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July 15, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Top Six for Service is awarded on each institutional campus annually. The criteria for this award are determined by each individual school recognizing student-athletes that have demonstrated outstanding community service and community relations. A Top Six for Service award recipient should be dedicated to serving others and have shown a passion for enriching the lives of others.
Ian Donahue, Sailing– Ian has consistently led the sailing team on community service visits. He is often the first to volunteer for fundraising efforts. He recruited three other sailors to go on the student-athlete service trip.
Kevin Melnick, Men’s Golf– Kevin is one of BC’s finest student-athlete citizens. He goes about his efforts in a very unassuming, humble way and has led the golf team to a new leader on the community service front. He was also a member of the student-athlete service trip.
Allison Gage, Softball– Allison led the softball team with teammate, Brittany below, on several community service projects outside of SAAC. She organized team visits to YMCA’s/hospitals on away trips during down time and was also a service trip participant.
Brittany Wilkins, Softball– Brittany led the softball team with teammate, Allison above, on several community service projects outside of SAAC. She organized team visits to YMCA’s/hospitals on away trips during down time and was also a service trip participant.
Carolyn Swords, Women’s Basketball– In addition to her great success on the court, Carolyn continues to grow as a leader with SAAC. She led women’s basketball efforts and attends other events on her own in a quiet way.
Caitlin Bailey, Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field– Caitlin took over the organization of the student-athlete service trip that she expanded to include 22 student-athletes this year. She organized a track visit to Franciscan Hospital for Children every year to decorate t-shirts with patients.
Michelle Nance, Rowing– As a leader of the Clemson Athletic Department Solid Orange Squad, specifically organizing school character education presentation, Michelle has volunteered 115 hours of her time to various organizations. Volunteer with Special Olympics, Freshman Move-in Day, Habitat for Humanity, YMCA, Helping Hands, Clemson International Festival, and Schiletter Night.
Tyler Morey, Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field– Tyler has volunteered over 98 hours, chairing the Be A T.I.G.E.R. Event. He has been a volunteer for Calhoun Academy, Thank-a-Thon, Elementary Schools, SAAC Haiti Donations, NewSpring Youth Group, and Schilletter Night.
Derek Barre, Men’s Swimming & Diving– Derek has logged over 79 hours through participation in seven different events. The events include: Honea Path Elementary School, Knights of Columbus, Helping Hands, Empower Blitz, Collins Children’s Home, and United Methodist Church.
Victoria Graham, Rowing– Victoria has participated in 22 different community service activities, logging 70 hours of service. Her volunteer experience included: Clemson Language Partner, International Festival, Clemson Connect, Riverside, Rodman, NC, Walhalla Middle School, Salvation Army Bell Ringer, Relay for Life, and Helping Hands.
Lindsey Jackson, Women’s Soccer– Lindsey has volunteered 53 hours over the past year, working with seven different organizations. Community service activities include: AED Blood Drive, Relay for Life, Stride Walking Program, Sullivan Canter BCN Screening, and Crosspoint Church Kids Program.
Taylor Hoynacki, Rowing– Taylor has been active in community service over the past year, participating in 18 different events and volunteering 48 hours. She has been a volunteer with Clemson Language Partner, Clemson Cultural Partner Program, Schilletter Night, BAT Newspaper, Indian Festival, Relay for Life, Stone Academy, and Centerville Elementary School.
Dylan Arnould, Men’s Tennis– Dylan has recruited and organized the monthly participation of student-athletes at the Urban Ministries Soup Kitchen. He also served as a key coordinator in acquiring tennis balls to donate to SAAC’s Project Share families.
Jane Alukonis, Women’s Soccer– Jane has been a key participant in the Read With the Blue Devils program, participating in five visits, the most out of all her classmates. She also dedicated her time to a visit to an elementary school for a Read Across America Event, the Duke Children’s Hospital Game Day, and the MLK Million Meals service event.
Bryan Morgan, Football– Bryan has participated in a wide range of community service events including several Read With the Blue Devils visits, the Cary Elementary FUN RUN event, and attended the APPLE Conference for his third consecutive year. He also played a crucial role in recruiting fellow teammates for multiple community service events.
