East Carolina senior punter Trent Tignor and senior swimmer Hannah Lee have been named ECU's Most Outstanding Male and Female Scholar-Athletes for 2012-13. The duo will be honored at the 24th Annual Breakfast of Champions Saturday morning, May 4, at the Murphy Center.
The award, sponsored by Potash Corp Aurora and the ECU Department of Athletics, is considered to be the most prestigious award that is presented annually to a male and female student-athlete. The award recognizes academic achievement at ECU, qualities of leadership and service to the university and community.
Tignor earned All-Conference USA honors during his first full-time punting campaign, averaging 42.8 yards per kick. The Hoschton, Ga. native has the 11th-highestest single-season punting average in the 80-year history of Pirate football.
A 2013 recipient of the Conference USA Academic Medal, Tignor maintains a 3.86 grade point average (GPA) as a finance major. He has earned membership into the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society. He has served as a resident advisor and president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, while also taking an active role with Relay for Life, Boys and Girls Club and Ronald McDonald House.
"I think about everyone who has contributed to the success of the Pirates over the years and how I feel obligated to help others out around me," Tignor said. "Hopefully, one day, future Pirates will look and see that I was able to contribute to the tradition of East Carolina University."
A two-time Conference USA Championship finalist, Lee maintained an impressive 3.97 GPA in pre-health professions major and plans to attend dental school upon graduation. She is a member of the Pre-Dental Honor Society and a four-time recipient of the C-USA Academic Medal.
Lee's commitment to service has extended the Greenville community. This past summer completed a dental mission trip to Kenya, assisting with clinics in rural villages. A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, she has volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, Give Kids a Smile and Relay for Life.
"I know without the experience of being a student-athlete at ECU for the past four years and having the opportunity to learn the many skills it has taught me, I would be nowhere the person I am today," Lee said. "The dedication, hard work, commitment, teamwork and spirit at this school is what makes me certain that anything is possible."
Haley Patsey, a member of the soccer team, has been named the recipient of the Kristi Overton Female Scholar-Athlete Award, which recognizes an outstanding female student-athlete from North Carolina that has excelled as a freshman. A native of Cary, N.C., she was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team and was been voted team co-captain for the 2013 season. An intended biochemistry major, Patsey finished her freshman year with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Postgraduate scholarships were awarded to wider receiver Andrew Bodenheimer, volleyball middle hitter Kelly Derby and soccer defensive back Rachel Fuller.
Bodenheimer was named this year's Pat Draughon Postgraduate Scholarship Award winner, which is selected on the basis of outstanding character, dedication, loyalty, persistence and the spirit of competition on and off the field. Derby, a middle blocker on the volleyball team, is the recipient of the Walter and Marie Williams "Spirit of the East" Post-Eligibility Scholarship Award, which is presented annually to a student-athlete who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the spirit of ECU with Fuller receiving the Pirate Service and Leadership Postgraduate Scholarship Award, which recognizes a student-athlete who has shown excellent leadership skills and outstanding service to the community.
The 2012-13 Potash Corp Aurora All-Academic Team will also be recognized Saturday. The 17-member squad includes: Erica Bell (women's track & field), Caty Butler (soccer), Taylor Edwards (women's swimming & diving), Turner Haigwood (men's swimming & diving), Ariana Jackson (women's basketball), Jill Jelnick (softball), Henry Johnson (men's track & field), Matt Kocolowski(men's golf), Joshua Lovick (baseball), Matt Milner (football), Bjork Olsen (women's cross country), Andrea Queck (volleyball), John Schmitt (men's tennis), Petar Torlak (men's basketball), Jakub Trzasalski (men's cross country), Neena Wanko (women's tennis) and Fanny Wolte (women's golf).
Authorities are expected to release the results of autopsies on the two bodies recovered from the fiery crash that killed "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker and his friend.
"Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was killed by injuries from both the impact and subsequent fire when the Porsche his friend was driving smashed into a light pole and tree, according to an autopsy released Wednesday.