Four Yellow Jacket Scholar-Athletes Honored by ACC
Atlantic Coast Conference Names 2005 Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
Posted February 23, 2005 | Atlanta
Georgia Tech volleyball all-America Jayme Gergen, football standout Nate Curry and Atlantic Coast Conference track champion Zeb Sion are among the 29 ACC student-athletes who have been named recipients of postgraduate scholarships by the conference, while all-America golfer Nicholas Thompson will receive an honorary scholarship award.
Curry and Sion will receive the Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship, Gergen will receive the inaugural Jim and Pat Thacker Postgraduate Scholarship Award, and Thompson will receive the Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award.
Gergen, a middle blocker from Topeka, Kansas, earned all-ACC and honorable mention all-America honors in leading the Tech volleyball team to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including trips to the Elite Eight and Sweet 16 the last two years. The Psychology major and Academic All-District selection graduates this spring and plans to attend graduate school at Georgia Tech.
Curry, a wide receiver from Miami, Fla., was Tech's second-leading receiver last fall and finished his career among the top 15 on the Yellow Jackets' career receiving lists. He graduated last May with a degree in Building Construction and has begun work on a second degree in Management. He has been named to the ACC All-Academic football team the last two years.
Sion, the 2004 ACC champion in the shot put, will graduate in May with a degree in Management and plans to work toward a physical therapy degree at Idaho State University in his hometown of Pocatello, Idaho.
Thompson, one of the nation's top amateur golfers and a native of Coral Springs, Fla., is a three-time all-America as well as an Academic All-District honoree. After graduating in May with a degree in Management, he plans to pursue a career in professional golf.
Complete biographical information for Tech's four honorees is below.
The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker scholarships are given to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate-level degree following graduation. Each recipient will receive $5,000 to use towards his or her graduate education. Student-athletes receiving the award have performed with distinction in both the classroom and in their respective sports, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community. In addition to those receiving scholarship funds, six student-athletes will receive Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Awards, recognizing for outstanding performance in both athletic competition and the classroom by athletes who intend to pursue professional or Olympic competition rather than post-graduate study.
The Weaver-James-Corrigan award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James as well as Gene Corrigan, all former ACC commissioners. The Thacker award, being presented for the first time, is awarded in honor of the late Jim and Pat Thacker of Charlotte, N.C. Jim Thacker was the primary play-by-play announcer for the ACC's first television network. Recipients of the award must demonstrate outstanding performance both in athletic competition and in the classroom and intend to further their education through post-graduate studies at an ACC institution.
Recipients of the Weaver-James-Corrigan Awards are as follows: Clemson * Mary Nell Green (rowing), Franchele Klaus (swimming), Gisele Oliveira (track & field); Duke * Michael Hatch (cross country/track & field), Stephanie Istvan (volleyball); Florida State * Aaron Cheesman (baseball), Mihaela Moldovan (tennis), Jezali Ratliff (soccer); Georgia Tech * Nate Curry (football), Zebulon Sion (track & field); Maryland * Megan Knepper (swimming), Katayoon Shahrokh (volleyball); Miami * Yassamin Haririnia (rowing); North Carolina * Carey Fetting-Smith (field hockey), Olivia Trusty (gymnastics), Catherine Wright (volleyball); NC State * Eric Hoverstad (track & field), Leslie Jimison (cross country/track & field), Anderson Smith (cross country/track & field); Virginia * Luke Anderson (swimming), Gillian Hatch (soccer); Virginia Tech * Thomas Blaszak (baseball), Erin Gibson (basketball), Jessica Morris (cross country/track & field); Wake Forest * Karin Coetzee (tennis), Ashley Hoagland (golf).
Recipients of the Jim and Pat Thacker Awards are as follows: Duke * Johanna Bischof (field hockey); Georgia Tech * Jayme Gergen (volleyball); Virginia * Christopher Greenwood (swimming).
Recipients of the Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Awards are as follows: Duke * Casey McCluskey (soccer); Georgia Tech * Nicholas Thompson (golf); Maryland * Justin Maxwell (baseball); North Carolina * JW Brown (football); Virginia * Jessica Trainor (soccer); Virginia Tech * Bryan Randall (football).
The 35 student-athletes will be honored Thursday, April 14, 2005, in Greensboro, N.C., at a luncheon hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis. The luncheon will be held at the Koury Convention Center.
Nate Curry, Georgia Tech, Football
Two-year starter and four-year letterwinner * Two-time member of the ACC All-Academic football team . . . Also named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll * Ranks 13th in Georgia Tech history in career receptions with 92 and 14th in career receiving yards with 1,185 * 2004 Team Captain * Georgia Tech Tower Award (presented by Office of Minority Education and Development to recognize academic achievement by minority students) * Awarded Bobby Dodd Scholarship for 2003-04 as Tech's top male scholar-athlete * 2004 ACC Top Six for Service Award * Three-year member of the Georgia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Board.
Jayme Gergen, Georgia Tech, Volleyball
Three-year starter and four-year letterwinner * Helped Georgia Tech to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances * 2004 Honorable Mention All-American and All-East Region by American Volleyball Coaches Association * 2004 First-Team All-ACC * Led the ACC and ranked 11th nationally in hitting percentage in 2004 * Ranks second in Georgia Tech career hitting percentage and fourth in total blocks * 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District III Volleyball Second Team * Three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree * Dean's List every semester at Georgia Tech.
Zeb Sion, Georgia Tech, Track & Field
Georgia Tech's top performer in the shot put the last four years * 2004 ACC champion in the outdoor shot put * Four-time All-ACC honoree in the shot put * Set new school record in the indoor shot put with a throw of 58'-7.50" * Owns the school record in the outdoor shot put at 59'-5.0" * Three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient * Georgia Tech Dean's List (six semesters) as well as Faculty Honors last spring * Recipient of Mills B. Lane/Bank of America Scholarship.
Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech, Golf
Three-time All-American * Third-team All-America by the Golf Coaches Association of America in 2004 and an honorable mention All-American in 2003 and 2002 * Two-time All-ACC selection * Stands fifth in career stroke average in Georgia Tech history (72.04) * Has won two events this year, including the Jones Cup Invitational ... Has 13 career top-10 finishes * Runner-up at the 2002 ACC Championship; finished third at the 2004 ACC Championship * Low collegiate round of 64 * 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District III At-Large selection * 2003-04 All-America Scholar by GCAA * Three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection.
Complete biographical information for the other ACC scholarship honorees is available at: