A native of Bolton, Conn., Seften has adjusted well to the academic rigors of college and the demands of an in-season Division I sport.
"Coming from high school to college was a bit of a difficult transition for me, but I've tried to make the adjustment that best I can," Seften said. "In addition to giving my best in my sport I also want to do a good job in the classroom."
McMahon spent her first semester at College of Charleston after graduating from Arlington High School in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She has shown a strong work ethic, and the desire to compete both athletically and academically at a high level.
"We have a reputation as being a program that does well in academics," McMahon said. "I'm surrounded by great senior leaders on the team that do a good job of helping us and setting a good example. It feels good to succeed in competition and in the classroom."
A staple of the women's basketball program and its frontcourt, Harris put in an outstanding effort in the classroom and in study hall to lead her team in the fall GPA.
"I try to give the same effort I do in basketball to my studies as well," Harris said. "I think it's important to be well-rounded in both. Our coaches preach to us about the important of success in the classroom and we try our best to achieve that."
Joining Harris as the Scholar-Athlete of the month for December, Scott had a breakout semester in the classroom and is beginning to understand how to compete academically.
"Last semester, I got more help from my teachers," said Scott, who took two core classes in astronomy and Spanish in the fall. "I stopped being quiet in class and started asking more questions and interacting more. I took my studying and classes very seriously and I plan on doing the same this spring semester."
The CofC Scholar-Athlete of the Month Award is a recognition program which honors one male and one female student-athlete that has shown a commitment to academic achievement. Each scholar-athlete is nominated by the Student-Athlete Academic Services (SAAS) office headed up by director Keith Merritt II and assisted by Kate Tiller and Melinda Reger.2011-12
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE MONTH AWARD
September 2011 - Tanner Clay (men's soccer) and Courtney Walsh (women's swimming)
October 2011 - Daan Brinkman (men's soccer) and Jazz Green (women's basketball)
November 2011 - Adam Seften (men's cross country) and Hayley McMahon (women's cross country)
December 2011 - Jordan Scott (men's basketball) and Latisha Harris (women's basketball)