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Ann Ernst

School

Loyola University Maryland

Position
Outside Hitter
Major
Engineering
Ann Ernst Finalist

Classroom

Ann Ernst has excelled in the classroom, posting a 3.806 grade-point average through the end of her junior year, receiving dean’s list honors all six semesters at Loyola and being named to the six-player Patriot League All-Academic Team last year. She is an engineering major at Loyola and, as an undergraduate research assistant, she studied how well and through what techniques physics students learn in early classes and the correlation to the number of students who remain in the STEM department at the university. She then assisted in redesigning the Physics I and II courses in order to increase the number of students that choose to major in STEM at Loyola, and she co-authored Introducing Physics Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE) into the first-year physics course for 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

She is also a member of Loyola’s Engineering Club and the school’s chapter of the Society of Women’s Engineers.

Character

Ernst is an engineering major at Loyola and has served as a student-mentor to new engineering majors. She has been a peer tutor for physics, calculus and several engineering courses. She also was chosen to be a part of Loyola’s Green & Grey Society, a group of 14 seniors who serve as liaisons to the university president and the student body. The students are chosen for demonstrating excellence in academic, personal and spiritual integration and a commitment to leadership and service to Loyola University Maryland.

Community

Ernst has served in a variety of service roles on campus, particularly volunteering as a peer tutor to high-level physics, engineering and calculus classes. She has volunteered with the ASPCA at the local animal shelter and also led a field trip for a local middle school to the Walters Art Museum to teach about artifacts in exhibits. She volunteered to help lead summer volleyball camps for children of all ages in Chicago and has spoken to students at a local middle school about life as a student-athlete, setting goals and time management. She also participated in a fundraising dinner for Resolute Health Outreach to help raise money for sustainable medical solutions in Ethiopia.

Competition

Ernst was one of two Loyola players named to the All-Patriot League First Team in 2018, the first time Greyhounds have earned all-conference honors in volleyball since Loyola joined the league in 2013. She led the Patriot League in kills and kills per set a season ago. Ernst had 13 double-doubles as a junior and helped the Greyhounds clinch their first-ever trip to the Patriot League Championship. She had 10 or more kills in 23 matches and 20 or more five times. In her career, she has logged 1,089 kills or an average of 3.49 per set. Last year, she hit a career-high .192 after entering the season with a career mark of .125.

(All stats as of nomination time.)