Virginia Tech Announces Skelton Award Winners
    Three Hokies honored with prestigious scholarship
    May 2, 2002

    Blacksburg, Va. - The Virginia Tech Athletics department has announced the winners of the prestigious Skelton Award for the 2002-2003 academic year. This award, which was presented at the Athletics Director's Honors Breakfast on Saturday, April 27, in conjunction with the Ut Prosim festivities, is awarded each year to a male and female student who excels both academically and athletically. This year, three Hokies were selected- Courtney Graybill, Jill Turner and Spencer Harris- as there was a tie for the female award.

    Graybill, a junior defender on the women's soccer team, is a chemical engineering major who holds a 3.97 GPA. She has been named to the Dean's List with Distinction and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll every semester. She was also selected to the 2000-2001 BIG EAST All-Academic All-Star Team and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is also a member of the Golden Key, Omega Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Phi honor societies.

    The Macungie, Pa., native is actively involved in numerous community service projects including tutoring for the Engineering Department at Tech, the Montgomery County Christmas Store, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Adopt-a-Family and Literacy Fairs.

    Turner, a Newark, Del., native, is a junior on the women's swimming team and participates in the sprint freestyle and backstroke events. A marketing management major, she holds a 3.99 GPA and was the recipient of the 2001 Pamplin Rising Junior Award. She was also named to the 2000-2001 BIG EAST All-Academic All-Star Team and has been on the Dean's List and Athletic Director's Honor Roll every semester. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars as well as the Golden Key and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies.

    A co-captain of the 2001-2002 team, Turner is the project manager for Pi Sigma Epsilon Marketing Fraternity and has been active in a number of community service events. She has taken an active role in literacy and reading programs throughout the New River Valley and has served as a tutor for the Athletics Department. She has also volunteered her time at the Montgomery County Christmas Store and at VT Nights at local elementary schools.

    Harris, a junior shortstop on the baseball team is a human nutrition, foods & exercise science major with a 3.92 GPA. He has made the Dean's List and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll every semester. He was recognized as a BIG EAST Baseball Academic Student-Athlete and was named to the Virginia Tech All-Academic Team for the past two years. He is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

    The Louisa, Ky., native is actively involved in the Athletics Department's Hokies with Heart Community Service events. He has participated in the Montgomery County Christmas Store, toy and canned food drives and been a mentor to a Blacksburg Middle School student. He has also served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for two years, is on the leadership team for Athletes in Action and is a member of the College Team "Youth Group" at Gateway Baptist Church.

    The criteria for the Skelton Award includes academic and leadership recognition, as well as community involvement. This award is for a junior, senior, or rising fifth year student-athlete who has an overall grade point average of 3.4 or better and has participated in intercollegiate athletics for at least two competitive seasons.

    All three recipients will receive a $5,000 scholarship toward their 2002-2003 educational expenses. The award is made possible by the generous financial support of Dr. Bill and Peggy Skelton.

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