Feb. 25, 2014
PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh hosted its annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Breakfast to honor 333 student-athletes and 53 members of the dance and cheer squad for their outstanding academic achievements during the 2013 spring and fall semesters. The awards presentation was held in the Connolly Ballroom of Alumni Hall on the Pitt campus.
Pitt Alumni Association President Jane Allred, an accomplished marketing professional, was among the special guests. Career and Life Skills Coordinator Lisa Auld served as master of ceremonies.
"Not only do you accomplish the academic side of student life, but you also train, you travel, you compete and you get up and do it all over again the next day," said Allred in addressing the honorees. "You are that combination of mind, body and spirit that just doesn't settle for ordinary. You pursue excellence in all that you do. While we often admire your achievements on the field of competition, we don't often have the opportunity to honor your academic excellence. Today is that opportunity."
Pitt's Academic Support Services staff handed out "Blue" awards to those student-athletes who achieved grade-point averages between a 3.0 and 3.49 and "Gold" awards for those who earned between a 3.5 and 4.0.
In total, 179 student-athletes earned Blue Scholar-Athlete recognition, while 194 were Gold Scholar-Athlete honorees. Special recognition was given to 24 student-athletes who earned 4.0 GPAs.
"When I came here in 1996, we used to have this breakfast in a room half the size," Pitt Athletic Director Steve Pederson said. "We had about the same number of student-athletes, but we didn't have 333 student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher at one of the great universities in the country.
"We are so proud of each one of you, and I'm also grateful to our staff and our coaches. We have been able to assemble a group of coaches who understand that we are here to win championships, but we're going to do it the right way. When you leave here, we want you to be holding a degree from this great university, doing something that you love to do. So the next phase of your life will be greater than the last phase of your life and that's really the mission here."
Pederson also announced Pitt's Academic Team Awards. The women's swimming and diving team earned the overall Top Academic Team honor. The top achieving men's team was soccer, a distinction they earned for the fifth consecutive year. Women's volleyball earned the Most Improved Team award.
Pitt's 4.0 GPA honorees:
Steven Adams and Lamar Patterson (men's basketball); Jhana Hawrylak, Danielle Scalise, Hailey Vey, Chelsea Koryak and Hilary Nickels (cheer and dance); Zenel Demhasaj and Jarred Holley (football); Bri Hogan and Laura Kummerle (gymnastics); Julian Dickenson and Cory Werth (men's soccer); Katelyn Lippert (women's soccer); Kinga Cichowska, Christina Lisella, Lauren Matevish and Charlene Yuan (women's swimming and diving); Kimmy Borza (women's tennis); Wes Roberts (men's track and field); Paige Anderson, Ashley Corum, Elizabeth Kline and Samantha Owens (women's track and field).
Pitt's 3.5 to 3.9 GPA honorees:
Albert Lardo, Joseph Leonardi, Luke Novosel and Nick Parnell (baseball); Loliya Briggs and Brianna Kiesel (women's basketball); Cassidy Davis, Doug Stouch, Shannon Dugn, Dorinda Fella, Marlee Hartenstein, Mallory Karavolis, Bradley Kopp, John Kornaga, Cory McMillen, Morgan Mohney, Danielle Narlesky, Eli Newshaffer, Kristen O'Hara, Jill Palski, Anna Porter, Michelle Proviano, Marissa Puc, Kylie Rush, Jeralyn Smith, Alyssa Standlick, Katherine Sullivan, Renae Sweeney, Megan Szatkiewicz, Zara Wroblewski, Elizabeth Yerecic and Megan Zammerilla (cheer and dance); Carson Baker, Ethan Brown, Jacob Craig, Dontez Ford, Drake Greer, Cory King, Adam Lazenga, Matt Rotheram, Chad Voytik, Matt Yoklic and Brett Zuck (football); Alyssa Adrian, Alexa Riech, Kori Macdonald, Katie O'Rourke and Haley Sedgewick (gymnastics); Kevin Fielden, Dan Lynd, Steven Machi, Kevin Murray, Ryan Myers, Chukwudi Onyeukwu, Graham Smith, Benjamin Stein and Nico Wrobel (men's soccer); Abbigail Baldys, Danielle Benner, Marci Carter, Taylor Francis, Caroline Keefer, Siobhan McDonough, Alyssa Meier, Emily Pietrangelo and Kristina Rioux (women's soccer); Kaila Balatgek, Morgan Choe, Jordan Fannin, Taylor Henry, Savannah King, Alexa Larkin, Carmelena Moffa, Tori Nirschl, Maggie Sevilla, Carissa Throckmorton and Lauren Vinson (softball); Nick Bertha, Spencer Gray, Bryce Kampfe, Jon Lierley, Zach Lierley, Tyler Matheny and Martin Vogel (men's swimming and diving); Emily Bolek, Tori Brungo, Renee Deschenes, Bethany DeWitt, Catherine Dunseith, Amanda Ford, Julie Harrison, Alexandra Iwanicki, Veronica Lee, Tamara Lelli, Madeline Marcelle, Lauren Mills, Jessica Nederlanden, Yolandi Van Der Merwe, Leigh Waltz, Brooke Waugaman and Samantha Winkelmann (women's swimming and diving); Katherine Castro, Jocelyn Lu and Karma Parbhu (women's tennis); Rich Addison, Alex Archer, Andrew Cerrito, Ben Kisley, Christopher Montgomery and Luke Swomley (men's track and field); Rachel Brown, Karli Buescher, Audrey Burger, Alexandra Cady, Jessica Catalano, Kelsey Coates, Hillary Doucette, Angela Fatigati, Deanna Felicissimo, Arielle Fonrose, Mary Frank, Mallory Hudson, Lindsay Jones, Julia Koloski, Rachael Kubeldis, Nicole Leskowicz, Jenna Moen, Ariel Pastore-Sebring, Morgan Perry, Abigail Peters, Korinne Piper, Haley Springman, Tyler Swenson and Natalie Vidacs (women's track and field); Margy Acton, Ellie Burns, Alexa Campbell, Cassandra Congemi, Jenna Jacobson, Monica Wignot, Jessica Wynn and Kate Yeazel (women's volleyball); Alexander Kail, Geno Morelli, Tyler Wilps and Nick Zanetta (wrestling).
