MOC Celebrates National Student-Athlete Day

Mount Olive College student-athletes were recognized for academic excellence as Mount Olive celebrated National Student-Athlete Day. Awards were presented for individual and team honors.

The luncheon opened by recognizing the last two team winners of the Mount Olive GPA Award for compiling the highest team grade point average during a semester. Women's Golf won the Spring 2011 award with a 3.556 team GPA and Women's Tennis won the Fall 2011 award with a 3.541 team GPA.

The 2011-12 MOC Scholar Athlete of the Month winners were also recognized. Faculty members nominate students for the Scholar of the Month award. Below is a list of this year's male and female winners:

September: Caroline Smith (Women's Soccer), Stan Smith (Men's Soccer)
October: Lyndsey McIntyre (Women's Soccer), David Shields (Men's Golf)
November: Jen Floyd (Women's Soccer), Kyle Ham (Men's Golf)
January: Patricia Guedes (Women's Tennis), Alex Vazquez (Men's Volleyball)
February: Chelsea Long (Women's Track and Field), John Nunns (Men's Volleyball)
March: Amber Thompson (Women's Track and Field), Antonio Callaway (Baseball)
April: Robbin Kennedy (Softball), Daniel Coffey (Baseball)

In addition, a scholar athlete from each sport was recognized. Each team scholar athlete has a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and is either a starter or key reserve.

Baseball: Antonio Callaway
Men’s Basketball: Craig Hayes
Women’s Basketball: Jasmine McDonald
Cheerleading: Hannah Guffey
Men’s Cross Country: Paul Hoffman
Women’s Cross Country: Chelsea Long
Men’s Golf: Kyle Simpson
Women’s Golf: Emelie Andersson
Men’s Soccer: Alex Rodriguez
Women’s Soccer: Jen Floyd
Softball: Katie Devenuto
Men’s Tennis: Diogo Sender
Women’s Tennis: Patricia Guedes
Men’s Track and Field: Dave Wilson
Women’s Track & Field: Dorna Spence
Men’s Volleyball: John Nunns
Women’s Volleyball: Lauren Lee

"It would be easy to say 'Congratulations,' but I believe 'Thank You' would be more appropriate," Mount Olive College President Philip P. Kerstetter, Ph.D said to the student-athletes. "Thank you for your hard work both on and off the field."