Class of 2012
“When looking at colleges I was definitely more concerned with finding a strong academic school rather than just a place where I could play sports. Luckily, MSOE offered both.”
As a senior, Carol Cayo ’12 was named the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year for Division III women’s basketball. The honor came after being a standout academic athlete for her entire career at the national and district levels. College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes with this award for their combined performance, both athletic and academic in nature.
Carol majored in industrial engineering at Milwaukee School of Engineering. She was actively involved in the Institute for Industrial Engineers while she was a student and received the UPS Service Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement and leadership at the undergraduate level in 2011-12. Carol was also a recipient of the prestigious MSOE Presidential Scholarship and secretary for Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.
“When looking at colleges I was definitely more concerned with finding a strong academic school rather than just a place where I could play sports. Luckily, MSOE offered both,” said Carol. “I was really impressed with the extensive lab experiences for students, the high placement rates and starting salaries, and small class sizes. MSOE’s Kern Center, an amazing athletic facility, also helped finalize my decision.”
Carol was the 10th CoSIDA Academic All-American recipient at MSOE and the third to be named to the first team. She also was finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
During her senior season, Carol was also a member of the Academic All-America First Team, and in her junior year, she was part of the Academic All-America Second Team. She was named to Academic All-District First Teams for three straight seasons.
Other basketball achievements for Carol include reaching the 1,500-point plateau and holding the second spot on the MSOE women’s basketball all-time scoring list. She also was the first player in Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) history to reach 1,000 rebounds in a career. She was the all-time leader in rebounds and blocks in NAC and MSOE history. Carol was named First Team All-NAC her final two seasons and was selected NAC Freshman of the Year during the 2008-09 season.
Carol helped the Raiders set a new program record for overall wins (16) and conference victories (11) in 2012. MSOE finished second in the South Division of the NAC with an 11-6 record in conference games and will be the third seed in the NAC Tournament.
Today, Carol is an implementation consultant/project manager at Epic Systems.