Case Western Reserve University senior cornerback and team co-captain Nick Kwon was selected as one of the two Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for November.
Kwon was named to both the All-PAC and All-UAA First Teams this season, marking his second career All-PAC honor and his third All-UAA award. He was second on the team with 66 total tackles during the season, and led all Spartans with 48 solo tackles and eight pass breakups. Kwon added three interceptions, two blocked kicks, a forced fumble, a sack and four total tackles for a loss in 2016. He helped to lead a defense that ranked second in the PAC in passing yards allowed, and third in both total points and yards allowed. Kwon ended his career with 170 total tackles (37th in program history) and 10 interceptions (seventh in program history).
Kwon was selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Second Team, after earning All-District honors earlier in the year. A Biochemistry major with a 3.60 grade point average, Kwon is a three-time UAA All-Academic honoree, and has been selected to the PAC Fall Academic Honor Roll over his collegiate career.
Actively engaged in community service activities in both Cleveland and his home state of Hawaii, Kwon has worked with the My Mentor My Friend program, served as a volunteer in the Cleveland Clinic's surgical lounge and volunteered with the Sportsmedicine Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific Health organizations. He has done research at Case Western Reserve's Alsberg Stem Cell Engineered Novel Therapeutics (ASCENT) laboratory and was a presenter at the 2016 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Conference in Minneapolis. He has also co-authored two publications.
Kwon becomes the first Spartan to claim the honor, since the CWRU football team joined the conference as an affiliate member in 2014. Joining Kwon as a PAC Scholar-Athlete for the month was Bethany volleyball player Allie Powell.
Each month, the SAAC's at PAC member institutions are asked to nominate one male and one female student-athlete for PAC SAAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month consideration based on academic and athletic accomplishments. Nominees must be a varsity team member in their respective sport and in their junior or senior year. Scholar-Athlete of the Month nominees must have a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher and be actively involved within their campus communities.