Whiting is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection in football and a finalist for Academic All-America.
Whiting Named CSTV National Student-Athlete of the Week
November 24, 2003
AMHERST, MA - Amherst College three-sport standout Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA/Mission Viejo) was named the College Sports Television (CSTV) National Student-Athlete of the Week on Monday. Whiting - a First-Team All-NESCAC selection in football, a second-team honoree in baseball and a school record holder in the 4x200-meter relay - is the first non-Division I winner in the history of the CSTV Student-Athlete of the Week program.
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Whiting, a senior, is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection in football after earning second-team honors in both 2001 and 2002 and breaking through as a first-team selection in 2003. He finished his senior football campaign with 25 tackles and a team-high three interceptions, one of which came with a cast on his broken left wrist in the Jeffs’ season-ending 14-10 loss at archrival Williams College, which was televised on CSTV. During the preseason, Whiting was one of just 11 players from NCAA Divisions I-AA, II, III and the NAIA and the only player from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) named to the 12th Annual American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team, which honors college football players across the country for their dedication and commitment to community service. As a junior, Whiting earned the college’s prestigious Samuel Walley Brown Scholarship, presented annually to one class member in recognition of scholarship and citizenship.
In his “spare time” Whiting serves with four other students and a faculty advisor on the Amherst Christian Fellowship Leadership Team, meeting weekly to plan and carry out events, such as the Fellowship’s participation in Operation Christmas Child, an international project run by Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Through Operation Christmas Child, the Amherst Christian Fellowship collected shoeboxes full of toys and shipped them to needy children across the globe.
He’s also a student leader for Athletes in Action, organizing weekly small group Bible study for athletes on campus, and is active at the First Baptist Church of Amherst, where he participates in weekly Bible study and, on several occasions, has taken an active role in preparing lunch for the entire congregation and visitors to the church.
Whiting spends Saturdays and Sundays cooking, serving and eating meals with homeless people and low-income families at Not Bread Alone, a soup kitchen in Amherst, and has taken part in Shoes That Fit, a local community service organization that matches needy children with gifts during the holiday season.
A neuroscience major, Whiting plans on enrolling in medical school next year. He spent the past summer interning as a scribe in the emergency department at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., where he learned the proper procedures for writing medical charts and observed procedures performed elsewhere in the hospital. He spent the previous summer as a research intern at the Whitehead Institute at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., where he learned basic molecular biology laboratory techniques and assisted graduate and postdoctoral students in their research. During the summer of 2001, Whiting worked as an observer/translator in the Department of Neurology at the UC Irvine Medical Center in Irvine, Calif., shadowing attending neurologists and other residents, observing various procedures and translating for Spanish-speaking patients at a weekly outpatient Epilepsy clinic.
For more information on the CSTV Student-Athlete of the Week program and to read up on past winners, visit:
CSTV Student-Athletes of the Week
11/22/03 - Paul Whiting, Amherst (Football)
11/15/03 - Lauren Moscovic, Florida (Volleyball)
11/08/03 - Amy LePeilbet, Arizona State (Soccer)
11/01/03 - Mari Creatini, Northeastern (Field Hockey)
10/25/03 - Richard Kiplagat, Iona (Cross Country)
10/18/03 - Alex Smith, Utah (Football)
10/11/03 - Daniel Wasson, Air Force (Soccer)
10/04/03 - Mychal Turpin, Michigan (Soccer)
9/28/03 - Jessica Winton, Georgia (Soccer)