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    Skelton Award Handed Out
    Hancock, Oliver honored for academic and athletic excellence
    April 27, 2003

    BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech athletics department has announced the winners of the 2003 Skelton Award. Juniors Katie Hancock and Josiah Oliver are this year's recipients of the award, which recognizes academic excellence among athletes.

    Hancock, a native of Stockton, Md., is a member of the Tech women's soccer team. During the 2002 season, Hancock played in 10 games as the goalkeeper, starting four games and logging over 460 total minutes of playing time. She faced 58 shots and recorded 24 saves, while allowing only 12 goals.

    Besides her accomplishments on the field, Hancock is a leader in the community and the classroom. A biology major, Hancock is a two-year member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team and a member of the Golden Key Honor Society. Hancock has been in the University Honors Program for three years and has appeared on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the Dean's List since 2000. She is a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which is a student-run program that promotes communication between student-athletes and athletic administration, and has been active in the Appalachia Service Project since 1995. She received the German Club Rising Sophomore Leader Scholarship during the 2001-2002 academic year, and she assisted at the Athletes in Action soccer camps in 2002.

    Oliver, a native of Richmond, Va., is a member of the men's cross country and track teams. During the cross country season, Oliver participated in all four regular season meets, finishing as high as 11th at the Hokie Invitational. He is also a member of the indoor track team, where he competed in four meets for the Hokies, and is currently in the middle of the outdoor track season.

    A mechanical engineering major, Oliver is a member of the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team in cross country and has appeared on the Dean's List with Distinction since the fall of 2000. He was a member of the Virginia Tech All Academic Team in 2001 and a VDOT Civil Engineering Scholar.

    Oliver is also an active member of the Virginia Tech and Blacksburg communities. He is a volunteer for Special Olympics, a Tech Athletic tutor in math, physics and engineering, and he participated in the 2000 Fun Run for Margaret Beeks Elementary students. Oliver also volunteers at literacy nights at Christiansburg Elementary.

    The Skelton Award for Academic Excellence in Athletics, named for Dr. Bill and Peggy Skelton, is given each year to a junior, senior or rising fifth-year varsity student-athlete. Candidates must have participated in an intercollegiate sport for at least two competitive seasons and must have a grade point average of 3.4 or higher. Winners receive a one-time $5,000 scholarship for the upcoming academic year.
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