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University of Delaware women’s soccer player Olivia Schuck has been selected as one of 30 nominees for the 2020-21 Senior CLASS award, the national organization announced on March 26.

Acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying School, the Senior CLASS award focuses on all student-athletes and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Schuck, a Blue Hens defenseman, is a senior from Medford Lakes, New Jersey. She specializes in occupational therapy.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable accomplishments in four areas of excellence: community, class, character, and competition.

Schuck was named the 2019 Colonial Athletic Association Co-Defensive Player of the Year after playing in all 19 games, anchoring the conference’s best defensive unit as a lone center back. A three-time captain, Schuck was honored with All-CAA Second Team in 2018 and earned First-Team honors in 2019. She has played nearly every minute in Delaware’s four games this season, scoring a goal in a 5-1 win over Delaware. State, and contributing to a season-opening shutout of George Mason.

As captain, Schuck helped the Blue Hens go from a 4-12-2 record in 2018 to second place in the CAA rankings in 2019, the best result in program history. In class, Schuck has made the dean’s list every semester she’s been on campus and holds a cumulative GPA above 3.7.

She is also a team representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Student Success Committee, helping to develop the student-athlete mentorship program. Schuck also plays an active role in the team’s strong involvement in the B+ Foundation, a childhood cancer charity.

The 30 nominees will be narrowed down to 10 finalists in April, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed via a national voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select a nominee who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, class, character and competition.

Winners of the Senior CLASS awards will be announced at the 2021 NCAA Women’s College Cup Championships in May.