2013 Ohio State Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalists Announced
Tiffany Cameron

March 26, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2013 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Dinner will be held Monday at the Ohio Union, marking the 46th edition of the banquet that recognizes the outstanding academic achievements of Ohio State student-athletes.

Each year, the Scholar-Athlete Dinner is capped with the presentation of the Big Ten Medal of Honor. Each member institution in the conference gives the award annually to the male and female student-athletes in the graduating class who have attained the greatest proficiency in both academics and athletics. The Big Ten Conference office established the award in 1914 for men and an additional award for the top female was instituted in 1982. This honor includes a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship.

This year, five women and five men are finalists for the Big Ten Medal of Honor. Tiffany Cameron, Katarzyna Dabrowa, Alicia Herron, Mari Hole and Caitlin Stewart are the female candidates while Ben Buchanan, C.J. Magrum, Devin McCarthy, Max Stearns and John Tholen are candidates on the men’s side.

Tiffany Cameron is a 2012 NSCAA second team All-American and two-time first team All-Big Ten selection who left Ohio State as the Buckeyes' all-time leading goal scorer with 40 and tallied 96 career points, also the most in school history. She led the Buckeyes with 21 goals in 2012, shattering the previous school record of 13. Cameron’s nine game-winning goals were the most in the country and her 19 career game-winners tied for fourth-most in Big Ten history. Cameron, who added five assists to tally 47 points in 2012, also an Ohio State record, earned her first three caps with the Canadian National Team in January in China and signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League. She is a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

A native of Wroclaw, Poland, Katarzyna Dabrowa has notched many achievements in her three active seasons as one of the women’s fencing team’s most successful epee competitors. Most notably, Dabrowa earned a first place individual title in epee at the2012 NCAA Championships to help secure a team title for the Buckeyes. Dabrowa finished Top 3 at the 2011 Midwest Conference Championships, the 2011 European Championships U23, and the 2011 NCAA Championships and improved to first place performances at all three of those competitions in 2012. She has also received the Primetime Performer honor from CollegeFencing360.com three times and was a member of the Polish National Fencing Team. Academically, Dabrowa is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, a two-time First Team All American and part of the 2012 Academic All-Big Ten Team. After she graduates in May with a degree in psychology, she hopes to attend graduate school while pursuing her goal of competing at the 2016 Olympics.

Alicia Herron completed her career as the Ohio State record holder in career runs scored (168), second in home runs (49) and RBI (176), third in hits (226), fourth in triples (11) and doubles (40) and fifth in walks (113) and batting average (.367). A four-time All-Big Ten and All-Region selection, she concluded her Buckeye career with a .378 average, 48 runs scored, 51 hits and 14 home runs in 2012. As a freshman, Herron helped the Buckeyes advance to its first Super Regional in program history after breaking the OSU freshman home runs record with 14 in 2009. Herron also excelled in the classroom during her time at Ohio State, becoming the first Buckeye in program history to be named a first team Academic All-American. Herron, who graduated from The Ohio State University in fall of 2012 with a degree in speech and hearing sciences, was a three-time Academic All-District and Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.

A native of Oslo, Norway, Mari Hole joined the Ohio State women’s volleyball team prior to the 2011 season and quickly became one of the top players in recent program history. In only two seasons with the Buckeyes, Hole finished her career on six Ohio State career lists, including third in kills per set (4.11) and fifth in points per set (4.60). On Nov. 17, 2012, Hole became the 20th Buckeye to notch over 1,000 kills in a career and was the third-fastest to reach the milestone behind Buckeye greats Vanessa Wouters (1996-97) and Stacey Gordon (2001-04). As a senior in 2012, she garnered AVCA All-America Third Team honors and was named to the AVCA All-Mideast Region team. She was a unanimous All-Big Ten Selection and earned National Player of the Week honors in November. She also was named Big Ten Player of the Week twice in arguably one of the nation’s most competitive conferences. Hole finished her final season with 18 double-doubles (kills/digs) and notched 33 double-digit kill performances over 34 matches played. In addition, Hole was named an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention and All-Big Ten First Team honoree in 2011. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection will graduate with a degree in Communication Technology and plans on playing volleyball in Europe after graduation.

