USU Recognizes 143 Student-Athletes For 3.2 Grade-Point Averages At Annual Whitesides Luncheon

April 26, 2006

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's athletic department recognized 143 student-athletes and 10 managers and trainers for obtaining a 3.2 grade point average at the 51st Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Luncheon here Wednesday.

To be eligible for the honors, student-athletes must have obtained a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or have posted a 3.2 GPA in the last two semesters.

Tennis player Andrea Barker earned the day's top award as she was named the Whitesides Recipient. The senior from Brighton High School in Sandy, Utah, posted a perfect 4.0 grade point average while majoring in exercise science.

Barker, who is the valedictorian of the College of Education, has been accepted into graduate school at the University of Utah and will work to become a physician's assistant. She will be the youngest member of the class, which accepted just 36 of more than 600 applicants.

A four-year letterwinner on the tennis team, Barker compiled an 8-14 record in singles play this past season.

"It is a special award for me, because I was not sure I would finish up here after I got married my sophomore year," Barker said. I have had such a wonderful time being up here. Doing sports has taught me how to balance everything."

Other special recognition was given to track athlete Dustin Vetica, who was the recipient of the Aggie Achievement Award. Vetica, a senior from Morgan, Utah, overcame serious spine injuries sustained in a car wreck his sophomore year of high school to earn high school All-America honors and compete at Utah State.

Unfortunately, Vetica, succumbed to more injuries at USU and was not able to run this outdoor season. Vetica has already graduated with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.

Dr. Ken White was presented the Meet The Challenge Award for his contributions to academics and athletics. Dr. White is a professor in Animal Science and has served as the athletic department's faculty representative for several years.

USU also handed out team honors at the banquet. Women's Track was awarded the top academic team with more than 20 members, while women's cross country topped the teams with less than 20 members. Golf earned the most improved award.

In all, approximately 45 percent of USU's student-athletes have earned a 3.2 grade point average to qualify for the awards.


Whitesides Winner - Andrea Barker, Tennis
Aggie Achievement - Dustin Vetica, Track
Meet The Challenge - Dr. Ken White

Top Teams (20+ members) 1. Women's Track 2. Soccer 3. Men's Track

Top Teams (less than 20 members) 1. Women's Cross Country 2. Men's Tennis 3. Gymnastics

Most Improved Teams 1. Golf 2. Women's Cross Country 3. Football and Women's Track


Caroline Berry, Track
Nick George, Football
Liesel Kohler, Gymnastics
Jennifer Twitchell, Track

Business Linzy Allen, Track Steve Atkinson, Track Lindsey Benson, Softball Alan Bishop, Football Shawn Bjarnson, Softball Ryan Bohm, Football Brandon Broadhead, Golf Jill Bruins, Softball Zuzana Cernianska, Volleyball Malik Cin, Football Sara Fleming, Softball Nate Fredrick, Football Chris Huber, Basketball Lacey Hulbert, Track Chris Jepsen, Golf Matt Kohler, Football Kevin Liu, Track Rachael Mandy, Gymnastics Liz Masson, Soccer Cass Matheus, Basketball Otis Nelson, Football Preston Otte, Golf Joao Pinho, Tennis William Price, Track Preston Robinson, Football Ashley Rutledge, Basketball Kerry Shepherd, Football Terrance Washington, Football Matt Wiser, Football Johannes Zelle, Tennis Zach King, Manager

Science Kathryn Duhadway, Track Yance Fawcett, Track Jamie Garn, Track Michelle Hatch, Track Sarah Johnson, Gymnastics Kiersten Nilsson, Soccer Kelly Patterson, Gymnastics Darrly Wheeler, Football

Engineering Erik Borschel, Track Lukas Bouton, Tennis Jeffrey Catron, Track Palmer Hawkins, Track Vance Twitchell, Track

Education Kelli Allred, Soccer Carolyn Andrus, Track Andre Bala, Football Andrea Barker, Tennis Michell Bowen, Track Trisha Cardon, Soccer Tanner Cooley, Football Chris Curtis, Football Rachelle Dixon, Soccer Jessica Garnett, Softball Kaylene Gastaldi, Track Brittany Hagen, Basketball Charlsie Harris, Soccer Nate Harris, Basketball Vanessa Hawkins, Track Leslie Higley, Softball Beth Hodge, Volleyball Derek Hoke, Football Reese Hulbert, Track Abby Hunt, Soccer Jacob Jensen, Track Ashley Johnson, Track Amber Judd, Track Lindsay Lauro, Soccer Quela Leonhardt, Softball Stacie Lifferth, Track Erin Manning, Tennis Ali Marchant, Basketball Alex Martin, Gymnastics Jase McCormick, Football Tiffany McQueen, Soccer Lauren Monson, Tennis Lindsay Nuttal, Soccer Jessica Parenti, Gymnastics Dana Peart, Soccer Alexis Perry, Softball Kelsi Peterson, Volleyball Roxanne Ritchie, Softball Shannon Ross, Soccer Sierra Smith, Soccer Eric Sobolewski, Football Jillian Steele, Track Tiffany Strickland, Track Ryan Taylor, Football Anne-Marie Torp, Basketball Jami Uragami, Softball Cachet Webb, Track Charity Weston, Soccer Lisa Willardson, Soccer Ashley Wilson, Soccer Natalie Wisan, Soccer Megan Wold, Track Carrie Yost, Track Dustin Zieman, Football

HASS Josh Anderson, Football Ashley Barr, Gymnastics Scott Bell, Track Rebecca Bostwick, Track Ben Childs, Football Amy Egan, Track Mitchel Lancaster, Track Cameron Madsen, Track Logan Moore, Track JJ Netto, Tennis Bryan Perkinson, Football Katie Ross, Track Chanel Weddle, Soccer Sarah Young, Track Carly Bleadorn, Manager

Undeclared Devin Belnap, Football Lacey Christenson, Soccer Jessica Darrow, Soccer Nicole Felley, Gymnastics Lindsey Freeze, Basketball Jaymie Goodsell, Gymnastics Nnamdi Gwacham, Football Dwayne Hansen, Track Heather Hiller, Volleyball Nick Jensen, Football Jason Jeppsen, Track Katherine Keller, Soccer Krista Larson, Track Alyssa Lowry, Soccer Devin Markle, Gymnastics Katie Omann, Gymnastics Brittany Price, Gymnastics Taylor Richards, Basketball Carly Robinson, Track Jennifer Schiess, Track Judd Thompson, Football Seth Wold, Track

Graduate School Clark Bryner, Track Paul Bugnet, Trainer Natalie Chadwick, Trainer Jessica Freeman, Basketball Erin Graybill, Volleyball Katie Habecker, Trainer Meagan Lewis, Gymnastics Emily Millard, Tainer Karri Miller, Trainer Hannes Schenk, Tennis Krissy Stella, Trainer Jason Stephens, Football Brittany Tressler, Basketball

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