Senior Alexa deLyra Honored with High School Alumni Award

Senior Alexa deLyra Honored with High School Alumni Award

Alexa deLyra

Senior Alexa deLyra recently received an alumni award from her high school recognizing her accomplishments in sports and academics. Each year the Gene Schmidt Alumni Award is given to one alumnus of Bay Shore High School in Bay Shore, New York.

All four years at Northwestern, deLyra has been a member of the women’s lacrosse team that won two national championships and three conference championships. Meanwhile, she also maintained a 3.62 grade point average.

A midfielder on the team, deLyra is also a member of the team’s leadership council and was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. This year she was Northwestern’s nominee for the NCAA Elite 89 academic achievement award, and she was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Active in volunteer work, deLyra works primarily with Outreach with Lacrosse and Schools (OWLS), an organization that creates lacrosse programs for inner-city youth in Chicago. Recently she donated more than 30 lacrosse sticks to this organization. In Bay Shore, she organized a 5K run last fall to fund research for the Michael Racanelli Forever Young Foundation for sick and injured children in need.

A human development and psychological services major, deLyra was selected to be a peer mentor for teammates through the PURPLE (Peers Urging Responsible Practices through Leadership and Education) mentoring program. She also served on the executive board for the program, which advances health and wellness on subjects including alcohol awareness. At the School of Education and Social Policy, she worked as a research assistant in professor Emma Adam’s lab.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 6/12/13