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Men's Tennis Graduate Brandon DeBot Earns Prestigious Barrett Cup

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By John and Matt Risley
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HANOVER, N.H.- Graduated men's tennis player Brandon DeBot was honored with the prestigious Barrett All-Around Achievement Cup at the 2014 Senior Day Class exercises held prior to Commencement this past weekend. DeBot is the third student-athlete to win the award in the past five years. He joins former men’s soccer players Adam Rice (2012) and Derek Stenquist (2010) in claiming the award.

“Brandon is very deserving of this prestigious award that is selected from the entire Dartmouth community,” said men’s tennis head coach Chris Drake. “He has been a tremendous competitor, clinched numerous matches, but most of all he has been a great example of what you want from your players - accountable, committed and toughness. We do not name team captains, but Brandon has been a leader on this team for a long time and I am very happy to see that he is being recognized by the greater Dartmouth community.”

DeBot has been the standard for excellence during his Dartmouth career both on and off the field. He is the recipient of the 2013 Truman Scholarship and was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation selects exceptional college juniors who are committed to public service careers in fields such as government, education or nonprofits. Truman Scholars are given financial support for graduate studies, leadership training or fellowships. DeBot was selected from a group of 629 applicants.

He is also a beneficiary of the James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar, and has worked as an intern for the White House National Economic Council. He has been a Rufus Choate Scholar and has interned at The Charles Group, LLC through the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and Social Sciences First-Year Fellows Program.

A four-year starter for the Big Green, DeBot was named an All-Ivy member as a junior.  At the conclusion of his senior campaign, DeBot was presented with the Hard Hat Commitment Award and the Grit Award.  The Hard Hat Award is given to the player on the team that most exemplifies the team's values of self motivation, preparation, being team oriented, having a positive attitude and strength of character. The Grit Award is presented to the player that most exemplifies the team's values of toughness, grit, resilience, composure and confidence.

The Barrett All-Around Achievement Cup is awarded annually to the male in the senior class who shows the greatest promise of becoming a factor in the outside world through strength of character, quality of leadership, record of scholarship and broad achievement and influence among his fellow peers. A gift of John Barrett '89, the Cup was first awarded in 1914.