CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina student-athletes who are 2012-13 recipients of two prestigious honors - Athletic Director's Scholar-Athletes and Tar Heel Leaders of Distinction - were recognized Tuesday at the Dean E. Smith Center during halftime of the UNC men's basketball game, in which the Tar Heels beat Wake Forest 87-62.
A.D.'s Scholar-Athlete awards are presented annually to student-athletes who excel academically. The Leader of Distinction award is the highest recognition bestowed by the Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy following a rigorous evaluation process.
Athletic Director's Scholar-Athletes for 2012-13 are Michelle Ahn (women's golf), Joseph Alter (men's fencing), Patrick Barrett (men's golf), Amber Brooks (women's soccer), Kara Cannizzaro (women's lacrosse), Zoe De Bruycker (women's tennis), Marisa Dobbins (women's track and field), Elizabeth Durkac (gymnastics), Tia Gaffen (volleyball), Adelaide Gay (women's soccer), Scott Goodwin (men's soccer), Krista Gross (women's basketball), Nick Heilmann (wrestling), Meghan Lyons (field hockey), Pete Mangum (football), Kieran McDonald (men's lacrosse), Chris Munnelly (baseball), Brett Nagle (men's swimming and diving), William Parker (men's tennis), Chadd Pierce (men's track and field), Jackie Rudolph (women's swimming and diving), Claire Wardius (rowing), Paige Williams (softball) and Heather Van Wallendael (women's fencing).
Tar Heel Leaders of Distinction for 2012-13 are Joseph Alter (men's fencing), Patrick Barrett (men's golf), Ryan Creighton (men's lacrosse), Kent Emmanuel (baseball), Jordan Gafa (men's soccer), Scott Goodwin (men's soccer), Maura Masatsugu (gymnastics), Clayton Parros (men's track and field) and Jenna Rodrigues (women's fencing).