March 1, 2014
PITTSBURGH—Senior women’s swimmer Lauren Matevish was named the recipient of the University of Pittsburgh’s prestigious Emma W. Locke Award, presented annually to a Pitt graduating senior in recognition of high scholarship, character and devotion to the ideals of the University.
Matevish, a graduate of Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa, Calif., was recognized at Pitt’s Annual Honors Convocation on Friday.
The Emma W. Locke Award is one of Pitt’s oldest and most esteemed student honors. It was established in 1946 by Charles A. Locke in memory of his mother, Emma. The recipient must have at least a 3.85 GPA and plan to continue their education after graduation.
Contributing in the distance events as a swimmer, Matevish in the classroom is pursuing a double degree in rehabilitation science and psychology. She boasts a 3.89 grade-point average and serves as co-secretary for Pitt’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Highly active in volunteerism, Matevish is a member of the Panther Leadership Academy. She plans to attend medical school.
Additionally, senior men’s soccer player John Cordier was a finalist for the Omicron Delta Kappa Senior of the Year Award. Omicron Delta Kappa is an honorary society founded in 1914 at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., and recognizes students who maintain a high standard of leadership in collegiate activities.
A native of Fairview, Pa., and graduate of Erie Cathedral Prep, Cordier was a fixture at defender for the Panthers the past four seasons and was a team co-captain as a junior and senior. Off the soccer field, he twice served as president of Pitt’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, was a SAAC representative for the Atlantic Coast Conference and served on Pitt’s Student Government Board (SGB).
A neuroscience and sociology major at Pitt, Cordier has already accepted a position with Teach for America in San Antonio, Texas.
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