Pitt's 3.0 to 3.49 GPA honorees:
Andrew Belfiglio, Luke Curtis, Jon Danielczyk, Eric Hess, Matt Johnson, Frank Maldonado, Sam Mersing, Josh Mitchell, Caleb Parry, Casey Roche and Steven Shelinsky, Jr. (baseball); Jamel Artis, Joshua Ko, Mike Lecak, Josh Newkirk, Aron Nwankwo, James Robinson, Joseph Uchebo, Tray Woodall, Cameron Wright and Michael Young (men's basketball); Abby Dowd, Brittany Gordon and Cora McManus (women's basketball); Helene Brady, Nicole Brecht, Laura Brouse, Janae Butler, Kelly Faddish, Justin Gilbert, Danielle Guarascio, Haley Nixon, Madeline Kay, David Lear, Courtney Miller, Bria Mitchell-Gillespie, Madison Mohney, Alexandra Molyneaux, Cassy Rosemeyer, Julia Runco, Natalie Runco, Alex Shaffer, Alisha Slomers, Rachel Stachelrodt, Anna Sweeney and Kristen Tunno (cheer and dance); Kevin Barthelemy, Adam Bisnowaty, George Bradley, Trenton Coles, Devin Cook, Brendon Felder, Patrick Fisher, Jeremy Gonzales, Kevin Harper, David Murphy, Trent Neavin, Scott Orndoff, Pat Quirin, Aaron Reese, Gabe Roberts, Artie Rowell, Tom Savage, Mike Shanahan, Andrew Taglianetti, Ray Vinopal, Jester Weah, Kevin Weatherspoon, Terrish Webb and Ryan Winslow (football); Haley Bodenheimer, Brittney Harris, Jacqueline Lucci, Lindsay Offutt, Ellie Pikula and Erika Reichert (gymnastics); Emilio Cordero, Chris Davis, Sam Marks, Ryan McKenzie, Zane Meehan, Dan Prete, Michael Tuohy, Eric Walker and Andrew Wright (men's soccer); Jaci Brown, JoJo Chryst, Ashley Cuba, Dana DelleFemine, Jessica Marini, Jackie Poucel, Carly Seneca, Morgan Sharick, Taylor Wulf and Lauren Yobbi (women's soccer); Kathryn Duran, Ashlee Sills, Holly Stevens and Carly Thea (softball); Harris Bergman, Alexander Cook, Mark Cooney, Tony Galante, Sean Heiden, Jared Kolwycz, Hussein Madet-Mohamed, Joey Notarianni, Alexander Rodenkirk, Aaron Snyder, David Sweeney, Jr., Matthew Tankle and Avery Warrington (men's swimming and diving); Joanna Budzis, Kimberlee Cadell, Kimberly Ciotti, Dani des Tombe, Cam Dixon, Maggie Feltman, Mackenzie Meixner, Melissa Pocsai, Kaleigh Ritter, Tatyanna Sarjeant, Rachel Saunders, Alec Sheaffer, Athena Summa, Blair Wegescheide, Madeline Wells and Sarah Zetlmeisl (women's swimming and diving); Audrey Ann Blakely, Taylor Washington and Molly Wickman (women's tennis); Tyler Castelli, Matt Dallago, Dustin Fuller, Luke Gallaher, Josh Mindlin, Carvin Nkanata, Desmond Palmer, Bradley Rocco, Charles Ross, Shamaal Sheppard, Chris Spadaro, Josh Trzeciak and Andrew Wells (men's track and field); Kalene Anderson, Emily Barno, Laura Bechard, Kathryn Born, Mariame Conde, Cayla Del Piano, Kristyna Finikiotis, Lauren Hoyt, Violet Kern, Sarah Kochinsky, Jordan Lee, Kelsey Metheny, Erin Moss, Karli O'Neill, Stephanie Powers, Brooke Shasteen, Evann Thompson and Ashley Woodford (women's track and field); Jessica Boddy, Delaney Clesen, Mechael Guess, Ke Ke Irby, Maria Nicholas, Amanda Orchard, Alex Philips, Jenna Potts and Lindsey Zitzke (women's volleyball); Matt Gotzon, Mike Gregory, Dan Kornberg, Dom Pietropaolo, Donald Tasser, P.J. Tasser, Max Thomusseit and Matt Wilps (wrestling).