ACC Schools Announce 2011-12 Scholar-Athletes

July 16, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference today recognized the 2011-12 Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year from its 12 member institutions. The awards are presented annually on each campus and recipients are selected by criteria determined by each institution.

 2011-12 Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year

 2011-12 Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Ryan DiStefano, Men's Swimming & Diving, Boston College
DiStefano, an Honors Program senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, is majoring in International Studies-Economics with minors in History and French. DiStefano earned the James J. Kane Academic Award, which is given to the team member with the highest grade point average. DiStefano has also made Dean's List and ACC Honor Roll every year, as well as joining the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society. In addition to his academic and athletic achievements, DiStefano has compiled an impressive community service record by representing the swim team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving on the Honors Program Student Executive Board, and contributing to various service projects.

Emily Charnowski, Rowing, Boston College
Captain of the Women's rowing team at Boston College, Charnowski is a leader on and off the water. She exemplifies the term student-athlete, earning numerous academic honors including Dean's List, All-ACC Academic Rowing Team, ACC Honor Roll, and induction to the Order of the Cross and Crown, Boston College's oldest and most prestigious Arts and Sciences Honor Society. Additionally, Charnowski has a distinguished record of community service as an Appalachia Volunteer, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member, and many other service projects.

Dawson Zimmerman, Football, Clemson
Zimmerman graduated Summa Cum Laude in December 2011 and a degree in English and a minor in Creative Writing. Zimmerman was recently inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society and was both a Wuerffel Award and Lowe's Senior Class Award Finalist in 2011. While in school, Zimmerman was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and was named to the ACC All-Academic team in 2009, 2010, and 2011. This past April the ACC honored Zimmerman with a Weaver-James Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship, which he plans to use to continue his academic pursuits in Children's Literature.
Kerry McLaughlin, Women's Swimming and Diving, Clemson
McLaughlin graduated Summa Cum Laude in May and a degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Spanish. McLaughlin has been named to the President's List for the past six semesters and is a four-time member of the ACC Honor Roll. This semester, McLaughlin was inducted into Clemson's chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. McLaughlin has also been active in community service through her participation in the Solid Orange Squad with local elementary school students to implement a character education program. McLaughlin plans to enroll in the Physical Therapy graduate program at Duke University in the fall.
Matt Daniels, Football, Duke
Daniels is a Public Policy major who is also earning the Markets and Management certificate. He was a member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and was named to the Academic All-ACC Football Team in 2009 and 2010. Daniels received second-team All-America honors in 2011 as well as first-team All-ACC in 2011 and was named team captain. Among active ACC players in 2011, Daniels ranked fourth in career tackles.
Becca Ward, Fencing, Duke
One of the most decorated student-athletes to compete for Duke University, Ward won three NCAA Women's Fencing Championships, set Duke's career and single-season wins records, and led the Blue Devil fencing program to its greatest four-year run in school history. A four-time All-American, Ward became the first Duke student-athlete to win three individual NCAA titles by claiming the 2009, 2011, and 2012 women's saber crowns. Also an Academic All-America selection, Ward is majoring in Public Policy with a certificate in Energy and the Environment.
James Ramsey, Baseball, Florida State
The Florida State junior outfielder set the tone for the Seminoles not only on the field but in the classroom as well. Ramsey was named the 2011 ACC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A Finance major and a Religion minor, Ramsey is also among the school's leaders in community service hours while serving as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the past two years. He has made Dean's List on eight occasions and is a three-time recipient of the Seminoles' Golden Torch Award, which is presented to the team member with the highest grade point average. In 2011, Ramsey earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American honors, and in 2012, he won the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for NCAA Division I baseball.
Victoria (Tori) Huster, Women's Soccer, Florida State
