James Madison University, '20
A senior from Great Falls, VA, Halle Duenkel exudes passion and enthusiasm in all of her pursuits. Halle earned a lot of playing time in her first few years at JMU, helping her 2018 team win the NCAA National Championship. Midway through her junior campaign, she sustained a season-ending hip injury, and as a senior, she found the courage to lead her team to be â€śthe best version of themselvesâ€ť while also spearheading the teamâ€™s community service initiatives, inspiring them to increase their hours of community service 10x to over 1100 hours. She is quick to acknowledge that her successes have been a team effort, but it is Halle, who as coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe said, â€ślights up a room with her big ideas and can-do energy, and thrives on the opportunity to make a differenceâ€”be it advancing an idea, raising awareness, driving positive change, building a network, cultivating teamwork, improving a situation or circumstance, or simply, letting someone else know that they too have the power within to be a difference maker in someoneâ€™s life.â€ť Halle is a stand-out student-athlete and will be pursuing a career in cyber-security.