RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Meredith College athletics program celebrated the 2019-2020 sport seasons April 30 with the virtual production of the 2020 Halo Awards.
The Avenging Angels presented two department-wide awards, the Dean Burris Student-Athlete Award and the Outstanding Senior Athlete.
Senior lacrosse player Henley Peatross earned the Dean Burris award, requiring candidates to earn at least a 3.0 grade point average as a sophomore, junior, or senior; embody the four core values; exhibit leadership and sportsmanship; and demonstrate service to the greater Meredith community.
"Henley epitomizes what it means to live out the Meredith Athletic core values," said Head Coach Lauren Scott. "In the locker room she is always prepared, on time, and respected by her teammates."
Volleyball's Caroline Corey earned this year's Outstanding Senior Athlete honor. Candidates must be in good academic standing with the college, must be a major contributor to her team's success with recognition within the conference and region, and embody the athletic program's four core values of discipline, integrity, respect, and responsibility. Career stats and accolades were considered for all nominees to help balance the opportunity for spring sport
"[Caroline] works hard in the weight room and on the court," said Head Coach Fiona Barkley. "She pushes herself to get better all the time. She focuses and competes. She is respectful to teammates, coaches, opponents, and officials."
Seventy-three student-athletes earned academic recognition based on term grade point averages in the 2019 calendar year. Twenty-two Avenging Angels earned the highest academic honor as a VP Scholar-Athlete by earning a perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring/fall 2019 semesters. With a combined GPA of 3.57, the 2019 volleyball team earned the highest team average. Lacrosse ranked second and soccer third.
Each sport team presented one-to-three special awards to top contributors with 20 recipients across Meredith's nine sports programs garnering recognition this year. Additionally, the strength and conditioning coaching staff presented the Iron Angel Award to the top performer on the year.
If you missed the 2020 Halo Awards please link HERE.
In addition to event director Lauren Scott, three student-athletes were key to the production of this online event - Natalie Purcell, Susanne Taylor, and Joy Deitrich. Thank you to these individuals as well as to special presenters President Allen, Vice President Jean Jackson, and Faculty Athletics Rep Stephanie Little for creating a special event for the deserving Avenging Angels.
|Scholar Athlete - Vice President's Club|
|Abby Black||Michelle Gladdis||Kimberly Schuh|
|Olivia Blake||Madison Gladwell||Samantha Smith|
|Whitney Bolton||Madison Hamilton||Emily Ward|
|Avery Bowman||Ansley Harris||Hannah Weigle|
|Gianna Buccellato||Henley Peatross||Fallon Wimberly|
|Ansley Bucknam||Kate Perko||Tori Witmer|
|Caroline Corey||Briana Petrusa|
|Hannah Elvington||Kylie Phillips|
Most Valuable Player - Caroline Corey
Impact Player - Cathy Delano
Most Valuable Player, Defense - Lauren Phillips
Most Valuable Player, Offense - Kimberly Schuh
Most Valuable Player, Defense - Madison Gladwell
Most Valuable Runner - Corrine Weaver
Coach's Award - Julie Tonon
Track & Field
Most Valuable Athlete - Corrine Weaver
Coach's Award - Essence Thomas
Rob and Lori Moscato Leadership Award - Allyson Nowell
Team First Award - Emily Haynes
Hunger Award - Kaelin Sanderford
Game Changer Award - Amelie Gillies
Offensive MVP - Lilia Cruz
Defensive MVP - Joy Deitrich
Heart & Smart - Henley Peatross
Most Valuable Player - Bryce Smith
Jack Huber Softball Award - Tatum Smith
Coach's Award - Aly Henneberry
Most Improved Player - Ashlyn Austin
Strength & Conditioning
Iron Angel - Izzy Steele