A four-time U.S. Collegiate All-American, Caitlin Stewart helped lead the synchronized swimming team to a pair of U.S. Collegiate championships in 2009 and 2010. A four-year member of the prestigious Buckeye “Scarlet Team,” the four-time letterwinner (2007-10) also helped guide Ohio State to four consecutive North Regional titles. In 2007, Stewart captured the first of two duet regional titles as she performed the feat again in 2008. The following season in 2009, Stewart won her third-consecutive trio and team-routine regional titles after winning in 2007 and 2008 and soon after, secured a U.S. collegiate title in the trio event. That same season, Stewart went on to help the Buckeyes win the U.S. Senior National Championships title for the first time in program history behind the Scarlet Team’s runner-up finish in the team routine. A team captain in 2010, Stewart wrapped up her career as a North Regional champion in the team event. Academically, Stewart earned Academic All-Big Ten honors twice and was a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete. Most recently, Stewart served as the U.S. duet alternate at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.    

Ben Buchanan is a four-year football letterman from Westerville, Ohio. He finished his Ohio State career ranking fourth all-time in school history in punts (177) and yards (7,286), and his 41.2 career average ranked eighth in school history. His career totals also include 58 punts downed inside the 20 and 68 fair caught. As a junior in 2011 he ranked sixth nationally with 27 punts downed inside the 20 and he ranked third nationally with 13 punts downed inside the 10. As good as Ben was on the field, he was even better off of it. A four-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree and OSU Scholar-Athlete, Ben has his bachelor’s degree in strategic communications and he is now pursuing a master’s degree in sports administration. He was a two-time finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is presented to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Ben was a member of Ohio State’s student-athlete advisory board. His many community service projects include three medical missions to Honduras, Central America, including his most recent after his freshman year at Ohio State (summer of 2009). He spent his senior year spring break (March 2012) working for the Collier County (Florida) Habitat for Humanity building houses for the underprivileged.

Three-time wrestling team captain and letterwinner C.J. Magrum is a four-time NCAA championships qualifier who has collected more than 80 wins during his Buckeye career. Academically, Magrum has excelled, earning NWCA All-Academic Team, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten laurels three times. Magrum also is a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.  

A three-time letterwinner, Devin McCarthy is a two-time second team All-Big Ten recipient. Since his arrival to campus, McCarthy has helped the men’s tennis team win four consecutive Big Ten regular-season titles and three consecutive Big Ten tournament championships. McCarthy also is part of an elite group of student-athletes who have helped Ohio State remain undefeated in Columbus since 2003. Since reaching the 2009 NCAA championships final, McCarthy and the Buckeyes have advanced to the semifinals (2011) and the quarterfinals (2010 and 2012). In 2012, McCarthy posted a perfect Big Ten record, going 10-0 in singles. McCarthy has demonstrated success in the classroom as well. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient, he is a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.  

Max Stearns, a veteran fencer for the men’s sabre squad, has acquired both individual and team accolades in his tenure at Ohio State. The Minnesota native was a member of the silver medal-winning team at the Junior World Championships in 2010 where he helped secure the first team medal ever for Canada at a World Championship. After other notable honors in 2010, Stearns, a member of the Canadian Senior National Team, competed at the 2011 Pan-American Championships where his team won the silver medal. In 2012, Stearns notched a third place individual title at the NCAA Championships along with the team’s 2012 National Champion title. He was also honored as a 2012 First Team All-American. In his time as a Buckeye, Stearns has been a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, a 2010 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, and a two-time member of the Big Ten All-Academic Team (2010, 2012). He has spent seven terms on the Dean’s List and will graduate in May with a degree in political science.

Redshirt senior John Tholen, a member of the Ohio State men’s volleyball team, established himself as a leader on and off the court in the last two years. The two-time captain (2012, 2013) has been a member of four MIVA regular season championship teams and was a part of the program’s first national championship in 2011. The Hilliard, Ohio, product garnered All-MIVA Second Team honors and was named to the MIVA All-Tournament team last season as he helped guide the squad to the program’s sixth-straight MIVA regular season title. Tholen has thrived academically, collecting three Academic All-MIVA and Academic All-Big Ten honors as well as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar award in 2012. Tholen will graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering and will take on a full-time engineering position with Mettler Toledo following graduation.