Taylor Fleming, Women’s Lacrosse– Taylor previously sacrificed her time to serve as an Oxford Housing Authority Host during a weekend in which almost all athletic teams were competing or practicing, including her team. She created and is currently implementing the Duke Athletics Recycling Initiative.
Adam Long, Men’s Golf– Adam serves as the community service liaison and main point person for the Duke Men’s Golf team. He encourages and coordinates all community service events for his team, including, but not limited to: Project Share, the Urban Ministries pantry closet and the Soup Kitchen.
Men’s Soccer Team– The entire team was vital to creating the new partnership with Eno Valley Elementary School. Each week, 2-3 members of the team attend the school to mentor and tutor the elementary children. Furthermore, teammates have been involved with the Read With the Blue Devils program, the Duke Children’s Hospital Game Day, and the Durham Kiwanis Club Pancake Sale.
Margo Zwerling, Women's Track & Field – Margo was awarded the ACC Top Six for Service award not only because of the total number of hours she served; but because whenever there was a need for volunteers, Margo was always the first to volunteer. She regularly spends time at a local elementary school and has volunteered with the Special Olympics, Dance Marathon and United way. Margo also encourages her teammates to volunteer as well.
Ashley Stager, Softball– Ashley displays commitment to mentoring young girls at a local school. Not only does she spend time as a volunteer coach, but she also has volunteered with Walk for Paws, the Special Olympics, and helped collect donations for the Haiti Relief Fund. Ashley is also an active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
Jessie Carr, Women’s Swimming & Diving– Jessie has spent countless hours volunteering with a local preschool, the Dick Howser Center, Relay for Life, collecting canned good during the Thanksgiving Holiday season and helping raise funds for the Haiti Relief Fund. Jessie is also the acting Secretary for the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and has volunteered on sub-committees to help coordinate different events and activities hosted by SAAC. James Ramsey, Baseball– James has displayed dedication and determination to get his team more involved with community service. With close to 200 hours served and counting, James has helped his team achieve the goal of volunteering the most community service hours in program history. James is also an active member on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and has helped raise funds for the Dick Howser Center and at the Let Us Play Dinner and Auction.
Christian Ponder, Football– Christian is committed to giving back to the community. Christian was part of the Tobacco Free Florida campaign to encourage Florida residents to quit smoking, he volunteered with Meals on Wheels through the United Way, helped raise funds for the Haiti Relief Fund and spoke to elementary students about the importance of reading. He has also participated with Dance Marathon to help raise funds for children/patients of Shands Hospital and volunteered with the Leon County Schools Foundation to help create community awareness concerning Type 2 Diabetes among youth.
Charles Janson, Men’s Track & Field– Charles shows an unlimited amount of kindheartedness and generosity. He is always dependable and reliable, and would always be the first to volunteer when no one else would. He has supported his fellow student-athletes by attending Gold Letter Games to cheer them on and by volunteering to help staff home competitions. Charles has volunteered with Relay for Life and Dance Marathon. He has also helped raise funds to endow women scholarships at Florida State University and has participated in the United Way’s Extreme Agency Make-over.
Alana Clooten, Women’s Track & Field– Alana has spear-headed and been involved with community service projects for 5 years at Tech. Recently, she organized a collection/donation to a local family that was devastated by the September 2009 flooding in Atlanta.
Kyle Jackson, Football– Not only has Kyle been involved in many of the department-wide service projects, but together with Jason Peters, he helped start a campus student organization focused on service.
Roddy Jones, Football– Roddy does more community service projects than any other student-athlete, hands down. He pretty much participates in every project SAAB takes on and he is everyone’s “go to person” when there is an appearance request.
Jordan McCullers, Volleyball– As SAAB’s community service chair this year, Jordan has actively promoted, communicated, recruited, and participated in most of our projects this year.
Deck McGuire, Baseball–Deck eagerly gets involved in any project he can, and recently, he helped spear- head a collection for rival UGA’s baseball player that was paralyzed in an accident over the summer – Chance Veazy.
