By Robert McKinney, Assistant Athletics Director, Communications, plus information provided by the N4A
SALEM, Ore. -- Former Willamette University women's soccer player Grasiela Quevedo-Ramos ('21) has been named the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A) Student-Athlete of the Month for October 2021. Quevedo-Ramos played for the Bearcats from 2017 through the 2020-21 season.
The N4A Student-Athlete of the Month program is designed to recognize and celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of individuals for their determination to achieve success regardless of personal, academic, and emotional challenges. These student-athletes are chosen applicants for the Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award from the previous year.
At Willamette, Quevedo-Ramos was a goalkeeper for the Bearcats and also majored in Biology and Spanish. She graduated in the spring of 2021. On the women's soccer team, she competed in 22 games with seven starts. She attained a 1.61 career goals against average while earning 36 saves and seven combined shutouts. She registered a 6-5 overall record in goal. As a senior during the 2020-21 spring season, she played in all eight games with seven starts and 20 saves.
Grasiela Quevedo-Ramos has overcome many obstacles and challenges in her life but that never stopped her from pursuing her dreams. Growing up, Quevedo-Ramos spent a lot of time in hospitals with her mother and it was during those visits she began to observe and connect with medical professionals and decided that was something she wanted to pursue. As a goalie on the Willamette University soccer team, she blossomed into a leader and mentor to the younger players. She was also heavily involved on campus and within the Salem, Oregon, community. She served as the President of the Panhellenic Council, was a teaching assistant, volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club, and worked on several research projects on campus. Quevedo-Ramos took advantage of every opportunity college athletics gave her and it is now helping her continue to pursue a career in medicine.
The National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals, which has been in existence since 1975, is a diverse educational service and professional non-profit organization. Members of N4A include academic support and student services personnel who are committed to enhancing opportunities for academic, athletic, and personal success for student-athletes.