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Richard, Niekamp, Dewberry Receive Total Person Awards

April 20, 2009


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ATLANTA – All-Conference defensive tackle Darryl Richard and volleyball standout Allie Niekamp 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 Tech football quarterback John Dewberry, the founder of Dewberry Capital Corporation, was honored with the Total Person Alumnus Award.

Baseball catcher Jason Haniger, a native of Santa Clara, Calif., and softball All-America Whitney Haller, from Marietta, Ga., received the Robert Cup Awards as Tech’s top senior student-athletes in academic, athletic and campus life.

Amanda McDowell, the 2008 NCAA singles champion in tennis, and football standout Roddy Jones were awarded the Bobby Dodd Scholarships for 2008-09, recognizing Tech’s top returning scholar-athletes.

Thrower Alana Clooten, a senior on Georgia Tech’s track and field team, 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.

Haller and three-time All-American golfer Cameron Tringale were honored with the Atlantic Coast Conference Scholar-Athlete Awards.

Also honored were Tech’s three ACC Postgraduate Scholarship recipients: Haniger, Haller and golfing standout David Dragoo.

The Georgia Tech Spotlight Awards recognizes one player on each team whose contributions to the program go far beyond athletics:

Katie Bond (women's swimming and diving)Kari Brown (cheerleading)Alison Campbell (volleyball)Adam Cohan (golf)Brandon Cumpton (baseball)Nick Foreman (men's basketball)Deja Foster (women's basketball)Joe Fulton (men's cross country)Noelle Hickey (women's tennis)Chris Lee (men's swimming and diving)James Liipfert (football)Annie Martin (women's cross country)Billy Mateker (men's track and field)Dusan Miljevic (men's tennis)Erica Penk (women's track and field)Blair Shimandle (softball)

Also recognized were the ACC Top-6 for Service winners:

Alade Aminu (men's basketball)D'Andre Bell (men's basketball)Dalton Hedberg (women's swimming and diving)Roddy Jones (football)Way Joe Lee (men's swimming and diving)Jing Li (women's swimming and diving)

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 2008-09 inductees are:

Kelsey Duffy (men's swimming and diving)E.C. Gibbs (men's cross country/track and field)Tim Guglielmo (men's track and field)Matt Hickey (men's cross country/track and field)Hannah Krimm (women's swimming and diving)Agatha Kwasnik (women's swimming and diving)Mickey Malul (men's swimming and diving)Billy Mateker (men's cross country/track and field)Amanda McDowell (women's tennis)Aileen Morales (softball)Morgan Stephenson (men's cross country/track and field)Zach Von Tersch (baseball)


Darryl Richard (football) and Allie Niekamp (volleyball)
Total Person Award

John Dewberry
Total Person Alumnus Award

Whitney Haller (softball) and Jason Haniger (baseball)
Robert Cup

Roddy Jones (football) and Amanda McDowell (women’s tennis)
Bobby Dodd Scholarship

Alana Clooten
Georgia Tech Leadership Award



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