Jason Peters, Football– Not only has Jason been involved in many of the department- wide service projects but together with a teammate (Kyle Jackson) helped start a campus student organization focused on service.
Margaux Meeks, Gymnastics– Margaux shows a strong history of dedication to her community. She has participated in the following events: Hospital Visits; Relay for Life/Terp Reading; Canned Food Drive; Youth Clinics.
Abbey Adams, Gymnastics– Abbey kept busy with community service and throughout her college career has participated in the following events: SAAC Rep; Hospital Visits; Relay for Life; Terp Reading; Canned Food Drive; Youth Clinic
Michelle Kenning, Volleyball– Michelle has been a volunteer for many different organizations as a student-athlete. She worked with TERP Reading; Coat Drive; Youth Clinic; Relay for Life; Canned Food Drive; Student-Athlete Day Tours.
Emery Wallace, Women’s Basketball– Emery has participated in the following events over the years: TERP Reading; Coat Drive; Youth Clinic; Relay for Life; Canned Food Drive; Student-Athlete Day Tours; Hospital Visit; Camp Counselor.
Richard DiPietro, Wrestling– Richard currently serves as a representative to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. He also participated in the TERP Reading/Coat Drive, a Youth Clinic, Relay for Life, Canned Food Drives, Student-Athlete Day Tours, Hospital Visits, and has served as a Camp Counselor.
Torrey Smith, Football– Torrey has enjoyed being a Big Brother Mentor interacting with youth around the Maryland community. He has also been active in the following organizations: Men Can Stop Rape Volunteer; Youth Clinics/Leadership Council; Campus Tours; Coat Drive; Hospital Visits; Canned Food Drive.
Reuben Ross, Men’s Swimming & Diving– Reuben has volunteered in various ventures during his time as a Swimming and Diving student-athlete. He dedicated his time to Habitat for Humanity where he helped build a house in the Liberty City section of Miami, Florida.
Laura Vallverdu, Women’s Tennis– Laura has been an active and dedicated member of the Student-Athlete Advisory at the University of Miami. She has volunteered in various ventures, including the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in 2009 and 2010, a cleanup effort at Miami-Dade’s Park in 2008, and various athletic department events.
Brittney MacDonald, Women’s Soccer– Brittney has devoted her time to many volunteer efforts throughout her time at Miami, including the American Heart Association’s Denver Heart and Stroke Walk, a medical trip with the Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures organization to Nicaragua and Costa Rica, youth soccer camps, Habitat for Humanity, Valentine’s Day 5k Race, the Denver Park and Recreation’s District’s Special Needs Program, and the Life Spark Cancer Resource Day of Gratitude.
Jake Byrne, Football– Jake has been involved in numerous projects, including dedication to two programs in particular. He has been a volunteer for Canes on Patrol, an initiative with the Broward County Sheriff’s Department to encourage students to stay in school and stay off the streets. In addition, he served as a Fun 4 Kidz Mentor, where he was paired off with a local Miami-Dade middle school student to serve as a role model.
Brittany Viola, Women’s Swimming & Diving– In addition to compete at the highest levels for the University of Miami Diving Squad, Brittany has been an active member in volunteer and community services activities with participation in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the Miami Red Cross Stair Climb event, Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and Super Bowl Host Committee. She also served as the Soul Group Leader for sixth grade students at United Baptist Church and as a peer advisor for incoming freshmen in the School of Communication.
Katie Carroll, Women’s Track & Field– Katie is one of the University of Miami Women’s Track & Field most involved team members. She has volunteered in various ventures through the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the Miami Red Cross Stair Climb event, Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and Super Bowl Host Committee.
Marcus Ginyard, Men’s Basketball– Marcus has volunteered with several clubs and organizations as a student-athlete. He has participated in several school visits, served as a Spot Light Speaker, and worked with Share a Family for Christmas.
Heather Brooks, Volleyball – Heather has displayed dedication and commitment to community service and has served as a leader and inspiration for her team. She has organized events for her team’s participation and continuously encourages them to be involved with service opportunities. Solely Heather has participated in numerous school visits, and a health fair.
