Four Yellow Jackets Honored as ACC Postgraduate Scholars
Demick, Pitz, Van Gunst, Butker among ACC’s 54 Weaver-James-Corrigan award recipients
THE FLATS - Georgia Tech seniors Andrea Demick (swimming and diving), Lauren Pitz (volleyball), Teegan Van Gunst (volleyball) and Harrison Butker (football) are among the 54 Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes selected as 2017 Weaver-James-Corrigan Award recipients. The Weaver-James-Corrigan awards are presented to ACC student-athletes that have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sports while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.
Demick, Pitz and Van Gunst have been named as recipients of the ACC’s Weaver-James-Corrigan postgraduate scholarships, with each receiving $5,000 towards their graduate educations.
Butker is one of nine recipients of the Weaver-James-Corrigan honorary award, which recognizes student-athletes who plan to pursue professional careers in their respective sports instead of enrolling in graduate school.
Georgia Tech’s four ACC postgraduate scholars will be honored at the annual Cone Health ACC Postgraduate Luncheon, hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club and presented by ESPN, on April 12 at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel and Imperial Ballroom in Greensboro, N.C.
ANDREA DEMICK (Swimming and Diving, Atlanta, Ga./Marist)
A three-time honorable-mention CSCAA Scholar all-American (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16), Demick is also a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16) and is a 2016-17 team captain. A business administration major, Demick is a three-time NCAA Zone Diving Championship qualifier (2014, 2015, 2016) and has scored for the Jackets in each of the last three years at the ACC Championships. A recipient of the Tommy Towles Scholar-Athlete Award, Demick serves as the secretary of Georgia Tech’s Student-Athlete Advisory Board and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Team. She also volunteers with the Atlanta Humane Society, Girls on the Run and Special Olympics.
LAUREN PITZ (Volleyball, Carmel, Ind./Carmel)
A biology major, Pitz plans to apply to medical school after graduation. For two years, she has been one of Georgia Tech volleyball’s representatives on the GT Student-Athlete Advisory Board and has served as the chair of the board’s classroom behavior/etiquette committee. Last fall, she was selected to be a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a campus leadership honor society and one of the highest honors attainable for a Georgia Tech student. She is a two-time member of the ACC Honor Roll and, on the court, is tied for second in school history with 11 block assists versus UC Davis on Sept. 12 of last season.
TEEGAN VAN GUNST (Volleyball, Fayetteville, Ga./Whitewater)
A four-year starter, Van Gunst is one of the most decorated student-athletes in Georgia Tech volleyball history. On the court, she is a two-time AVCA honorable-mention all-American (2015 and 2016), a two-time AVCA all-region selection (2015 and 2016) and a two-time first team all-ACC honoree (2015 and 2016). She is one of only nine Georgia Tech players to ever amass 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs, and one of only 14 Yellow Jackets that has ever tallied 30 kills in a single match. She is a three-time academic all-ACC selection and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree, earning first-team recognition in 2016. In 2016, she became the first student-athlete in Georgia Tech history to be named the ACC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
HARRISON BUTKER (Decatur, Ga./Westminster)
Georgia Tech’s place kicker for each of the past four seasons (2013-16), Butker closed his collegiate career as the Yellow Jackets’ all-time leading scorer with 337 career points. In addition to being Tech’s all-time leading scorer, he holds the school record for career PATs (208) and ranks third in school history in career field-goal percentage (.717) and fifth in career field goals (43). A team captain and honorable-mention all-ACC selection as a senior, Butker was Georgia Tech’s recipient of the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl Scholar-Athlete award. He majors in industrial engineering.