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Shrewsbury Graduate Wins Top NCAA and LPGA Awards

Following a strong junior campaign in the American National Collegiate Athletics Association’s Golf programme, Arpasiree “Jackie” Chulya has been unanimously selected Ivy League Player of the Year in 2016 on April 26. An alumna of Shrewsbury International School Bangkok, Chulya will begin her final year at Columbia University this September.  

Chulya finished the year with a scoring average of 74.95, the second lowest single-season score ever recorded in the NCAA. She becomes only the second golfer in the history of Columbia’s programme to be named Ivy League Player of the Year. Chulya set the single-season programme record for the most birdies made at 62, par-4 scoring at 4.16, and was also named co-winner of the William Terminello award, the most valuable player on the Columbia women’s golf team. 

On May 18, the LPGA Foundation name Chulya the winner of the 2016 Dinah Shore Trophy, an award which recognises female collegiate golfers who excel in both academics and athletics. The criteria states that the golfer must maintain at least a 3.2 on a 4.0 grading scale while playing in at least 50 percent of the team’s scheduled events and maintaining a 78.00 or less scoring average. In addition, awardees demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and community service. The LPGA reports that Jackie “devotes most of her summers working and volunteering in her community.”

Not only a golfer, Chulya is significantly involved in Columbia's Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Thai Club. As vice president of Thai Club, Chulya promotes Thai culture across the university through food festivals, carnivals and study breaks. Chulya also maintains a 3.82 GPA. Upon graduating from Shrewsbury International School, Chulya earned A grades or higher in all of her Cambridge International Advanced Level exams. 

As part of the Dinah Shore Trophy Award, a $10,000 grant will be awarded to the Columbia University women’s golf program to help develop emerging talent in the sport. 

Shaun Meaney, Shrewsbury’s Performance Leader in Golf who oversaw Chulya’s development on the School’s Golf Team, is unsurprised by her success at the NCAA Division I level. He commented, “We are so proud of Jackie’s progress at Columbia, and hope that her tournament experiences representing Shrewsbury have helped to develop her competitive edge.”

About Shrewsbury International School

Shrewsbury International School offers an inspirational English language education for carefully selected students, caring for them in an organisation committed to continuous improvement, and providing outstanding opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Renowned for its pursuit of academic, artistic and sporting excellence, the school currently has 1,620 students aged 3-18 representing 40 different nationalities.

Shrewsbury International School follows the national curriculum of England and Wales, culminating in Cambridge International Examinations’ IGCSE and A Level examination programmes. Building upon close ties to Shrewsbury School in the United Kingdom, the School possesses a longstanding record of academic excellence and ranks among the top academic institutions in acceptance rates across the world’s top universities and colleges in the United States and United Kingdom.

For more information or press inquiries, please contact:
Jane Arghabhadra
Director of Marketing, Shrewsbury International School
Email: Jane.a3@shrewsbury.ac.th  Tel: 02 675 1888 ext. 1113 

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