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Ohio Wesleyan Honors Scholar-Athletes
At 4th Annual Dale Bruce Awards Dinner


April 24, 2008

[ Presidental Award 2008 ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- Ohio Wesleyan University senior Steffi Graf (Poland/Seminary) won the highest honor at the fourth annual Dale J. Bruce Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner, held on Thursday in the Benes Rooms of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center on the Ohio Wesleyan campus.

Graf, a member of the volleyball and women's basketball teams, received the Presidential Award, recognizing the University's top athlete and person. The top honor awarded by the Ohio Wesleyan athletics department, the Presidential Award is based on athletics ability and achievement, academic excellence, character, leadership, activities and inspiration. Graf (at center) is pictured with Dale Bruce '52, volleyball coach Cynthia Holliday, women's basketball coach Nan Carney-DeBord and John Kercher '64, president of the Alumni "W" Association.

[ Top Eight Awards ]Receiving Top Eight Awards were sophomore Claire Everhart (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane), senior Katie Figgie (Pepper Pike/Gilmour Academy), sophomore David Gatz (Delaware/Hayes), senior Katie Jones (Pine Plains, N.Y./Stissing Mountain), junior Kyle Martin (Dublin/Wellington), junior Jeff Nieman (Maineville/Cincinnati Moeller), senior Rachel Ryan (Kinnelon, N.J.) and senior Jaime Scharf (Marion/River Valley). The Top Eight Award is voted upon by the Ohio Wesleyan Athletics Council and is based upon the student-athlete's impact upon their family, their team, the University and the Delaware community. Everhart is a member of the women's cross country and track & field teams, Figgie is a member of the women's tennis team, Gatz is a member of the men's swimming team, Jones is a member of the field hockey team, Martin is a member of the golf team, Nieman is a member of the golf team, Ryan is a member of the women's swimming team, and Scharf is a member of the volleyball team. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are Scharf, Ryan, Jones, and Everhart. Pictured in the back row, left to right, are Kercher, Martin, Gatz, Figgie, and Bruce.

The Dr. Richard Gordin Award, recognizing the highest cumulative grade point average among senior male student-athletes, went to senior Jamison Dague (Bexley), a member of the men's soccer team.

The Mary Parker Award, recognizing the highest cumulative grade point average among senior female student-athletes, went to Ryan.

The Dr. Jay Martin Award, honoring the top male senior student-athlete, went to Dague.

The Nan Carney-DeBord Award, recognizing the top female senior student-athlete, went to senior Ashley Shaffer (Lancaster), a member of the women's track & field team.

Also recognized were Ohio Wesleyan's top 50 student-athletes by cumulative grade point average. They were: sophomore Laura Bartholomae (Chicago, Ill./Shaker Heights (Ohio)), sophomore Dani Beauford (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven), sophomore Jordan Benner (Beavercreek), sophomore Sam Borkovic (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy), sophomore Maddie Branden (Solon), sophomore Ashlie Britton (LeRoy/Painesville Riverside), sophomore Jessie Chiero (Westerville/South), sophomore Rita Cook (Sidney/Fairlawn), sophomore Sarah Cook (Sidney/Fairlawn), senior Jamison Dague (Bexley), junior Megan Downing (Mentor/Gilmour Academy), senior Caitlin Dugre (Longmeadow, Mass.), sophomore Julia Ellis (Wilmington, N.C./Gaithersburg (Md.)), sophomore Claire Everhart (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane), junior Brian Fahey (Delaware/Hayes), sophomore David Gatz (Delaware/Hayes), senior Steffi Graf (Poland/Seminary), sophomore Tommy Harman (Perrysburg), senior Laura Harper (Columbus/Worthington Kilbourne), sophomore John Hering (Sherborn, Mass./Dover-Sherborn), junior Kyle Holliday (Van Wert), sophomore Usman Javaid (Lahore, Pakistan/Aitchison), senior Katie Jones (Pine Plains, N.Y./Stissing Mountain), sophomore Kristin Kovach (Chagrin Falls/Kenston), senior Kadi Kuhlenberg (Cincinnati/Anderson), and junior Alexis Levesque (Yellow Springs).

Also, sophomore Matthew MacKenzie (Franklin, Mass.), sophomore Sarah Marous (Bexley), junior Kyle Martin (Dublin/Wellington), sophomore Bryce Mathias (Centerburg), sophomore Jake Meiser (Avon), junior Jessica Merrill (Columbia Station/Columbia), junior Nathan Osborn (Edgerton), sophomore Christopher Potterton (Needham, Mass.), sophomore Kara Reiter (Chardon), sophomore Ashley Rosenquist (Willits, Calif.), senior Dustin Rudegeair (Yellow Springs), senior Rachel Ryan (Kinnelon, N.J.), sophomore Sharon Rymut (Broadview Heights/Brecksville-Broadview Heights), sophomore Michael Sarap (Cambridge), junior Andy Schillig (Pataskala/Licking Heights), sophomore Katie Schlaudt (Holland, Mich.), junior Leah Schmelzer (Marion/Pleasant), senior Jessie Seaver (Ann Arbor, Mich./Greenhills), sophomore Sarah Shinn (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane), sophomore Carolyn Tallman (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South), junior Meghan Warren (Marlton, N.J./Shawnee), sophomore Scott Williams (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy), sophomore Hannah Winant (Gaithersburg, Md.), and sophomore Tony Wong (Cleveland/Cleveland Heights).

The Bob Strimer Director's Cup, awarded to the Ohio Wesleyan team with the highest cumulative grade point average, went to the men's swimming team.

[ Town-Gown Award ]The evening's festivities also included the presentation of the Town-Gown Award, given by the Ohio Wesleyan athletic department and the Bishop Backers community support organization in recognition of longstanding relationships with and outstanding support of Ohio Wesleyan student-athletes and athletic programs. The award was presented to the Kiwanis Club of Delaware County. Pictured are, from left, athletics director Roger Ingles and Gerre Martin and Larry Ufferman of the Kiwanis Club.

The Dale J. Bruce Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner is named in honor of Dale Bruce '52, an All-America football end at Ohio Wesleyan who has been a longtime supporter of Battling Bishop athletics.