Volleyball Player Headed to Vietnam

A sophomore volleyball player was selected to represent St. John’s at the Student International Peace and Development Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam Jan. 8-19, 2003.

Allison Heckl, a native of Corrales, New Mexico, said she is very excited to be representing St. John’s at the conference.

“I feel that I can make a difference and that this will be a valuable learning experience as I prepare for my future,” she said. “I am grateful to St. John’s for allowing me to participate in the event.”

The conference is designed to bring American and Vietnamese students together with and interest of peace and development. Workshops will be held during the course of the event where students can exchange ideas and discuss concerns.

Heckl, a Spanish major with an art minor and 3.9 GPA, is a recipient of the Kathy Murphy Meehan Award for exhibiting leadership, integrity, sportsmanship, and dedication. She was named a Big East Academic All-Star, and is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.

“Allison pursues excellence academically and athletically and is well-deserving of this honor,” St. John’s volleyball coach Joanne Persico-Smith said. “She exemplifies the true spirit of the St. John’s student athlete and I couldn’t be prouder to have her as part of the Red Storm Volleyball Program.”