2010 Awards Banquet: Wallace leads recipients, splits top billing with Myers

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Senior Courtney Wallace earned Pine Manor's career achievement award, academic achievement award and split the 2010 Athlete of the Year award with teammate and classmate Michelle Myers at the Gators annual awards banquet Wednesday night.

Wallace was presentedby director of athletics Erin J. Brennen with the Henry K. White award, which is given to a senior for outstanding career achievement in athletics. An All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference First Team catcher in all four years at Pine Manor, Wallace (left) graduates as the Gators career leader in hits (201), triples (12) and total bases (364) and is second in at-bats (455), doubles (46), home runs (31) and RBI's (140).

In addition to earning the Gators top career billing, Wallace also won the department's Scholar-Athlete Award for the second straight year. A two-sport athlete and biology major, Wallace earned the award, which she was presented by her cross country coach Dr. Bill Stargard, with a 3.98 cumulative grade point average.

While Wallace took home the top career and academic awards for herself, she split Athlete of the Year award with classmate and softball teammate Michelle Myers (right). Wallace led the team with a .461 batting average, 41 hits, eight home runs and a GNAC-best .910 slugging percentage this season. Also a two-sport student-athlete, Myers paced the Gators with five triples and was the vocal and emotional leader of both the softball and soccer teams.

A four-year volleyball letter winner and softball teammate of Wallace and Myers who split the award with them a year earlier, Veronica Vozzolo was chosen for a record third consecutive year as the White Letter Award winner. Reserved for "an upper-class student athlete that best exemplifies the attributes that make Pine Manor College and PMC Athletics special, including: inclusivity, cooperation, care for the common good and relationship based learning," Vozzolo was chosen as the lone recipient this year. She earned the award largely due to her work in promoting and producing "The Tucker James Project," which has raised awareness for Tucker Garcia, a transgender Pine Manor student-athlete.

A teammate of Wallace, Myers and Vozzolo on the diamond, freshman Tia Nelson (left) won the Peter G. Ellis Award, which recognizes a first-year student "for demonstrating dedication, spirit and ability." Nelson, who earned GNAC Rookie of the Week honors on the hardwood and led the Gators with 32 three-pointers, also led Pine Manor softball with six wins and 143 2/3 innings pitched.

Lacrosse's Jessica Pinckney earned the Gator Pride Award, which is reserved for a student-athlete who "displays pride in her respective team" and in Pine Manor Athletics. A senior from Boston, Pinckney was also recognized with teammate Elaine Rodriguez, as well as Wallace, Myers and Vozzolo, for being four-year letter winners in their respective sports.

Campus safety officer Jason Fopiano took home the Gator Athletic Award. Given for outstanding pride and dedication to the athletic department in the eyes of the administration. In addition to being a fan of Pine Manor Athletics, Fopiano frequently chauffeured a number of teams on extensive road trips throughout the academic year.

For a complete list of last night's winners, as well as historical lists of winners, click here.

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