Ali, Lorentzen Highlight Blue Carpet Awards
Men's basketball player Jihad Ali and women's golfer Charlotte Lorentzen were honored as the Georgia State Student-Athletes of the Year at the Blue Carpet Awards, the athletic department's 57th annual recognition banquet, held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in downtown Atlanta.
Ali was a captain on the 22-12 basketball team and an all-conference honoree on the court and in the classroom. He received the Colonial Athletic Association's most prestigious honor with the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award.
Lorentzen, the two-time CAA Golfer of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, has won three tournaments already her senior season and has been ranked among the top 50 NCAA golfers by Golfweek magazine. She'll lead the team into the CAA Championships which begin April 20. Lorentzen has earned her way into NCAA Regional postseason play all three previous years, two with the team and one as an individual qualifier.
A complete look at the 2011-12 award winners:
RON CURRY DETERMINATION AWARD: Recognizes the male and female student-athletes who have demonstrated an exceptional degree of determination in overcoming personal, medical, and/or academic obstacles while maintaining good academic standing.
Christina Reed, softball
Caleb Kernan, men's soccer
BRUCE LaBUDDE SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD: Given to the male and female student-athletes who have demonstrated one or more of the ideals of sportsmanship.
FRED HINES INSPIRATION AWARD: Given to the male and female student-athletes who have inspired their teammates, coaches and fans through dedication, perseverance and positive attitude.
Bri Cagle, women's soccer
Joey Wood, baseball
SUSAN REEVES SPIRIT AWARDS
Band: Siddharth Kelavkar
Cheer: Chenoa Brown
PANTHER SERVICE AWARDS: The male and female student-athletes who participated in the highest number of community service hours.
Shannyn Palazzo, softball
Joel Van Asch, Baseball
STATE CUP: Given to the team that has earned the most points in a varietyof categories that focus on developing the individual, being an active role model,acting as a team, supporting other student-athletes, community service, excelling in academics and being involved in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Women's Golf Team
STONEY BURGESS SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: Given to the senior male student-athlete carrying at least 30 GSU credits with the highest cumulative grade point average through the fall 2010 semester. This award is accompanied by a $500 scholarship.
Kalan Jenkins, Football (3.94, major)
HIGH FIVE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: Given to the senior (competitive) female student-athlete carrying at least 30 GSU credits with the highest cumulative grade point average through the fall 2010 semester. This award is accompanied by a $500 scholarship.
Bri Cagle. Women's Soccer (4.14, History)
Baseball: Daniel Blaustein
Men's Basketball: Jihad Ali
Women's Basketball: Cody Paulk
Women's Cross Country & Track: Anna Sinclair
Football: Kalan Jenkins
Men's Golf: Jared Cagle
Women's Golf: Solveig Helgesen
Men's Soccer: Vincent Foermer
Women's Soccer: Bri Cagle
Softball: Cassie Boese
Men's Tennis: Lucas Santana
Women's Tennis: Martina Ondrackova
Volleyball: Vineece Verdun