April 27, 2010
ATLANTA – Track & Field standouts Alana Clooten and Alphonso Jordan received the Georgia Tech Athletic Association’s highest honor, the Total Person Award, at the annual Yellow Jacket Celebration, held Monday evening at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.
The Total Person Awards are presented annually to the male and female senior student-athletes who best exemplify excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and service.
Former Track and field athlete Mike Anderson, the President and CEO of Georgia Power Foundation, Inc., was honored with the Total Person Alumnus Award.
Deja Foster of the women’s basketball team and football standout Roddy Jones were awarded the Bobby Dodd Scholarships for 2009-10, recognizing Tech’s top returning scholar-athletes. Jones earned this award for the second straight year.
Ryann Kopacka, who was a 2010 ACC Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, of the swimming and diving program received the Georgia Tech Leadership Award, given to a student-athlete who demonstrates leadership qualities on the playing field, in the classroom and in the community.
Clooten and baseball standout Derek Dietrich were honored with the Atlantic Coast Conference Scholar-Athlete Awards.
Also honored were Tech’s three ACC Postgraduate Scholarship recipients: Kopacka, Clooten and women’s tennis All-American Amanda McDowell.
The Georgia Tech Spotlight Awards recognizes one player on each team whose contributions to the program go far beyond athletics:
Kristen Adkins – Softball
Bo Andrews – Golf
Christa Bagley – Cheerleading
Patrick Barron – Men’s Cross-Country
Lynn Blau – Women’s Tennis
Annie Czarnecki – Volleyball
Kristen Dornstauder – Women’s Swimming & Diving
Anthony Egbuniwe – Football
Tiffany Grant – Women’s Track & Field
Veronica Kinard – Women’s Cross-Country
Cole Leonida – Baseball
Steve Marcelle – Men’s Track & Field
Magin Ortiga – Men’s Tennis
Sam Shew – Men’s Basketball
Michael Vallecoccia – Men’s Swimming & Diving
Metra Walthour – Women’s Basketball
Also recognized were the ACC Top-6 for Service winners:
Alana Clooten – Women’s Track & Field
Kyle Jackson – Football
Roddy Jones – Football
Jordan McCullers – Volleyball
Deck McGuire – Baseball
Jason Peters – Football
In September, 2007, Georgia Tech earned the designation of the Georgia Epsilon Chapter in the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society, a National College Athlete Honor Society. All juniors or seniors that have lettered in their sport, achieved at least a 3.4 GPA and are recommended by their head coach based on good moral character are invited to apply for membership. The 2009-10 inductees are:
Christine Chuang – Women’s Swimming & Diving
Hunter Clasen – Men’s Track & Field
Sean Devine – Baseball
Joseph DiDia – Men’s Track & Field
Derek Dietrich – Baseball
Joseph Fulton – Men’s Cross-Country/Track
Caroline Hilton – Softball
Ryann Kopacka – Women’s Swimming & Diving
Mary Kownack – Women’s Cross-Country/Track
Katherine Locker – Women’s Swimming & Diving
Jonathan Malone – Football
Thomas Oatts III – Men’s Track & Field
Erica Penk – Women’s Track & Field
Kristine Priebe – Softball
Kyle Scott – Golf
Sam Shew – Men’s Basketball
Subbu Sivanesan – Men’s Track
Ryan Smith – Men’s Tennis
Jessica Weaver – Softball
Joanna Wright – Women’s Track & Field