March 30, 2009
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Georgia Tech senior first baseman Whitney Haller has been named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for softball. This award recognizes student-athletes who excel not only on the playing field but also in the classroom and in their community. These 10 finalists come from the list of 30 candidates released earlier this month.
For the first time this year, fans can vote for the winner by simply text messaging. To vote for Haller, text SB1 to 839863.
Haller, a two-time ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American, earned All-ACC honors each of the past three seasons. Earlier this month, she was awarded an ACC Postgraduate Scholarship. The former ACC Rookie of the Year and second team All-American holds the ACC and Georgia Tech record for home runs and RBI, while ranking in the top five in school history for batting average, slugging percentage, runs scored, doubles, fielding percentage and on-base percentage.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages those leaders to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: Classroom, Character, Community and Competition.
The 2009 finalists are: Whitney Haller, Georgia Tech; Lillian Hammond, University of Tennessee; Jenae Leles, University of Arizona; Jessica Mapes, Arizona State University; Stacey Nelson, University of Florida; Amber Patton, DePaul University; Missy Penna, Stanford University; Samantha Ricketts, University of Oklahoma; Brittany Rogers, University of Alabama; Tammy Williams, Northwestern University.
These 10 names will now be placed on the official ballot which will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans. The award winner will be announced and recognized at the 2009 Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.