College of Staten Island’s Ilona Stoyko was given an honorable mention as Hospital for Special Surgery/ CUNYAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month for September 2011. Stoyko is a member of the Dolphins women’s tennis team sporting an incredible 3.97 GPA.

The sophomore from Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine is a chemistry major who sees a future as a doctor. Stoyko attends CSI on two academic scholarships and is hoping to attend medical school when she graduates.

As a mainstay in the # 2 singles flights, Stoyko holds a 4-3 record including a 2-1 conference record. As a solid # 1 doubles player, Stoyko, alongside teammates Alena Vedeneeva and Demi-Jean Martorano, hold a 5-1 record with a 3-0 conference record. She earned herself two honorable mentions as CUNYAC Player of the Week this month.

When she isn’t on the court winning tennis matches, Stoyko takes a special part of a research project on campus in the chemistry department. The development is called Synthesis of Ordered Nanoporous Materials Project. Stoyko takes part in research 3-4 times a week where she is just one of two undergrad students working with the CSI professors and a handful of graduate students.

Stoyko also lends her time to Richmond University Medical Center where she volunteer’s in the Maternity Unit. Her tasks rang from paper work and filing to making sure mothers are comfortable after giving birth.

Brooklyn College’s Kathy Chu of women’s volleyball named the winner of the award while Katina Boutis of Hunter’s volleyball team was also given an honorable mention.

Catch Stoyko and her team on Saturday, October 8 as they host York College in a 1:00 pm match. The Dolphins are currently 4-6 overall and 4-2 in CUNYAC play.