As the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Huster is a well-deserved selection for the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native graduated in the fall of 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. She has worked diligently in the classroom and on the field throughout her Seminole career. She started all 26 games in 2011 and her 91 career starts is the fifth most in school history. In 2011, Huster garnered third-team NSCAA All-America, first-team All-ACC, first-team NSCAA Scholar All-America, first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District, and College Cup All-Tournament team honors.
Kevin King, Men's Tennis, Georgia Tech
King is a Mechanical Engineering major. He is a three-time All-ACC Selection and earned ITA All-American honors in 2011. King played near the top of Georgia Tech's singles line-up and ranked as high as No. 7 in the nation as a senior. He was a key facilitator in the men's tennis "adoption" of a local nine-year-old boy battling cancer through the Friends of Jaclyn Program.
Heidi Hatteberg, Women's Swimming & Diving, Georgia Tech
Hatteberg is an Aerospace Engineering major. She has already been accepted into the Aerospace Engineering Master's program at Georgia Tech. She is the school record holder in three different events and qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. She is a two-year member of Georgia Tech's Student-Athlete Advisory Board and is involved in all of the team's community service projects.
Brett Harman, Baseball, Maryland
Harman, a senior from Westminster, Maryland, has been a standout pitcher since he stepped on campus almost five years ago. After undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing the entire season last spring, Harman had a stellar 3.04 ERA. Harman graduated in May with a degree in Kinesiological Sciences and earned the baseball team's Academic Achievement award. Harman earned Dean's List honors five times, was named to Athletic Director's Honor Roll nine times, was named to the ACC All-Academic Team in 2009-2010, and earned a perfect semester GPA of 4.00 five times.
Harriet Tibble, Field Hockey, Maryland
Tibble, a junior from Surrey, England, is a standout defender on the reigning NCAA Champions Women's Field Hockey team at the University of Maryland. Tibble was named to the 2011 NFHCA All-American second-team, the 2011 All-ACC Team, the 2011 ACC All-Academic team, and the 2011 NCAA All-Tournament Team. She was also the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2011. She was the recipient of the 2010 Carla Tagliente Award, given to the student-athlete exhibiting excellence in both the athletic and academic arenas, and was named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll each semester at Maryland. Tibble is a double major studying International Business and Marketing.
Sean Spence, Football, Miami
Spence has been a leader for his team on and off the field. He majored in Sports Administration with a minor in Business. He has earned 2011 first-team All-ACC honors, 2011 Defensive Most Outstanding Player, and 2010 Most Valuable Player. Spence has unselfishly volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House reading stories to sick children as well as at Brownsville Middle School mentoring youth on the importance of education, having a positive attitude, and staying motivated in all aspects of life.
Shenise Johnson, Women's Basketball, Miami
Johnson was honored as a University of Miami Book Buster from the Athletic Department. Athletically, Johnson's talents have earned her two first-team All-ACC Performer awards, the ACC Player of the Year, and All-ACC Defensive Team recognition for the second straight season. Along with being active on the court and in the classroom, Johnson has also dedicated her time to volunteer with Touching Miami with Love and Fit to Play where she's worked with local youth to spread the message on the importance of health, fitness, self-esteem, and keeping the community clean.
Kevin Nadeau, Men's Fencing, North Carolina
Nadeau boasts the highest cumulative GPA of all male student-athletes at the University of North Carolina. Nadeau is a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science, and he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He is one of two Carolina fencers to qualify for the 2012 NCAA Championships, marking his fourth consecutive year as an NCAA qualifier. In addition, he has been selected as an AD Scholar-Athlete and a leader of distinction with the Carolina Leadership Academy.
Adelaide Gay, Women's Soccer, North Carolina
Gay boasts the highest cumulative GPA of all female senior student-athletes at the University of North Carolina and is majoring in Business Administration. In addition to graduating from one of the top undergraduate business programs in the country, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa this past semester. Gay transferred to the University of North Carolina from Yale after her sophomore year to begin the business program. This past season, Gay played an integral role on the women's soccer team as the primary goalkeeper. She started 18 of the 20 contests and boasted .40 goals against average, leading the ACC for the 2011 season.
Akash Gujarati, Men's Tennis, NC State
Gujarati has been a member of the men's tennis team all four years he has been enrolled at NC State. In addition to tennis, Gujarati has had one of the highest GPAs out of NC State student-athletes for the past two years. He also has the highest GPA in his entire class of 5,500 students. The Electrical Engineering major recently found out that he was accepted into the PhD program for Electrical Engineering at NC State. He is a 2012 ACC Postgraduate Scholarship winner as well as the winner of the NC State Collier Scholarship. Gujarati also managed to find the time to do Undergraduate Research with a faculty member on campus as well as tutor at the Undergraduate Tutorial Center.
