Local Student-Athlete Earns College Valedictorian Honors
David Louison racked up a number of basketball accolades while at St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn Campus. But his final honor at the school was away from the hardwood, as he delivered the 2015 Valedictorian speech at Saturday’s graduation held at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.
“I am very, very excited,” Louison, an East Flatbush native, told the Canarsie Courier the day before graduation. “It’s an amazing accomplishment.”
In addition to being a star student-athlete, Louison, who finished with a 3.93 GPA, worked as a student clerk in the civil division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office since his sophomore year.
After graduation, he hopes to land a paralegal job and continue his work in the legal field before attending law school to pursue his lifelong dream as an attorney. But he hasn’t ruled out playing professional basketball in the near future.
“I’m definitely still open to that,” Louison said of the possibility of playing professionally. “If something comes, I will definitely take it. But my focus is finding something as a paralegal. If something comes basketball-wise before that, or along the way, I’ll have to consider it.”
Louison is the first student-athlete to be selected as valedictorian since Kathleen O’Neill, head women’s volleyball coach, in 2005. One of 17 graduates of the honors program, he received his Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice with a minor in sociology.
The 6’4” forward scored 1,698 points with 1,195 rebounds in his career. He also holds a number of hoops accomplishments, including the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete of the Year recognition; three USCAA First Team All- American awards; was selected to the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association All-Met First Team; voted to compete in the National Association of Basketball Coaches/Reese’s Division III College All-Star Game; named the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year and chosen to the All-Association of Division III Independents and All-HVIAC teams for the fourth time in his career.
Louison led St. Joseph’s with 16.6 points and 11.4 rebounds per game this season, guiding the Bears to an 18-10 record and a postseason berth to the USCAA National Championships.