MARTINEZ, Ga. - The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) announced its Presidential Honor Roll recipients, with 90 Georgia College student-athletes making the list. The program honors all student-athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the 2010-11 academic year.
For the fourth season, the PBC divided the group into four levels by GPA, as all students between 3.00 and 3.24 are Presidential Scholars, 3.25 to 3.49 are Bronze Scholars, 3.50 to 3.74 are Silver Scholars and 3.75 to 4.00 are Gold Scholars.
Georgia College placed third in the 13-member PBC with its 90 recipients. UNC Pembroke took top honors with 112 and USC Aiken was second with 106. The Bobcats tied Lander University for third most. USCA has 11 varsity sports and UNCP has 16, compared to Georgia College's and Lander's 10.
Bobcat women's soccer had the most with 18 student-athletes on the list, also owning the department's second-best ratio at 72 percent (18/25). Baseball and softball tied for second with 13 student-athletes each making the list. The women's cross country team had the top spot in per-roster ratio at 77 percent (10/13), with the men's harriers owning the third-best ratio at 69 percent (9/13). Seven of the 10 varsity sports had at least half of the student-athletes on their roster make this prestigious list. Georgia College had 19 Gold Scholars, 18 Silver Scholars, 23 Bronze Scholars and 30 Presidential Scholars.
A list of the scholars follows, separated by sport:
Baseball (13): Gold Scholars: John Welborn (Locust Grove, Ga.); Silver Scholars: Taylor Hart (Colbert, Ga.); Bronze Scholars: Benton Yaun (Marietta, Ga.), Daniel Bick (Alpharetta, Ga.), Taylor Greene (Cartersville, Ga.), Eric Pettepher (Gordon, Ga.), Heine Rivera (Fayetteville, Ga.); Presidential Scholars: Shawn Haley (Canton, Ga.), Billy Henley (Cherrylog, Ga.), Michael Jeanes (Peachtree City, Ga.), Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.), Matthew Robinson (Hull, Ga.), Joe Scott (Warner Robins, Ga.)
Women's Basketball (6): Gold Scholars: Ashleigh Fox; Silver Scholars: Tammeshia Law (Athens, Ga.); Bronze Scholars: Jessica Baker (Snellville, Ga.); Presidential Scholars: Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.), Kaila Parham (Savannah, Ga.), Huguette Yanga (Camaroon, Africa).
Men's Basketball (4): Presidential Scholar: Ryan Aquino (Roswell, Ga.), Mike Augustine (Waterloo, Ill.), Jordan Grant (Norcross, Ga.), Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.).
Women's Cross Country (10): Gold Scholars: Victoria Dobson (New Hamburg, Ontario), Ashton Passino (Alpharetta, Ga.); Silver Scholars: Sarah Balkcom (Fayetteville, Ga.), Dani Destiche (Snellville, Ga.), Madeline McCane (McDonough, Ga.), Emily Stancil, Alex Taylor (Marietta, Ga.); Bronze Scholars: Andrea Byrnes (Snellville, Ga.), Allison Lones (Kathleen, Ga.), Sarah Ortman (N'Djamena, Chad).
Men's Cross Country (9): Gold Scholars: Daniel Horseman (Cohutta, Ga.), Philip Laskey (Marietta, Ga.), Erik Ottoson (Suwanee, Ga.); Silver Scholars: Tim Cary (Monroe, Ga.); Bronze Scholars: Tucker Forbes (Lilburn, Ga.), Tyler Mattix (Snellville, Ga.), Nick Widener (Newnan, Ga.); Presidential Scholars: Michael Heuett (Snellville, Ga.), James Watters.
Golf (9): Gold Scholars: Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.); Silver Scholars: Victor Monte (Chantilly, Va.); Bronze Scholars: Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw, Ga.); Presidential Scholars: Bayley Craig (Eatonton, Ga.), Brantley Patton (Augusta, Ga.), Billy Shida (Berkeley Lakes, Ga.), Taylor Smith (Mansfield, Ga.), Tyler Tucker (Cochran, Ga.), Joe Young (Cochran, Ga.).
Soccer (18): Gold Scholars: Jessica Binkowski (Cumming, Ga.), Kayla Emerson (Fayetteville, Ga.), Alex Knight (Loganville, Ga.), Kelli McLane (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Jessica Newland (Hiram, Ga.), Ally Treat (Fayetteville, Ga.); Silver Scholars: Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.), Anna Wierzbicki (Newnan, Ga.), Taylor Yee (Alpharetta, Ga.); Bronze Scholars: Stephanie Andino (Johns Creek, Ga.), Anna Barrow (St. Simons, Ga.), Brittaney Borror (Evans, Ga.), Tawny Moffat (Peachtree City, Ga.), Haley O'Hayer (Savannah, Ga.); Presidential Scholars: Karen Bonilla (Manassas, Va.), Olivia Holden (Fishers, Ind.), Taylor Mulryan (Cumming, Ga.), Amanda Veillon (Lilburn, Ga.).
Softball (13): Gold Scholars: Bailey Thompson (Vidalia, Ga.), Corby Holmes (Social Circle, Ga.); Silver Scholars: Alex Duvall (Douglasville, Ga.), Anna Parker (Columbus, Ga.), Lauren Potts (Gray, Ga.); Bronze Scholars: Sabrina Chandler (Covington, Ga.), Maggie Davis (Roswell, Ga.), Caitlin Duvall (Douglasville, Ga.), Chelsea Huffman (Powder Springs, Ga.); Presidential Scholars: Kali Carswell (Acworth, Ga.), Brandie Monroe (Savannah, Ga.), Kati Pickowitz (Keller, Texas), Jessica Solomon.
Women's Tennis (4): Gold Scholars: Kim Lochner (Neu Jsenburg, Germany), May Johnson (Sydney, Australia); Silver Scholars: Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.), Tracy Bain (Norcross, Ga.);
Men's Tennis (4): Gold Scholars: Jerome Leborgne (Coordimanche, France); Silver Scholars: Bobby Angelucci (Acworth, Ga.); Bronze Scholars: Tobias Rausch (Mannheim, Germany); Presidential Scholars: Tyler Franks (Greensboro, Ga.).
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