TROY — Hudson Valley Community College baseball’s Jackson Wenstrom is this year’s recipient of the Lea Plarski Award, which is presented annually to an NJCAA student-athlete who “exemplifies sportsmanship, leadership, community service, academic excellence and athletic ability.”
Wenstrom is HVCC’s first winner of the award, which was created in 1995. Wenstrom, who is from North Dakota, starred for HVCC for two seasons after coming to the college after serving in the U.S. Army. His 23 home runs are a program-best total, and Wenstrom also finished with a .418 batting average and 103 RBIs.
“There is no greater sacrifice than serving our country, and to have done so, and to have the will and determination to succeed in the classroom, on the field, and as a campus community leader, is what is most impressive,” HVCC athletic director Justin Hoyt said in a press release. “Jackson is the epitome of what you look for in a student-athlete and checks all the boxes. This is the first time our institution has ever won this award, and there is no one more deserving of this honor than Jackson.”
Wenstrom received a degree in exercise science from HVCC and has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career at Division I Florida Atlantic.