Sixteen Santa Monica College (SMC) students are being honored as 2007-08 Student Athletes of the Year Thursday, May 15th.

The awards will be presented to the diverse group of students — some of whom have overcome major life challenges — at the annual awards breakfast sponsored by the SMC General Advisory Board, a community support group.

The event is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. in the SMC Pavilion, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

The 16 students, their coaches and their respective sports are:

Natalie Kelley, women’s tennis (coach: Richard Goldenson);

Yessenia Munoz, spirit squad/ cheerleading (coach: Susan Corpus);

Nate Scribner, football (coach: Robert Taylor);

Vanessa Shoemaker, women’s swimming (coach: Steve Contarsy);

Donovan Chin, men’s track and field (coach: Larry Silva);

Daniel Nemirovski, men’s cross country (coach: Larry Silva);

Zedra Slayton, women’s basketball (coach: Lydia Strong);

Nushin Nataneli, women’s volleyball (coach: Kerri Eich);

Jackie Dawson, women’s soccer (coach: Aaron Benditson);

Alex Donner, men’s water polo (coach: Erik Matheson);

Quinn Lukens, men’s volleyball (coach: John Mayer);

Robert Schallert, men’s swimming (coach: Steve Contarsy);

Angela Perry-Spahn, women’s cross country (coach: Eric Barron);

Brittany McKenney, women’s water polo (coach: Steve Contarsy);

Sophia Wennerbeck, women’s track and field (coach: Eric Barron); and

Carl Kindborg, men’s basketball (coach: Jesse Teplitzky).