Ciattei, Johnson earn ACC postgraduate scholarships

ACC Release

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia Tech’s Vincent Ciattei of the cross country and track and field teams and Alani Johnson of the women’s soccer team were honored by ACC Commissioner John Swofford on Wednesday as recipients of the 2018 Weaver-James-Corrigan Award. The duo is two of 52 student-athletes to receive the honor from the league office.

The student-athletes will be honored at the annual Cone Health ACC Postgraduate Scholarship Luncheon presented by ESPN on April 11. The luncheon will be hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel Imperial Ballroom in Greensboro.

Ciattei, who just won his second consecutive ACC indoor title in the mile this past weekend at the ACC Indoor Championships, is a redshirt senior studying engineering sciences and mechanics. The Maryland native is an eight-time honoree on the Dean’s List, has been on the AD Honor Roll for five straight years and on the ACC Academic Honor Roll for four years. Ciattei has a cumulative GPA of 3.77.

Johnson wrapped up her time wearing the maroon and orange on the pitch this past fall, racking up 24 goals in her storied career. The Virginia Beach, Virginia native will graduate this May with a degree in human nutrition, foods and exercise. The forward made the Dean’s List three semesters, AD Honor Roll four consecutive years and on was the ACC Academic Honor Roll last year. Johnson owns a cumulative GPA of 3.25.

The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $6,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.

In addition to those receiving scholarship funds, nine student-athletes will receive the Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award. They include Clemson’s Oliver Shannon (men’s soccer), Duke’s Leona Maguire (women’s golf), Florida State’s Natalie Pierce (women’s swimming and diving), Georgia Tech’s Kel Johnson (baseball), NC State’s Peter Renda (wrestling), Louisville’s Inger Katrine Bjerke (women’s soccer), North Carolina’s Ben Griffin (men’s golf), Notre Dame’s John Sexton (men’s lacrosse) and Wake Forest’s Cam Serigne (football).

The Weaver-James-Corrigan Award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James, as well as Gene Corrigan, the first three ACC commissioners.

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