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Sears honored as NJAIAW Woman of the Year

Sears honored as NJAIAW Woman of the Year

Morristown, N.J. - The College of Saint Elizabeth selection committee has chosen senior Chanice Sears as the school's 2011-12 representative at January's annual Woman of the Year Luncheon to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

The luncheon, hosted by the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (NJAIAW), recognizes the outstanding achievements of female collegiate athletes. The event will be held at Seton Hall University in the Richard Regan Recreation and Athletics Center on Sunday, Jan. 22 at noon.

After the luncheon, recipients and their guests are invited to attend the Seton Hall women’s basketball game vs. Syracuse at 2:00 p.m.  At halftime of the game, Sears will be honored courtside with the other award recipients from colleges and universities in New Jersey.

A dual-sport athlete, Sears is a four-year member of the Screaming Eagles' volleyball and swimming teams.  On February 19, 2010, she set the 200 butterfly record with at time of 3:09.11.  Sears is a two-time captain of the volleyball team.  She currently is second in Saint Elizabeth’s career records for total aces (125), total kills (349) and total blocks (84).  Sears was a part of the 2011 team who set the school record for the most victories in one season (16).

Sears is a special and elementary education and mathematics major holding a 3.27 cumulative grade point average.  Sears aspires to teach primary aged students including students with special needs.  She received the Presidential Scholarship upon her entrance to Saint Elizabeth and has been a New Jersey Urban Scholar since 2007. 

As a freshman, Sears became actively involved in the campus community.  She joined the Women United in Color Club and was a member of the leadership program.   As a sophomore, Sears continued to be active on campus and joined the Dance Company; she is now the president of the company which has 60 dancers.  She also joined the Math and Computer Science Club, was named the President of Affairs for the College Activities Board (CAB) and was an orientation leader. 

As a junior, Sears continued to participate in many different clubs and became a Residence Hall Council floor representative.  Sears is now the treasurer of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Sears spent her four years volunteering her time by donating blood, participating in Toys for Tots, tree decorating, and transporting the Dance Company to St. Anne’s Villa for volunteer activities with infirmed and retired sisters. 

Outside of the campus community, Sears is heavily involved in her church.  She is a children’s church assistant at the Cross of Life Lutheran Church.  Sears is also a volunteer swim coach.

Sears works multiple jobs throughout the school year, on and off-campus.  Sears is a lifeguard at Saint Elizabeth, as well as the Hudson Valley Pool Company.  She also works as at her father’s professional photography company Sears’ Professional Photography, Continental Airlines as an aircraft deicer and at Saint Elizabeth as a weight room supervisor.  Since 2010, Sears has held an internship with Plainfield Public School District.

The College of Saint Elizabeth selection committee chose between seven senior nominees, including, Anastasia Feola, Alexandria Gooding, Sabrina Jarmolinski, Kristin King, Yanick Pepe, Nicole Traino and Patricia Yagecic.

If additional friends or relatives would like to attend the basketball game, contact Seton Hall Athletic Ticket Office at (973)-275-4255 for advanced ticket sales. In case of inclement weather, please check online at Seton Hall University’s website at A decision will be made to cancel the event by 7 a.m. that day for snow.