Cora Shull, Women's Cross Country, NC State
Shull was a member of the women's cross country and track and field teams. Shull brings a level of work ethic that is a superb example to her teammates, as evidenced this past spring semester when she did all of her workouts at night on her own after student teaching. She was invited to join the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society in the Spring of 2009 and has been on the Dean's List every semester at NC State. Shull's hard work on the track is matched by her efforts to do good for others. She volunteers her time as a mentor for female students at the School of Science and Math, at the Potter's House, at the Raleigh Rescue Mission, and for Stop Hunger Now. Shull offers her talents as a runner by coaching at Page High School during the summer when she is home.
David Karasek, Men's Swimming & Diving, Virginia
A graduate student studying professional development who earned his bachelor's degree in Commerce from Virginia in May of 2011, Karasek won titles at the 2012 ACC Championships in the 200 individual medley and 200 freestyle, setting a new Virginia school record in the 200 IM. Also a member of the victorious Cavalier 800 freestyle relay, Karasek finished his career with five ACC individual event titles and was a member of four team championships. At the national level Karasek earned All-America honors on Virginia's fourth-place 800 freestyle relay as well as honorable mention accolades as a member of the 400 freestyle and 400 medley relay teams. He was an All-American in the 200 freestyle with his seventh-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships. He is representing his native Switzerland at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Lauren Greenlief, Women's Golf, Virginia
Greenlief competed during the 2011-2012 women's golf season as a graduate student, having earned her undergraduate degree in three years. A walk-on who made the Virginia squad through an open tryout, she competed in the NCAA Championships in 2010 and 2012. During her final year as a Cavalier, she helped Virginia to a fourth-place finish at the NCAAs, leading the team with an even par score of 72 during the tournament's second round. An Echols scholar, she receieved Virginia's ACC Scholar-Athlete Award at its All-Sports Banquet. Greenlief was named the Virginia State Golf Association's 2010 Women's Division Golfer of the Year. She was the Virginia Women's Stroke Play champion in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Luka Somen, Men's Tennis, Virginia Tech
Somen is from Carlovac, Croatia. He is a Finance major and has been a mainstay at the top of the men's tennis singles line-up since his freshman year. He was named the ACC Freshman of the Year in 2009, co-MVP in 2010, and team MVP for the 2011-2012 season. Somen has received recognition for his academic excellence every semester he has attended Virginia Tech. He is a three-time ITA Scholar-Athlete and was named the ITA Atlantic Region Senior of the Year. He has been a member of the Virginia Tech Athletic Director's Honor Roll, ACC Honor Roll, and ACC All-Academic Men's Tennis Team throughout his tenure at Virginia Tech.
Martha Blakely, Women's Tennis, Virginia Tech
Blakely is a three-year letter winner for the tennis team and occupied one of the top three singles places in the team competition. She is majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry with a Math minor and plans to pursue a career in medicine. Blakely is a former Skelton Scholarship Award Winner, highlighting her academic, athletic, and service achievements. She was a finalist for the Rhodes scholarship and a Truman Scholarship nominee. She has been honored as a member of the Virginia Tech Athletic Director's Honor Roll, the ACC Honor Roll, and the Virginia Tech Dean's List every semester of her college attendance. She is also a recipient the 2012 ACC Postgraduate Scholarship.
Lee Bedford, Men's Golf, Wake Forest
Bedford led the golf team with a 72.5 scoring average and had 23 of his 39 rounds at par or better. He was named to his third straight All-ACC team and is just the tenth Demon Deacon to earn All-ACC honors three times. Bedford had four of his team's six rounds in the 60s this year. He also finished five tournaments under-par this season, including a 9-under par showing at the ACC Championship with a runner-up finish. Bedford finished his career with a 72.86 scoring average, which is the sixth-best scoring average in school history since 1980.
Sarah Brobeck, Track & Field, Wake Forest
Brobeck was named to the Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-District first team in 2012, for the third straight season. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wake Forest this spring with a degree in Chemistry. As the top competitor in throwing events for the Demon Deacons, Brobeck placed fifth in the javelin at the ACC Outdoor Championships. She finished her career ranked in the top 10 in three categories on the school's all-time performance list. In addition to earning Academic All-District honors in 2010 and 2011, the Salem, Ohio native is a three-year ACC Honor Roll member.