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June 26, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina’s Kelli Wheeler has been recognized as the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, announced today by the conference office. Wheeler highlights the 2012 All-ACC Academic Softball Team.
A senior majoring in Exercise Sport Science with minors in Chemistry and Business Adminstration, Wheeler was a member of the 2012 All-ACC Second Team and helped lead the Tar Heels to a regular season conference title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. A native of Marietta, Ga., Wheeler led the ACC in slugging percentage (.618) and total bases (105). Additionally, she ranked in the top ten in batting average (.329), on-base percentage (.457), runs scored (46), hits (56), RBIs (36), home runs (12), and walks (33).
Wheeler was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Southeast Region Second Team, CoSIDA’s Academic All-District First Team for District 3, and she was recognized as a NFCA Scholar-Athlete. She was also voted to the 2012 ACC All-Tournament Team. This is her third career All-ACC Academic honor.
Boston College’s Irene Delagrammaticas earned her fourth-career conference academic honor. Georgia Tech’s Kate Kuzma, Kelsi Weseman, and Shannon Bear, North Carolina’s Wheeler, Virginia’s Taylor Williams, and Virginia Tech’s Courtney Liddle garnered their third accolade.
Wheeler, the Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and Weseman, the Player of the Year, are joined by Kuzma, Liddle, Boston College’s Nicole D’Argento, and Florida State’s Tiffani Brown as members of the 2012 All-ACC Academic Team and the 2012 All-ACC Team.
All eight ACC schools that sponsor softball are represented on this year's All-ACC Academic Team. Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech led with six players, while Boston College and Florida State placed five on the team. Three players were honored from Maryland, North Carolina, and NC State, and two Virginia players were recognized.
To be eligible for All-ACC Academic Team consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award was established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the award must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
|2012 All-ACC Academic Softball Team|
|Amanda Horowitz @||Boston College||So.||Accounting|
|Irene Delagrammaticas %||Boston College||GS||Administrative Studies|
|Morgan Kidd @||Boston College||Sr.||Marketing & History|
|Nicole D'Argento||Boston College||Jr.||Human Development/Math|
|Victoria Speer @||Boston College||So.||Communication|
|Bailey Schinella||Florida State||Fr.||Business|
|Jessica Nori @||Florida State||Jr.||Entrepreneurship|
|Kelly Hensley||Florida State||So.||Exercise Science|
|Kirstin Austin||Florida State||Jr.||Exercise Science|
|Tiffani Brown||Florida State||Jr.||Criminology|
|Alysha Rudnik @||Georgia Tech||Fr.||Management|
|Hayley Downs||Georgia Tech||So.||Management|
|Karly Fullem||Georgia Tech||Fr.||Business Administration|
|Kate Kuzma #||Georgia Tech||Sr.||Business Administration|
|Kelsi Weseman #||Georgia Tech||Sr.||Industrial Engineering|
|Shannon Bear #||Georgia Tech||Sr.||Biochemistry|
|Kaitlyn Schmeiser||Maryland||Fr.||Art Studio|
|Shannon Bustillos||Maryland||Fr.||Criminology and Criminal Justice|
|Ashley Bone||North Carolina||So.||Exercise and Sport Science|
|Jordan Scarboro||North Carolina||So.||Exercise and Sport Science|
|Kelli Wheeler #||North Carolina||Sr.||Exercise and Sport Science|
|Emily Weiman||NC State||Fr.||Undecided|
|Kirsten Grant||NC State||So.||Biological Sciences|
|Morgan Peeler||NC State||Sr.||Sociology|
|Taylor Williams #||Virginia||Jr.||Media Studies|
|Betty Rose @||Virginia Tech||Jr.||Management|
|Bkaye Smith @||Virginia Tech||Jr.||Biology|
|Courtney Liddle #||Virginia Tech||Jr.||Communication|
|Dani Anderson @||Virginia Tech||So.||Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise|
|Kelsey Mericka||Virginia Tech||Fr.||Engineering|
|Kylie McGoldrick||Virginia Tech||Fr.||Business|
|@ denotes two-time honoree
# denotes three-time honoree
% denotes four-time honoree