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WCC's Baker Named ISCC Dick Durrant Academic Award Winner
Baker is 19th WCC Student-Athlete to Win Prestigious Academic Award
The Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) recently named the Dick Durrant Academic Athlete of the Year Award Winners for 2012-2013 at the league’s annual year-end luncheon at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake. Waubonsee Community College’s Sean Baker was one of the co-winners of this prestigious award. The Dick Durrant Award is given annually to the male and female student-athletes in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) who attain the highest grade point average after completing four semesters of college work and at least 48 semester hours of credit.
Begun in 1979, the award is named after Mr. Dick Durrant, who was an outstanding teacher, coach and athletic director at Elgin Community College from 1961 through 1985. Durrant championed the philosophy of academic as well as athletic excellence while at Elgin. Coach Durrant was known for his concern for students, his sense of fair play and his attitude of education before athletics. Baker is the 19th Waubonsee student-athlete to earn this award. Waubonsee had seven consecutive recipients from 1993 to 2000, while 14 of the Chiefs’ honorees overall have been female student/athletes.
Baker, a liberal arts major from Yorkville High School, finished the school year with a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average while competing for Waubonsee’s men’s soccer team. The sophomore defender was a key contributor to the Chiefs’ defense, which recorded a school-record 11 shutouts and only allowed 22 goals all season. Waubonsee captured the ISCC title for the first time ever and went on to post a 16-3-1 record, the best mark for the program since 1983. Baker is set to transfer to Concordia University in Mequon, Wis., where he will pursue a Lay Ministry degree in Pastorial Counsel.