JoAnne Rogers, Rowing– JoAnne has participated in many area school visits as a student-athlete. She has also been involved with the following service opportunities: Jaycees Haunted house Fundraiser, Carolina Dreams, and Share a family for Christmas.
Caroline Boneparth, Women’s Soccer– Carolina has been a leader in organizing service opportunities for student-athletes for several years. She planned, organized, and directed Carolina Dreams, for the past three years. In addition to that large responsibility, Carolina found time to participate with the Health Fair, and encourage her team members to seek service opportunities.
Kennedy Tinsley, Football– Kennedy served the North Carolina community by participating in several activities. He visited schools, Children’s Hospitals, and participated in the program All Pro Dads.
Vinny Pryor, Men’s Swimming & Diving– Vinny has displayed dedication to service opportunities through many organizations. He visited schools, helped with a fundraiser for Jaycees Bum Center, and visited the UNC Burn Center on several occasions.
Hanna Halteman, Women’s Basketball– Hanna helped collect money for Haiti Relief at a men’s basketball game this year. She also participated in a toy drive which collected toys for a local organization and assisted with a dunk booth that was set up to raise money for a local organization that provides meals to the homeless.
Brittany Strachan, Women’s Basketball – Brittany helped collect money for Haiti Relief at a men’s basketball game and participated in a toy drive which collected toys for a local organization. She read to a class and signed autographs for Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and helped get kids excited at a Pep Rally that a local school held.
Audie Cole, Football– Audie has gone to local schools to read to the students and he was on hand to present the Toys 4 Tots program with a check for money that was raised during the football season.
Allison Presnell, Softball– Allison has gone to local schools to read to the students. She also assisted the Boys & Girls Club with an essay writing/editing session that they held. She also spoke to a group of students that were performing poorly in school in an effort to get them back on the right track.
Steven Bollinger, Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field– Steven has gone to local schools to read to the students as well and help another school with a “Fun Run” that they were holding to raise money for their school.
Marissa Kastanek, Women’s Basketball– Marissa helped get kids excited at a Pep Rally that a local school held and has gone to local schools to read to the students.
Ken Clausen, Men’s Lacrosse– Ken has served as a Student Athlete Mentor, as well as organized a fund raiser to support Prostate Cancer research (on behalf of “Mo’Vember”). He is a member of ACE (Athletes to Committed to Community Education ) to tutor in area elementary schools.
Lauren Elstein, Field Hockey– Lauren is a Student Athlete Mentor leadership Council member, is a Student Athlete Advisory Committee Executive Committee, Athletes in Action leader, UVA Madison ESL tutor, and a volunteer at Charlottesville Haven homeless shelter .
Jerome Meyinsse, Men’s Basketball– Jerome serves as the Student Athlete Advisory Committee President, ACC SAAC, Student Athlete Member leadership Council member, ACE tutor in area elementary schools, and a frequent participant in other ad hoc community service activities.
Trey Miller, Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field– Trey serves as the Student Athlete Advisory Committee Vice President, ACC SAAC, and was the organizer of other ad hoc community service activities. He is also a leader of Athletes in Action.
Whitney Neuhauser, Women’s Golf– Whitney is a Student Athlete Advisory Committee Team Representative, and is very active as ACE tutor in area elementary schools.
Monica Wright, Women’s Basketball– Monica serves on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee Executive Committee, ACC SAAC, ACE (Athletes to Committed to Community Education) tutor in area elementary schools, and is a frequent participant in other ad hoc community service activities.
Jacquelyn Duggins, Women’s Lacrosse– Jacquelyn is an active member of SAAC. She has also been involved in the following community outreach events throughout her tenure at VT: Montgomery County Christmas Store, Gilbert Linkous Hokie Night, Harding Avenue Elementary Fall Festival, and Hokies for Haiti, Hokie Club Call Night, Harding Avenue Elementary Lunch Buddies, SAAC Brother/Sister Toy Drive, and served food at the 2009 SAAC Tailgate.
