment to return for his final year of eligibility to try to push us to a Championship made him a pretty logical selection to serve as our team captain this season."

Though the CMU soccer season would end again in heartbreak, this time in the Conference semis, Czehryn earned his second Defensive Player of the Year (in the three years since the award was introduced), and led the Men's Futsal team to a first-place finish in the MCAC regular season finishing as his team's top goal producer.

Selected as 1 of 21 across Canada winners of the acclaimed Terry Fox Humanitarian Scholarship in 2014, Czehryn has made himself available for much more than classes and sport during his five years at CMU. His involvement stretches from on-campus tutoring with Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) and serving as a Commuter Assistant to off campus where Czehryn has worked at Luther Village Summer Camp as a counselor and lifeguard, volunteered in the worship band and as a Sunday School teacher in his home church as well as with the Canadian Hemophilia Society.

Czehryn has plans to begin studies in Medicine this fall at the University of Manitoba. The right back was one of three fifth years to lace up their boots for their final season of eligibility in the MCAC this season. Joining Czehryn in the Class of 2017 were four-time MCAC All-Conference selection Cole Johnson who graduated from CMU's Redekop School of Business and five-time All-Conference selection and 2017 MCAC Most Valuable Player Andrew Letkeman who completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in International Development Studies.   

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