ORONO, Maine — University of Maine cross country and track athlete Jesse Orach of Gorham and women’s basketball player Sigi Koizar of Vienna, Austria, received the 2016 “M” Club Dean Smith Awards during an academic awards ceremony Monday night at the Wells Conference Center.

The awards are presented annually to the top male and female student-athletes with outstanding academic and athletic achievement along with a strong record of citizenship and community service.

Orach, a senior captain, was awarded a gold medallion at the banquet, recognizing him as a four-time scholar-athlete. He holds a 3.95 GPA, majoring in chemical engineering with a mathematics minor and is also pursuing the fifth-year master’s degree in business administration.

Orach, a Presidential Scholar and a National AP Scholar with Distinction, received the America East Elite 18 award for highest academic achievement of all cross country participants in the America East Championships.

Orach is a Pulp and Paper Foundation Scholarship recipient, and last spring, he completed a seven month co-op with the Verso Corporation. He is a six-time Dean’s List honoree and a three-time America East All-Academic team selection.

While at UMaine, Orach has been inducted into the Tau Beta Phi Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and the National Society for Collegiate Scholars. He is a two-time member of Team Maine, awarded to the highest GPA on each individual varsity sport.

Orach finished seventh at the 2015 America East Cross Country Championships and led the team to a third-place finish out of 38 teams at the New England Championships. He was 47th in the NCAA East Regional 10,000 meter race, finishing the 6.2 mile courses in 31:43 and was selected to the All-New England and All-America East Cross Country teams.

He also volunteers at middle school and high school cross country practices and meets.

Koizar, a junior guard, was awarded a silver medallion. She majors in biology with a pre-medical concentration and a chemistry minor and has a 3.957 GPA.

She has been selected to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll three straight years and earned a spot on the America East All-Academic team. Koizar, a Presidential Scholar and five-time Dean’s List honoree, is a two-time member of Team Maine, which is awarded to the highest GPA on each individual team at UMaine.

On the court, Koizar was named to the America East All-Conference First Team in her sophomore season. This season, she leads the Black Bears in points per game, assists, 3-point percentage and free throw percentage.

Last summer, she was the point guard for the Austrian Senior National team.

In the community, Koizar has volunteered in several roles, including delivering turkeys for Manna Ministries, wrapping presents for Ronald McDonald House and working at many UMaine summer camps. Koizar helped organize a youth clinic in Millinocket, where she spent part of her high school career.

The “M” Club Dean Smith Award was first presented as the “M” Club Scholarship Award in 1980. The award was renamed to honor Dean Smith in 1993. Smith was a recipient of the Walter Byers Award presented by the NCAA.

A record 297 student-athletes were honored and recognized for their success in the classroom. Two-hundred eighteen student-athletes were recognized as scholar-athletes for achieving a 3.0 or better GPA for the 2015 year and/or having a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Seventy-nine first-year student-athletes were honored as Rising Stars for earning a 3.0 GPA or better in their first semester at Maine.

The University of Maine will honor these student-athletes at a reception on Monday, Feb. 9 in Wells Conference Center at 6:30 p.m.