ATLANTA – Georgia State beach volleyball stand-out Sarah Agnew and Kylie Ruffule of the women’s soccer team have garnered two of the top awards given to students by the University.

Agnew, who earned a B.S. in Exercise Science last week has been recognized with the Nell Hamilton Trotter Award, the highest student leadership award presented at Georgia State. Ruffule garnered the Kell Award which acknowledges the graduating senior with the highest scholastic average for all coursework taken at Georgia State.

Agnew was a seven-time President’s List honoree who overcame multiple injuries to still succeed for the nationally ranked beach volleyball team.

“Being honored as the 2018 Nell Hamilton Trotter recipient is such an exciting way to end my undergraduate career,” Agnew said. “More than anything it serves as a testament to the remarkable role models and mentors I have come across during my time at Georgia State. None of my success would have been possible without their unwavering support and encouragement.”

“Sarah stepped onto campus as a freshman with a plan to become her best,” head coach Beth van Fleet said. “She faced athletic obstacles and braved academic challenges without losing focus. She studied and trained - more than she slept, in effort to maximize her impact at Georgia State. Now, five years into the growth process, she has turned her vision into reality. Earning the Nell Hamilton Trotter Award is an incredible honor that acknowledges the effort and unwavering determination with which Sarah has worked to pursue her goals while contributing to the GSU community. We are all extremely proud of what she has accomplished – but more importantly, who she has become.”

The Nell Hamilton Trotter Student Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding commitment to student involvement and is the highest student leadership award presented by the university. For nearly 40 years, Nell Hamilton Trotter was a loyal member of the Georgia State University community. She was the first dean of women at Georgia State and served for many years as a dedicated faculty member. Dean Hamilton Trotter personified the ideal qualities students, particularly student leaders, are expected to emulate.

Ruffule was a criminal justice major and Honors College student who played in every match during her career. As a senior, the midfielder was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Division I Women’s Soccer Team.

Ruffule was also a walk-on softball player and was president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Following in the footsteps of her father, she’s planning to pursue a career in federal law enforcement. She came to Georgia State with the dream of becoming a federal agent and her criminology coursework solidified that.

“I feel very honored to win the award and be able to positively represent my team,” Ruffule said. “I wouldn’t have been able to win without the excellent support given to me by the entire athletic department. It was the perfect way to top off my senior year!”

“During her career, Kylie has exhibited a remarkable commitment to achieving her goals both on and off the soccer field,” head coach Ed Joyce said. “She has constantly challenged herself academically and has worked extremely hard to maximize her ability. We look forward to tracking her career and have no doubt that this award will not be the last time she is recognized!”

Overall, Georgia State student-athletes finished the 2017-18 academic year with a 3.15 GPA. The program has maintained a GPA greater than 3.00 for the last 10 years.