Robin Chidester, Women’s Soccer– Robin has been a member of SAAC for the past two years. Last summer she traveled to Vietnam through the Coach for College program. She has also taken part in the Margaret Beeks Elementary Hokie Night and Lunch Buddies program. In 2009 she helped out at the SAAC Tailgate and is currently assisting with the Peaceworks Starbucks Walk to Read campaign.
David Marone, Wrestling– David is a member of SAAC and served the campus community by helping out with the SAAC Spring Football Game Canned Food Drive and helped collect donations for the Hokies for Haiti campaign. David has also served food at the 2009 SAAC Tailgate and participated in the Margaret Beeks Elementary Hokie Nights.
Jackie Merrick, Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field– Jackie has participated in the annual Cross Country/Track Shoe Drive and helped collect over 500 pairs of shoes during fall 2009. She also volunteered for the Hokie Club Call Night, Hokies for Haiti campaign, and served food at the SAAC Tailgate. A member of SAAC, Jackie also led her team in the SAAC Brother/Sister Toy Drive and donated toys to the Montgomery County Christmas Store.
Eddie Judge, Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field– Eddie is a two-year member of SAAC and has helped out SAAC with the Hokies for Haiti donation campaign and Hokie Club Call Night. He has also helped out his team with the Cross Country/Track Shoe Drive and participated in the Herma’s Readers, a program founded by Head Football Coach Frank Beamer, where current and former Virginia Tech athletes, coaches and dignitaries will visit schools throughout the state to promote reading and education.
Martha Blakely, Women’s Tennis– Martha has volunteered her time by participating in the Winning Choices program where she spoke to elementary school students about making good choices, responsibility, integrity, and fairness. She has also volunteered with her team at the Montgomery County Christmas Store, Margaret Beeks Elementary Hokie Night, and read to students at Christiansburg Elementary during a PTA event. She has also featured in this year’s ACC United Way PSA.
Laura Morse, Women’s Soccer- Laura volunteered with Santa's Helpers, Project Pumpkin, the Dodgeball Tournament and most impressively started a community service project called Everyday Elves in her hometown of Rutherfordton, NC modeled after an existing program at Wake Forest called Santa's Helpers. In a two week period between exams and Christmas, she recruited volunteers to to wrap and dress as Santa from her community and high school; put up a website; raised around $6000 to buy gifts; and purchased, wrapped and delivered presents to 79 underprivileged children in 33 families in her hometown on Christmas Eve. Her website is www.everydayelves.org.
Liza Casella, Field Hockey- Liza participated in Santa's Helper and Eat with the Deacs but most her most significant contribution was that she initiated a community service project to honor a former Wake Forest Field Hockey player, Maria Whitehead, who died of a malignant melanoma at age 25. Liza's Dodge Ball Tournament, Dodge Duck Dip Dive Donate, raised around $2000 to help fund melanoma research at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and involved more than 20 teams of Wake Forest students from all walks of student life including 5 student-athlete teams.
Victoria Delbono, Women’s Soccer- Victoria has been a consistent volunteer throughout the year in a number of different service projects but the most significant was a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico where she helped build a house through Project Amor and in addition she volunteered as a soccer coach for an area Optimist team
Jordan Feger, Women’s Soccer- Jordan was a regular volunteer in a number of community service events over the course of the year including Project Pumpkin, Special Olympics and Eat with the Deacs as well as tutoring at a local elementary school for an hour each week for the spring semester
Camille Collier, Women’s Basketball- It seemed like whenever we had a service event this year our incoming SAAC President, Camille, was there. She was a consistent volunteer participating in Santa's Helpers, DESK, Sports Spectacular, the Skip Prosser Literacy Program and most of our monthly Eat with the Deacs events where she often was the spokesperson
Brooke Thomas, Women’s Basketball- Brooke was another consistent volunteer, a mainstay and a spokesperson for our Eat with the Deacs events and also did DESK, Hit the Bricks for Piccolo, Sports Spectacular, the Skip Prosser Literacy Program among other community service projects